The Ibis Mojo is a bike with a long history and a loyal fanbase. After the success of the Ripmo, which fills the gap between the Ripley and the Mojo, it was only a matter of time before Ibis would update their classic. That’s just what they’ve done with the Mojo HD 5.

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Ibis Mojo HD5 | 170/153 mm | 13.84 kg | € 8,498

We have to admit, we were quite surprised to see Ibis continuing with smaller 27.5″ wheels on the new Mojo. However, the geometry is on-trend as the Californian brand has made the bike significantly longer and slacker. The reach has grown by 20 mm compared to its predecessor and the head angle has been slackened by 0.7°. The seat tube angle is a whole 2° steeper, which promises a relaxed pedalling position on the climbs. The new Mojo HD5 offers 153 mm travel at the rear and is paired with a 170 mm fork. As with all of Ibis’ full-suspension bikes, the rear end features a virtual pivot point DW linkage , which is controlled by a FOX X2 Factory shock on our test bike. The shock features an extra light compression and rebound damping tune to offer maximum traction, but more on that later. Ibis leave the build for their customers to choose. This allows you to configure the bike to suit your preferences and budget. Our Ibis Mojo HD5 came specced with a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain, a FOX Factory GRIP2 fork, a 185 mm BikeYoke REVIVE dropper post and wide Ibis S35 carbon wheels. The 2.5″ MAXXIS ASSEGAI WT EXO+ tires inflate very wide on these wheels, promising to offer a lot of traction and comfort. On closer inspection of the Mojo HD5, you’ll see the attention to detail Ibis are renowned for. The frame protectors and other hardware make a strong impression. The only thing that annoyed us was the rattling brake pads in the Shimano XT four-piston brakes, which we encountered on several of the bikes in the test field.

Premium product
The Mojo HD5 lives up to its premium claim and impressed us with its outstanding build quality and lots of attention to detail.
Outdated
The only component we weren’t convinced of was the Thomson X4 stem. Although it is an absolute classic, its bulky shape looks a little outdated.
Unique
The small 27.5″ wheels don’t suit the concept of the Mojo HD5: their rollover characteristics limit the potential of the bike’s suspension and geometry.
Super plush
The rear suspension of the Mojo HD5 is super plush and feels like it offers much more than the specified 153 mm travel. Unfortunately, the light shock tune absorbs a lot of the rider’s input.

Ibis Mojo HD5

€ 8,498

Specifications

Fork FOX 36 Factory GRIP2 170 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory 153 mm
Seatpost Bike Yoke Revive Dropper 185 mm
Brakes Shimano XT 4-Kolben 200/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT 12-fach 32 - 10/51
Stem Thomson Elite X4 50 mm
Handlebar Ibis Carbon 800 mm
Wheelset Ibis S35 Carbon 27,5

Technical Data

Size S, M, L, XL
Weight 13.84 kg


Loads of room
The 185 mm BikeYoke REVIVE together with the short seat tube means that you have all the freedom of movement you need. This instils you with confidence on the steep descents where the Mojo feels most at home.
Tons of grip
The 2.5″ MAXXIS ASSEGAI tires inflate very wide on the 35 mm rims, offering tons of grip and traction.
Annoying
The brake pads in the XT four-piston brakes rattled loudly on the Ibis as well as the SCOTT Ransom. Too bad, because otherwise, the bike is nice and quiet.

Geometry and size of the Ibis

Compared to its predecessor, the geometry of the new Ibis Mojo HD5 has been brought up to date in every respect. The reach is longer, the head angle is slacker and the seat tube angle is steeper. We loved the very short saddle and the low slung top tube, both of which allow for maximum freedom of movement on the bike. We were struck by the long head tube and the resultingly high stack, which makes you feel at one with the bike.

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 356 mm 368 mm 419 mm 470 mm
Top tube 582 mm 606 mm 635 mm 669 mm
Head tube 109 mm 126 mm 142 mm 158 mm
Head angle 64.2° 64.2° 64.2° 64.2°
Seat angle 76.0° 76.0° 76.0° 76.0°
Chainstays 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm
BB Height 351 mm 351 mm 351 mm 351 mm
BB Drop 7 mm 7 mm 7 mm 7 mm
Wheelbase 1,184 mm 1,211 mm 1,243 mm 1,280 mm
Reach 427 mm 447 mm 472 mm 503 mm
Stack 595 mm 611 mm 626 mm 640 mm
Helmet Fox Dropframe | Glasses Fox Vue | Jersey Fox Ranger Fox Head | Shorts Fox Ranger | Knee pads Fox Launch Pro

The Ibis Mojo HD5 on the trail

As on the Ripmo, the pedalling position on the Mojo HD5 is central, upright and super comfortable. The suspension responds sensitively and offers loads of traction on technical terrain, thanks also in part to the voluminous tires. Monotonous climbs will have you reaching for the climb switch to suppress the slight pedal bob. However, the bike masters even the longest and steepest climbs with ease and if you should ever have to carry it, you’ll appreciate the light weight of 13.84 kg.

The rear end of the Mojo HD5 sticks to the ground and offers an unimaginable amount of traction.

On the descents, we immediately noticed how much traction the suspension of the Mojo HD5 is able to generate. With their so-called “Traction Tune”, Ibis have tuned the rear shock with minimal rebound and compression damping to allow the rear to respond extra sensitively and keep the wheel stuck to the ground. The 153 mm of available travel feels like a lot more and it harmonises perfectly with the 170 mm fork up front. However, there is a downside: the bike absorbs too much of the rider’s input, which makes it less fun to ride on flow-trails. It is evident that the Ibis Mojo was designed primarily with steep, demanding descents in mind. The slack head angle and short chainstays demand a very active riding style to keep the front end sufficiently weighted to generate enough traction. Unless you’re careful, you’ll quickly lose control of the front end, but thanks to the tall stack height, you feel confident on the bike and it invites you to push your limits.

For a bike trimmed towards traction and control, the small 27.5″ wheels don’t make much sense.

How does the Ibis Mojo HD5 fare against the competition?

The Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon is the only other 27.5″ bike on test. In direct comparison, the rear end of the Ibis is noticeably more sensitive despite having less travel, but it also feels less defined. The Ibis requires a much more active riding style to generate enough grip on both wheels, while the Nukeproof is more forgiving and balanced. When things get rough and demanding, the Mega, with its longer chainstays is more composed, allowing you to conserve energy while going faster.

Tuning tip: none – if this is the kind of bike you’re looking for, it’s perfect

Riding Characteristics

12

Uphill

1
  1. sluggish
  2. efficient

Agility

2
  1. cumbersome
  2. playful

Stability

3
  1. nervous
  2. confident

Handling

4
  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Suspension

5
  1. harsh
  2. plush

Fun Factor

6
  1. planted
  2. poppy

Value for money

7
  1. terrible
  2. very good

Intended Use

XC

8

Trail

9

Enduro

10

Downhill

11

Conclusion

The Ibis Mojo HD5 is a great choice for those who prefer pedalling themselves to the top of the trail-head and tend to ride down particularly steep, tight and technical trails. However, it can’t keep up with the competition on faster trails with its smaller wheels while the suspension is too vague and the geometry too radical to have fun on flow-trails.

Tops

  • very plush suspension offering lots of traction
  • agile in tight terrain
  • high-quality finish

Flops

  • you have to actively weight the front wheel
  • the suspension absorbs too much of the rider's input
  • 27.5

You can find out more about the Ibis Mojo HD5 at ibiscycles.com

The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike 2020

All bikes in test: Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 LTD | CUBE Stereo 170 SL 29 | Giant Reign Advanced 29 0 | Ibis Mojo HD5 | Norco Sight C1 29 | Nukeproof Mega 275C RS | Nukeproof Mega 290C Pro | Orbea Rallon M-LTD | Pole Stamina 180 LE | RAAW Madonna V2 FOX Factory Built | Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 90 29 | Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01 Reserve | SCOTT Ransom 900 Tuned | Specialized S-Works Enduro 2020 | Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert | Trek Slash 9.9 X01 AXS | Yeti SB150 T2 | YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race

Words: Christoph Bayer Photos: Christoph Bayer / Finlay Anderson / Markus Frühmann

About the author

Christoph Bayer

Christoph loves to be kept on his toes – both on the bike and in his role for ENDURO. He’s known as the guy in charge of the bi-monthly magazine and masquerades as both its editor and photographer. You’ll usually find him tearing up the mountains on his bike, soaking up the flow or tackling technical, narrow trails.