It’s already been a big year for Ibis, and it’s about to get bigger. Introducing the new Mojo HD5 – an even longer, slacker, 27.5″ enduro machine designed to get you up & down the mountain faster than ever before.
At first glance, the HD5 might look a lot like the outgoing HD4, but this is actually an all-new frame complete with a new carbon layup, geometry, and changes to the frame design. Featuring a full carbon frame and swingarm, internally, the HD5 includes molded tubing for all the cables and housings which allow you to push the cable through and have it pop out the other end.
While the frame still uses the tried and true dw-link suspension design, the lower link has been upgraded to the same style as the new Ripmo. That means that the upper link still uses bearings, but the lower link moves to IGUS bushings with a lifetime warranty.
There’s also no need to fear the “rock crusher” with upper and lower link protective shields to keep debris out of the gap between the frame and the swingarm.
The rear suspension travel stays at 153mm, but the front travel gets bumped up to 170mm. This also slacks out the head tube angle to 64.2° with a 37mm offset fork. Since enduro racers tend to run their stems high with a number of spacers, Ibis increased the stack height at the front to eliminate some of those unsightly spacers.
Traction Tuned Suspension
New to the HD5 is what Ibis calls their Traction Tuned Suspension. Essentially, it’s what Ibis has been doing for their smaller frames in the ‘Roxy Tune’ for years, but they’ve realized that it works for more riders than just the smallest and lightest. Working with their enduro team, they’ve worked to create a new suspension tune that offers lower levels of damping. When combined with the efficiency of the dw-link suspension system, the result is a bike that still pedals well but allows the rear wheel to react more quickly to the terrain. It also involves balancing the front and rear suspension to keep the chassis level relative to the ground.
More than just the HD5, Ibis will be offering some form of the Traction Tuned concept on their other bikes as well. Technically, the Ripmo AF already has a custom light tuned DVO suspension, the Ripmo will gain Traction Tuned Suspension late this fall, the Ripley has had a light tuned suspension for the small and medium frames for the past few weeks, and the Mojo 3 will continue to offer a Roxy Tune. If you already own a bike and want a lighter tune, Ibis recommends sending it into Fox for service and getting it revalved at the same time.
Even though the head tube gets slacker, the seat tube gets 2° steeper which combined with the same top tube length, means you get about a 20mm longer reach. It also has a longer wheelbase while keeping 430mm chainstays and clearance for 27.5 x 2.6″ tires.
Additional frame details include a 180mm post mount rotor tabs on the rear, threaded bottom bracket with ISCG 05 compatibility through a removable adapter, Boost 148mm rear spacing, a molded downtube protector, and clearance for a large water bottle in the frame. Fans of longer dropper posts should also be happy with increased room for a 175mm travel dropper on medium – XL frames and 125-150mm on the small depending on the rider’s saddle height.
Offered as a frame or complete build in Brown Pow or Charcoal, the frames have a claimed weight of 5.6 lbs for a medium without the shock. Complete builds start at a claimed 28 lbs/ 12.7 kg, with pricing between $4,399 and $9,299. Shipping worldwide starting today!