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Touted as the little sibling of Ibis' big drop enduro bomber HD3, the 2016 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon XTR 2x WERX Complete Bike has a more playful agility and snappier handling that's at home on everything this side of lift-accessed gravity runs. With trends leaning towards super slack, huge travel bikes, the Mojo 3 proves that less is sometimes more.
Though it does temper the extremes that make the HD3 so good in apocalyptic terrain, the Mojo 3's 140mm Pike fork kicks the head tube out to 66.8 degrees — an angle you'll recognize from virtually every six-inch enduro bike, ever. Despite that slack front end and the bike's long, low posture, the Boost spacing allowed Ibis to slam the rear wheel up, shortening the chainstays to a stubby 16.73in while still leaving enough clearance for tires up to 2.8in in diameter. The benefits of the slack front end, Boost front and rear axles, and short stays add up to dual-threat versatility. We call it efficient climbing and line-sticking confidence whether dicing terrain or running roughshod over it; Ibis calls it "playful."
The Mojo 3's spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis tuned the shock to feel firm off the top but with small bump compliance that keeps the rear wheel glued across moderate lumps and while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds. Ibis describes the shock's ramp-up characteristics as "robust," which gives the kind of big-hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. If you swap the included 2.35in knobbies for a pair of tubby 2.8in tires, the five-inch travel feels around a full inch deeper than it actually is. Regardless if you run plus or standard tires, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same.
The WERX build is highlighted by Ibis' new 741 carbon fiber wheelset, boasting hook-less rim beads and a massive 41mm external width to provide a strong, stable perch for tires up to 2.8-inches in width. Ibis wraps these rims with Schwalbe's versatile Nobby Nic 2.35-inch tires for snappy handling and the ability to nimbly slice through muddy patches and technical terrain, but they also allow the kind of wide, plush seating that really makes the 27.5+ platform shine.
The frame itself is what you'd expect from Ibis: a full carbon monocoque affair incorporates the construction pedigree of the HD3 but at a drastic weight savings, shedding a claimed 0.4lbs compared to the enduro brute. The tapered head tube further increases stiffness up front, which makes for yet better tracking across terrain. Ibis specs the Mojo 3 Carbon XTR 2x WERX build with a blend of Shimano components and a double chainring to provide ample gearing options no matter the terrain.
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- Q & A
Stud Of A Steed
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm 5'11" and have a 32" inseam. I'm often split between a medium and large, though more typically on the large frame side of things. I've paired this with a 35mm length stem and have 175mm cranks on it. It fits great. For my build (with a Fox 36 bumped to a 140mm travel, Raceface SIXC bars, X01 11sp drivetrain, Sram RSC brakes) it comes in at 27.98lbs.
In all honesty, most modern bikes these days don't really have straight up pros/cons so I'm going to switch it up from my normal format. Things that stood out on it:
- I have the Ibis 742 wheelset and love them. I personally have the DHF 2.5 & DHR 2.4. This bike will have the 741 wheelset which is essentially the same, though the hubs are different. I love the way the wide rims feel, just can rally into berms and run a touch lower psi (though for me being at 175lbs and riding aggressively, I love a 24 front/27rear psi).
- For being as slack as it is (66.8 degree headtube angle) it felt very nimble and could whip it around tight switchbacks both down and up. It just feels straight up snappy.
- While it doesn't have a straight up bottomless feel (I didn't expect it to, its a 130mm bike), the bike would definitely be able to take some relatively big hits, especially smoother stuff. With that said, the bike handles chunky areas and the bike handled it great, possibly due to being as slack as it is.
- I've now spent a lot of time climbing on it and it climbs fantastic with the suspension wide open and is super-efficient
If you want to talk shop about the Mojo 3 or look into getting it custom spec'd best for you, don't hesitate to reach out and I'd be happy to help! Feel free to give me a call at 801.204.4547 or you can email me at email@example.com