Ibis Migration - La Sal Mountains Posted on: 08/18/2016


Highly sociable at all seasons, roosting and feeding in flocks, nesting in large colonies.

Audubon Field Guide, writing about Ibises and their migrations

For quite a few years now we've been thinking about putting together an event (or several) where we Ibisians could connect with Ibis owners by spending a few days with them, riding bikes, telling stories and generally have a great time together.

Well, the time has come, and we are stoked to announce the first Ibis Migration - La Sal Mountains, at the end of September. Ibis founder and co-owner Scot Nicol will be along on this Migration and shall regale us with stories of the first 35 years of being an Ibisian. Our good friends from Crankjoy will be along for the ride and helping us out. And Kirk, our esteemded demo driver will be along to help out too.


What's In it For Me?

Bragging rights that you got to attend the first in a long line of Ibis Migration gatherings. Plus:

  • Three days of guided riding in the La Sal Mountains high above Moab, UT
  • Full access to the 2016 Ibis Demo Fleet, ride a different bike every day (or if you’ve bonded with one particular bike, stick with it for all three days) we're bringing the fleet out for Outerbike
  • Two nights of camping at elevation under the stars at Warner Lake
  • Breakfasts, lunch, dinners, snacks and beer (you won’t get hungry)
  • Custom 2016 Ibis Migration T-shirt and if we get our act together, a camp coffee mug
  • Stimulating campfire conversation and shared stories (some of which are true)
  • Professional photographer will be on every ride to document your incredible style!
  • Digital downloads included (you don’t have to take your own selfies!)

When are we going?

September 26-28th 2016

Trip Itinerary

Our pals are Rim Tours are going to run logistics for the Migration. Here's the schedule:

Day 1, September 26: Please meet at Noon  at Rim Tours’ headquarters (1233 South Highway 191 in Moab, look for our sign on the left about 1.1 miles south of McDonald’s) and we will head up to La Sal Mts. to our camp at Warner Lake.  (Alternatively meet us at Warner Lake when you are able to get up there.  Directions to follow.)  

We will be riding approx. 2 hours this afternoon so please be prepared with hydration pack, food and a rain coat in case of showers.  You should plan to provide your own lunch today.

Back at camp, relax under the colorful aspens and take a leisurely walk to the lake while our guides take care of all the details.  Washbasins and hot towels are available for cleanup.   Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a delicious, healthy meal will cap off a perfect, action-filled day!

Day 2:  After a delicious and hot breakfast we’ll ride from camp today on a challenging loop through the La Sals incorporating the top part of the Whole Enchilada trail system.   Be prepared for a 4-6 hour ride today.  Rim Tours will provide lunch and snacks but if you have your own personal food system, bring what you need to sustain you.  Rim Tours’ guides will be along on the ride to provide first aid and mechanical support if needed.

After riding, cold beverages will taste great amidst the golden aspens and there is plenty of yummy food to come.  Stories around the campfire tonight, hot cocoa and maybe a flask or 2 making the rounds…

Day 3:  We’ll pack up camp after breakfast and ride the rest of the Whole Enchilada all the way to the Colorado River and into town, lunch provided.  After the ride, Rim Tours will provide a shuttle up to Warner Lake to get your cars.

Tour Rating: Intermediate to advanced  - Physical and technical demand is intermediate to advanced with high elevations and sections that are more strenuous.

Mileage: 15-25 miles per day

Terrain: Alpine and desert singletrack with some sections of doubletrack, obstacles and exposure at times.

Altitude: Camp is close to 9,000 ft and riding will go up from here to 11,000 ft and down to 4500 ft

Note:  Itinerary is subject to change based on factors including but not limited to weather, road and trail conditions,  trip logistics and rider safety.

We've also talked to Rim Tours about a partial participation, and if you can only make the first night and the next day's ride, there's a payment option for that too ($150).

This is a BYOB affair, but Scot has promised to bring at least one Magnum of the rare and coveted 40 Buck Chuck, along with some other goodies.

What should I bring?
We will be camping under the stars, at 9200 feet in a dense Aspen forest at the Warner Lake campground and waking up to a great view of Haystack Mountain towering at 11,634 feet above us.  Needless to say, the weather could do just about anything.  Be prepared for cool nights and evenings.  This terrain is unpredictable and we will be at high elevation.  Make sure to bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and a nice pillow (we are car camping for heaven’s sake, might as well be comfortable.) Aside from your regular riding gear, why not throw in arm and knee warmers, a rain jacket, an extra pair of gloves and a vest.  Pack some warmer clothes for around camp,  maybe a puffy coat and a beanie!

We will be fully supported for food, drink and snacks, but if you have something out of the ordinary you need you should bring it.

Children and dogs should be left at home, with sitters, unless you bring someone to watch over them while we are out shredding!

Bathroom facilities: unfortunately the water to the campground is shut off for the season, but there are pit toilets, and we will bring plenty of water.  If you require a shower, we recommend bringing a solar shower to hook up in the bushes or you can take a quick dip in Warner Lake if you are brave enough.

Do I need to bring a bike?
If it’s easy, bring it. If you’re flying, you probably don’t need to bother, unless you really want to be on you own bike.   We will have a lot of the latest Ibises to ride as we’re bringing about 35 bikes with us to Outerbike (which is the following weekend) and there are only going to be about 20 of us. We’d recommend trying a different bike for the different rides. We’ve got ‘em, so why not? And if you own, say, a Ripley but have never tried a Mojo 3, this will be a good chance to check out a different bike. Just for fun.

Packing list:

  • Helmet, pedals, shoes, riding clothes for 3 days
  • Personal camping gear (tent, bivy, sleeping pad, bag and pillow)
  • Rain gear (if you bring it it won’t rain, so don’t jinx us and forget it)
  • Flashlight, headlight, sunscreen, bugspray
  • Solar shower and towel if you want to smell nice
  • An adventurous attitude and some fresh legs


So We’re going to Moab and not riding in Moab?

Don’t worry, we will be riding the iconic “Whole Enchilada” from top to bottom, so you will get your fill of rocky, tooth rattling deadly ledges and slickrock as well! We'll also be riding in the beautiful Aspens of the La Sal Mounains.

If you want to stick around for Outerbike, there will be plenty more riding to be had.

What Kind of a rider do I need to Be?

  • Friendly, hungry, thirsty, adventurous
  • Not afraid to ride intermediate to advanced terrain
  • Able to confidently pedal 2-5 hours a day in the mountains (base camp is 9,200 feet!)

Can't make it? Then check out Ibis Migration Two - The Appetite Seminar

If you aren't able to make this Migration (or don't like sleeping under the stars), we have another Migration planned in November down in Hurricane Utah, the week before Thanksgiving (hence the Appetite Seminar).

Read all about our first non-camping Migration here. Gonna be great.

We are planning  multiple Migrations per year in lots of different locations, keeping the group size small so you can hone in on the fine art of being an Ibisian.

Scot Nicol (a Very Ibisian Person)

Ibis Migration 2 - The Appetite Seminar Posted on: 08/15/2016


For three days, you’ll be ripping world-class singletrack in one of the best locations in the desert southwest, high up on the world-famous mesas, on some of the most epic trails you’ve experienced.

Scot Nicol (a Very Ibisian Person)

For years and years now we've been thinking about putting together an event (or several) where we could connect with Ibis owners by spending a few days with them, riding bikes, telling stories and generally having a great time together. We are conducting our first Migration just outside of Moab at the end of September.

Our second Migration, Ibis Migration Two-The Appetite Seminar will take place in the St. George/Hurricane area of Southern Utah in November. Expect daytime highs in the mid to high 60's, perfect riding temperature.

Why Appetitie Seminar?
Because we're holding it the week before Thanksgiving.

This is your chance for one last riding fling before winter takes over. This migration will be a fully-immersive Ibis riding adventure, the first in a new series of riding events based around the country (and maybe even internationally). We're inviting you to ride with us, talk with us, learn with us, and enjoy life with us. Each Ibis Migration event will be small in scale, so you'll have a lot of face time with the people who create these machines.

This Migration takes place on NOVEMBER 18-20th in St. George, UT - an easy drive from most major western cities, or a quick 90-minute drive from the Las Vegas airport. For three days, you’ll be ripping world-class singletrack in one of the best locations in the desert southwest, high up on the world-famous mesas, on some of the most epic trails you’ve experienced. 

Our base camp for the weekend will be the world famous Over The Edge Sports in Hurricane, where we'll have happy hours, catered meals, and lots of chillin', telling stories, and having a blast!

Want a sample?  Check out these St. George legends:

Gooseberry Mesa

Little Creek Mesa

Hurricane Rim- IMBA Epic

Zen, Barrel, and Bearclaw Poppy

Now that we have your attention, you’re going to ask a bunch of questions… and we have a bunch of answers for you:

Three days of all-inclusive, guided mountain biking in St. George, UT with an all-access pass to everything Ibis.  We’ll have a team of Ibis folks- including Scot, our founder- riding with you, showing you cool Ibis stuff, answering questions, and generally having an awesome time while we enjoy a weekend of riding.  

To create a more intimate experience, we’ve limited this Ibis Migration to the first 24 customers.

St. George, UT from November 18-20.  Three days of kick-ass riding some of the best slickrock and high-desert trails in the west.  Get your lungs and legs ready, this isn’t for the faint of heart.

We'll plan on riding from 12:00 noon on Friday, all the way through until early afternoon on Sunday, November 20th... so plan flights and arrival plans accordingly!

Well obviously, you. And us. Like we said above, we’re limiting this trip to the first 24 Ibis fans who sign up… we’ll split up each day according to desired ride difficulty/length, and you’ll be riding with Ibis folks every day.  Along with Scot, our main man Kirk will be pimping you out with a custom Ibis demo each day we ride. Other Ibisian attendees are yet to be announced.

Day 1 (November 18th): 
Plan to meet at our weekend lodging at 12:00 to get you checked in and stocked up. Note: we will have an 11:30am shuttle from the St. George Airport for anyone flying in. Once signed in, we’ll get everyone set up with their choice of Ibis demo bikes! You’ll be able to stash your luggage in the rooms and will have time to gear up before we load up the shuttles. For today’s ride, we load up the shuttles and head to Gooseberry Mesa, one of the best slickrock rides in the world.  Our guides know every inch of the trail, so we’ll explore for a few hours- expect to ride about 15 miles. Be sure to eat a big lunch, you’re going to need the energy for this one. After today’s ride, we’ll end up back at the condos for a hearty catered dinner and beverages…. and lots of time to tell riding stories!

Day 2 (November 19th): First things first, we’ll have breakfast brought in so everyone is fueled up and ready to go. Oh yeah, and don’t worry about nutrition on the trail - we have everyone covered with a custom-made box full of goodies from The Feed. Today we’ll have two options for riding: Little Creek Mesa or the Hurricane Rim IMBA Epic. Both rides will be around 5-6 hours, and both are mind-blowingly fun. Little Creek is full of flowy singletrack and slickrock tech sections, while Hurricane Rim is more XC-oriented; both are killer options with beautiful scenery abound. The day will end yet again with our friends at Over the Edge - another amazing dinner (and beers), along with some games and contests to keep everyone entertained. We’ll wrap up the day after dinner with shuttles back to our lodging for the night.

Day 3 (November 20th): Here we go again – breakfast will be delivered in the morning to our accommodations, and we’ll be able to keep all our gear in the rooms for a late checkout.  We’ll get an early start on Day 3 to make sure everyone has time to catch flights or drive home. Today we head over to the west side of St. George to take on the anticline riding of trails like Sidewinder, Zen, and Bearclaw Poppy. These rippin’ trails are totally different than the mesa riding we’ve done already.  After having fun for a few hours, expect to be back at our lodging and checked out of the hotel by 1:00.


Trip Price: $950.  

What’s Included:

  • Three days of guided riding in St. George, UT
  • Two nights double-occupancy lodging
  • All Breakfasts and Dinners, and Happy Hour too
  • Full access to the Ibis Demo Fleet
  • Custom 2016 Fall Ibis Migration mountain bike jersey
  • Professional Mountain Bike Guides to show you the St. George goods!
  • Ride Nutrition from The Feed
  • Dedicated On-site Trip Coordinators
  • Ibis schwag
  • We'll also have some contest giveaways from Ibis and our esteemed partners! (prize announcements prior to trip)


We’ll make it easy on you:  CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW

Updated Torque Specifications Posted on: 08/11/2016

We're changing the torque specification of the lower link on both the Mojo 3 and the HD3. 

It was 15 N-m and we're raising it to 24 Nm, for both the front and rear bolts.

Also, and this is important. If you are using Loctite 243, you must shake the bottle before applying the threadlocker. Apparently it separates and doesn't function properly unless you "shake that thing". 

Our latest Instruction Book has just been updated and you can download the newly updated version by clicking on the image below.