Mojo SL-R Review in The Bible of Bike Tests

Posted in Mojo SL-R 19/01/2012

Each year, Bike Magazine tests a lot of bikes. And each year they whittle down all those bikes to six per category, then take them to a cool place and test them further, the best against the best if you will. They call this The Bible of Bike Tests.

This year they went to Brevard, North Carolina to do the test. They took best 6 bikes of the year in each of 4 categories (XC, Trail, All Mountain and Gravity).

We're happy to say that in the all mountain category, one of the bikes they chose was our Mojo SL-R. Here's the first page of that category. Click it for a bigger, real purty picture by Dan Barham.

And we're real super duper happy to report that the Mojo SL-R fared extremely well in the Trail category, we might even venture to say it was their favorite, based on what the reviewer Seb Kemp said. Here is the SL-R test as it appears in the magaine, click on it for a PDF and the words are repeated below.

IBIS MOJO SL-R

In last year's Bible, the Ibis Mojo HD-the bigger brother of the SL-R-took my vote for the bike I most wanted to take home and roll around in the dirt.

This time it was the SL-R's turn to win the hearts of the entire test team.

The Ibis is so light that it felt like I was pushing an easy gear in a tailwind. The climbing is top-notch-great traction paired with unrivaled efficiency. The Mojo scaled the rocks and roots of our challenging technical test loop like a nitrous- fueled rock crawler. Then when it came to the descents, the bike went through the pockmarked slickrock, roots and rock gardens with the greatest of ease-the suspension flowing as smooth as a Motown bass line.

The Ibis' front end is remarkably flex-free, and the rear end is as stiff as hanging laundry in an Arctic wind. Nor is there discernible bottom- bracket flex, meaning that all power was transferred directly into going forward, while the suspension was left to do its job unhindered. The suspension and shock tune on the SL-R dance the fine line between compliance and performance. The SL-R felt very sporty throughout its travel, but still generous enough with its plushness to plow through some serious chunder.

In terms of small-bump compliance, the SL-R set the benchmark for all the bikes-nothing else was as smooth and silent. What's more, the Shimano Shadow Plus rear derailleur helped keep the Ibis nice and quiet; a fine touch on such a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing bike.

This bike is just so capable and inspiring, it easily blurs the lines of bike characterization, The only minor thing keeping it from being absolutely perfect is its lack of water-bottle bosses.

But that's utterly trivial compared to the lbis' biggest drawback: The fact that it left a gaping hole in our hearts when we were forced to hand it back. - Seb Kemp

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Bike Magazine tests the Mojo SL-R in their annual Bible of Bike Tests.