Ibis Mojo HD: 6″ All-Mountain
This is a bike I’ve been interested in since I heard about it at the 2009 Dirt Demo. I got to throw a leg over one at the Over-the-Edge shop in Hurricane last spring and give it a spin around the lot and was super impressed by its light, responsive feel. I was dying to get it out on some rough, choppy, Bootleg rocks to see how it handled chunk in the real world.
As we climbed and sprinted the flatter sections, I was again impressed with its responsiveness. This thing is a freak. It is almost hardtail like on smooth climbs and standing sprints and yet still responds pretty well to trail irregularities and squared rocks as it encounters them.
The all carbon frame is solid and feels stiff through the rough, chundery, Bootleg rocks. Not super marshmellow plush, but it did not deflect off rocks and bounce around either. More of a solid, controlled plush. This would be close to a perfect Super-D/Endurance DH bike. I think it only weighed around 30 lbs yet did not feel like a long-legged trail bike like so many other light 6 inch bikes I’ve tried in the past. Though not exactly a Delirium-T it felt like it could quietly handle a fair amount of junk.
The large frame fit my 5′ 11.5″ body just about perfectly. The head tube was a bit tall which was comfortable for me because it felt similar to my 5 Spot. The top tube length was also just right.
I still have some misgivings about the durability of carbon fiber when tossed down in rocky country, but I would seriously consider this bike for a do-all “one” bike.
The nice Ibis guy get me set up to go. All the techs/mechanics at the booths I went to were friendly, helpful, informative, and seemed happy to help us out this year.
Plenty of room for decent sized tires. This was one of the few bikes we rode that was set up tubeless. I wish all the bike companies did this. While we didn’t have as many pinch flats as 2009, we (I should say Russell) did have three the first day.