The popular Mojo flagship from Ibis Cycles is back with the all new HD3 which will be the manufacturer’s best enduro-racing bike so far. The frame and geometry has been remodeled to make the bike a lighter and yet steadier one while the riding and handling has been made more convenient. Let’s take a look into the equipment details of the new Mojo HD3.
The manufacturer has offered its most successful flagship, the perk of a high-value kit. The single-ring Werx setup with 160mm travel and the 36 Float RC2 fork from Fox do a good job for the bike with mechanical transmission from Shimano XTR. The hydraulic disc brake set from Deore XT offers great modulation and power regardless of the 180mm front and 160mm back rotors.
The rear shock is the DB in-line CS from Cane Creek. The dropper seat post is of the stealth design from KS LEV Integra and there are some issues that need to be fixed regarding the position of the post. The 741 wheelset is fully carbon from Ibis own production. The tires are 2.3 inches in width and manufactured by Maxxis Minion DHF. The equipment are up to the mark and made better with home produced finishing kit from Ibis.
The 1734g light wheelset comes with 35mm wide internal rims compared to the 23mm ones. The width of the rims enable low inflation pressure and makes the ride steadier. With all those great features, the weight of the bike remains at a low 12.62kg, exclusive of pedals. The bike is hardy and very reliable in difficult terrains despite the low weight.
The first generation wheelset from Ibis was down with negative remarks so the Company has replaced them with the durable DT Swiss 350 wheels with 6.67 degree driver ring. The result of this combination is a highly increased traction value and smoother ride. When inflated to the fullest, the ride gets much harsher than the usual. The rims still need to get more durable because test rides have accounted for a number of punctures and cracks in rocky terrains.
The fork and the rear shock have balanced adjustment options which helps the suspension be perfect. The drivetrain comes with quite a few modifications including better shifts from the best of Shimano. The narrow-wide chain ring sets from Race Face now come with bulletproof chain holdings. The solid alloy 1x crankset from Turbine are heavy but offer the bike the toughness it needs.
The gearing range is not very wide. The 30 tooth chain ring with direct mount is optimized for climbing with a little difficulty from the narrow cassette from XTR. A wide range cassette from SRAM’s 10-42T would have been a better option for the bike compared to the present 11-40T ones.
The performance is brilliant with the great features that have detailed focus on each part. The price is indeed high at around £8500, but the ride is worth the price in any terrain and at any speed. This bike has it all.