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2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike


We all might dream of dropping in and throwing down with the pointy end of the pro enduro field, but most of us also just want to have fun out on the trails and need a bike that doesn’t pigeonhole itself into a specific discipline. The 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike draws inspiration from its enduro sled HD3 cousin and offers a more versatile package that’s lightweight, playfully agile, and can handle just about anything this side of gravity.

The Special Blend build brings this bike’s legendary capability and SRAM’s precise shifting to those of us whose bank accounts won’t tolerate eye-popping top-tier build prices, with 2.35in tires to start you off with a balance of traction and plush for versatility across a range of terrain. As an added bonus, its boost axles widths allow the versatility to choose tires anywhere from 2.3-inches up to a plus-sized 2.8-inches in width.

The Mojo 3’s spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis claims it tuned the shock so its initial stroke rides on the “plush” side, but our experience with the bike is that generous small bump compliance doesn’t keep it from feeling firm off the top. It’s responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point.

It wasn’t built specifically as a park bike, but spending a few minutes on it makes it obvious that the Mojo 3 is designed to get rowdy. Ibis describes the shock’s tuned ramp-up characteristics as “robust.” We describe it as the kind of big-hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. This Mojo comes outfitted with 2.35in tires, but can accommodate anything from sprightly 2.3-inchers all the way up to a plush, plus-sized 2.8. Regardless of the tires you choose to run, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same.

The shock’s tune doesn’t require a high damper handicap, a fact that Ibis credits to the shock rate and DW-Link’s steady pedaling platform. Since it naturally reduces bob without needing a damper handicap from the shock, DW-Link’s ramp-up stays smooth throughout its suspension arc. It also suffers less heat build-up than heavily dampened models, so its ramp feel isn’t significantly affected during hard, fast descents where the shock is working overtime.

In Ibis’ own words, the stubby chainstays and low claimed frame weight make the bike feel “taut,” and we think that’s a wonderfully succinct way to describe the responsive aggression the Mojo 3 exhibits on the kind of climbs that would send the lumbering gravity crowd in search of a chairlift. When run with a 140mm fork, the Mojo 3’s 66.8-degree head tube is on par with standard slack enduro standards and situates it squarely at the foremost tip of the advancing sea of all-mountain machines that drop in as well as they climb out.

One unfortunate side effect of this kind of trending super-trail geometry is that most slack, low bikes running five inches of rear travel and 27.5+ tires are also ditching the double drivetrain. But not the Mojo 3. Ibis insists that there’s still a place for an extra chainring while navigating this brave new world of ever-overlapping boundaries, and while this bike is kitted out one-by, the Mojo 3’s removable front derailleur mount means you have options when it comes time to change out componentry.

The tapered head tube further increases stiffness up front, which makes for yet better tracking across terrain, and the inclusion of Boost rear spacing let Ibis slam the rear wheel up for the above-mentioned stubby stays—which are approaching XC standards—while still leaving room for tubby tires and a front derailleur. That clearance also means that the frame is compatible with tires ranging from beefy 2.8-inch plus sized down to mud-slicing 2.3-inch speed demons. As an added touch, the stock wheelset’s 34mm internal width will run the range of those tire widths so you can swap between standard and plus-sized tires without shelling out for a whole new set of wheels.

The frame itself is what you’d expect from Ibis: a full carbon monocoque affair that incorporates the construction pedigree of the HD3 but at a drastic weight savings, shedding a claimed 0.4lbs compared to the enduro brute. The final product is actually the seventh carbon lay-up schedule that Ibis tested —yet another indication that the Mojo 3 was carefully and meticulously developed rather than being rushed to market in order to capitalize on the 27.5+ hype.

A jack-of-all-trades trail machine

5in of responsive DW-Link suspension

Long, slack geometry sends big lines

Carbon construction reduces weight and increases stiffness

Big clearance accommodates tires up to 2.8in

Rims with 34mm internal width let tires sit wide

SRAM’s workhorse NX drivetrain balances budget and performance


2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

carbon fiber


DW-Link 5

Rear Shock:

2017 Performance Series Fox Float DPS with EVOL

Rear Travel:



2017 Performance Series Fox 34

Front Travel:



Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56


SRAM NX 11-speed Trigger

Front Derailleur:


Rear Derailleur:

SRAM NX 1×11 long cage

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05


30t SRAM NX direct mount XSYNC

Bottom Bracket:

68mm BSA threaded

Crank Arm Length:



11 – 42t SRAM PG 1130 11-speed


CN PC1110 114LI w/ Powerlock 11-speed


Shimano BL-M445

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


[front] 180mm, [rear] 160mm


Ibis 7075 aluminum

Handlebar Width:



Lizard Skins Logo


Ibis 3D alloy


Ibis Custom, CrMo rails


Ibis alloy

Seatpost Diameter:



Ibis 738 Very Wide Aluminum Asymmetric



Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle


Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.35in

Recommended Use:


Manufacturer Warranty:

7 years on frame

Actual Weight:

Red, M: 12620g


2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike


Mojo 3
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 14.4in 22.8in 22.7in 16.5in 27.4in 3.3in 66.8o 74.6o 13.2in 16.7in 44.3in
M 16.9in 23.6in 23.3in 16.6in 28.3in 4.1in 66.8o 73.6o 13.2in 16.7in 44.8in
L 18.7in 24.4in 23.7in 17.2in 28.5in 4.6in 66.8o 73.6o 13.2in 16.7in 45.6in
XL 20.5in 25.2in 24.2in 17.9in 29.5in 5.2in 66.8o 73.6o 13.2in 16.7in 46.4in


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