mojo 3 cut 1A very interesting bike was announced just this last week.  Now it is not something we would typically herald, not being a 29er.  However, I do find 27+ to be quite good, especially in the new, slack and long hardtails such as the Specialized Fuse we have on long term review.  This Fuse is a very versatile bike to own and a very fun bike to ride.

But from the beginning I have wondered how this would translate into full suspension, this new Mid-Fat size of a 2.8″ to a 3.0″ tire.  I wondered about the inherent bounce of that kind of tire; the steering affect it has, taking some of the ‘sharpness’ out of fast transitions in direction.  Then you have to consider tire sag in there as well, and talking with some industry folks last year, we were thinking that this will have to play into how the actual wheel/tire diameter really ends up, that being a decent amount less than a 29er.

In fact, one project guy from a company that is up to its armpits in Plus stuff ventured to guess that 2.8″ might still be over the top for FS bikes, and 2.6″ might be the best size to get the best blend of traction and handling on a longer travel FS that will be ridden more aggressively.

I remember once, while riding a 27.5″ FS bike…not plus…that if it had a beefy tire on there instead of a 2.2″-ish XC tire, I would like it much better.  Are we nudging closer to that place where 27.5″ wheels and tires finally find their reason to be?

So, check out this article from Pink Bike where they interview Scot Nicol and get his thoughts on what the Mojo 3 is about, how they approached this new Plus bike, and why it will not accept 29″ wheels.  Very interesting.




cut 2You could call it the baby brother to the Mojo HD3 or the successor to the Mojo SL/SL-R. Either way, it’s a good thing, and maybe it’s our most versatile trailbike ever. 

You can run 2.3, 2.5 or 2.8 Plus tires on the Mojo 3, all with the same wheelset and without compromise.

The Mojo 3 shares a lot of DNA with the HD3. Where the HD3 is big and burly, the Mojo 3 is light, taut and energetic. The latest generation of the dw-link gives the bike its amazing climbing and descending abilities.

Low, long and slack best describes the geometry, with the added bonus of extremely short chainstays. Notably, it’s not so slack that only a few World Cup Downhill pros can use it to its full capacity. The bike is nimble yet massively capable.

The Mojo 3 also features a Boost swingarm, which yields stiffer wheels and a stiffer frame. A highly evolved carbon layup makes the frame as stiff as an HD3 at just under 5.5 lbs (with shock, size medium). Boost also allowed us to fit  2.8” tires in 425mm chainstays and if you like, you can run a 2X front derailleur.