The mountain biking segment of the internet was ablaze earlier this week when Ibis announced the launch of the third generation of their flagship trail bike, the Mojo HD. Featuring contemporary trail bike geometry, 650b wheels and six inches of front and rear suspension travel, the latest Mojo addresses all the short comings of their previous models to produce a bike that is not only head and shoulders with the best of them, but stands above thanks to an unprecedented attention to detail.

While many are comparing it to bikes designed for Enduro racing in the mountains of Europe, Ibis has instead created a machine for the American market, and the terrain most of us are actually riding. We’re stoked on the enduro-driven product development, but the new Mojo HD3 isn’t intended to be a mini-DH bike, instead choosing to be an extremely capable all mountain trail bike. (instead of the comparisons to the Nomad, it features numbers more inline with the Bronson— an uber-capable trail bike seen everywhere on local bay area trails that was touted last year as the it “enduro” bike)

It has a longer top tube and reach so you can run a normal (for today’s progressive trail riders, a 50mm stem IS the new normal) length stem. With short for 650b chain stays, (16.9″/ 430mm) low (13.38″/ 340mm) bottom bracket height and a longer front center, the numbers look to be a solid balance between stable and playful on the trail.

The details are where the bike shines though. Ibis chose a threaded bottom bracket shell (instead of spouting marketing drivel about how press-fit BB’s are better, when they’re really just cheaper to manufacture) and the HD3 is the first Mojo with dual water bottle mounts. While not important to everyone, for those of us that go light and leave the pack at home on short local rides, not having one is a deal breaker. The HD3 also has plenty of stand over height that, combined with a 31.6 seat tube diameter, allow the use of a 150mm travel adjustable height seat post. (once you run one, 125mm isn’t enough any more)

Plus, it looks freakin’ sweet.

Those in the market for a new ride should place the HD3 at the top of a short list.

Check it out: Ibis Mojo HD3

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Flannel is so hot right now. The apparent rise of the “Lumbersexual” means flannels are more popular than ever, with heritage style officially declared “in”. This usually signals the peak of the trend, but on the bright side it also means we have quite a selection in flannel shirts suitable for riding bikes.

Whether it’s casual rides or digging trail in the woods, the following flannel shirts are surprisingly up for the job. And while they wouldn’t be our first choice for high intensity XC riding, the use of technical fabrics that aid in wicking sweat make it possible to ride in casual comfort.

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