I'm sure I'm in for a big ration of grief from several friends who have heard me say, time and again, that mtbikes should not be made out of carbon. Too easy to scratch, too fragile, blah, blah, blah. Well, like the incredibly handsome guy you just know is going to break your heart, but you date him anyway because he is sooooo sexy, the Mojo knocked my socks off. I now own one. Yeah, me. I own a carbon fiber mtbike. There, I said it.
I never meant to fall in love. I was happy with my current bike, an '03 Iron Horse Hollowpoint, which had saved my from myself many times. It'd gone with me to Moab and California, Fruita and Brian Head, as well as all my favorite trails around home. It had a few minor issues, like some of the cheeziest paint on the planet, a minor alignment issue in the rear triangle, and hard-to-replace bearings, but it rode well. I had thought about replacing the frame with the current Hollowpoint MkIII, but never got around to it. What I had was working fine.
So there we were at the Blue Mountain Mtb Festival in Peekskill, NY last month, a happy couple. Between rides, I chatted with the folks at Iron Horse, who, once again, neglected to bring any small bikes to test. Bummer. I wanted to see how the new version of the MkIII rode. And no more naked frames available this year either, sold out. Oh, well, mine still works, so no big deal. I wandered on, browsing the booths. That's when I spotted it. Those curvy lines! And my favorite suspension design! I hovered around the Briacliff Bikeworks booth where there were two Mojos. Yeah, there were some other bikes there, but all I could see were the blue and green Mojos. "Probably $4K just for the frame," I thought to myself. When I heard the price was a touch under half of that, I lost all good sense. I was under its spell. I wanted one.
Cut to the chase. After a few weeks wait for my size and color to arrive, here he is, my sexy studmuffin of a mtbike. Our first dance in the dirt will be tomorrow. :^D
Don't make fun of me for the monster spacer stack over the stem. The jury is out on the 125mm fork, so I'll cut later. The fork came from the Hollowpoint, which has an inch longer headtube and a headset with at least a 1/2" more stack height (had that cone-shaped top bearing cover).
My orange Ibis Mojo has a yellow pteredactyl mojo.
Parts, all taken from the '03 Hollowpoint except the front der, seatpost and headset:
'03 Fox Talas RLC, Push'd
King/Mavic 517 wheels
Avid BB7 disc brakes
Old school Avid Ultimate levers
FSA carbon bar
carbon bar ends
Sette Edge stem
Cane Creek IS2 headset
Terry Fly saddle
XT crank with bashring and no big ring
XT front der
SRAM 9.0 rear der
SRAM PC 69 chain
Time ATAC pedals
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