In 2005The original Mojo setThe MTB world on its ear with a full carbon monocoque frame featuring dw-link rear suspension.TodayThe Mojo lives on in a lighter, longerTravel, version of its predecessor and it does it at affordable priceThat makes competitors cringe.Mojo SL uses carbon, carbon, carbon everywhere, including frame, swingarm, head cups, seattube insert, and dropouts, and can yield an amazingly light complete bike with a careful selection of parts, Or goThe other direction and build a
a Weekend Warrior
from Caracas, Venezuela
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010
Strengths: Light, fast, great bottomless rear suspension. This is one of the top 4 trail bikes out there (ellsworth, turner, Pivot). Oh, and very sexy carbon.
Weaknesses: Wanders a bit in the steep tech climbs (with talas at 130...), Flexy rear on hard descents makes it feel a bit nervous up front. I think its the third best dw link implementation after Pivot and Turner.
More of a XC machine than a trailbike, but still with 5" of travel. Very efficient, incredible acceleration, but gets beat in tech ascents and descents. Needs a bit longer and stiffer chain stays to settle the front. The Mojo HD 140 adresses this.
Best bike I have ever owned. Super plush, soaks up the bumps and pedals better than anything I have ever been on. Bought from Competitive Cyclist and they have the best customer service in the business. I can feel a small amount of flex in the rear, but not much.
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Blur, Intense 6.6, Titus Motolite Ti
Bike Setup: XTR, X.O
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2010
Strengths: The Looks..! Beautiful Lines..!
Feel very light ,Uphill ,plush ,Responsive
Weaknesses: Cable Routing can be better ...The rubber coating is not that durable
AWESOME... climbs like a XC racing bike...Fast and very maneuverable...and on descent feels stable and confident but on a rough terrain sometimes you can feel the flex coming from the real triangle.. Overall this bike feels more cross country/trail oriented than All mountain Category ...If you want to own only One Mountain bike This is the ONE...
Highly Recommended ...!!
Weaknesses: water bottle location.
relatively short top tube relative to height of head tube.
difficult to mitigate frame wear from shifter cable near seatpost (yes I have the fancy tape applied).
I have been racing xc/endurance for two seasons on this bike. I have broken/had to replace the front triangle, rear shock, many manitou mrd forks, rear derailleur, head set, drivetrain, egg beaters. The original frame cracked inside the headtube which was discovered while lbs was replacing the headset. Ibis replaced the front triangle. The DT swiss works well for me but has been replaced x2 due to leakage and noise. Looks like the latest is wearing out as the anodization has worn off the sliding part.
This is a great all day fun MTB. So much so I don't like riding my other mtbs, even for racing. The bike is light enough for competition and I feel an advantage in endurance racing. The Achilles heel of this bike is the water bottle location.
If you are looking for one bike to do it all, I don't know of a better choice. The new Blur LT carbon is appealing, but I hear there is no water bottle at all.
Strengths: I own an Ibis Mojo SL but posted under the regular Mojo category. Please see my review in the regular Mojo category.
Weaknesses: Please see my review in the regular Mojo category.
Please see my review in the regular Mojo category. Hopefully it doesn't come across as too harsh -- I really like and highly recommend the Mojo and Mojo SL. But it's not a perfect bike and I thought I should point out some of the realities.
Similar Products Used: Please see my review in the regular Mojo category.
Bike Setup: Please see my review in the regular Mojo category.
a Weekend Warrior
from Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2009
Strengths: Climbing, plush ride, but it does everything well. Looks pretty good too.
Weaknesses: Causes overconfidence.
It just doesn't get any better. I'm not getting any frame flex. I'm thinking people are feeling tire roll and blaming the frame. It feels little short and twitchy after riding the Stumpjumper or my 29er, but this bike rocks. I've crashed, hard, a couple times. No damage to the bike, no concerns about the carbon frame.
Strengths: This thing handles great. It is quick in & out of the corners. Jumps with ease. Climbs like a goat. Descends smoothly and as fast as your guts will allow. The first time I took it out on a trail, felt like I'd been riding it for years.
Weaknesses: Try walking into a gas station, grocery store, restaurant, or any place with this thing loaded up in the bed of your pick-up truck. Even with it locked up, you just fell uneasy. I guarantee if there is a window you be staring out it making sure your bike is still there.
Bike does what it is supposed to do, and it does it well. I have knocked 1 minute off a 2.25 mile trail - that's going from 12 minutes to just under 11 minutes on a 2.25 mile trail. That's just nuts. Here is a true story - I busted my shoulder yesterday while on a new trail, I mean head on with a tree, tree didn’t budge. On my way to the doctor to get some ex-rays done; I stopped off at a trail I ride often and shaved 5 seconds off my best lap time. I haven't even come close to my best lap time since I set it. Went back today and spanked my best time by an additional 32 seconds. This is injured, taking it easy on the rough spots, and still managed to knock off 32 seconds. INSANE!
Similar Products Used: Owned - GT, Novara
Ridden but not owned - Iron Horse, Trek, Marin, Specialized, Gary Fisher
Bike Setup: Fox Float RLC fork, Fox Float RP23 shock, WTF Set up, Lopes Link. Swapped out the XTR Shifters to X0 grip shifters, the Magura Martas to Juicy Ultimates, XTR Cog to the Sram PG 990, as well as the Hutchinson Piranhas for some Kenda Nevegals.
a Cross Country Rider
from wasatch, usa
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2009
Strengths: Design, Strength to weight ratio, Efficient Dave Weagle link, Ease of maintenance, Communicative and friendly staff
Weaknesses: Cable routing works fine but could be improved, rubberized PU paint not as durable as I'd hoped, (still needs judicious spots of protection) Attracts ogling CF nutjobs (and they all want to pick it up)
I wanted to enjoy the downhill sections of my favorite trails more so I started looking for a new ride. I was merely surviving before on a 21 lb HT. I rarely ride lifts or do shuttles and really enjoy the exercise of "earning my turns." I'm a light guy but I still wanted to enjoy the climb and figured at 160 lbs, a 30 lb rig would be less fun, no matter how efficient the design.
Almost everything has it's limits and less is not more, but optimal is best. Can you build up an 18 lb fully? Absolutely. Would a 35 lb porker be more fun on the DH? I think it would, as a bit of weight helps hold your line, as opposed to getting bounced around. This bike adeptly handles the stuff I most prefer to ride. For me, it's the "one" bike because I don't do gnarly DH and I don't race XC so it perfectly serves the middle ground for my riding style. There's too much hyperbole in these reviews, rendering most of them useless. Any fanboy can come on here to spray and justify his purchase. The bike won't magically pull you uphill and it certainly doesn't promise to rocket you down unscathed. It does, however, strike an excellent balance. Other bikes do the same, but there are but a few.
My biggest complaint... all this carbon fiber seems to attract lots of attention. Obviously the weight weenies, of which I am a recovering member. But you also get golfers coming up to you to ask if they can pick it up. Anyway, WW see CF and apparently begin salivating. Some have built these up as fragile, flyweight XC rigs with a component spec that compromises the geometry/travel of the bike. Reminds me of trucks with giant wheels and low profile tires. Methinks they don't actually ride the bike though, as most of these examples are built with a kit that was chosen based on it's light weight or, believe it or not, appearance. Have a look at some of the ridiculous color coordinated showpieces on the Ibis forum. Way too many examples of form over function, but always good for a laugh. (Chris King headset cap on another manufacturers integrated headset to match their linkage... King has NEVER made an integrated headset.)
Ultimately it's an outstanding bike for what it's designed for, hence the 5 chilis overall. You can certainly get a lighter XC fully, but there is no lighter bike currently in production that offers 5.5 hot inches of rear travel. This also makes it a great value, hence the 4 chilis there. Weight isn't everything. If I were a Clyde, I might consider other bikes— ones that may cost less and wouldn't make up such a great percentage of my bodyweight. Durability is always a concern but the more you weigh... well, you get the idea. The Mojo will do anything ranging from epic XC, 24hr marathons to light DH but it's true niche seems to fall right in the "All Mountain" middle, which seems to represent a large percentage of riders. Probably has something to do with the demand exceeding the supply for two years now.
Bike Setup: 09 Mojo SL, light AM w/ 150mm Talas, Float RP23, ZTR 355's, 600 gram tires that can still handle rocky mountains. (I built mine and the frame was 5.2 lbs with seat collar and shock in L) Total bike weighs 23 lbs and change with pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: January 6, 2009
Strengths: This machine does everything superbly.Uphill, downhill,drops,singletrack,cross country.
Weaknesses: It looks so good ,it has to be kept locked up.People want to steal it.Price.
This bike is simply sensational.The DW link suspension is unbelievable.I am probably an ok rider at best,but riding the SL has made me feel like I could mix it with the elite riders.It almost feels a part of you.It climbs like a goat,accellerates like a Lamborghini and decends like a rocket. When it corners you would think it is on rails.The bike is far better than my riding skills .You simply do not need any other bike.The guy who gave it only 3 Jalapenos is way of the mark. I have already knocked 2 minutes of my 8k trail lap times,riding this. Here is a warning though! If you ride one make sure you have the money to buy it.....Because you will!
Similar Products Used: I had an 06 GT idrive 5.1. I have trailed the Nomad,Ellsworth Epiphany and Moment.
Bike Setup: A complete XT build kit
a Cross Country Rider
from Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Date Reviewed: January 5, 2009
Strengths: Light, incredible weight for 140mm
I bought only frame and fork. The Ibis is wonderful! I had never though that I can go down so fast! Talas and rear DW link transformed trails in paved road! And Mojo SL climbs very weel too! But the Mojo SL is shorter than Turner Bikes.
I tested a bunch of bikes and nothing came close to performing like the Ibis. It fits my riding style perfect and has improved both my climbing and descending speed. Plus the blue anodized DW Link with the Cobalts looks pretty cool.
It's a small/medium 2009 Tahoe SL 29er frame. Starting from scratch.
I'm thinking of doing the below slx/xt kit. This mix is based on web research only. I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to building my own bikes. The bike is for relatively aggressive cross-country riding. I'm not worried about ... Read More »
I found this great chart when I was researching my frame that might help some peeps.
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Trawling thhrough the SL build topic I see a few SL frames with DT Swiss rear shocks, as opposed to t he more usual Fox RP23.
Can anybody tell me if the mounting hardware i.e. the bolts is the same for both and also what size adapters are needed to fit the DT Swiss shock to the frame.
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Is it even worth considering buying an 09 Enduro frame. The frame is in good condition and is fairly cheap but does still have the AFR shock. I could swap almost everything over from an 05 Enduro, so there would be very few additional costs.
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