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Ibis Mojo HD’s lack of coil shock option explained

In Equipment reviews, Mountain Biking on January 10, 2010 at 2:41 am
White is the bomb

Ibis Mojo HD, the MacBook of MTB

Ibis has responded to Bike Intelligencer’s query about why the new Mojo HD won’t come with a coil shock option. With any bike of nearly six and a half inches in rear travel, a lot of riders lean toward a coil for increased consistency, reliability, durability and tuneability. But Hans over at Ibis says coil’s advantages are waning with vastly improved air shock technology — e.g. the Fox RP23, stock on the HD. Here’s what Hans had to say when we pointed out that Brian Lopes, America’s winningest male mountain bike competitor ever, runs coil shocks on his Mojos:

“Brian has his own custom tuner and has shocks for different purposes so he runs shocks that are super firm, soft or lower his bike or whatever he feels is the hot set up for the course.

Most of the shortcomings of air shocks have been overcome in the last few years and if you want to make a lightweight frame or bike, they save a lot of weight. The spring curve is different than a coil, so the suspension on the HD is designed with that air spring curve in mind.”

Even as recent as a year ago I would’ve begged to differ with Hans. Virtually all the long travel trail bikes I’ve owned and ridden — Ventana, Turner, Intense, Santa Cruz, Specialized — have benefitted hugely from coil. So it’s something to think about when buying a bike, because replacing an OEM air shock with a coil after purchase can be a pricey proposition.

Bling!

Now if air shocks only came in gold...

But here’s the deal. For the past year I’ve been riding a 6.5-inch Pivot Firebird all over the place, from Galbraith Mountain to Whistler to Leavenworth to Ashland to NorCal, including UC Santa Cruz and the Soquel Demo Forest. And I’ve been waiting for the slightest excuse to go coil, especially since the Cane Creek Double Barrel comes with a gold shaft that would match nicely the Firebird’s gold pivot and the Chris King gold bottom bracket. Bling! But drat it all, the stock shock, the same Fox RP23 that goes on the Mojo, has been just too rock solid to think about replacing. In fact, it’s been a set-it-and-forget-it thing with the RP23. (Now if Fox only made one with a gold shaft.)

Granted, Dave Weagle (the DW-Link inventor) was in on the Firebird’s design, along with the Man himself of course, Chris Cocalis. So you have to figure hand-in-glove relationship between the technology and the design. The Cane Creek has gotten raves on MTBR.com and elsewhere, but my experience is never change a winning game — or bike setup, for that matter.

Plus that same relationship with Weagle applies to Ibis and the Man himself, Scot Nicol. So no quarrel from me this time. I’ll look forward to not worrying about a shock upgrade with the new HD. (That white is the bomb btw!)

Ibis HD: Ready to hammer in March!

In Equipment reviews, Mountain Biking on January 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Now it’s official: The Ibis Mojo HD is ready to blow off the doors! I’ve been posting on the longer-travel Ibis Mojo for some time, and now Ibis says the HD, designed with input from slalom king Brian Lopes, will be available starting in March. White and clear-coat (black) as well as a color TBA.

Ibis Mojo HD in white

Ibis Mojo: The industrial design equivalent of Apple Macintosh

The thing looks really spectacular. When it comes to industrial design, Ibis is the Apple Computer of the cycling world. Specs look dynamite, my only question being, why no coil shock option?

Brian Lopes rides coil Mojo

Brian Lopes' Mojo, fitted with coil

The press release says linkage rates were incompatible with coil, yet Lopes himself rides coil on his Mojos all the time. So what gives? I have a query over at MTBR.com to Hans, we’ll see what he says. In the meantime, your official Eye Candy for 2010 is here.

Ibis site.

MTBR forum.

MTBR announcement.

My other DW-Link bike, the Pivot Firebird, which I am NOT gonna give up for the HD, which also does NOT mean I won’t GET an HD as an upgrade from my current Mojo, will be part of the Pivot Demo Days lineup just released. Funny how these things work. The HD is the closest thing out there to the Firebird, and the Ibis and Pivot lines appeal to the same DW-Link crowd, so whaddya know? Both companies announce on the same day. Coincidence? You decide…

Weekend Roundup: Ibis Mojo HD, Bike Biz OK after all, Duthie work party, LA anti-harassment & more

In Bicycle advocacy, Daily Roundup on December 12, 2009 at 3:30 am

Following up on my unrequited Xmas lust for an Ibis Mojo HD, PinkBike has the full Mojo on the HD.

Bicycle Retailer: Nobody’s cracking open champagne, but Taiwan’s 2009 bike biz not as bad as it might at first seem.

Duthie Work Party this weekend.

Los Angeles appears headed toward passing a Bicycle Anti-Harassment Law. That’s the good part. Let’s hope it doesn’t run afoul of state law, as a similar ordinance passed by Seattle did. The state Supreme Court ruled that state law superseded local ordinance. It’s one of the main reasons Cascade Bicycle Club will put the full press on the 2010 State Legislature to pass “Vulnerable User” legislation.

How many cyclists does it take to power a home? Believe me, you have NO idea.

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