Pro Bike Check: Gary Forrest’s Ibis Mojo HD3 Team Issue
With New Years celebrations still fresh in our minds (and on the old waist line) it may seem a little early to be starting EWS bike checks, but with such an exciting season ahead and so many new teams, it seemed like a good time to begin checking out this years fastest bikes. First up we have the latest evolution from Ibis, the Mojo HD3.
‘Don’t call it a comeback’ as the well loved Ibis HD and HDR were great bikes, but the new HD3 is longer, lower and more aggressive and has the makings of a serious race machine. Ibis certainly think so, and are backing a big EWS race team this year headed up by Anne Caro Chausson and Gary Forrest. We caught up with Gary to find out what he thought of the new bike.
We were impressed with the new HD3 when we tested it awarding it a Design & Innovation Award 2015. The old HD and HDR’s were both great bikes, but we liked the new HD3 geometry even more. The new bike is 15mm (now 620mm in a large) longer in the top tube, 5mm shorter in the chain stays, and has a 32mm longer wheelbase (1164mm). It is also 1 degree slacker and now features a devilishly good 66.6 degree head angle.
Gary runs 70 psi in the forks, “I run my suspension quite soft, keeping the rebound on the faster side. I think if you have an hours racing on technical descents, after an hour you need to maintain strength and a softer suspension works well for me. The dual chambered prototype shock is running 110 psi and is incredible, it has been tuned for me at the factory and it went well straight out of the box“.
Gary used to race for the Ibis UK Enduro Team on the HD then the HDR and when asked how he would describe the new HD3’s ride he explains. “The new bike is longer and slacker, and just seems to want to go faster and faster. it climbs really well and descends far more effectively. There is no platform on the shock and I have not missed it once.
With the 741 rims and the way the suspension performs, it is hard to explain, but the grip is just incredible. With the new 741 rims (our review) I can run much lower pressures, 20 psi in the front and 22 psi in the rear, which is a big drop for me. The grip is insane and even when I smash them into turns they do not burp or deform“.
Gary finished 39th overall last season, despite missing some rounds and holding down a full time job, this year he has turned professional and will be gunning for the win as the elites line up on the start line in Rotorua.
Words and photos: Trev Worsey