Ibis Introduces the Mojo 3

by Brian Mullin on February 23, 2016

Ibis Mojo 3

 

Ibis Mojo 3

The new Ibis Mojo 3 is a 27.5-inch Trail all carbon bike which has 130mm of rear travel and is compatible with 140mm forks. The highlight of the Mojo 3 is it was designed to run both 27.5” and 27.5+ tires, so you can use 2.25 to 2.8-inch wide tires, all with the same wheelset and bike set up, making for an incredibly versatile bike. The wider and larger volume tires give better float and bite and produce an improved footprint onto the terrain.

The bike uses designs, expertise and technologies from its big brother the Mojo HD3, but uses a new and evolved carbon layup and the latest generation of the dw-link rear suspension system. Ibis’s frame continues with the sexy and swoopy lines created by their industrial designer Roxy Lo. It’s light, snappy and nimble and can climb like a goat and descend gnarly terrain with plushness and composure.

Ibis Mojo 3 - Frame

 

Features

It has a tapered headtube, inside triangle water bottle mounts, a threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing, a Boost 12x148mm rear axle, is ISCG 05 compatible and has a removable direct mount front derailleur mount. The head angle is 66.8° and the chainstay length is 16.7”, which is short for a bike that can fit a 27.5+ 2.8-inch tire. The bottom bracket height is 13.2” with 2.25” tires, and the frame weighs 5.5 lbs. It comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL), Corinthian Red and The New Black colors, and the frameset retails for $2999, and kits range from $3999 to $8899.

Specs

  • 27.5″ or 27.5 Plus tire compatible with one wheel set.
  • Boost 148 rear/Boost 110 front
  • 130 mm rear wheel travel
  • dw-link version 5
  • 1X or 2X with a removable direct mount front derailleur mount that gives a clean 1X look
  • 27.5 B+ compatible with Schwalbe or Maxxis 2.8”
  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • Fox Factory FLOAT DPS shock with EVOL Sleeve and Kashima Coat, 7.875″ x 2.00″
  • ISCG 05 compatible with optional removable adapter
  • Carbon fiber monocoque frame and swingarm
  • 68 mm BSA threaded bottom bracket
  • Super versatile internal cable routing including internal dropper routing.
  • Optional polycarbonate down tube cable guard
  • 160mm post mount
  • Headset compatibility: ZS 44 / ZS 56
  • Dual row angular contact bearings on the drive side of the
    lower link that have less play than standard sealed bearings. Preload
    adjustment is not necessary. Large 28mm x 15mm x 7mm radial bearings on
    the non drive side for stiffness and long wear
  • Frame weight 5.5 lbs with shock
  • BB height at sag is the same with either tire
Ibis Mojo 3 - angled

 

Build Kits and Part Specs

There are ten build kits for the Mojo 3: the base Special Blend $3999, XT $6099, XT Werx Spec $7499, XT 1x $5999, XT 1x Werx $7399, X01 $6199, X01 Werx $7599, XTR 1x $8599, XTR 2x $8799 and XX1 $8899.

All the frames come with the Fox Factory FLOAT DPS shock with EVOL Sleeve and the kits all get the Boost RockShox Pike RCT3 140mm fork, KS LEV Integra dropper post and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35” tires. Optionally, you can purchase a set of wider tires, including the Schwalbe NN 2.8” or Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5” WT. The Werx Specs, XTR1x, XTR 2x and XX1 all get the Ibis 741 carbon wheels while the base kits get Easton ARC 30 wheels though you can upgrade to the carbon wheelset if desired.

For lighter riders, those weighing less than 135 lbs, Ibis has a specialty Fox Float DPS “Roxy Tune” rear shock.

Ibis Mojo 3 - red

Grams Thoughts

I am happy to see Ibis stepping up to the plate and releasing a bike that has the capabilities to run 27.5 and 27.5 Plus tires. I like that it can take up to 2.8” tires which I think is the ideal sweet spot for a Plus sized tire. My local terrain and where I like to ride works best with fatter tires, where a wider footprint improves traction and braking. They didn’t go with the typical adjustable rear linkage toggle chip design to accommodate for the increased static heights of the bigger and taller Plus sized tires. They found that when the bike was body weighted the tires sag height remained the same between all the various sizes, since as you increase the tire width, you drop the tire pressures. In a nutshell, at proper inflation, all the tires squish down to the same height when weighted.  It would be nice to see a slightly wider rim to take advantage of the broader and Plus sized tires. Too bad the rear triangle of the Mojo 3 isn’t retrofittable onto the Mojo HD3, cause I’d love to have the Plus size capabilities on that bike.

Formerly Ibis looked at making the Ripley a 27.5+ and 29er bike, but they went in the focused 27.5 Mojo 3 direction instead. While testing a 29er bike, they found that 27.5+ 3.0 tires were too bouncy and 2.8” tires made the BB height too short and took away the big wheeled advantages of a 29er, so that design was scrapped.

Ibis Mojo 3 - linkage

I am a big fan of the dw-link suspension and have always found that the Ibis designs make the best use of the Dave Weagle system (now version 5). Not only have I been a loyal Ibis rider and groupie since their rebirth in 2005,
but I have owned the Mojo Carbon, Mojo HD, Mojo HDR, Mojo HD3, Ripley V1 and
V2. I am looking forward to trying out the new Mojo 3 sometime this coming year and seeing how is functions out on the trail.

The new Mojo 3 with the versatility to run 27.5 and 27.5 Plus tires and the sweet spot of a 2.8” width, the functional travel of 130mm rear and 140mm front should make for a snappy, controllable and nimble beast.

Ibis Mojo 3 - geos

 

Geometry

 

Nominal Size Small Medium Large X-Large
C-to-T Size A 366mm (14.4″) 430mm (16.9″) 476mm (18.7″) 520mm (20.5″)
EFF Top Tube B 580mm 600mm 620mm 640mm
Head Tube Length (4mm stack of lower cup not included) C 85mm 105mm 117mm 132mm
Chain Stay D 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm
Seat Tube Angle E 74.6º 73.6º 73.6º 73.6º
Head Tube Angle F 66.8º 66.8º 66.8º 66.8º
Wheelbase G 1126m 1137mm 1158mm 1180mm
BB Height (with 2.25 Schwalbe Nobby Nic) 335mm 335mm 335mm 335mm
Stack 578mm 592mm 602mm 616mm
Reach 419mm 423mm 438mm 455mm
Standover 695mm 719mm 723mm 750mm
Trail 106mm 106mm 106mm 106mm
Sizing Guide (rider height) 152–165 (5’0″–5′ 5″) 163–175 (5’4″–5′ 9″) 175–188 (5’9″–6’2″) 183–198 (6’–6’6″)
125 mm KS Lev Saddle Height Range (BB to seat top) 61.7 cm to 67.3 cm (or 56.7 to 63.3cm with 100 mm 64.5 cm to 73.0 cm 69.7 cm to 78.4 cm 73.5 cm to 83.0 cm
150mm KS Lev Saddle Height Range (BB to seat top) You’d be weird to want this. 67.0cm to 78.0 cm 72.4 cm to 82.9 cm 76.5 cm to 87.5 cm

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