Ibis Mojo SL Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2013 $2,149.99
A timeless shape.
The SL is the latest evolution of a bike that shook the industry when it was introduced -- the Ibis Mojo. It was a design so clean and simple, with a highly respected and race-proven suspension system and a new carbon manufacturing process, that it caught lumbering giants sleeping and became one of the most sought after mountain bikes. The Mojo SL Carbon Mountain Bike Frame continues to keep Ibis ahead of the singletrack game with plenty of updates to enhance its ride and performance.
Sharing the same molds as the original Mojo, the SL keeps that familiar shape and notable 140mm of travel with the all-mountain geometry that makes it a favorite at trailheads. However, there are a few distinct differences between the two that set the Mojo SL apart, and up to 295g (.65 lbs) lighter.
Ibis' engineers have eliminated most of the alloy bits found in the original Mojo Carbon frame. In the SL version, the dropouts are compression molded carbon fiber and are far lighter than aluminum counterparts. Headset cups and the seatpost insert are also carbon fiber now. In fact, the Mojo SL is 100% carbon fiber except for the inserts at the bottom bracket and linkage shaft bores.
The actual composite layup is enhanced by the integration of higher modulus fibers, meaning less material can be used while maintaining the same strength and stiffness. The composite frame sections are molded as a monocoque to exploit the benefits of a refined layup schedule. The one-piece carbon structures are stiff and durable and provide the ultimate platform for the DW-Link to do its work.
Less material means less total weight. And, for the icing on the cake, steel pivot hardware has been replaced with lighter and stronger 6/4 titanium. The suspension links are forged, CNC machined, polished, and nickel plated or anodized for the ultimate in stiffness and durability, and this model is equipped with the stiffer Lopes Link for better tracking.
Ibis makes full use of the DW-Link suspension design to provide an optimal blend of all-mountain suspension characteristics. One of the most notable traits is its built in anti-squat. 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 accelerate. This anti-squat characteristic transfers pedal input into forward motion instead of compressing the shock.
According to Dave Weagle, the DW-Link creator, anti-squat properties built into the Mojo SL rear suspension allow Ibis to use a more lightly damped shock. This translates into greater bump sensitivity, traction, and control in all trail situations whether accelerating, braking, or cornering. The Mojo SL has that desirable coil-sprung feel, without the weight penalty.
The SL is equipped with the latest FOX Racing Shox FLOAT CTD rear shock. Its damper now features three distinct setting for simple user interaction — Climb, Trail, and Descend settings are already optimized for you, so there's no more fussing with multiple compression settings hoping you've got it right. It's also equipped with the Kashima coating for enhanced durability and smooth operation.
The bike is designed with a 69-degree head angle, and is optimized for a 140mm travel front fork, but it can handle a 160mm fork that would change the angle and would slow down the steering a bit for more aggressive terrain. It uses a 31.6mm seatpost and comes standard with a bolt-on seatpost clamp. It requires a traditional top-pull 34.9mm front derailleur. The rear disc brake mount features IS mounting tabs, and it takes a Cane Creek or similar integrated headset.
The Ibis Mojo SL Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2013 is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Matte Clear (over naked carbon weave), Transparent Blue, White, Eddy Orange, and Nuclear Pesto.
|A. Seat Tube|
|B. Effective Top Tube||G. Standover||F. Head Tube Length||D. Head Tube Angle||E. Seat Tube Angle||C. Bottom Bracket Height||H. Chainstay||Wheelbase|
|S||15.5in||22.0in||30.3in||4.0in||69.0 deg||73.0 deg||13.25in||16.9in||41.9in|
|M||17.0in||22.8in||30.7in||4.5in||69.0 deg||73.0 deg||13.25in||16.9in||42.7in|
|L||19.0in||23.6in||31.0in||5.1in||69.0 deg||73.0 deg||13.25in||16.9in||43.5in|
|XL||21.0in||24.4in||31.3in||5.7in||69.0 deg||73.0 deg||13.25in||16.9in||44.3in|
What community has to say
Worth the wait
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As an employee of a bike retailer, I've always felt that the highest compliment I can pay to any bike or product is with my own dollars. If that's true, then the strength of that compliment is compounded by how badly I want the bike or product. Well, in this case, I wanted it so badly, and for so long, that when the first opportunity arose to pick up a Mojo SL, I jumped on it immediately. When finally built up, the bike (pictured) lived up to my dreams of it, too. It climbed and descended like a champ, took the biggest hits I (admittedly more of a XC guy but still willing to hit 6-8 footers when I can) could muster, and made me feel like a rockstar doing it all. Its nimbleness reminded me of what I miss about riding 26" wheels after spending so much time on larger wheels, too. DW-link is so good it's made it very hard for me to take any other suspension platform seriously (so far). It didn't hurt that the bike emitted a certain inaudible signal of awesomeness that made it damn near impossible for nearby riders to not stare at the thing everywhere I went. Ultimately, the Mojo SL took years to develop and it shows - this bike is amazing.
If you have any questions about my particular build, or if you want to talk about building up your own Mojo, let me know, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-276-7130 x4648.
Ibis - Wow, 3 yrs and still lovin it!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have the SL 2010 model. I have ridden it countless miles and love this bike. I have it set up with XT 9 sp, thomson post, steam, formula brakes, mavic crossmax, tubeless. I had a Ellsworth truth prior to the Ibis. It really is true about DW-Link; it just climbs like a rocket and descends without hesitation. I have thought about other suspension designs but just feel the DW-Link offers the best of all worlds in the FM/AM arena. I did race it in the firecracker 50 and realized if your going to race 50 mile races you should probably get a dedicated race bike that weights 20-22 lbs. My ibis which is not build for lightweight but more for durability weights 27. I have the fox 150mm talus (which I would not get again but rather just a float and also get the 34). But the 150 mm is the perfect combo for AM. If you wanted more downhill then get the 160 but I do alot of tight singletrack trails and prefer the quickness of the 150 mm angle. I use continental 2.4 tire upfront and 2.2 in back without any problems.