WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
New-school Ibis frames are built from carbon—no exceptions. The HD3+ uses a full-carbon frame with a new swingarm
that allows for the 3-inch tire clearance. The only metal on this
machine is the hardware that holds it together. The frame also
features all the modern amenities you’d expect, including a Boost
148-millimeter rear axle, a PressFit bottom bracket and 27.5-plus
wheels complete with a patented dw-link suspension system.
Ibis builds its bikes with several kit options. Our test bike came
with a fairly standard mix of Shimano XT parts, coupled with a
RockShox Pike+ fork, Fox X2 shock and some house-brand Ibis
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The new Ibis wheels on this thing scream “prototype.” There
are no decals, just hand-written Sharpie marks on the rims with
archaic gram-scale readings. These carbon wheels are the first
production plus-sized Ibis rims. The rims are laced to Industry Nine
hubs using DT-Swiss bladed spokes. While these might not be
the flashiest components on the bike, besides the baby blue-and-red paint job, huge tires and awesome frame architecture, they
are probably the coolest bits to talk about. Ibis wheels perform
impressively and have an understated cool factor.
Speaking of flash, the finish quality on this bike is remarkable.
The paint lines are dead-on; the machining on the rockers is precise and dialed; the cable routing is clean-looking and quiet on the
trail; and everything down to the titanium and aluminum hardware
Smart routing: The internal cable routing of the Ibis mates well
with the dw-link suspension and provides rub-free performance
that’s also very quiet on the trail thanks to nifty machined guides
that firmly hold the cables and hoses in place. Our mechanically
inclined testers were impressed.
Snug fit: The clearances are tight with the new design, both on
the shock mount and on the tire. During our testing we had no
issues with rubbing, although it could be troublesome in extremely