Long Termers: Chipps’ Ibis Mojo SL

March 24, 2010

There does seem to be a fair number of Ibises (Ibii?) in the office at the moment.

There does seem to be a fair number of Ibises (Ibii?) in the office at the moment. This always seems to be the way with test bikes. Last year you couldn’t move for Yetis. This year, there are three or four Ibis bikes around the place. You’ll have seen the Tranny elsewhere on these pages and Ed Oxley also has the old, original Mojo – now built up in a ‘big mountain burl’ guise rather than the lighter build it had when I was riding it.

Mojo SL - one reason for the delay in building it up was getting matching saddle and grips... Flat pedals are a rare sight on it though.

In an attempt to get back to a bike more suited to the riding I tend to do (big days out over rocky, northern terrain with long ups as well as downs) I wanted to build this Mojo SL up with some lighter kit and sacrifice some durability for a longer legged bike. It’s not like I ever break gear as it is, so despite this pretty sensible build, I’ll be looking to go still lighter at some point. Mind you, with 5.5in (140mm) of travel, there’s no reason to not go a little more burly too.

Much of the bike is a stock XT build, with XT transmission and shifters, XT wheels (with 15mm front) with the exception of XTR brakes – which are some of the best out there in terms of power, lever feel and ability to run smooth for months without being touched, something I appreciate in my components.

Tyres are currently the new Bontrager XR2 models, but seeing as they took tyre levers to get on (something I try to avoid in my tyre choices) and still aren’t sitting straight on the rim, I’m going to pull them off again in favour of some newer 26in rubber.

A Titec bar and stem sit above a blue Cane Creek 110 headset (with too many spacers - but that's to keep the forks long enough to swap to another bike. This is an evolving machine after all)
I say... that's carbon under that-there skinny paint, boy...

The basic silhouette of the Mojo remains the same as the regular Mojo, but there have been weight savings wherever possible – titanium fasteners are standard, there’s a titanium main pivot and a carbon insert in the seat tube, along with a carbon lip for the drop-in headset bearings to sit on. Even the seat QR of the Mojo has been swapped for an integral seat binder (that I’ve just heard can be swapped out for a QR) binder bolt. In the aim of stiffness, there’s a ‘Lopes Link’ machined suspension link already installed (in a sympathetic blue colour…)

Frame price with the Fox RP23 is £1999

15mm bolt through forks. It's the new XC standard. 15mm forks add much of the stiffness of 20mm axles, but with the convenience of a QR hub.
The SL has weight saving measures that includes fully carbon dropouts (apart from the hanger itself) and carbon internal headset 'shelf'

So far, rides on the Mojo SL have been great. It’s had to cope with everything recently from deep snow, to dry and almost dusty trails and now some wet grit. However, we have a bit of a road trip coming up in Scotland, so I’m going to be looking forward to stretching its legs a little…

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