Ibis has just announced the release of their brand-new Mojo 3. The big news? The new Mojo 3 comes stock as a 27.5+ rig with 2.8″-wide tires. However, this plus-size setup uses Ibis’s current 741 rims, which I’ve noted in the past should work great for these large tires. I’ve even questioned Ibis over the past year about whether or not they’re planning to go plus size, but they’ve kept the lid on this project screwed down tight. Until now.
Also unique about the Mojo 3 is that Ibis does not think the Mojo 3 is compatible with 29er wheels/tires. Instead, they claim that you can easily drop the plus-size tires and just toss standard 27.5″ tires on their rims without negatively affecting the geometry whatsoever. This makes sense to an extent, since Ibis has been running standard 27.5 tires on their 741 rims for years, but you might think that since, based on the generally-accepted wisdom of the day, that 27.5+ tires have the same outer diameter as a 29er tire, and would consequently make the BB height higher with a 2.8″ plus-size tire than with a 2.3″ standard 27.5″ tire. However, Ibis argues that this isn’t the case:
In 2014 we started a project that would make the Ripley both a 29er and 27.5 Plus bike, because Plus tires were supposed to be about the same outer diameter as 29er tires. Then reality happened. When we got our early Plus tire samples and started measuring, we found that all of the tires measured smaller than what the tire companies said they would. And when we rode a bunch of the Plus tires, all the ones we liked were the shorter ones.
One thing that’s not talked about much is that tires have their own sag, which is is a real number at our preferred pressures (12 psi for Roxy, 14 for Colin, 16 for the 180 pounders and 18 for the Clydesdales). When you measure the static BB height, it’s slightly higher with the 2.8 plus tires. When you measure BB height with your weight on the bike, it’s the same as with 2.3″ 27.5 tire.
When we realized this real-world scenario we decided not to convert the Ripley and looked at the Mojo 3 frame instead. It works really well with “regular” 27.5 tires, which means you can choose different tire sizes with the same wheelset and no frame or fork modifications. And it is an absolute bar-dragging game-changer with the 2.8 Plus tires.
Note that the 2.8’s are an inch shorter than the 29er tires. In order to fit 29er tires the chainstays would have to get significantly longer. The Mojo 3 enjoys 425mm (16.7″) chainstays. We think it’s probably the shortest plus bike chainstay out there. The bottom line is that it’s a better 27.5 plus bike because it’s not also a 29er.
We also think that while it sounds nice, in actuality not many people are going purchase two wheel and fork setups. If you had the wheels and fork lying around, that would be one thing. Since the modern bikes are switching to boost now, most people are not likely to have a spare boost anything lying around.
Please excuse the long quotation from Ibis’s website, but I thought that all of the information contained here was critical to relate. Most of what Ibis is saying actually flies directly in the face of what many other brands have been claiming all along. But they make a good argument for their choices with the Mojo 3.
For many riders, I think this compatibility across the entire range of 27.5″ tire widths is going to be extremely appealing. Instead of having to purchase–at the very least–new wheels + tires (and maybe even a new fork) to convert your plus rig to a standard rig (or vice versa), with the Mojo 3, all you need is a relatively-inexpensive pair of tires. Heck, I could easily see Mojo 3 owners keeping two or three–or more–sets of tires on hand, and swapping for the conditions and intended ride style. Ibis claims that 2.3″, 2.5″, and 2.8″ tires will all work well on this bike. I predict that the Mojo 3 will prove to be an extremely-versatile mountain bike.
“But what about the rest of the bike?” Well, I’m glad you asked…
The new Mojo 3 continues Ibis’s progression in LLS (long, low, slack) geometry with a 66.8-degree head tube angle in all models, a 1137mm wheelbase in the medium, 600mm effective top tube in the medium, 335mm bottom bracket height in all models (and tire sizes), 592mm stack height in the medium, and short 425mm chainstays.
The full-carbon Mojo 3 is the little brother of the Mojo HD3, with 130mm of rear wheel travel and a 140mm fork as the recommended stock spec. The bike is fully Boost compatible, with 148 spacing in the rear and 110 up front. Notably, this bike still is two chainring-compatible with a removable front derailleur mount. The stock shock is a Fox Factory FLOAT DPS shock with EVOL Sleeve and Kashima Coat, and the full frame weight, with shock, is 5.5lbs.
The frame+shock retails for $2,999, and complete builds begin at $3,999 with Ibis’s Special Blend. If you’re familiar with Ibis, you know that you can basically get an Ibis built any way you want it, so the sky truly is the limit with the build kit that you select. Click on over to their website and use their bike builder to check out pricing options.
Are you sick of getting on a preorder list and then waiting months for your bike? Well, then you’re in luck: the Mojo 3 is already in stock and shipping now, and it’s actually already on the showroom floors of many Ibis dealers across the nation.
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