I picked up an Ibis Mojo HD in 2013 after test-riding a Mojo SL-R that was a size too small, and set up for somebody 30 pounds lighter than I was. Sitting on the SL-R, I hit 50% sag and managed to clip a pedal on the ground when I stood up to sprint. On the same day and on the same trails, I also tried some sort of Santa Cruz carbon uber-bike, whatever top-end Trek offering was there, and a $6k Giant. I got maybe 500m from the parking lot on the Ibis, and the only thought in my head was “I LOVE THIS BIKE”. I had already been on the Santa Cruz, and took out the Trek and Giant after the Ibis. Compared to the Ibis, the other bikes were just not doing it for me.
Two months later, I had a black HD sitting in my basement. However good the SL-R was, the HD is even better for how I like to ride. Someday I will replace it [likely with another Ibis], but for now it’s my go-to ride for everything from quick loops to all-day epics. I have mine set up more aggro than it needs to be for most of the riding I do, but that just means I can’t blame the bike for my own failings.
Frame: Ibis Mojo HD, size Large, 160mm rear wheel travel, 142mm rear end, Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock, set up for 26″ wheels [this frame can be converted to 650B and 140mm travel with the correct hardware], Cane Creek 40 headset
Fork: 2011 Fox TALAS 180 RC2, updated with the 2015 TALAS 5 hydraulic travel adjust cartridge
Wheels: Light-Bicycle 33mm carbon rims, 32H, Pillar bladed spokes, brass nipples, Novatec
hubs front hub, Hope Pro 4 rear, hand built by me
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35″ Trailstar Super Gravity front, Continental Rubber Queen 2.4″ Black Chili rear – both tubeless
Brakes: Shimano XT, metallic pads, 200/180 rotors F/R
Drivetrain: Shimano XT shifter, Zee rear derailleur, XT chain, Shimano SLX crank, Shimano XT Trail pedals, Wolf Tooth N/W 30T chainring, Shimano XT 11-36 rear cassette with Wolf Tooth 42T cog added and stock 11T removed
Steering: Ragley Stubbing 45mm stem, Ragley 740mm carbon bar with 20mm rise, Deity grips
Saddle/Post: Selle Italia Flite, Rock Shox Reverb 125
The Wolf Tooth 42 cog is showing some wear, and will likely have to be replaced sometime this year. I am kinda leaning toward XT 11-speed – under $400 for
11-42 11-46 cassette, chain, shifter, rear derailleur and one of those new-fangled oval chainrings. Compared to $100 for just the rear cog, that’s not bad at all.
Update: With Shimano announcing the 11-46 cassette option, I am definitely leaning that direction. With a 32T chainring, the low gear will be almost identical to the existing setup, even a hair easier.