A penny. What’s a penny these days? It’s one of those neglected coins that some say should be done away with. But, I say keep the penny! Keep the old, weathered, green-colored and neglected penny because that’s what separates the 2009 Ibis Mojo complete SLX bike from breaking the $3000 price tag. That one copper keeps one of the finest carbon-fiber mountain bikes within reach of the masses.

C’mon… $2999.99 and $3000 are the same, you say? Well, once again, let me introduce you to Mr. Lincoln. He stands firm and undaunted and, if he were alive, he’d likely commend the crew at Ibis for keeping things real at a time when people are pinching every penny. He’d also be riding one himself deep into the Illinois backwoods enjoying the DW-Link suspension goodness with tophat in hand…. I’m sure of it!

When I first got word that the Ibis Mojo SLX complete bike would be selling for one penny under $3k, I was floored. Having just ridden a really nice and reasonably-priced full-carbon Rocky Mountain Altitude that still costs $6499, I couldn’t even fathom being able to get into a full-carbon, full-suspension DW-Link-equipped bike for less than 3 G’s. But, for 2009, Ibis Cycles is making that a reality with the workhorse SLX build kit.

Note: The following picture is not of the SLX build kit, but you get the idea.

2009 Ibis Mojo - Interbike 2008

2009 Ibis Mojo SLX Complete Bike

Contemplating your new mountain bike purchase this Spring? With plenty of bikes to choose from in the 5-6 inch travel market, you’re bound to be swimming in specs and recommendations. While I can think of several bikes in the trailbike market that are outstanding, I can’t think of a single one that can be had for this kind of price.

I’ll admit, the SLX build kit does leave a few things to be desired, but it’s a great start and an extremely rideable option out of the box. The great thing is it gets people into an excellent frame that can be upgraded as needed for years to come.

2009 Ibis Mojo SLX complete specs:

  • Fork: RockShox Revelation 426 Dual Air/Air w/U-turn
  • Shock: Fox Float RP23
  • Shifters: Shimano SLX
  • Derailleurs: Shimano SLX front and rear
  • Headset: Cane Creek IS2
  • Cranks: Shimano SLX
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir R (180mm /160mm)
  • Cockpit Items: Ibis-branded bars, stem, seatpost and grips
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket-V
  • Wheels: Mavic Crossride
  • Tires: Kenda Nevegal DTC 2.1
  • MSRP: $2999.99

If you thought a full-carbon trailbike–especially the Ibis Mojo–was out of your reach, think again. The SLX build-kit offers a great entry into the world of DW-Link full-carbon goodness at an amazing price. And, the parts spec is durable and affordable. Should you wish to custom-build an Ibis Mojo, head over to Wrenchscience.com.

More Info: Visit IbisCycles.com

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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