The All-New 5th Generation Ibis Mojo HD5 Is Here

Ibis Mojo HD5 launch brown pow

Ibis’ Mojo HD started its life as a longer travel, more rowdy-loving brethren of the company’s popular mojo in 2010 and it was by all accounts a smashing success. What’s not to love when a long travel bike could climb efficiently, turn around to shred downhill with authority and just look so darn good?

Ibis Mojo HD5 launch DW-Link

Nine years and four iterations later, Ibis is ready to bring its latest creation, the HD5 for all to enjoy. It’s still made out of carbon fiber and with the curvy lines that we’ve since grew accustomed to, but with updated geometries that reflect the current trend of longer and slacker school of thought.

Here is a quick infographic on what’s good on the new 27.5, 1x specific HD5:

Ibis Mojo HD5 launch details

The suspension on the HD5 has also been reworked as well. It’s still got the DW-link that the Mojo is known for, with updates to the lower linkage to the ones first seen on the Ripmo, but to go with it is what Ibis calls Traction Tuned Suspension that takes advantage of the DW-link where by design doesn’t need a whole lot of compression damping. The HD5 will have 153mm of rear travel and is optimized with a 170mm fork up front.

Ibis Mojo HD5 launch Motion Instrument data acquisition system

The new tune is conceptually similar to the custom Roxy tune Ibis has been spec’ing on the smaller frames, but it’s further refined using a new data acquisition system from Motion Instrument for the past two years. What the rider gets in return, according to Ibis, is “it allows the wheels to flutter through terrain like a trophy truck storming through a set of whoops.” Besides being standard equipment on the HD5, the custom-tuned shocks will be rolling out across Ibis’ lineup going forward

The Mojo HD5 is backed with a seven year frame warranty and lifetime replacement on bushings. The HD 5 is available today with two colors to choose from (Brown Pow and Charcoal) as a frame with Fox DPX2 starting at $2,999 while the complete bike will start at $4,399 with SRAM NX Eagle.

Ibis Mojo HD5 Charcoal

It is available worldwide starting today. More info here if you want to take a deep dive into the bike. 

Ibis Mojo HD5

Photos: Ian Collins, Ibis Cycles

Chameleon Goes Carbon

Santa Cruz’s Chameleon has been a fun, versatile hardtail within the firm’s lineup for as long as I can remember. While multiple iterations have been made to the frame over the years, Santa Cruz is (finally) giving the Chameleon a full blown makeover. 

Yes, the Chameleon has gone carbon. It’s compatible with 29″ and 27.5+ hoops with clearance up to 3.0″ in 27.5+ or 2.5 in 29er, a swappable dedicated dropout for single speeders, a threaded bottom bracket, internally-routed cables and dual bottle cage mounts, with one being a heavy duty triple bolt mount on the downtube.


The carbon Chameleon is available now starting at $1,599 frame only plus four build kits in both wheel sizes ranging from $3,799 to $5,699. The higher-end SE build will be kitted out with matching Hope hubs and headsets as well. Furthermore, the pre-existing aluminum Chameleon will continue to stay in the lineup for the time being. 

But enough about the bike. I absolute LOVE the accompanying launch video. It doesn’t feature Christopher Walkens, or crazy ride footage from Whistler, but it’s got the whole office involved. Can I just work there now?