Contrary to the endless stream of epic video footage touting long, low, super slack 6in+ travel bikes as required equipment for achieving top dog status in the dirt world, the truth is, most of us won't ever ride terrain that's gnarly enough to necessitate that extreme of equipment. As Ibis communicates clearly with the launch of the new 2016 Mojo 3 Carbon 27.5 Plus X01 WERX Complete Mountain, sometimes less is more in the search for the perfect trail whip. Think of it as the Mojo HD3's baby brother, and a versatile deviation from the uber-slacked enduro sled crowd.
The Mojo 3 tempers the extremes that make the HD3 so good in apocalyptic terrain in favor of a chassis that's lighter, more agile, and still capable enough to handle everything this side of shuttled gravity loops. The 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. Paired with a set of tubby 2.8in tires, the five-inch travel feels around a full inch deeper than it actually is. Regardless of the tires you choose to run — plus or standard — Ibis built the frame so the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same.
The 27.5+ WERX build is highlighted by Ibis' new 741 carbon fiber wheelset, which boasts hook-less rim beads and a massive 41mm external width to provide a strong, stable perch for tires up to 2.8in-wide. Ibis wraps these rims with Schwalbe's versatile Nobby Nic 2.8-inch tires, which somewhat counterintuitively sit only 0.15-inch taller than narrower 2.3in tires, complements of that wide rim stance. This means you'll get all the beefed up traction of the 27.5+ width, while the relatively low height minimizes the disconcerting bounciness experienced with other wide tires mounted to narrower rims.
The frame itself is what you'd expect from Ibis: a full carbon monocoque affair that 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, and the inclusion of Boost rear spacing let Ibis slam the rear wheel up for the above-mentioned stubby stays while still leaving room for tubby tires and the option of including a front derailleur. Of course, Ibis has taken the liberty of spec'ing the Mojo 3 Carbon 27.5+ X01 WERX build with a blend of SRAM bits that forgoes that component in favor of a one-by set up, but it's nice to know you have the option in case the need ever arises.
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Stud of a Steed
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Whelp, I'm sold. This very likely will be my next bike. I'm 5'11" and have an inseam of 32" and rode a large frame. While I didn't get to climb as much as I would have liked, I was more than impressed with the downhill performance for a trail bike.
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 was worried you'd get the rotational forces feel on the wheels that fat bikes get. I rode the 2.8" Knobby Nics and the worry for not being able to turn once you pick up speed washed away. They're definitely noticeably bigger, but the bike feels great with them. I would like to try the bike out with smaller tires as well, I'd imagine its just as fun and may feel a bit faster.
-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 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. I definitely rode through some chunky areas and the bike handled it great, possibly due to being as slack as it is.
-I didn't get to climb as much as I would have liked, but was a huge fan of the DW-Link Suspension. Snappy uphill and plush downhill.
Things I would change (personal preference on these more than anything):
- I'd bump up to a 34t chainring. Half because I ran out of gears on some downhills, half because I like a good sufferfest on the uphill.
- The dropper post didn't have any issues, but I like the "front derailleur style lever" and wouldn't mind that.
Just wanted to drop a note that I did end up buying this bike despite test riding many others.
Things I changed from this build for my own personal bike:
- X01 cranks
- Fox 36 with travel dropped to 140mm
- Ibis 742's with DHF & DHR tires
-RaceFace SixC bars
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!
please let me know the bike weigth
The 2016 Mojo 3 Carbon 27.5 Plus X01 WERX Complete Mountain Bike is going to weigh in at about 27lbs. Feel free to reach out with any other questions about this bike or anything else. -Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead.
Boost makes the world go 'round
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The Mojo 3 is more proof Boost designed bikes are legit, that the new hub standard is more than just a money making scheme for the industry. A bike that performs like this wouldn't be possible without Boost. The Mojo 3 is already an awesome bike. Now add the plushy mcplushness of 27.5+ wheels and tires and you have an all-season, all mountain ripper. Give me a shout and we can go over the deets... firstname.lastname@example.org 801-204-4557