Ibis launched its carbon fibre, 140mm travel Mojo four years ago to considerable acclaim. Since then a lighter SL version has come along, and also Ibis took on Brian Lopes as a sponsored rider. Feedback from him led to some minor mods to the original Mojo, like stiffer linkages in the back end – the Mojo has always been able to tackle things you might not expect for a sub-6lb frame, but it was never designed for the kind of racing that Lopes does.
For 2010, though, there’s a fully-emburlened Mojo called the HD. While it looks very similar, there are many differences. First up is a travel bump to 160mm, with geometry tweaked for forks between 160 and 180mm. It’s also got slightly longer chainstays, a 12mm Maxle back end and clearance for up to 2.5in tyres (depending on tyre brand).
Up front is an enlarged headtube designed for a 1 1/8-1.5in tapered steerer – Ibis will be producing an adaptor to let you use regular 1 1/8in forks if you wish. The pivot bearings have all grown, with dual row angular contact items in the heavily-loaded lower link. It’s a little heavier than the existing Mojo, but at 2.86kg (6.3lb) it’s hardly lardy.
The Mojo HD has cable routing for an adjustable seatpost and a front derailleur, or you can run a chainguide – there’s no ISCG mount, but Ibis has come up with its own HD-specific mount for which guides from popular brands will be available.
Pricing is to be announced, while the first production frame out of the factory will be waved under the nose of the industry at the Core Bike trade show later this month by UK distributors 2Pure. Find out more at http://ibiscycles.com/.