Ibis just released pictures and information about their latest project--the long travel Mojo HD. The carbon fiber frame is made along the same lines as its cross-country brother, but the geometry is much different. The six-inch-travel rear suspension is designed to be paired with forks from 160 to 180 millimeter strokes. The following press release should get you up to speed.
Brian Lopes spent the last week in Vars France, getting ready for and then competing in the Enduro Trophy des Nations.
This is an enduro style race, becoming quite popular in Europe these days, where riders compete in a number of stages over a two day period with "beaucoup" downhill. This particular event had 10 stages over two days
and featured over 10,000 M
of descending. If you're bad at math (or don't like the metric system) that's 32,808.4 feet
of descent. Or 6.21 MILES
straight down, measured vertically! This race also had a bonus stage at 10PM on saturday night that didn't count for the overall time, but the winner got an extra 500 Euros of party money.
Brian teamed up with WTB's Mark Weir and Jason Moescheler to form Team USA 1. Brian notched the first win for his prototype Mojo HD on its first day of racing by winning one of the stages on Saturday, propelling the team to second overall on Saturday night.
Brian is very happy with the bike, and told us a couple things in text messages received over the weekend.
"bike is awesome"
OK, we understand typing is not that easy on a Blackberry.
Brian's Sunday Night Report
Seriously though, here we we have an extra long Blackberry missive from Monsieur Lopes:
"The Enduro race was a lot harder than I expected. The toll it took on everything: wheels, tires, brakes, suspension, the body, and of course the frame were beyond what I imagined. The new "HD" Ibis never missed a beat. For only getting the frame one week ago & with only one ride on it before packing it up for this race, it couldn't have gone through any more of a test than the abusive one I gave it here in France. With 10 demanding races, 3 of which ended with flat tires, the French won all but one race (which I won!). It was hard to beat them on course they knew better than all the rest, basically they were on their home track at times, where knowing the course saved them time.
It's hard to believe that this bike isn't much heavier than the standard mojo, as it was eating up courses that were worthy of full-on DH rigs. The added travel, stiffness, clearance for larger tires and a 8" rotor allow you to take on the toughest terrain you can throw at it, but it's still efficient and light enough to pedal up any hill. Another weapon is added to the ibis line up...
Wow, so there you go. The only non-French winner of any stage was Brian, and they ended second overall. We think that's pretty impressive. Without further fluff, here's a bit more about the bike.
Mojo "HD" Prototype Specifications
Price and delivery date are both to be decided.
160mm of rear wheel travel.
DW Link Suspension.
Target weight for the frame and shock: 6.2-6.5 lbs. (we're not there yet but are fine-tuning the layup).
67 degree head angle with a 160mm fork (Brian was running a 170mm fork this weekend, you can also run a 180mm).
Chain stay length: 17.125".
Top tube lengths are the same as regular Mojos.
12 x 135mm Maxle rear axle.
Post mount magnesium left dropout, carbon right dropout.
Compatible with the new tapered steerer standard: 1 1/8th hidden upper, 1.5 traditional lower.
Compatible with both Chris King InSet and Cane Creek Frustum headsets.
If you want to run your current straight 1 1/8" fork, we've got you covered too. We will have an adapter available, and you will be able to use a King headset top and bottom.
2.35"-2.5" rear tire depending on brand and height of cornering knobs.
Dual row angular contact bearings in the front of the lower link that have less play than standard sealed bearings. Preload adjustment is not necessary. Large 28mm x 15mm x 7mm radial bearings in the rear for stiffness and long wear.
The leverage ratio, like the Mojo and Mojo SL is designed for air shocks. The Mojo HD comes with a 8.5" x 2.5" Fox RP23. A DHX air will work on all but the small size. A coil shock is not offered because the linkage rates weren't designed for it. We lowered the top tube to get slightly better standover than the regular mojo while having a higher BB because of the longer travel (we managed to retain the DHX air compatibility in 3 of the 4 sizes).
The Bottom Bracket height is 13.8"-14" depending on tires.
Chain guide development is well on its way, we'll announce compatible brands soon. The frame will not have ISCG mounts so it will not be Hammerschmidt compatible.
The HD runs full cable housing. Rear brake and rear deraileur run on the down tube, with hidden swingarm housing for the rear derailleur.
Front derailleur (if you use one) and adjustible seatpost housing (if you use one) run along the top tube.
And once again, just to make sure you got it, price and delivery date are both yet to be decided.