Hot on the heels of the launch of the Mojo 3, Ibis has updated the longer-travel Mojo HD3 with a 148x12mm rear end that allows riders to run standard width treads as well as 27.5+ tires up to 2.8in wide.
The new carbon swingarm can accommodate tires up to 2.8in wide:
The new carbon swingarm can accommodate 2.8in wide 27.5+ tires
The move to a 148x12mm rear end may be a matter of keeping current with the times, but designing it to also accommodate 27.5+ rubber significantly broadens the scope of this already capable trail bike.
According to Ibis, a nice light set of 2.3in tires will turn the HD3 into a svelte shredder, 2.5in items with good sidewall protection is the ticket for straight-lining through rocky terrain, and 2.8in offerings from Maxxis and Schwalbe will maximize traction.
The ‘boosted’ HD3 is in stock and available for purchase immediately.
Ibis is also offering a swingarm retrofit kit, allowing HD3 owners to upgrade their current bikes.
The kit consists of:
Boost/plus-compatible HD3 carbon swingarm
148x12mm Hexle thru-axle
Boost lower link
Boost lower link shaft and hardware
Boost compatible front derailleur mount
The retrofit kit retails for $899 / £699 / AU$ TBC. It’s available for pre-order now through Ibis’ online store. Kits will ship in April.
Ibis will also offer a swingarm retrofit kit for existing hd3 owners:
Backwards compatibility: what a concept!
To complete the conversion to a 27.5+ trail-slaying behemoth, HD3 owners may also need a new fork, a wider wheelset for 27.5+ treads, and a crankset and chainring with a 52mm chainline for the 148mm rear end. It’s not cheap, but it’s more affordable than buying a new bike — kudos to Ibis for developing a backward-compatible product.