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Mojo 5.0 keeps Ibis on trend

Mojo 5 combines Dave Weagle suspension with slick carbon frame design
Mojo 5 is for those enduro riders who prefer the agility of 27.5-inch wheels
(Image credit: Ibis Bikes)

The Ibis Mojo, one of the most iconic mountain bikes of the millennium, has now entered its fifth-generation.

In its original configuration and design, the Mojo revolutionised mountain biking by offering a 140mm dual-suspension carbon-fibre frame, which could pedal efficiently and decent with total confidence.

Ibis has been evolving the Mojo for the last decade and a half, integrating new standards and wheel size trends. The 2020 model year Mojo 5 retains its 27.5-inch wheel size, but there are some clever frame enhancements and geometry updates.

Evaluated in its raw numbers, the Mojo’s rear travel remains unaltered, at 153mm, but it now runs a bigger front fork. Ibis recommends a 170mm front fork to best balance the suspension design and geometry tweaks. With an increase in front travel from 160- to 170mm, the Mojo’s head angle has dropped from 64.9- to 64.2-degrees.

Aware of the latest frame geometry trends, Ibis designers have made the Mojo 5’s seat angle two-degrees steeper, to assist with seating pedalling efficiency when climbing, and stretched out the top tube, increasing reach on a size large frame by 17mm.

Mechanically the Mojo 5 also features a suspension hardware change, with the lower linkages now moving on bushings – similar to the brand’s Ripmo 29er enduro bike. Ibis believes that running a bushing, instead of a cartridge bearing, on the lower links, which are more exposed to trail contaminates and mud, improve service life on the entire suspension system.

Other design details include a new tube-in-tube system for the frame’s internal cable routing, to greatly reduce build annoyance for mechanics.

With the Mojo 5 marketed at dedicated enduro riders, Mojo’s engineers also knew that there would be a demand for long-stroke dropper seatposts. As such, they have managed to trim the new frame’s seat tube by a few millimetres, to allow for longest possible ‘droppers.

Available in Khaki, black and grey, the Mojo 5 retails for between $4399 and $9299, depending on build. All Mojo 5s are equipped with Fox’s latest 36 specification fork and DPX2 rear shock. There is a frame only option too, for $2999. 

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Rides: Morewood Kwela Cotic Simple 26 Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype