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Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017

Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
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Description

Customize your trail experience.

We like to conceptualize the 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as a sprightly younger sibling to the gravity leaning HD3. Drawing inspiration from its burly kin, the Mojo 3 lands with expanded versatility in a lighter, more playfully agile chassis that pushes its 130mm of travel to handle just about everything this side of gravity. Expanding its capability with the versatility to handle standard and plus-sized tires, as well as single or double chainrings, this Mojo 3 is set to be your next best friend on the trail.

The Mojo 3's versatility is informed by the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis tunes the shock so its initial stroke rides on the "plush" side, but our firsthand experience with the bike tells us that generous small bump compliance doesn't keep it from feeling firm off the top. It's responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point. On the flip side, the ramp-up characteristics can best be described as 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. To cap it off, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same, no matter what size tire you choose to run.

The shock's tune doesn't require a high damper handicap, a fact that Ibis credits to the shock rate and DW-Link's steady pedaling platform. Since it naturally reduces bob without undue damping from the shock, DW-Link's ramp-up stays smooth throughout its suspension arc. It also suffers less heat build-up than heavily dampened models, so its ramp feel isn't significantly affected during hard, fast descents where the shock is working overtime.

Ibis says that the stubby chainstays and low claimed frame weight make the bike feel "taut." We think that's a wonderfully succinct way to describe the responsive aggression the Mojo 3 exhibits on climbs that would send the lumbering gravity crowd in search of a chairlift. When paired with a 140mm fork, the Mojo 3's 66.8-degree head tube is on par with slack enduro standards and situates it squarely at the foremost tip of the advancing sea of all-mountain machines that drop in as well as they climb out.

One unfortunate side effect of this kind of trending super-trail geometry is that most slack, low bikes running five inches of rear travel and 27.5+ tires are also ditching the double drivetrain. But not the Mojo 3. Ibis insists that there's still a place for an extra chainring while navigating this brave new world of ever-overlapping boundaries, and the Mojo 3's removable front derailleur mount means you have options when choosing your build kit.

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 final product is actually the seventh carbon lay-up schedule that Ibis tested —yet another indication that the Mojo 3 was carefully and meticulously developed rather than being rushed to market in order to capitalize on the 27.5+ hype.

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—which are approaching XC standards—while still leaving room for tubby tires and a front derailleur. That clearance also means that the frame is compatible with tires ranging from beefy 2.8in plus-sized down to 2.3in, though we see no reason to go below 2.4in tires given the Mojo 3's super trail pedigree.

  • Ibis' trail machine gets 27.5in and 27.5+ versatility
  • Responsive DW-Link suspension with 5in of travel
  • Long, slack geometry tackles bigger lines
  • Carbon construction reduces weight and increases stiffness
  • Removable derailleur mount lets you choose gearing
  • Internal cable routing offers clean lines
  • Boost hub spacing improves drive stiffness and tracking

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-Link 5
Wheel Size:
27.5 in, 27.5+
Rear Shock:
Fox Factory Float DPS 3pos w/Adj and EVOL Sleeve with Kashima Coat
Rear Travel:
130mm
Head Tube Diameter:
tapered (compatible with ZS44/ZS56 headsets)
Headset Included:
no
Bottom Bracket Type:
68mm threaded
ISCG Tabs:
no, ISCG 05 compatible with separately sold adapter
Cable Routing:
internal
Front Derailleur Mount:
direct-mount removable
Brake Type:
post-mount disc
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Claimed Weight:
[frame with shock] 5.5lb
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
7 years

Geometry Chart

Ibis

Geometry Chart

 

Mojo 3
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 14.4in 22.8in 22.7in 16.5in 27.4in 3.3in 66.8o 74.6o 13.2in 16.7in 44.3in
M 16.9in 23.6in 23.3in 16.6in 28.3in 4.1in 66.8o 73.6o 13.2in 16.7in 44.8in
L 18.7in 24.4in 23.7in 17.2in 28.5in 4.6in 66.8o 73.6o 13.2in 16.7in 45.6in
XL 20.5in 25.2in 24.2in 17.9in 29.5in 5.2in 66.8o 73.6o 13.2in 16.7in 46.4in

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Ibis Mojo 3 rocks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thanks to Luke at CC, I built up the Ibis Mojo 3 frame with Sram Eagle package, RS Pike and custom Nox Kitsuma carbon wheel teamed up with P321 hubs. This bike climbs like a mountain goat, no suspension bobs, very nimble, snappy and playful... taking trail riding to another level of fun. i am so glad I chose this bike over the Pivot Mach 5.5 because it suits my style of riding and local trails much better. I'm 5'6 and a medium size with 50mm stem fits perfectly. Very highly recommended and Luke at CC is a gem to work with.

Ibis Mojo 3 rocks

Amazing, nimble trail bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Setup: Fox factory, 34 fork, xo1 eagle, Guide RSC brakes, i9 Backcountry 360 wheels, Maxxis Rekon 2.8 tires.



I'm going to preface this review by saying that I have always been an Ibis fan, and loved the snappy, nimble feel their bikes provide. When I heard that they were making a shorter travel version of their HD3 with plus tire compatibility and shorter chainstays, I got myself on the wait list and picked up a frame.



This is the first plus tired bike I have owned, but I have ridden quite a few and this bike in particular stood out to me for one simple reason: It doesn't feel like a plus bike. Let me clarify, you get the velcro like grip that the plus tires provide, without the somewhat sluggish feel that some of the longer travel plus bikes tend to have, especially leaning the bike over when connecting switchbacks on a windy descent.



I will say that this bike is not a "lean back and hold on" trail slayer. It is incredibly light and nimble feeling, and requires you to be a bit more precise about your line selection. Should you do that though, you will be rewarded with an incredibly lively and nimble feeling trail bike with grip for days. This thing wants to be airborne, and is absolutely the most playful trail bike I have ever ridden, even with the wider 2.8 tires.



Still very nimble on the climbs though! With the DW suspension, I never found myself using the climb mode on the shock, opting most times to leave it in trail mode, and opening it up fully for the downhills. Pedal bob stayed at a minimum, and I never felt gassed because of the bike at the end of a long climb.



I would happily recommend this bike to anyone, and would be happy to talk about the details and pick out a killer component setup to make this bike sing. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have! 801.736.6396 x2344 or ldordai@backcountry.com

Avg. ride time: 3h 47m per week
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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. While my build is slightly different than this, it should be able to get some perspective on how the bike rides!

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 738 wheelset which is very similar in terms of rim width, though the hubs are different and they are aluminum. 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 cojohnson@backcountry.com

Stud Of A Steed

Do you still have your mojo 3? Anything you'd change about your build?

Also, I noticed the sizing chart is WAY off, might want to have someone update that.

Do you feel that the mojo 3 is supportive enough in the midstroke, or does it blow through its travel quickly?

Hey Six String Steve,

I'm now riding a Yeti SB5.5 for a change of pace, but wouldn't hesitate getting a Mojo 3 again in the future. Its a super fun bike. If I had it still, I would probably bump up to an Eagle drivetrain. I also highly disliked my Reverb's lever, I would either swap droppers or throw their new 1x lever on. Maybe play with the 2.6" tires that Maxxis has put out, but all in all its a rippin' bike that was pretty dialed. Definitely supportive in the midstroke, and I rode with mine fully open majority of the time. It never felt wallowy.

The sizing chart is definitely off - its based on an algorithm that plugs in bike specs. Its a work in progress right now.