The Ibis Mojo Mojo SL-R is indeed the new Ibis bike for 2011. It is a 140mm travel all mountain bike that incorporates all the latest technologies and standards. No, it’s not a 29er or 650b and yes, it is another 140mm bike in the Ibis line-up. So while it’s not the most ground breaking new product intro around, it really is a a very good evolution of the Ibis Mojo line.
Very Stiff - This frame incorporates all that was learned with the Mojo HD frame. It shares the downtube of the HD and is overall 80-90% as stiff as the HD.
Real Light - Large frames are coming out at 4.95 lbs. New molding techniques are being used as Ibis has gone to a better manufacturer. The famous Ibis ‘cross-brace’ in the frame used to leave foam material in the production process. It is now completely hollow.
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Tapered Steer Tube - This simply is one of the greatest advancements in frames today as it adds noticeable front end stiffness while adding very little weight
Bb92 Bottom Bracket – great for molding, really light and stiff translating to better acceleration.
Direct mount front der – simpler, cleaner and is ideal for 2×10 or 3×10 setups.
142 mm maxle - HD is 135mm right now so this leapfrogs it and jumps to a new level of rear end stiffness.
HD cable routing – This is the cleanest version of Mojo cable routing.
Bigger chain stay plate – A little more chainsuck protection is one of the things learned from all the real-world experience out there.
Integrated carbon brake post mounts – save weight with a cleaner design.
69 degree head angle with 140mm fork - This is a bit controversial as this head angle is unchanged from the Mojo SL. It seems they did not want to creep into HD territory. A frame this stiff and burly though seems to warrant a slightly slacker head angle. The good news is there’s the new Cane Creek Angleset headset and the head angle can be adjusted all the way to 67.5 degrees.
Colors - 4 will be available with the cool new graphic treatment. White, Orange, Silver, Black.
So there it is. It is an evolution rather than a revolution. Ibis really has been meticulous about perfecting the Mojo design and they are very proud of their work. This design is proven and they’re able to grow it from all their experience and design iterations. Everything learned is kept and they have been very careful to adapt all the key standards out there that will work well with this bike.