Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad vs. Ibis Mojo HD vs. Trek Carbon Remedy
Ah, Interbike Dirt Demo. One can complain all day why it’s not the ideal place to test bikes but it has its merits. Getting unavailable bikes on the same day and trying them all the same trail is certainly one of the perks not available anywhere else on this planet. But this has to be done early on the first day of Dirt Demo when the crowds are light and the most desirable bikes are still available.
Today we lay hands (and feet) on the new breed of All Mountain bikes. They are made of carbon, have highly evolved shocks, are very pretty, and despite being very pricey, are very hard to get.
Ibis Mojo HD
First up is the Mojo HD. This is probably the hardest bike to get of the lot as this small Santa Cruz, CA has no chance of keeping up with demand in the first few months this bike is available. Hans Heim says they are now producing as many bikes as they’re receiving orders for but there’ still that backlog of 700 bikes that is staying constant. This backlog built up as folks started ordering the bike as only rumors of the bike existed.
The Mojo HD is a 6 inch travel frame that only weighs 6 lbs. It is the evolution of the Mojo as it has been stiffened significantly in the rear end to improve strength and lateral stability. Their front end too has a bunch more material to improve stiffness.
So how does it ride? Like all the bikes here, lateral stiffness is an A+ as the carbon is really put to good use to remove flex in the front end and the rear stays. Climbing is very efficient as the bike has a very stable pedaling platform even with the shock fully active. There is a pro pedal switch on the rear shock but there really is no need for it.
Is it plush? Not so much. It’s comfortable for sure but it does feel stiffer than other six inch travel bikes in this article and in the category. As far as handling the jumps, trail bumps and obstacles, this bike is confidence inspiring as it just does the job quietly. There are other shock options for this bike, but we’ll just compare the basic Fox air shock for now. But it should be noted that the DHX Air and Spring shock options should improve the bump compliance of this frame.
As tested, the had a very stable pedaling platform even with the shock fully open. It didn’t bob a whole lot and I could even stand up on it while pedaling. On the flip side, it was a bit stiff on small bumps and slow, rocky climbs. But when I hit some square edged rocks and steps, the suspension seemed to soak them all up. When I jumped and cased a couple landings, the bike felt very stable. It seems like that is the true strength of this bike… climbing fast and descending and jumping very fast. This seems like the ideal Downieville Classic bike.
An interesting option with this frame is the ability to change the rear shock linkage and the rear shock to convert this frame into 140 mm travel instead of 160mm.