Pro Bike: Brian Lopes's Ibis Mojo SL-R

A decidedly cross-country build for the BC Bike Race

Testament to the reputation of the BC Bike Race is the fact that this year's contestants included a seven-time grand tour finisher, Chann McRae, and arguably America’s most famous gravity racer, Brian Lopes.

The seven-day cross-country stage race traced a scenic path from Cumberland on Vancouver Island to Whistler, back on the British Columbian mainland. In between was a testing barrage of technical trails that kept even ‘Flyin Brian' on his toes.

To take on the challenge, Lopes piloted his Ibis Mojo SL-R cross-country bike. Yep, his 140mm-travel SL-R is built up as a full-on cross-country race rig, complete with triple chainset, spare tube and a water bottle cage.

Lopes ran with a spare tube taped to the frame above his Marzocchi Roco Air shock

The large sized frame is fitted with Marzocchi’s Roco Air shock and 44 Micro Ti Air fork, a slick set of carbon ENVE Twenty6 XC tubeless wheels, and a pair of prototype Kenda tires with a little extra grip for the slick roots and rocks so prevalent in BC.

“It’s a stock Kenda [Karma] tread pattern, but it has a stickier compound all the way around,” said Lopes, who'll turn 40 in September. “They wouldn’t last the average person very long and they're a tiny bit heavier, but I figured it would help in the slick stuff.”

Lopes has the advantage of procuring prototype tires. These Kenda Karmas have a sticky compound in order to offset the slick conditions in BC

Call it a success. Lopes (Oakley-Ibis-Marzocchi-Kenda-ENVE) finished 12th in the men’s open solo category, including a stunning second place stage finish on the final day in Whistler.

“I have a place up here, so I know some of the trails we were racing on,” he explained of a day that saw him beat such cross-country stalwarts as Rocky Mountain’s Chris Sheppard and Kona’s Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddon. “It’s definitely the best cross-country result I’ve ever gotten.”

Bike specifications:

  • Frame: Ibis Mojo SL-R, size LG
  • Rear shock: Marzocchi Roco Air
  • Fork: Marzocchi 44 Micro Ti Air
  • Headset: Chris King
  • Stem: ENVE, 75mm +/- 6 degrees
  • Handlebars: ENVE, 700mm wide
  • Grips: ODI O
  • Front brake: Magura MT6
  • Rear brake: Magura MT6
  • Brake levers: Magura MT6
  • Front derailleur: Shimano XTR M986 direct mount
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR M980 Shadow
  • Shifters: Shimano XTR M980
  • Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M980, 11-36t
  • Chain: Shimano XTR CN-M980
  • Crankset: Race Face Next SL, 44-32-22t
  • Bottom bracket: Race Face
  • Pedals: CrankBrothers Candy 11 (custom color)
  • Wheelset: ENVE Twenty6 XC
  • Rims: ENVE Twenty6 XC 28-hole
  • Front hub: Chris King, 15QR
  • Rear hub: Chris King, 142mm through-axle
  • Front tire: Kenda Karma 2.0 stikE
  • Rear tire: Kenda Karma 2.0 DTC
  • Saddle: WTB Lopes signature Silverado
  • Seatpost: KS i950r
  • Bottle cage: King Cage

Critical measurements

  • Rider height: 5ft 9in (1.75m)
  • Rider weight: 160lb (73kg)
  • Saddle height from BB: 76mm
  • Seat tube length: 19”
  • Seat tube angle: 73 degrees
  • Saddle nose to center of bars: 53mm
  • Head tube length: 130mm
  • Top tube length: 600mm
  • Total bike weight:  23.9lb

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