First Look: 2015 Ibis Mojo HD3

Ibis finally takes wraps off long-anticipated long-travel 27.5er

27.5 Enduro News
The new Ibis Mojo HD3 in the wild, Moab, Utah.

The new Ibis Mojo HD3 in the wild, Moab, Utah. Photo courtesy of Ibis Cycles

Ibis revealed their highly anticipated long-travel 27.5-inch Mojo HD3 to dealers and media last week, and most got what they were expecting–a polished version of the low, slack, long-travel rig über pilot Anne-Caroline Chausson rode to second place in the overall standings of the 2014 Enduro World Series. That the bike itself would come was never in question, it was more a matter of when, and what the particulars would be when it did…and now it can be told.

Ibis finally let the Mojo out of the bag at their Santa Cruz launch event last week.

Ibis finally let the Mojo out of the bag at their Santa Cruz launch event last week.

The HD3 will start shipping in December and features 150mm of rear wheel travel. In general the bike is longer than prior Mojo HD and HDRs by about 20mm. At the same time they’ve dropped the seat tube height by a half-inch in hopes of making the sizing decision more about length than standover height–“fit by torso” is how they phrased it.

Not surprisingly, the Mojo HD3 employs the Dave Weagel-designed dw-link suspension. The system–now in its fifth iteration–is said to provide better mid-travel support while standing on the pedals. It’s also been optimized to be more efficient with the smaller chainrings used in 1x and 2x front shifting systems, both of which the HD3 accommodates.

Green HD3 Rear View

Quick Geometry

Ibis recommends a 150 or 160mm-travel fork with the HD3 and has provided the following basic geometry based on their lengths:

FORK 150MM 160MM
Head Tube Angle 67 degrees 66.6 degrees
Seat Tube Angle 73.1 degrees 72.6 degrees
Chainstay 16.93-inches 16.93-inches
BB Height 13.4-inches 13.5-inches
Frame details

Ibis has definitely paid attention to details on the HD3–internal shift and dropper post routing enters the frame well behind the headtube and is angled such that cable rub is virtually eliminated. Rear brake housing is run externally to ease maintenance woes, and Ibis has opted for a tried-and-true threaded bottom bracket shell. To top it off the HD3 has two–count ’em–two water bottle mounts.

Continue to page 2 for more on the Ibis Mojo HD3 and full photo gallery »

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