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.
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.
Ibis recommends a 150 or 160mm-travel fork with the HD3 and has provided the following basic geometry based on their lengths:
|Head Tube Angle||67 degrees||66.6 degrees|
|Seat Tube Angle||73.1 degrees||72.6 degrees|
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.