Ibis Launches New Bike – Mojo SL-R

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As of… about two minutes ago, Ibis Cycles launched a new bike at the Sea Otter. Contrary to popular chatter, it wasn’t a 29er (though, yes, they’re working on one…) but instead it’s the Mojo SL-R. This is a fully up to date and pared-down new Mojo – still with the same trademark shape, but lighter and stiffer and using many modern technical innovations that have appeared since they launched the original Mojo in 2005.

Ibis' huge warehouse and offices

And yes, they are working on a 29er or two, but that’s not going to be out for a while… In the meantime…

Your host: Scot Nicol

In brief (because we’ve got a ton of new stuff to show you this week… oh, and some sleep would be nice):

There’s a new Mojo. The Mojo SL-R. It’s lighter, stiff and embraces most of the frame innovations from the last few years since the Mojo launched back in 2005.

    It’s light: 22.5lbs for an XTR model. Frame and shock around 5lbs
    It features a new tapered headtube (still 69°, though more on that in a minute)
    It features a BB92 press-fit bottom bracket and postmount rear brake
    There’s cable routing for dropper posts, you can fit the Mojo HD’s rock guard to the downtube
    There’s now a bolt-on front mech mount
    It features a Rockshox Maxle rear end, with swish new dropouts
Say, is that a new XT caliper? With finned pads? Hmm...


Press fit BB - and note the rock guard bolted to the downtube. Are those new XT cranks?


We’ll feature more from Fox too during this week – but basically, they’re Kashima coating their premium rear shocks to cut stiction – and it works really well too.

Even fork push-rods will get some of this slippery coating to reduce friction.


Tapered headtube. Cane Creek has just announced a new Angleset that works for tapered steerers.


Bolt on front mech now allows smaller front rings, or for bolt-on XC chain guides.


That gold lever is very important. This puts a one way clutch on the spring up on the pulley cage so that it doesn't get pulled forward when going over bumps and this is really effective at keeping up the chain tension.


New Maxle. The black hole above it for bolting in the mech hanger.


Dropper post routing. Colours will be orange, black/blue, silver and white


Scott gazes adoringly at his new creation

Reckon you have to have one? Go to Ibis’ website now – www.ibiscycles.com and for the next week (til the 21st) they’re selling cheapo raffle tickets to win the first production one of these off the line. All the proceeds go to building more great trails in Downieville and  other Sierra towns in northern California

You can win one in a raffle this week.


An early Ibis from the early 80s


Enrico from Finale, Italy, is standing on a bare frame to show how strong it is. Would you do this with your bike?



Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (18)

    Any pictures of the full bike?

    One in orange please.
    I still don’t like that bit that goes across the main triangle, but hey. I’d live with it for the weight/strength/pedalling.

    Is there any chance of that new XTR rear mech being available in 9-speed? I like the idea of it but if I have to change cassette and shifter too then that’s an awful lot of money.

    Nice pics… but soooo much DETAIL! Clearly, the jet-lagged and bleary eyed can’t see the wood for the trees. For the rest of us that don’t give a blip about kashima-coated gold derrailleur levers, it would’ve been nice to actually see a picture of the bike in its entirety. Sod all these carefully worded reviews – the woolly-minded like myself tend to base our entire judgement on a bike’s worth from a single profile view. It’s all about aesthetics, colours, angles and an indefinable sense of *purpose*. I’m left wanting 😉

    Why does the weird shaped orange one get all the photo’s and the nice pink bike at the end only gets one?

    I like the shoulder strap, and a handy place to keep a decent pump. I want!

    as with some of the others – please when you’re taking piccies of a bike show at least one with the whole bike

    OK, OK, it was 2am when I was trying to assemble the story, and the computer ate the first draft anyway, so this had to be redone. More photos will magically appear shortly 🙂

    quite gutted, just bought an LTc in October last year, would have easily waited for that 🙁

    the non QR lever end of that maxle looks awful

    so given the hugely long waiting list for the Mojo HDs, will these be avaliable in the UK before 2020?

    Talking of details…. what are those totally sick looking hubs on pic no. 11 from the top? 😛

    I want the blue and gunmetal bike…

    Those hubs are Easton aren’t they?

    Easton Haven wheels. Really nice aren’t they?

    Would you bring the raffle prize one back for me please Chipps ?

    Guy standing on the frame is impressive…

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