First Look: 2015 Ibis Mojo HD3

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Suspension, builds

The HD3 is available as a frame-and-shock-only, and ships with a FOX Float Kashima CTD for $2900, with Cane Creek’s InLineDouble Barrel Air available as a $60 upgrade option. From there Ibis offers build kits starting with the humble “Special Blend” ($3950 complete) on up to the no-holds-barred Shimano XTR 2×11 option at $9,200. In between there’s versions with both SRAM and Shimano options between $6,000 and $8,700.

The Ibis Mojo HD3 is available with Shimano's new XTR 11-speed mechanical groups in 1x and 2x configurations.

The Ibis Mojo HD3 is available with Shimano’s new XTR 11-speed mechanical groups in 1x and 2x configurations.

On the trail with the Mojo HD3

Though we had far too little time either setting up or riding the HD3 to draw any conclusions, the bike looked and felt more planted and confident than Ibis’s of old. Whereas prior generations always seemed to show an upscaling from cross-country roots, the new version feels like it was born from more substantial stock. And while the bike’s laterally stiff frame is likely of primary responsibility, Ibis’ ultra-wide 741 wheelset shod with Maxxis Minion DHF tires certainly contributes.

The HD3 feels confident when pointed down hill.

The new Ibis Mojo HD3 feels confident when pointed down hill.

The tire and rim combination not only add to the bike’s “moto” look, they provide a very confident contact patch between rubber and terra firma. Because it was our first ride on both the bike and the wheels it was hard to say where the bike ended and the wheels took over–which, according to Ibis, is sort-of the point. Needless-to-say we found the results very encouraging and look forward to more time on both, as well as some A/B comparison testing between the 741 wide rims and standard-width competitors.

Ibis flew in 19-time world champ and Olympic gold medalist Anne-Caroline Chausson to ride with dealers and journalists. The world "legend" seems wholly inadequate.

Ibis flew in 19-time world champ and Olympic gold medalist Anne-Caroline Chausson to ride with dealers and journalists. The world “legend” seems wholly inadequate.

Full Geometry Charts

Ibis Mojo HDR3 Geometry Drawing

Ibis Mojo HDR3 w/150mm Fork

Ibis Mojo HDR3 w/160mm Fork

For more information visit ibiscyles.com.


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