Pro Bike Check: Brian Lopes' Ibis Mojo HDR 650b 11

<b>Brian Lopes introduces his new Ibis Mojo HDR that is compatible with both 650b wheels at 130mm of travel or 26-inch wheels at 160mm of travel. BL55 is rides a size large frame.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>There are many setup options with the new HDR. Head angle with 650b wheels and 140mm fork is 67.1-degrees, featuring a 13.5-inch bottom bracket height. Flip the mount and you can run the Mojo HDR with 26-inch wheels at 130mm of travel with 68.1-degree HA and 13-inch BB height.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>From ibiscycles.com - "If you want more travel in the 650b mode, you can do that. Simply add a 5mm travel-reducing spacer in the stock 160mm shock. Deflate the shock to check that your tire won't hit the seat tube at bottom out (tire sizes vary a lot). You'll get 150mm of travel in this mode "</b> -Dan Severson

<b>The new X-Fusion Sweep RL2 is a 27.5-specific fork that Brian has running at 140mm of travel.</b> -Dan Severson.

<b>Puttin' down the power. Lopes runs Shimano XTR cranks (175mm) with 36-tooth chainring and MRP 1x guide for security, but minimal drag.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>XTR 11-36 cassette means 1:1 gear ratio for steep climbs.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Shimano XTR Trail pedals.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Magura MT8 brakes, 7-inch rotors front and rear.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Kenda Nevegal tires, 2.35 up front and 2.1 rear.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Novatec Diablo 27.5 wheelset.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Clean details of the Novatec Diablo hubs.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Syntace Megaforce 2 stem at 60mm and Syntace carbon bars cut down to 720mm.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Lopes isn't sure of the complete build weight, as he's only had the bike for a couple days...</b> -Dan Severson

<b>...but the frame weight alone is 6-pounds, half a pound lighter than the previous Mojo HD.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>I'll take the blue! Shelby Cobra paint scheme looking killer.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>KS Lev Adjustable post.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>A Shimano Zee shifter offers single-click shifting, which BL prefers over the multi-click function of the XT or XTR shifters.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>X-Fusion Vector Air HLR. Brian makes minor adjustments his suspension depending on the trail conditions and riding he'll encounter.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Brake position and throw are important to Lopes, as well as comfy ODI O Grips. They're not lock-on, so he wires them down.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>The ability to run his hands out toward the end of the bars is why Brian uses non-lock-on grips.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Once Brian's settings are sorted, he just jumps on and rides!</b> -Dan Severson

<b>The Magura MT8 brakes provide consistent power and position.</b> -Dan Severson

<b>Just jump on and ride!</b> -Dan Severson

<b>650b may be the happy medium for riders not looking to go up to the big 29er wagon wheels. Thanks Brian!</b> -Dan Severson

Lopes all in on medium wheels with his new Ibis Mojo HDR 650b. Featuring X-Fusion suspension, Novatec wheels and Shimano shifting, Lopes discusses his setup on this brand new all-mountain bike.

Brian's Ibis teammate, Andrew Whiteford, gets to know his Mojo HDR 650b in this fun edit:

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11 comments
  • tea.addict

    6/23/2013 10:55 PM

    I hope he isn't too picky about his rebound settings, considering the position of the adjustment knob.

  • Maverickdh005

    6/17/2013 7:40 PM

    Im probably biased, and Im a staunch 26" rider, think its all over hyped, but this is the best looking 650b on the market so far, Bronson close 2nd and everything else looks like poop in comparison to those 2, like brands just jumping onto the next big sales cycle, no pun, yeah right !

  • ZMC888

    6/13/2013 2:20 AM

    He seems kinda hamstrung by his sponsorship commitments, I wonder how his bike would look if he was free to choose.

  • joshua.knechtel

    6/17/2013 6:37 PM

    He seemed very apprehensive to endorse the 650B. I think I heard a tweet of his that said he didn't like them.

  • Maverickdh005

    6/17/2013 7:36 PM

    So whats his real thoughts on 29ers then! He does say Wagon wheeler 29er usually a sign lol.

  • Maverickdh005

    6/13/2013 1:45 AM

    Umn Shelby Blue, sexy

  • BRed

    6/12/2013 9:21 PM

    They made the frame lighter? Didn't Pinkbike snap two Mojo frames during a review last month? I think they both broke at the seat tube.

  • bjenson

    6/13/2013 12:12 AM

    that was vital. it was the SL-R not the HD. - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Ibis/Mojo-SL-R,11762

  • odin

    6/12/2013 3:47 PM

    What headset is he running?

  • 91001

    6/12/2013 6:11 PM

    Rove.

  • skelldify

    6/12/2013 1:10 PM

    I saw that was launched on Monday, and I'm super-psyched! Good change this will be my next bike! Kinda disappointed Vital hasn't covered it at all.

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