Ibis Mojo 2010 Review

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About me:

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. As mentioned above I come from an XC hardtail background but have moved with technology and ride a Titus RacerX for XC, a Turner 6 pack for DH and Shore riding and a Knolly Endorphin set up for more freeriding/shore/technical XC riding. My Bikes!

The Ride: The first thing you notice when you ride this bike is that it is LIGHT. At 27lbs this light bike is easy to climb and maneuver on the trail. It also makes it easy to carry over hike a bike sections. The Medium Mojo tested for this review has a 22.8 theoretical top tube, the cockpit was lengthened with the 90mm stem and laid back Thompson seatpost. The bike did seem small but this did not hamper its performance and added to its nimbleness.

Suspension designs tend to bias towards climbing or descending. The DW link biases the bike to climbing. With pro-pedal on or off the climbing platform was firm. While movement was detected with pro-pedal off it did not hamper climbing performance. The DW link is an anti squat design which reduces energy loss during mass transfer. This ensures all the pedaling energy is directed to moving the bike forward (if you don’t believe me read his patent). As the bike moves through the rear travel the amount of anti squat decreases to allow the travel to become more plush, rising again near the end of the suspension to prevent bottoming out. On slower big hits the suspension would soak up the terrain and provided a deep plush feeling, on smaller fast hits and in rough fast terrain the suspension was more firm. This shouldn’t be surprising given the compression dampening inherent in the suspension. The frame seemed flexy, but after talking to a few people and actually stepping on the bottom bracket to see how much the frame flexed it actually didn’t move much. It could be the carbon itself is the cause of the flex. I’m not sure how to explain the loose rear on some terrain, could be that the bike is so light it gets moved around more. The deflection was not due to low tire pressure or other looseness in the wheel. The movement once expected did not affect performance significantly, in fact it made for a very playfull bike. The Lopes link on this bike was introduced to add lateral stability of the frame and is a welcome addition.

The Fox Float 15mmQR15 fork was stiff, plush and well matched to this frame. Once adjusted to my weight it performed predictably and reliably.

The 2.35 Kenda Nevegal tires performed well on the terrain tested which was rocky, rooty, wet and dry hardpack. These are preferred tires for most riding in the North Shore, Squamish and Whistler area.

The Shimano XT brakes provided ample one finger braking and only showed slight fade on a sustained 30 minutes descent. The Shimano XT shifting was very indexed and abrupt.

Mojo in Whistler

North Shore, North Vancouver – XC and All mountain

The trails on the North Shore are characterized by rough rocks, roots, abrupt pitches both up and down. This bike shone in technical situations where nimbleness and solid stable climbing bikes have an advantage. Climbs were easily negotiated from almost a dead stop to full on momentum.

Descents on the North Shore also tend to be more technical and require many corrections in direction. This bike was very quick to maneuver and on most of the slower speed drops the suspension was plush. At higher speeds and on rougher terrain the rear of the bike would be easily deflected.

On faster smoother cross country trails the bike was very fast and still quick to maneuver. Again deflection was felt on fast or rough corners but once expecting the movement was easily compensated for. It was incredibly easy to sprint out of corners and stops.

Whistler Cross Country

Whistler cross country trails are also very technical but are more interspersed with rock faces and longer sustained climbs and descents. Again this bike shone on the climbs. The lower bottom bracket was noticable since there are a lot of rock and root obstacles on the trails to negotiate. It was often better to try to go around these then over which you can do on a bike with a higher bottom bracket. The only concern was how easy it the rear was deflected in rough variable terrain.

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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