Ibis is a company with a colorful history. It isn’t known for me-too bikes that have no soul. In fact, Ibis bikes are some of the most soulful creations the mountain
bike world has ever known. Racers and elite riders prized
their original hardtails back when few even knew what the
term “mountain bike” meant. Today, Ibis’ bikes are carbon
sculptures that have serious trail chops. They’re a blend of
aesthetic beauty and high-performance materials—not just a
lump of tubes that can send you down the trail.
The Mojo HD3+ is the latest version of Ibis’ Heavy Duty
series, which has evolved from 26ers of the past into the
bike we tested here. The big wheels and big tires are entirely
new from top to bottom. We put the Mojo HD3+ to the test in
true MBA style to see if a piece of art could hold its own on
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The HD3+ is the longest-travel bike in the Ibis lineup. It is
far from a downhill sled and could easily be put into the enduro
category. The trails around Santa Cruz, California, where Ibis is
located, require a versatile machine that can handle the most
aggressive trails in NorCal and still be light and nimble enough
to pedal to the top of the mountain. This new plus-sized
version of the HD3+ looks to take advantage of the efficient
dw-link suspension design, and add traction and control with
the bigger rubber patch on the trail.
The HD3+ is an impressively versatile bike that will satisfy
trail riders by delivering awesome traction on steep and loose
trails. It also doesn’t pay a huge weight penalty for that added
traction, which makes it more versatile than most plus-sized
bikes we’ve tested.
Bring the Mojo, baby! Bring it big!