First look: the updated Ibis HD5 Mojo has a different approach to suspension


The Ibis has unveiled the fifth generation of the Mojo HD, and while the venerable all-mountain / enduro system still retains the carbon frame, 27.5 "wheels and the dw-link stroke of 153 mm, there are There have been several evolutionary changes: the 2020 Mojo HD5 gets the usual longer and slower treatment, along with a new fork and melody of shocks that are part of what Ibis calls their "Traction Tune" suspension philosophy.

All models are equipped with a 170 mm Fox 36 fork and a DPX2 shock absorber, with a Float X2 shock absorber available as an upgrade. Complete bikes start at $ 4,399 USD and go up to $ 9,299 for the top model. The frame alone is $ 2,999.

Details of Ibis Mojo HD5

• Wheel size: 27.5 "
• Carbon frame
• Stroke: 153 mm / 170 mm rear fork
• 2.6 "tire play
• Rear distance 12 x 148 mm
• BB threaded
• 7 year frame warranty
• Price: $ 4,399 – $ 9,299 USD

Frame details

The HD5 has not lost its sinuous profile, but now has the internal tube-to-tube cable routing to help simplify the exchanges of the housing: power the housing to one side and should come out from the other, without magnets, bent rays or magic magic required. There is also plenty of room to manage longer travel dropper post – Ibis says that cyclists over 5 & # 39 "should be able to handle a post with falls of up to 185 mm and that shorter cyclists they should have no problems with a 125mm or more post.

The bearings are used for the upper connection of the HD5 and the bushings for the lower one, a configuration similar to that used on Ripmo. Those bushings were chosen for that position because of their longer duration; Ibis claims that it is less likely to get dirty and is notchy & # 39; how can cartridge bearings do? They are also covered by a lifetime replacement policy in the event that they are consumed.

Other details include space for 2.6 ”tires, removable ISCG 05 tabs, threaded bottom bracket and protection for the down tube and horizontal sleeve. There is also room for a bottle of water inside the front triangle, but cyclists who choose the Float X2 shock option will have to carefully select the cage and bottle combination – not all configurations will work with the larger air canister.


The angle of the seat tube of the HD5 measures 76 degrees, 2 degrees steeper than the previous model and the capacity has been increased by 12-17 mm depending on the size. Switching from a 160 mm to 170 mm fork has slightly reduced the angle of the head, now it is 64.2 degrees.

The Ibis uses the typical small, medium, large, x-sized dimensions, but the short seat tube lengths allow you to dimension up or down based on personal preferences.

Ibis uses Motion Instruments data acquisition system to develop the melody used on HD5.

Suspension tuned for traction

The data acquisition system developed by Motion Instruments has played a key role in helping Ibis engineers decide on the tuning of the suspension for the new HD5. The goal was to give the bike a coherent and predictable feel in all conditions, and the data collected led to the slight rebound and compression adjustment of the HD5. The intent is that the wheels respond quickly to impacts during compression and bounce back just as quickly to continue tracking along the ground.

Cyclists interested in experimenting with higher bounce speeds should have a wide range with the HD5, but it is also possible to perform a more typical suspension setup.

We are currently testing the HD5 in Whistler and Pemberton, BC, as part of our annual Field Test – keep an eye on our vision of the new Mojo at the end of this year.

Title image: Ian Collins
Photo of the studio: Ibis Cycles



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