Drooling is inevitable. The carbon-framed Mojo is one of the nicest looking trail bikes there is. All swoopy lines and gentle curves, it beckons you to saddle up. While they can’t identify Canada on a map, any America’s Next Top Model contestant will tell you that when you look better you feel better. And when you feel better you ride better. The 2014 Mojo HDR 650b will make anybody look fierce.
With 130mm of travel and a 67.1 degree head angle this Mojo sits comfortably in the trail category. Or does it? When 26″ wheels inevitably come back in fashion you’ll be in good shape with this frame. The bike is convertible to 26″ with a dropout and shock swap and it morphs into a 160 mill machine.
If you’ve never ridden DW link, it may take some getting used to. Bikes designed around Dave Weagle’s flagship platform tend to sit higher in their travel than most designs and the feel isn’t as obviously active or plush, but you find yourself carrying ample speed, in control and without much fuss. I haven’t spent enough time on any DW Link bike to be a disciple, but maybe this is the one.
I only have a few rides on the bike thus far so I’m going to collect more info before I spill about the ride. For now here are some shots and details about the bike.
Gasp! This isn’t a 160mm 650b bike! The Mojo HDR 650 has 130mm of rear travel and this model is spec’ed with a 140mm Fox 34 CTD. Ibis tells us the HDR is made with a new layup process that allows for longer carbon fibres. Previously pieces of the frame were laid up and then attached once the layup was complete. Shorter fibres aren’t as strong and joints are heavy. As a result, Ibis tells us the bike is now just as stiff, stronger and half a pound lighter.
A Cane Creek Double Barrel controls the action of the Mojo’s 130mm DW link suspension. The dropper cable runs along the top tube, as would a front derailleur cable if you opt for a 2 by system. When everything else is so stunning this is a bit of a shame.
The Thomson dropper is a nice combination of hydraulic mechanism (infinitely adjustable) and cable activation. Normally Ibis specs the KS LEV post but they ran dry. I’ve always been a fan of WTB saddles and this one is light and comfy as expected.
Shimano XT trail brakes – just in case you’d like to slow down.
This trim level ships with E13 TRS cranks and a 32 tooth ring to complete the 1 by 11. New for 2014 is an ICSG05 mount for chain device fans. This was accomplished by moving the lower link 2mm to the non-drive side.
WTF is an Ibis? According to Wikipedia: The ibises (collective plural ibis; classical plurals ibides and ibes) are a group of long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae. She’s a beaut from every angle.
I just happened to have these Teva (RIP) grips around and I couldn’t resist. The lever for the Thomson Dropper post can be seen just left of the grip and it’s a tidy and functional mechanism. So far the post has been very good.
Nice colour coordination with the fork and splashes of neon keep the bike from being too stealthy. Why fly under the radar when your frame looks this good?
The new Ibis wide carbon rims are an upgrade – but compared to others they present excellent value. Jon Harris rode these just before Sea Otter and came away grinning. He probably wanted to call them a game changer but we wouldn’t let him. Check out what he had to say here. They add meat to an already beefy set of tires and allow you to run extremely low pressures. With these rims these Maxxis DHF 2.3 650b tires measure even larger than 27.5″. And they make the bike look burly despite a weight of only 1650 grams for the pair.
A half step down from XX1, this spec has an XO1 rear changer and shifter but after the chain and the 11 spd cassette that’s the last of the SRAM.
The stock Ibis-branded bar and stem were too short and long for me respectively, so I slapped on an Easton Haven 35mm stem (50mm long) and 750mm Haven carbon bar.
In Canada the Mojo at this (XO1) spec level retails for CDN $6248. Upgrading from Stans to the new Ibis carbon 741 rims adds $892.62 and a LEV dropper (or the Thomson) adds $408 for a total of $7549. In the US those numbers are $5599 + 365 (post) + $799 (wheels) for a total of $6763. Aside from the post upgrade, this looks like great value on either side of the border.
Stay tuned for the ride review after I spend some time on the dirt.
Is this the 650b bike you’ve been looking for?