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When legendary mountain bike manufacturer Ibis returned to the scene in 2005, it came back with a vengeance. The rebirth of Ibis marked the birth of the Mojo carbon full suspension frame. The Mojo quickly became a top-shelf dream bike among those in the know. Few bikes have the chops to hang with the Mojo when it comes to long-travel XC duties. With the signing of gravity legend Brian Lopes, Ibis decided to design a frame with longer suspension and a more relaxed geometry for greater high-speed stability. While the Ibis Mojo HD bears a resemblance to its older brother, the Mojo, it's actually a ground-up redesign.
The Mojo HD shares more than just good looks with the Mojo SL. It also relies on the dw-link to soak up the bumps. The position of the linkages creates resistance in the suspension to the rearward transfer of mass and subsequent compression (squat) of the rear end as you stomp the pedals and accelerate. This anti-squat trait means that the dw-link rear suspension allows the use of a more lightly damped shock. Instead of heavy compression damping and a reliance on the ProPedal lever, the linkage creates the pedaling platform. So, even on a long travel bike like the Mojo HD, dw-link makes it pedal like it's a race bike. The more lightly damped shock means you'll experience the best bump sensitivity, traction, and control in all trail situations whether stomping out of a berm, coasting across off-camber roots, or churning through braking bumps.
The Mojo HD is built entirely from carbon fiber save for alloy inserts at the headtube, bottom bracket, and pivot locations. The monocoque construction assures that smooth transitions in the material occur at the tube junctions so that it is as strong, as stiff, and as light as possible. The stiff and light theme is carried through to the front of the frame where it has a 1-1/8-1.5in tapered head tube. The forged and CNC machined aluminum links are beefier than those found on the Mojo. The lower link received most of the attention and has new, bigger and wider bearings to handle the expected torture of the HD. The 160mm travel rear suspension (20mm more travel than the Mojo SL) relies on low leverage rates and a Fox Float RP23 CTD with Boost Valve air shock with Fox's ultra slick Kashima Coating for tuneability and performance on a variety of terrain. The air spring preload is easy to set and compression, rebound, and boost valve settings offer a wide range of adjustment to suit personal tastes. The Mojo HD has a 67 degree head angle that is optimized for a 160mm travel front fork, but if you find yourself on nasty trails more often than not, or prefer airtime over lunchtime, then a switch to a 180mm fork would result in a slackening of the head angle to an even more stable 66 degrees.
The Mojo HD uses a 12x142mm Maxle thru-axle. While it is not ISCG
compatible, Ibis partnered with MRP to create a clever custom bottom
bracket-mounted backing plate that also attaches to the fixed front
pivot bolt for the lower link. Not to worry, it offers all the security
and strength that you would expect to need for a single ring setup and
aggressive riding. All of the cable and hose guides are removable for a
cleaner look, including the guide
for remote adjustable seatposts.
The Ibis Mojo HD comes in Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large and is available in Black, Vitamin P Green, and White.
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