Ibis Mojo 2010 Review

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The Bike

The Mojo is constructed as a single carbon monocoque frame and has 5.5inches (140mm) of rear travel. This bike is ideally paired with a 140mm fork to provide a balanced all mountain ride. The Ibis is available in four colours as either a clear coat or polyurethane coating. Ibis offers 5 build kits from Gucci to work horse. The XT kitted Silver demo bike provided by Obsession: Bikes was used in this review. The higher end build kit comes with Stan’s Rims and Tubeless tires allowing you to make this bike even lighter. The 31.6mm interior diameter seat post can accommodate the Joplin, Kind Shock and the Gravity Dropper adjustable seat post which is becoming a must for all mountain riding. The 180mm front, 160mm rear rotor provides ample braking power in this XT build kit. The WTB Rocket V saddle and Thompson Elite laid back seat post were easily adjusted and offered a comfortable ride. The 69degree head angle will put this bike in the cross country category. The longer 17.1inch chainstays aids in stability.

Mojo in Whistler

Top panels show the DW link on the right, and Lopes link on the left. The DW link is the anti-squat feature of this suspension design. The Lopes link adds to the lateral stiffness of the frame. Also highlighted here are the smooth lines of the bottom bracket area. Linkage

Lower panels show the unibody rear triangle and 15mm Fox Float fork. Both adding stiffness to the frame.

Front end

Fox Float RC2Weighing in at 3.87lbs this 140mm fork now has the FIT Damper which has been used by the 40 and 36 series since 2005. Fox Isolated Technology – FIT – reduces the fork weight by 71g by replacing the open bath oil damping with a bladder. This addition has increased the low speed compression adjustability of the fork. Also, the compression adjustments are on the top right fork, which necessitated the move of the rebound adjustment to the lower fork leg. The 15mm QR on the fork results in a stiff and solid ride.

Rear end

The DW suspension is complimented by the Fox Float RP2. The bike pedals efficiently in full active or pro pedal mode. While the DW Link does prevent squat, even with the pro-pedal off you can detect movement of the rear suspension. Pro-pedal will stiffen the rear suspension for pedaling efficiency. The smaller links also add to the stiffness of the bike.

Miscellaneous

Drive Train – Shimano XT 44X32X22 Cranks, 11-34 Cassette, Shimano Chain driven by XT 9 speed rear derailleur and Down-Swing Dual-Pull front derailleur.

Stopping power provided by Shimano XT brakes 180mm front rotor, 160mm rear.

Headset – Cane Creek IS3 1-1/8″ with an Ibis Stem and Easton Monkey lite XC handlebars.

Rims – Stans Arch rims, with IBIS front hub, XT rear, Kenda Nevegal 2.35 tires were on this bike.

Mojo in Whistler

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About the author: Sharon Bader

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. I started on a classic XC hard tail but have moved with technology and now ride a Pivot Mach 5.7 for XC, a Trek Session for DH and a Pivot Firebird and Knolly Endorphin for freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.


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  • bikethrasher says:

    This is propably the most accurate and unbiased review of the Mojo I have read. Great Review!

  • ProEdgeBiker.com says:

    Unchanged since 05, i bet a new one is right around the corner.

  • brodiegrrl says:

    Thanks Bikethrasher!

    Pro – The new bike should be called Ibis unobtanium.

  • isaac says:

    Thanks for the solid review.

    Was this mojo equipped with the Lopes link? Many have suggested that this resolved the flex/deflection issues you are describing.

  • Roger says:

    Great review, Sharon!

    Did you have any trouble with chainsuck or pedal strikes?

  • brodiegrrl says:

    Hi Isaac, It did have the lopes link.

    Rogers – I didn’t get any chainsuck, by pedal strikes, you mean over low terrain? Yes I did. I did comment on the low bottom bracket.

    For a good video of lateral flex check out:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=6898889&postcount=15

    password – mojoflex

  • bigrocks says:

    Seems like an unbiased,well written review. However,this bike comes alive with a 150 or 160mm fork,reduces the pedal strikes,twitcyness.

  • Yogi says:

    FYI, the DW-link is not a link, it is the suspension design.

  • Isaac says:

    Thanks for the follow up. I didn’t notice the flex when I had a chance for a quick demo but it was just a few hours and not the kind of riding where you’d really expect to see it. I also can’t claim to be the most discerning rider where detecting flex is concerned. I was also riding a different wheelset, do you think maybe it was the Ibis rear wheel that was flexing rather than the frame?

    As far as the 150 mm fork goes, I can second bigrocks impression. The bike was really a lot of fun with the TALAS I was riding opened up all the way.

  • Isaac says:

    Then again, the arch isn’t known as a particularly flex rim for the application so that seems like a somewhat unlikely culprit.

  • Rich says:

    I have owned na ibis mojo in size m colr naked carbon black
    I weigh 80-84 kilos since my purchase
    I go up hill down dale race my steed and clean it often as well as give it to a professional to do the tweeking i cannot get to…
    I have stuck clear stickers where they need to be on the frame and over the yeats ( i bought my bike in pieces and built it up in 2007 ) so as to avoid dents and scratches
    Today is 2014, Jan 31 and i still look at my ride with pride cos the money and time spent on it gives me joy, i also own. Specialised stumpjumper elite full sus with an M5 aluminum frame which is from the same year and it has held up well to my jumps down hills….
    I have only one beef, my ibis ‘creaks’ from time to time and I am not sure why
    Any opinions???
    I would buy another ibis today if I had the money and did not own my one as it is an eye opener as well as a pleasure to ride.
    Storing it in my home where I can see it reminds me of a museum piece as well as one of the family.
    Ten out of ten to Roxy Loe for designing the frame and ten for the post sales at Ibis bikes. Never had any unanswered mails when I wrote to them.

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