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Art Pedaler

A legendary bike builder unretires to deliver the slickest new all-mountain ride on the planet

25 lbs; $5,399 as pictured/$1,899, frame only; ibiscycles.com (Photo: Mark Wiens)
Ibis Mojo Carbon SLX

Please excuse Scot Nicol for acting more like an art dealer than a businessman. After all, the 51-year-old Ibis founder, back at the helm of the boutique brand after a short-lived retirement, built a cultlike following in the eighties and nineties with impeccable craftsmanship. Now that he's back, Ibis is making exactly two bikes: one mountain and one road, both carbon and both produced in excruciatingly limited numbers—just a few frames per day at peak production. We're not sure what that means for the bottom line, but it's clear what it does for the Mojo: It's as bewitching to ride as it is to behold. The monocoque carbon frame makes this one of the lightest bikes in its class. The ultra-efficient suspension is one of the smoothest, most stable platforms we've ridden—and yields 5.5 inches of pillowy travel, thanks to the Fox shock and fork. Plus there's the mirrorlike luster of the Shimano XTR group, a cool complement to the badass black finish. Go ahead, turn your garage into a gallery.

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Lead Photo: Mark Wiens
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