Today Jan 5th 2010, Ibis finally announced actual information about the long awaited Mojo HD, enjoy!
by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet – http://www.gramslightbikes.com/
source: Ibis Cycles
Ibis Mojo HD
The Mojo HD is the longer travel bigger brother to the Mojo and Mojo SL. The “HD” as we call it, has 160mm of rear wheel travel, up 20mm from the other Mojos.
The Mojo Carbon, which we introduced in 2005, pioneered efficient, lightweight long travel suspension, blurring the lines between those previously separate categories.
The Mojo HD takes this concept a step further, giving riders another level of skill and confidence in nearly every situation.
Brian Lopes has ridden the HD more than anyone, and we asked for his thoughts on how we should talk about the HD.
“Let people know that this frame, although it looks very similar, it is a completely different beast when the limits are being pushed. When I am charging down any hill I can feel the differences in every aspect. The angles, stiffness, and that added amount of travel all are huge factors that translate into the ability to ride steeper, rougher, more technical terrain with more ease and confidence. While the regular MOJO is NO whimpy bike, the HD enhances the capabilities of a rider to the next level, especially when pushing the limits.” – Brian Lopes
Due to the success of the Mojo, the bar was very high for this bike (high jump reference, not a limbo reference). After reading what Brian said about the frame, consider that the weight of the HD frame is 6.3lb, half a pound more than the Mojo. Light weight combined with the pedalability of the dw-link along with all that go-fast stuff Brian mentioned means we’ve hit our goal.
The HD is designed to be used with forks in the 160mm to 180mm travel range. Two geometry charts are provided for your viewing pleasure (one at 160mm and one at 180mm)
Although there’s a family resemblance, the Mojo HD uses all new molds and layups for both front triangle and swingarm. The frame is made from the same modulus carbon as the SL. The lower link and Lopes Link are all new too.
Here’s a lot more on the various features and design of the HD.
The HD features what’s being referred to (at least this week) as a mixed tapered headset with a 1.5″ lower and a 1.125″ upper.
The 1.5″ lower provides an exceptionally rigid front end platform. Combined with the through axle fork and our very stiff front end layup, you’ll be amazed at the precision found in the front end, particularly when pushing hard.
The HD is also compatible with the King InSet headset.
Not Your Father’s 160mm Bike
One of the things we’d like to stress is that while 160mm of travel might not seem like a big change from the Mojo, or enough for the huck demons out there, you’ve got to try it. 160mm of Ibis spec dw-link feels like a lot more. The spring curves and leverage rates we’ve spec’d along with Fox on their RP23 resulted in a bike that surprises people when they ride it. The HD feels bomber unless you’re pedaling it uphill, when it feels downright svelte. The 1.5 tapered steerer, our refined carbon layup, and the sum total of many customers’ feedback being incorporated into the design of this frame—all these things combine to give the HD a very surprising feel. It’s built like a tank, but doesn’t ride like one. Welcome to the new era.