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Ibis first put carbon to what was then their long-travel Mojo trail bike back in 2005 before we knew that all-mountain riding would grow into what has now solidified as enduro. In the years since the Mojo name has spread to include a number of longer travel HD variants, as the bike developed into a premier enduro machine. But now Ibis is going back to the all-around mountain bike trail riding roots of the bike with a new third generation Mojo 3. Built around pretty much all of the recent tech updates we’ve seen in the industry over the last year, with 27.5″ wheels and the ability to fit plus-sized rubber, the new Mojo 3 may be the most well-rounded mountain bike Ibis has ever made…

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all images courtesy of Ibis

This latest Mojo 3 is designed to be everything you need in a trail-riding machine, taking a lot of design inspiration from the Mojo HD3. With the ability to run 2.8″ wide 27.5+ tires on the 35mm-internal Ibis 741 rims, the new bike can get a grip on pretty much any trail surface out there. The new Mojo 3 is built around 130mm of updated gen5 dw-link travel paired with a 140mm fork. Together with 27.5″ wheels, the bike rolls over everything in its path. Swap between 2.3″, 2.5″ or  even 2.8″ tires to get the feel you need depending on how gnarly the trail is going to get or how light you want to roll.

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The bike also gets a contemporary trail geometry update – long, low, and slack – with a 66.8° headtube angle. Chainstays remain short at 425mm and keep 2x flexibility (with a removable direct mount) thanks in part to the move to a Boost rear end. And with a Boosted Pike fork every bit of movement you put into the bike goes directly to the trail for a solid handling ride. The bike uses a standard 68mm threaded bottom bracket and gets a removable ISCG05 mount, as well. It also gets flexible internal routing from brakes to drivetrain, to a stealth dropper post, and has the option for a bolt on polycarbonate downtube protector if you ride in extremely rocky terrain regularly.

In addition to all of the tech upgrades, the new bike gets an updated swoopy look from Roxy Lo, the same designer that shaped the original carbon Mojo and penned the lines that make all of the Ibises stand out these days. And since Roxy herself is just a tad over 5′ (153cm) tall, even shorter riders will find a bike that fits in the Small sized frame.

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The 130mm travel frame was designed to be compatible with both 27.5 and 27.5 Plus tires using the same wheelset. Ibis even says that with either tire setup, you set up sag so that the bottom bracket height doesn’t change whether you go plus or not.

Available in four sizes: S, M, L & XL; the medium sized frameset is claimed to weigh just 5.5 lbs (2.5kg), including the Fox Factory Float DPS shock with the EVOL sleeve and a tune specifically developed for the Mojo 3.

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The new Mojo 3 is in stock and shipping now. You might even find one waiting to be ridden home today in your friendly local Ibis dealer.

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The frameset itself is available for $3000, with several complete bikes also available with tires ranging from 2.3s up to 2.8″ wide.

A Special Blend build with a 1x drivetrain will be your cheapest way into a complete bike at $4000 when it is available in June. For now a Shimano XT 1x build will set you back 6 grand, or another hundred bucks with a front derailleur, and about the same price for a SRAM X01 complete. The sky’s surely the limit though, with standard XTR or XX1 kits pushing up close to nine thousand dollars.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Nice frame but they still have trouble sizing for tall people. That’s a ridiculously short reach on the XL for anyone over 6′ tall but the seat tube is quite long.

  2. Still not clear on why you would want 2.8 tires on a 130 bike? I mean, it’s stated you can run 2.3, 2.5, and 2.8 depending on how “gnarly” the trails are. Does anyone think they can ride the gnar with 2.8 650b tires that are as light as singly ply 26x 2.3 tires? Also, if you are riding the gnar do you really want to just put 2.8’s on your 130 rather than have a 160 or bigger bike in your quiver?

    The bike industry is pretty funny these days. There’s a mandatory weight penalty with big tires the industry wants to ignore because they know it will kill sales before they get started. All the reviews of cut tires doesn’t seem to make people think about this? it’s pretty amusing how some people blame all the +flats on the tires the bike came with rather than think about the fact that it wont’ matter if your + bike comes with maxxis, schwalbe……any + tire under 1.3kg will be nightmare of flats.

    That said, looks like a fine trail bike. I wish they would make it 26″ plus and standard 650b. Maybe that will be the next trend once sales slow down in a few years?

  3. The lightest tire I’d consider running on rocky terrain (where Plud would make sense) weighs 800-1000gr in 2.4 size.
    Those are Conti MK or TK protections.

    If you would make them bigger to suit Plus bike, they would weigh 1300-1500 each since there’s 200-250gr penalty upping from 2.2 to 2.4″

    Add that to the heavier wheelset due to wider rims and you’ve got a bike that has wheels that are quite a lot heavier than a regular but still plenty wide 2.3-2.4 MTB.

    I’d like to try Plus EBike though, it could be fun as the motor could offset a it of the inherent porkiness of the Plus bike.

  4. Cool bike but I think another sign of disarray in the bike industry. Bike companies don’t know what wheel / tire size bikers want and honestly neither do riders now that so many options are offered to them. Selling new bikes means finding new niche segments to differentiate and plus tires are the new niche, but no one really knows if plus size tires are really all-that. However, neither the bike companies or buyers want to be left behind so now everyone is hedging their bets and trying to make or buy bikes that accommodate multiple wheel and tire sizes. Maybe that versatility is ultimately a good thing but it’s clearly a state of disarray that feels like it needs a few years to shake out

    • I believe what we are seeing these days is a product of the fact that bikes have been dialed in for years now. IMO, there hasn’t been any real innovations since 1×11 which came out in 2012. The other improvements we’ve had since 2012 like geo are subjective and don’t require a rider to buy new stuff. 650b, boost, 15mm, 30mm bb spindles….. You name it. Hardly big innovations and there’s little to no data to support that those things are better than their predecessors. Where does the industry go now that they’ve changed every standard by a few mm many times over to the point of backlash? +size!!

  5. Re: Ibis hard to fit tall people – I’m 6’1-1/2″ and previously owned a Mojo-SL in a size XL frame. I currently own a Ripley LS in a XL frame. Fits me fine. I run a 720 riser bar, 80 mm stem and seat is just about centered on the rails. Works fine for me now…

  6. As someone who is running 2.8’s now, I can shed some light. For me, aggressive all mountain riding in standard with rims/ tires only works at 40+ psi. Now, with the 2.8’s on 50mm rims, I’m able to run 15-20 psi. This makes my 140mm bike feel as plush or more than a 160 on the descents, and it climbs much nicer too. The tires have enough squish to bring the ride height back down to normal 275. imo, this will kill the trail/all mountain/ enduro labeling, now one bike at 125-140mm will be extremely capable of all those types of riding.
    Tire cuts are likely due to people being able to now run insanely low pressure and the tire stays stable on the rim, and now rims are striking and cutting them up. schwalbe’s procore should fix that.

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