Contrary to the endless stream of epic video footage touting long, low, super slack 6in travel bikes as required equipment for achieving top dog status in the dirt world, the truth is, most of us won't ever ride terrain that's gnarly enough to necessitate that extreme of equipment. As Ibis communicates clearly with the launch of the new 2016 Mojo 3 Carbon 27. 5 Plus X01 WERX Complete Mountain, sometimes less is more in the search for the perfect trail whip. Think of it as the Mojo HD3's baby brother, and a versatile deviation from the uber slacked enduro sled crowd. The Mojo 3 tempers the extremes that make the HD3 so good in apocalyptic terrain in favor of a chassis that's lighter, more agile, and still capable enough to handle everything this side of shuttled gravity loops. The 140mm Pike fork kicks the head tube out to 66. 8 degrees an angle you'll recognize from virtually every six inch enduro bike, ever. Despite that slack front end and the bike's long, low posture, the Boost spacing allowed Ibis to slam the rear wheel up, shortening the chainstays to a stubby 16. 73in while still leaving enough clearance for tires up to 2. 8in in diameter. The benefits of the slack front end, Boost front and rear axles, and short stays add up to dual threat versatility. We call it efficient climbing and line sticking confidence whether dicing terrain or running roughshod over it Ibis calls it playful. The Mojo 3's spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW Link suspension. Ibis tuned the shock to feel firm off the top but with small bump compliance that keeps the rear wheel glued across moderate lumps and while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds. Ibis describes the shock's ramp up characteristics as robust, which gives the kind of big hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. Paired with a set of tubby 2. 8in tires, the five inch travel feels around a full inch deeper than it act...