​First Look: The Ibis Mojo HD4

Ibis’s Mojo HD has long been a mainstay for aggressive trail riding and enduro racing. And of course, as that race format has evolved, so have the bikes. Ibis’s fourth generation, announced today as the Mojo HD4, is its most evolved platform yet for aggressive trail riding and racing. The mix of updated features brings the bike to the edge of what modern, long-travel full suspension is all about.

The HD4 gets a lot of new tweaks. In fact, it’s easier to list what’s NOT changing: chainstay length remains at a constant 43cm, and the bottom bracket height shifts just 1mm. 

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The Ibis Mojo HD4
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Chief among the bike’s changes: new geometry, clearly in line with the industry-wide trend toward slacker head tube angles and a longer reach and cockpit. Big updates come in the head angle, which rakes out to 64.9 degrees from the previous HD3’s 66.6, resulting in more trail and a slightly slower steering response; wheelbase grows 28-62mm, depending on the size, and reach grows 4-34mm, again depending on frame size. Ibis actually reduces the standover height across the range, and the seat tube is now bored out to accept longer dropper posts (up to 170mm on most sizes; the small fits up to a 150mm dropper).

The DW-Link suspension gets stiffer upper and lower links and a more progressive shock curve to better handle the big hits from aggressive riding styles. The redesigned links are accompanied by a new carbon fiber frame layup that Ibis says is stiffer as well. With Boost spacing front and rear, the new HD4 will clear 27.5 tires up to 2.8 inches wide. The HD4 does not have adjustable geometry, though, and isn’t marketed as compatible with 29-inch wheels.

The Ibis Mojo HD4
The Mojo HD4 frame can also accommodate frame bags, like the Blackburn bag shown here. Photograph courtesy of Ibis Cycles

     RELATED: First Ride: Ibis Mojo HD3

Pricing stays the same as the older Mojo HD3: $3,000 for the frame and Fox Float shock, with complete bikes starting at $4,200 with SRAM’s NX 1x groupset and Ibis 736 aluminum wheels with a Fox Float 36 fork; Ibis’s online build configurator offers upgrade options for wheels, suspension, and other components. More shock and component options will be announced shortly. The HD4 will start shipping June 15.

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How to Buy a Waterproof Cycling Jacket

When it comes to cycling rain gear, not all waterproof jackets are created equal. You’ll need something to keep moisture out while still allowing your under-layers to ventilate properly. And like any other cycling jacket, it should also be reflective, and give you some storage options for your keys, gels, cell phone, etc.

Here’s a quick guide highlighting the features you should look for, and how to tell a good rain jacket from a bad one.

         RELATED: 8 Reasons to Ride in the Rain

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Lamborghini Partners With Medical Engineering Institute for New Study

Carbon fiber is a hugely useful material in terms of decreasing weight and increasing structural rigidity in today’s sports cars. However, it can prove even more invaluable to those that require prosthetic implants and other medical devices that might benefit from lightweight construction.

While carbon fiber construction has been in the medical field for quite some time, these research departments and companies don’t have the intensive expertise that supercar manufacturers have.

Manufacturers like Lamborghini use carbon fiber and have been molding, bending, stretching, and experimenting with it for years. Lamborghini has announced a partnership with Houston Methodist Research Institute that will see Sant’Agata share its expertise.




The partnership will benefit the Institute’s ongoing research project focused on “A biocompatibility study of composite materials to be used mainly in prosthetic implants, but also in subcutaneous devices.” Lamborghini’s carbon-fiber engineers will share their materials research with the Institute, toward the goal of identifying “new materials that are lighter, better tolerated by the human body, and more resistant over time than those currently used in the medical field.”

Lead scientist, and current president and CEO of the Houston Methodist Research Institute, Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., is currently engaged in nanotechnology research and in applied bioengineering, which will directly benefit from Lamborghini’s cooperation as both look to use carbon-fiber composites in their construction.




According to Lamborghini, the brand is also working with the Occupational Medicine Unit of Bologna University Hospital, the Neurosurgery of IRCCS Institute of Neurological Science of Bologna, The Neurosurgery Humanitas University Rozzano-Milano, the CNR Institute of Neuroscience and Humanitas, and the IRCSS Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute of Bologna.

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Ferretti Group Launched Motor Yacht Navetta 37 Hull #3

The new Navetta 37, commissioned by a Middle Eastern client, was launched at the Ferretti Group‘s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. This superyacht is the third unit from the successful yacht range, built by Custom Line, Ferretti Group’s brand. Navetta 37 features comfort, safety, seaworthiness and bespoke Italian style. 

Custom Line Navetta 37 hull #3 launch

Custom Line Navetta 37 hull #3 launch

Motor yacht Navetta 37 hull #3 measures 37 meters and has a beam of 8 metres. Her semi-planing hull has a bulbous bow, which ensures outstanding efficiency in any sea conditions. Designed by the Engineering Department of Ferretti Group in collaboration with Zuccon International Project, the timeless exterior profile with sleek lines makes her a very attractive luxury yacht.

Navetta 37 hull #3 sleeps ten guests in the following cabin layout: master suit, two double and two twin cabins.

The spacious control room with built-in bridge covers the bow area on the upper deck. One of the great features on board Navetta 37 is the VOTIS infotainment system, which consists of a single control unit and can be automated in every area of the vessel.

As for comfort and safety, there are electro-hydraulic stabilisers, which reduce rolling and provide great stability at anchor and underway. The underwater light is installed on the stern and bulwark for extra safety navigating at night.

Custom Line is currently working on the new Navetta 42 superyacht, which upon delivery will become the shipyard’s new flagship.

There is a fantastic selection of Ferretti yachts, which are available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer. Contact CharterWorld yacht charter specialists now for more information or to make a booking.

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‘The Eight Great Phantoms’ to Descend on London to Welcome Next Generation

Rolls-Royce will give the next generation of Phantom a suitably classy welcome party in London, England this summer. ‘The Eight Great Phantoms” exhibition opens in late July 2017. These are the most famous Phantoms of the model’s 92-year history and all seven generations will be represented at the showcase.

First debuted in 1925, Rolls-Royce’s flagship model has long been the vehicle of choice for both celebrity and royalty. Fred Astaire’s 1927 Phantom I, on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California will be the crown jewel of the exhibition.

Astaire purchased his right-hand drive Phantom I following his success in the Broadway musical “Funny Face.” Astaire then toured the U.K. when not performing in subsequent years. His car still has a Louis Vuitton motoring trunk affixed to the rear — with his top hat, shoes, and cane inside.

There were moments in history where it looked like the Phantom’s time was up. After the Second World War, a successor to the Phantom III seemed dubious, but the fourth iteration was completed in 1950 for Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth before she became the Queen of England.

After the successful fifth and sixth generations of Phantom, built from 1959 to 1990, the moniker again took a hiatus.













The seventh generation Phantom entered production in 2003. Phantom VIIs featured unique touches like door-mounted umbrellas, suicide doors, and self-righting wheel-centers.

Rolls-Royce built the last example of the Phantom VII in late 2016. The eighth generation Phantom will be unveiled July 27 at the exhibition in the affluent Mayfair district of London’s West End.

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‘The Eight Great Phantoms’ to Descend on London to Welcome Next Generation

Rolls-Royce will give the next generation of Phantom a suitably classy welcome party in London, England this summer. ‘The Eight Great Phantoms” exhibition opens in late July 2017. These are the most famous Phantoms of the model’s 92-year history and all seven generations will be represented at the showcase.

First debuted in 1925, Rolls-Royce’s flagship model has long been the vehicle of choice for both celebrity and royalty. Fred Astaire’s 1927 Phantom I, on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California will be the crown jewel of the exhibition.

Astaire purchased his right-hand drive Phantom I following his success in the Broadway musical “Funny Face.” Astaire then toured the U.K. when not performing in subsequent years. His car still has a Louis Vuitton motoring trunk affixed to the rear — with his top hat, shoes, and cane inside.

There were moments in history where it looked like the Phantom’s time was up. After the Second World War, a successor to the Phantom III seemed dubious, but the fourth iteration was completed in 1950 for Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth before she became the Queen of England.

After the successful fifth and sixth generations of Phantom, built from 1959 to 1990, the moniker again took a hiatus.













The seventh generation Phantom entered production in 2003. Phantom VIIs featured unique touches like door-mounted umbrellas, suicide doors, and self-righting wheel-centers.

Rolls-Royce built the last example of the Phantom VII in late 2016. The eighth generation Phantom will be unveiled July 27 at the exhibition in the affluent Mayfair district of London’s West End.

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‘The Eight Great Phantoms’ to Descend on London to Welcome Next Generation

Rolls-Royce will give the next generation of Phantom a suitably classy welcome party in London, England this summer. ‘The Eight Great Phantoms” exhibition opens in late July 2017. These are the most famous Phantoms of the model’s 92-year history and all seven generations will be represented at the showcase.

First debuted in 1925, Rolls-Royce’s flagship model has long been the vehicle of choice for both celebrity and royalty. Fred Astaire’s 1927 Phantom I, on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California will be the crown jewel of the exhibition.

Astaire purchased his right-hand drive Phantom I following his success in the Broadway musical “Funny Face.” Astaire then toured the U.K. when not performing in subsequent years. His car still has a Louis Vuitton motoring trunk affixed to the rear — with his top hat, shoes, and cane inside.

There were moments in history where it looked like the Phantom’s time was up. After the Second World War, a successor to the Phantom III seemed dubious, but the fourth iteration was completed in 1950 for Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth before she became the Queen of England.

After the successful fifth and sixth generations of Phantom, built from 1959 to 1990, the moniker again took a hiatus.













The seventh generation Phantom entered production in 2003. Phantom VIIs featured unique touches like door-mounted umbrellas, suicide doors, and self-righting wheel-centers.

Rolls-Royce built the last example of the Phantom VII in late 2016. The eighth generation Phantom will be unveiled July 27 at the exhibition in the affluent Mayfair district of London’s West End.

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BMW M6 GT3 Art Car Goes Digital for 2017

BMW Art Cars have been around since 1975, when artist Alexander Calder got his creative hands on a BMW 3.0 CSL. Since then, a range of artists from John Baldessari to Andy Warhol have created their own rolling works of art.

The latest to join the ranks is China’s Cao Fei. She created a unique design for BMW Art Car #18 that requires a downloadable app to fully appreciate its beauty and uniqueness.

“By employing augmented and virtual reality, the internationally acclaimed Chinese multimedia artist addresses the future of mobility such as autonomous driving, airborne cars and digitalization,” BMW said in a release.

Fei’s creation, a carbon black 2017 BMW M6 GT3 racecar with matte black accents, made its debut at the Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing.

Her work consists of three different components: the car, a streaming light video, and colorful light particles that can only be seen via a dedicated augmented reality app. Without the app, the installation looks like, well, a normal carbon black race car.

“To me, light represents thoughts. As the speed of thoughts cannot be measured, the #18 Art Car questions the existence of the boundaries of the human mind. We are entering a new age, where the mind directly controls objects and where thoughts can be transferred, such as unmanned operations and artificial intelligence,” said Cao Fei in a release.

The 2017 BMW M6 GT3 packs a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine under the hood that offers 585 hp. The V-8 is mated to a six-speed sequential racing transmission and has a top speed of 174 mph.




“The 18th BMW Art Car is perfectly suited to this era. Cao Fei took the logical step of creating the first ever-digital Art Car. The augmented reality experience makes this BMW M6 GT3 unique. For everyone involved at BMW Motorsport it was both exciting and fascinating to work with Cao Fei and her team on this project,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport director, in a statement.

“This makes 2017 a very special year in the history of BMW Art Cars. First, the BMW M6 GTLM Art Car of John Baldessari took to the track in Daytona, at the end of the season comes Art Car #18 by Cao Fei in Macau. This makes the tradition of BMW Art Cars livelier than ever.”

After making the art world circuit, Fei’s BMW will race at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

“It’s a huge honor for me to race Cao Fei’s BMW Art Car,” said Augusto Farfus, BMW works driver, about the project. “I’m extremely proud that I get the chance to drive my second Art Car this year. This is absolutely unique for a racing driver.”

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