Bible of Bike Tests: Ibis Mojo Deore XT
The ups were steep on our test course, which you’ve probably heard us complain about a few times already. And even though there is an easily reachable firm and a locked position on the Fox DPS rear shock, testers actually rode it open in almost every scenario besides fire-road climbs. Even then, flipping the climb switch to ‘Trail’ mode was more common, as ‘Climb’ mode felt too firm. Leaving the shock open usually achieved the most grip and power.
The new Fox 34 fork works in perfect harmony with the performance of the rear end. Despite its mere 140 millimeters of travel, it’s got plenty of stiffness in the chassis and feels just as confident as the rear does plowing through rough sections.
As for the drivetrain, it was interesting to ride a Shimano XT rear cluster after spending so much time on the new SRAM 52-tooth Eagle, which was specc’d on the other five bikes in the test. The tighter steps in the top end of the climbing gears on the Shimano cluster are really noticeable, and riders who shift a lot to achieve the perfect cadence while climbing may prefer how this rear cluster performs, despite the fact that it’s a tooth smaller on the top end.
The Mojo’s short 425-millimeter chain stays add to its fun-loving personality. The bike’s short-travel, nimble package is well suited to a tightened-up rear end, and testers didn’t notice it feeling uncertain at top speeds. And let’s be honest, a bike with these specs might ultimately be more concerned with jibbing good times than racing the clock.
Despite our admitted bias toward more aggressive shredable tire widths, this Mojo was really impressive. It’s barking at the gate and needs to run wild and free. The potential of this bike is undeniable. It’s so much fun on the downs and is seemingly unstoppable on the climbs. With a no-holds-barred component spec, there’s not much to pick apart with the Mojo. Cue up the right wheel spec upon check out and the fun potential will be limitless.