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  1. Hi Hubbers I recently took on a (fun) personal project of finding an alternative to the commercially available cover plates used to cover up the frame mounting space left when removing the high direct mount front derailleur for a 1x conversion. After searching the interwebs I cottoned onto a 3D printed plate through options and ideas from Shapeways and the MTBR forums. Shipping for the Shapeways product made it unreasonably expensive for what it is ($6 for the plastic plate, $20 for shipping), so I contacted a few 3D printing companies in Cape Town to see if someone could help me out. And success! I managed to find someone! Following a bit of trial and error with my design I ended up with a plate that I am pretty stoked with!! I have customised it for my Pyga and I think it looks pretty rad! The finish of a 3D print is not the smoothest, but it's hardly noticeable when viewed from a short distance. Best part is it cost a fraction of anything else out there, amped Thoughts on the outcome are welcome and I'm happy to try help anyone out who would be interested in doing the same for their 1x conversion. By this I mean I can either share my 3D file with you (if you can access a 3D printer) or look at getting plates printed through my own source (limited to black or white) and then take it from there. I assume the design would be a universal fit, but have only managed to test it out on the Pyga frame so far. Given that it is also a very recent addition to my bike I have no idea of durability of the part and how it will stand up to the elements (it's made from ABS plastic) but will post future updates here. Fingers crossed it will have some longevity! Overall though I think the project was a success, win!
  2. These bikes deserve a dedicated thread ! Took mine for its maiden ride this morning at Rietvlei bike park, was also my 1st ride on a 29er. What a Bike !!!
  3. So I've been wondering if you could buy your dream SA built bike, but being realistic in terms of price.... Titan Racing Pyga Signal Momsen Silverback - Thanks for the suggestions Mecer - Thanks for the suggestions What would it be? Mine would be the PYGA Stage Max GX set. Which has a great all round setup, great 130mm for a good pop, it allows for relative "easy" climbs, great session down the trails and can also be used in some marathon events even. Would be really interested to hear what other hubbers think or WISH. Cheers
  4. Hi was just wondering what size tyres pyga stage owners have been able to fit on their frames. I know spec sheet states 2.35. Im running 2.25's at the moment and it looks like there is alot of room left in the rear. Would like to try 2.4 if thats possible. However i know all tyres are different..
  5. Hi I'm looking for the pyga zero 29 raw aluminum frame??cant find one,second hand is even fine.does enyone know where there is one or just some help please. Thanx
  6. The journey into manufacturing started a long time ago for Patrick Morewood, the founder and co-owner of PYGA. In his early years as a competitive downhill racer, equipment was always a challenge and coming from a long line of designers and engineers Pat continued the tradition by designing and building his own components. This then culminated in full blown bicycle design and manufacture with what would become the world renowned and critically acclaimed MOREWOOD BIKES brand in 1998. Photo credit: Max Jameson After some 15 years with Morewood Patrick moved on to form PYGA in 2012 with the express idea to design bikes that were more accessible and rewarding to the average rider not only those competing at the top level. This saw the birth of the iconic PYGA ONETEN29. These aluminium frames were manufactured in the East under Pats supervision and watchful eye; the first batch were worked on in China, by Pat himself. PYGA moved on as a brand growing its range to encompass XC, Marathon, Trail and Enduro bikes and branching into carbon frames, the STAGE which rode to victory in the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic’s Queen stage, piloted by Local team riders Matthys Beukes and Phil Buys. Up to this point all bikes had been produced in Taiwan by high end factories, with all design work and real world testing being done in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. New partners in the form of Ollie Burnett and Richard Crouse joined the business to assist with this expansion. As the business grew, the challenges of outsourcing the manufacturing and freedom to make improvements became more significant and the inevitable discussions started around the possibility of bringing manufacturing home and opening our own factory, a dream all the partners shared. For me it was more than just having bikes made in South Africa, it was about my need to create and use my hands as well as hopefully inspiring others as well as youngsters to believe that we can compete on the world stage. Pat Morewood In late January 2019 the final decision was taken to establish our own bespoke factory. This started the search for machines and tools both old and new and within three short months we had a fully functional aluminium bicycle factory. Two months thereafter we had our first prototypes and in October 2019 we shipped our first production frames out of our own factory, an accomplishment of which we are very proud. 140mm Trail/Enduro 160mm Enduro/Park The ability to now control our future in terms of quality, improvements and delivery are truly game changing for us. In a world of increased commoditisation and mass production to deliver a truly artisan, handmade frame to our customers is the dream all of us at Pyga subscribe to. Pyga’s aspiration to become a globally recognised, high end, mountain bike brand is vastly enhanced by the establishment of our own factory. The freedom the factory gives us to prototype and move quickly to market with new models is a luxury one does not always achieve with outsourced manufacturing. With a current capacity to manufacture in the region of 1200 frames per annum and offer a vast array of customizable colours via our powder coating plant, we can offer a truly personal product to the customer. Believing in better is something we live and breathe at Pyga and to truly deliver on this manufacturing frames in our own factory is an essential element. In a South African context with increased negativity and a doom and gloom mentality prevailing we are determined to become one of the many good news stories and centres of excellence in South Africa. My experience in South Africa with the entire Pyga family was unreal. I was blown away everyday by the people, the culture, the wildlife, and the South African vibe is the best part. Then being able to visit the factory and see our bikes being built right in front of me gave me a special feeling. The craft of small batch alloy frames is still a tremendous process. I can't wait to go back and see what the factory and the Pygans have going on next year. Patrick and Karen literally opened their home to me before actually meeting me in person. One of the coolest places I have ever visited and I met some amazing people. I truly appreciate what Pyga has done. Howie Zink, PYGA USA Distributor The first ride on our locally produced frames was an incredibly fulfilling and somewhat emotional moment, one that is only surpassed by seeing the genuine smiles and stoke on the faces of our customers once they swing a leg over one of our locally produced bikes. Photo Story - Pyga Factory Tour Last month, we joined the Pyga crew and their dealers in Pietermaritzburg for a weekend of riding bikes and fuelling stoke for the Pyga brand. For us, and many of the dealers, it was an opportunity to hear first hand why Pyga is “bringing it home” and what that means for the brand moving forward.To cap off the weekend, we attended the public launch of the Pyga aluminium bicycle factory right here in South Africa. Here are just a few shots to give you an inside look at where your next (alloy) Pyga will be created. The local factory means Pyga are able to rapidly create prototypes, test changes and maintain complete control over quality. Many of the machines which line the factory walls were purchased from old school local tool and die makers. From producing scientific equipment, tools and dies to bicycles, they now have a new lease on life. This particular machine is over 50 years old and will now enable the creation of a new breed of Pyga bicycles. Welding practice: When Pyga first began Patrick Morewood spent months in the East welding frames and ensuring all was up to scratch. As part of the new factory, new team members need to up-skill on their welding to meet Pat's high standards. While we're all for "local is lekker" there is a unique sense of passion that seems to further define the Pyga culture. Having had the privilege of spending the weekend with the extended Pyga family, it was all too easy to get swept up by the magic. As long-time fans of the brand, we're excited to see what more is still to come from the new momentum at Pyga. Find a detailed look at the Hyrax and Slakline aluminium bikes here.
  7. Made in South Africa Patrick Morewood made a name for himself crafting aluminium bikes for Morewood Bikes. So it was no surprise when Pyga Mountainbikes also began with a range of aluminium bikes including the One-Ten, One-Forty Pascoe and others. They then ventured into the carbon bike market with the Stage platform followed by the Slakline and Hyrax. So the new aluminium Hyrax and Slakline signals a homecoming of sorts for Morewood. The new aluminium project is a huge undertaking for Pyga Mountainbikes as they have built a factory in Pietermaritzburg to construct the Hyrax and Slakline frames (fingers crossed for more to come). Here the frames are welded and all the finishing touches are applied. Although the previous alloy bikes were made in the East, Morewood still spent a significant amount of time at the factories to ensure quality (even jumping in to help with welding). Learn more about the local manufacturing here. The Frame The alloy Hyrax and Slakline frame designs are significantly influenced by the earlier carbon designs. The aluminium bikes, however, are now designed specifically for 29-inch wheels. This means that there are some geometry tweaks to better suit the larger wheel diameter compared to the 650b wheels that the carbon frames were originally designed around. The Hyrax frame has internal cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket for easier serviceability, and three mounts on the inside of the downtube on our prototype (a bottle cage plus storage perhaps). The frame is designed for a single chainring and has ISCG 05 mounts for chain guides and bash guards with rubber protection on the downtube and chainstay. The frame will accept 29-inch tyres with a width of up to 2.6 inches. Looking at the bike that we tested, the Hyrax features a four-bar Horst Link suspension system with 138mm of rear travel and is best suited to a 150mm fork. In the Low setting (on a size large), the Hyrax has a 65.5-degree head angle, a healthy 480 reach, a 1233mm wheelbase, and 77.3-degree effective seat tube angle. The chainstays are just a millimetre longer than the the 27.5" carbon design at 434 millimetres. The rear axle is Boost and the seat post diameter is 34.9 mm to accommodate larger dropper seat posts. The Hyrax has an adjustable geometry. The chip in the shock mount has two positions for two geometry settings. While the alloy Hyrax and Slakline frames do look similar, there are some small differences to optimise geometry for each model's intended riding style. Take a look at the chart below for all the geometry and technical details on both the Hyrax and Slakline. Model Availability and Pricing The Hyrax and Slakline are available now. The Hyrax Alloy 29er frameset will retail for R30,000 (with a Rockshox Deluxe shock) while the Slakline Alloy 29er frameset is R32,000 (with a Rockshox Super Deluxe shock). There are full bike options with both bikes offered as a GX Eagle build at this time. The Hyrax full build is R65,500 and the Slakline R67,500. There will also be frame and fork as well as rolling chassis deals ranging available. All the specification and pricing details are outlined below. Hyrax Alloy 29er Specifications: FramePYGA Hyrax alloy framesetRear ShockRockshox Deluxe RCT 205x57.5mm Metric TrunnionForkRockshox Pike Select+ 150mmBrakesSram Code RSCRotorsSram 200/180mmRear DerailleurSram GX EagleRear ShifterSram GX EagleCranksetTruvativ Descendant 6kBottom BracketSram DUBCassetteSram GX EagleChainSram GX EagleWheelsDEED TREN30TyresMaxxis Minnion DHR2/Minnion DHFHeadsetCane Creek ZS44/ZS56HandlebarsDeed alloy riser 780mmStemDeed alloy 40mmGripsDeed Spiral Lock-onSaddleDeed Cro-MoSeatpostBikeYoke RevivePriceR65,500 Framset and Fork optionsHyrax Frameset - R30,000 Hyrax Frameset, Pike Select+, Headset - R41,500 Hyrax Frameset, Pike Ultimate Silver, Headset - R44,860 Rolling Chassis Hyrax Frameset, Pike Select+, Headset, DEED TREN30 wheelset - R47,504 Slakline 29er Alloy Specifications: FramePYGA Slakline alloy framesetRear ShockRockshox Super Deluxe RCT 205x65mm Metric TrunnionForkRockshox Lyrik Select+ 170mmBrakesSram Code RSCRotorsSram 200/180mmRear DerailleurSram GX EagleRear ShifterSram GX EagleCranksetTruvativ Descendant 6kBottom BracketSram DUBCassetteSram GX EagleChainSram GX EagleWheelsDEED TREN30TyresMaxxis Minnion DHR2/Minnion DHFHeadsetCane Creek ZS44/ZS56HandlebarsDeed alloy riser 780mmStemDeed alloy 40mmGripsDeed Spiral Lock-onSaddleDeed Cro-MoSeatpostBikeYoke RevivePriceR67,500 Framset and Fork optionsSlakline Framset - R32,000 Slakline Frameset, Lyrik Select+, Headset - R43,500 Slakline Frameset, Lyrik Ultimate RED, Headset - R46,860 Rolling Chassis Slakline Frameset, Lyrik Select+, Headset, DEED TREN30 wheelset - R49,500 First Ride Pyga sent us one of their prototype frames for testing. The bike was in hot demand with potential customers desperately wanting to do the same, so our time with the bike was brief. Being the week ahead of SA Enduro Champs, all testing took place in the mountains above Stellenbosch, on the suitably challenging Jonkershoek trails. It is hard to come to a firm opinion of a bike in just one week, so please take this assessment as only a first impression. After the first few turns, it was pretty clear that the hero feature of the Hyrax is its cornering ability. There seems to be endless grip on offer while hitting the apex catapults you out of the bend. The bike is also impressively capable on the rough rocky stuff too, allowing for some bashing when your line choice goes wrong. The rear suspension acts predictably, providing sufficient support and a gentle bottom out at the end of the Hyrax's travel. If you've ridden a Pyga trail bike before, then the Hyrax is a reassuringly similar feeling bike. With the downhill specced SRAM Code brakes and grippy Maxxis rubber, the Hyrax is an impressively powerful stopper allowing for controlled late braking. The geometry appeared to be spot on for the Jonkershoek trails. At 192cm tall, I appreciate the roomy 510mm reach. It was a good balance between being able to tackle the tight, technical sections as well as stability while speeding down the smoother flow trails. The Pyga Hyrax was the ideal ride for the EWC #3 at Jonkershoek. Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock. Trail bikes have come along in bounds when it comes to climbing but the Hyrax's keenness to ascend stands out. Of course, fancy suspension and geometry can’t cheat gravity but it certainly helps make the bike feel a lot lighter than the scales show - the extra-large frame (so worst case) prototype bike just scraped under the 15 kilogram mark. The mid travel trail bike category produces bikes with a wide range of personalities through varied geometry, suspension tunes, and component choices. From bikes with sharp handling all the way up to enduro big bashers. The Hyrax leans towards the enduro side of the spectrum. The Hyrax is not the most nimble bike to boost off little bumps, roots or rocks in the trail. But the payoff is confidence on the faster, steeper, more technical sections. It's a hugely capable 140 mm bike when the trail gets rowdy. It is worth noting that my experience may have a lot to do with the suspension setup but unfortunately, time was limited for tinkering. Conclusion Patrick Morewood is making frames in South Africa again! This alone might be enough for the Pyga faithful to place an order. There is far more to the Hyrax than simple patriotism though. First impressions are that the Hyrax is a well-rounded trail bike that will having you floating over rock gardens and whooping through turns. Take an in-depth look at Pyga's bringing it home project here.
  8. With a proven track record and previous experience with Sensus Grips, and YT USA, PYGA felt that the squad from Reno would be the best team for the job. PYGA USA will continue with the philosophy of being approachable, knowledgeable, and offer the best customer service in the business. PYGA USA will be selling bikes through a Direct hybrid sales model. Riders will be able to purchase directly through www.pyga.us, and have bikes shipped to their home, or have a bike shipped directly to a dealer and have it built for them at a shop of their choice (contact PYGA USA for details service@pyga.us.) A huge emphasis will be placed on customer service, and helping riders achieve their maximum level of fun. The Reno Squad are all REAL riders with huge amounts of experience that will help customers with all aspects of bike setup. Bikes and frame options will be available and ready to ship in June 2018. Original raw OneTen29 from 2012. The South African brand based in the small town of Howick, just outside of Pietermaritzburg, design and manufacture world-class mountain bikes that have a race proven pedigree to handle the rigours of the world’s toughest stage race to the gnarliest Enduro course. The line of bikes includes both 27.5” and 29” wheels sizes, with travel ranging from 100mm to 170mm to handle the majority of riding genres. PYGA bikes have both a strong XC/marathon background with the South African Team PYGA Euro Steel placing 7th in the 2017 Cape Epic, and 12th in 2018. With a proven track record of winning every other stage race in 2017 the STAGE has more than proven its ground amongst the world’s best. Recent additions to the range are the SLAKLINE (Enduro/Bikepark) and HYRAX (Trail/Light Enduro) rigs. With almost 20 years of bike design behind Pat, primarily in the field of Downhill there is no lack of heritage in the brand. It’s no wonder that PYGA has such a strong DH influence from Pat Morewood’s DH racing background, having designed the much-acclaimed MAKULU that was used by team MOREWOOD UNITED RIDE almost 10 years ago under the likes of Nathan Rennie, Mitch Delfs and Mick Hannah. The first time I saw a SLAKLINE on my computer, I immediately started to find out where and when I could get one. A week later, a mutual friend of Patrick and mine asked me if I had heard of PYGA Bikes and knew of Pat Morewood? I told him, I actually want to buy one. I was then introduced to Pat, ordered a few sample frames, and tested the bikes. Every step of the way the bikes have impressed me more and more. From when we first unpackaged the frames, to the ease of assembly, and to actually riding the bikes on the trails, the bikes kept getting better. PYGA makes a very refined, practical, and most importantly fun bike. That is why we chose to work with PYGA. Howie Zink We are super proud to be associated with such a passionate team of guys. The first time I had a message from Howie, I was a bit star struck. To have a legend like him contact us was a big deal. We are just regular guys and girls trying our best at what we love doing and the break into the USA is massive for us. PYGA is still a niche brand competing on the world arena. In a cool kind of way we are fortunate that South Africa has the largest Marathon and competitive mountain biking community in the world. We are therefore able to test and race our bikes in some of the most challenging and harsh conditions in the world. 3 years ago, we pioneered what is now regarded as the “current trend” in this shorter travel category of bike with huge success here at home. We also pioneered our Proprietary Plus5 chain line concept.We are an innovative Brand that prefer to lead. As we say, “RIDE DIFFERENT. Pat Morewood
  9. Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys had a stellar season racing the Pyga Stage in 2017, winning most of the races they entered including the African jersey at the Absa Cape Epic. This year they've got a new colour frame, racing the black and white design available on the retail bikes. The Pyga Euro Steel team deck their Stage's out with SRAM components including a XX1 Eagle drivetrain, RockShox suspension, and Level Ultimate brakes. Matthys races on a 38 tooth chainring with a Quarq spider power meter on an XX1 crank. He also uses a custom 3D printed chain guide manufactured by Rapid 3D in Pietermaritzburg, who also assist Pyga with printing models during their bike frame development process. The bottom bracket is sourced from Enduro's TorqTite range. The team race on Deed Propel carbon rims. The rims spin on Deed hubs with Enduro ceramic bearings for smoother rotation. Matthys is rolling on 2.25" wide Maxxis Aspen tyres front and back, a fairly popular choice in the Cape Epic camps. Matthys's cockpit features Ritchey WCS handlebar, stem, and seat post. The handlebars are 720 mm wide with the stem measuring 110 mm with a 17-degree angle. He sits on a Selle Italia saddle and drives power through a set of Look X-Track pedals. Matthys appears to take the risk of tyre mechanicals seriously with a Liqui Moly tyre fix, plugs taped to the handlebar, a packed saddle bag, as well as a hand pump. Specification list: FramePyge Stage (Large size)ForkRockShox SIDShockRockShox MonarchRimsDeed PropelHubsDeed with Enduro ceramic bearingsTyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25HandlebarRitchey WCS carbon 720mmGripsSyncrosStemRitchey WCS 110 mmHeadsetCane CreekSeatpostRitchey WCS carbonSaddleSella Italia FliteBrakesSRAM Level UltimateBrake rotorSRAM CLX 160mmShiftersSRAM XX1 EagleRear derailleurSRAM XX1 EagleCassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle 10-50TCrank armsSRAM XX1ChainringSRAM 38TChainSRAM XX1 EagleBottom bracketEnduro TorqLitePedalsLook X-Track RaceBottle cagesSpecialized side entrySaddle bagLizard SkinsWeight11.96 kg (as pictured mid race with spares)
  10. Am in the market ,later in the year for a Pyga 110 29er but....,have just been informed that they have stopped production on this model Hopefully something good will replace it and in alu(preference) and affordable!
  11. The Pyga Stage is available in three variants: There is the endurance racing orientated Stage (as reviewed) and the longer travel more trail inspired (although still stage race ready) Stage Max. There is also a lesser talked about in-between model often referred to as the Mini-Max. The Frame The Pyga Stage frame is an all carbon affair designed by South Africans with the specific needs of local racing firmly in mind.At the time of its launch, the Stage was ahead of the curve in terms of geometry design. Cross-country bikes were one of the last class of mountain bikes to embrace the longer, slacker geometry trend. Since then, many large brands have found the courage to take the leap. Pyga’s vision was to create a stage racer with confidence inspiring angles so that the average rider (you and I) could be more confident and comfortable on a bike while still capable of racing endurance events. Looking back, the Stage launched at a tricky time for bike designers. The Boost hub axle spacing standard had yet to be widely adopted. Pyga made a decision to stick with the 142 rear axle spacing but with the implementation of Plus Five. Plus Five re-engineers the rear end to correct what Pyga sees as a flaw in bikes: the chainline offset. What they have done is offset the whole rear end of the Stage by 5mm on the drive side and in doing so reducing the chainline offset from 49mm to 44mm. The result (simply put) is better shifting thanks to a more centred chainline and a stronger rear wheel as the spokes can be more evenly dished. There is provision for a combination of internal and external cable routing. I have the brakes going externally with the rear derailleur running internally, popping out at the bottom bracket area briefly before entering again at the chainstay. My dropper post followed the brake hosing down the underside of the down tube around the bottom bracket and into the seat tube after the shock mount. The Stage has a direct mount for a front derailleur. As an acolyte of the single chainring drivetrain, I did not test the bike with a double chainring configuration. On Pyga’s own builds, they currently only specify the bike with a single chainring and with the introduction of SRAM’s 12-speed drivetrains, the reasons to go 2x are becoming sparser. I would not be surprised to see a future model of the Stage going one-by specific to make space for an improved frame and suspension design. The build Our Stage features components from the GX SID build kit. There is also a top specification XX1 Eagle build with carbon cockpit parts.The imaginatively named GX SID build features a full SRAM GX drivetrain with Guide RS brakes, a RockShox SID fork and Monarch shock with SRAM Roam 40 wheels. I firmly believe that unless you’re overly weight conscious, the SRAM GX groupset offers the best value for performance in SRAM’s 11-speed and 12-speed range. The SRAM GX platform performs just as well as the X01 and XX1 drivetrains, with the slightly increased weight and reduced bragging rights being the most obvious drawbacks. The new RockShox SID RLC, with the Charger damper technology used in the Pike, has been a revelation. The changes to this latest iteration have resulted in a fork that is set and forget, providing smooth and reliable travel. The SRAM Guide RS brakes have been known to struggle in the South African heat, but the set on the Stage have proved to be reliable. On one occasion, they required some cleaning to get the piston to reset correctly. The now discontinued SRAM Roam 40 wheels have proven to be more than up to the task. The Onza Canis tyres round off a sensible build, providing good grip and reliability. Changes over the year Pyga did very well to put together a component package that leaves no single part unworthy of its place. But even the most ingenious build selection can not account for personal preferences. I have made a few adaptions to the Stage to suit my taste. The Pyga Stage in its original form. I’m dependant on a dropper seatpost to pilot a mountain bike over anything but the most manicured trails. I’ve tried re-adapting to a rigid seatpost but I simply cannot descend comfortably with a saddle in the way. As the GX-build Stage arrived with a fixed Kore seatpost, I swiftly ordered a Lyne Contour dropper seatpost to replace it. I easily routed it through the port in the seatpost and under the bottom bracket. The cable path does mean that there is rub on the bridge connecting the chainstays. I simply placed a protective pad to prevent any harm to the carbon frame. I also replaced the Kore Durox saddle with my preferred width Specialized Power saddle. Depending on your taste, the white saddle could be considered an eyesore but it is what I had, plus you can’t really see it when using the bike.I made use of two sets of tyres, Specialized’s FastTrak and the Onza Canis tyres that the bike arrived with. The Onza Canis tyres deliver a bit more grip which better suited my riding style and the bike’s capabilities. After a few hours in the saddle, my hands and the RaceFace Half Nelson grips generated friction. Although not a huge issue, the prospect of long days at Cape Pioneer Trek finally got me to change them for a pair of Supacaz Siliconez XL foam grips. While we’re talking comfort, I also tested the Spirgrips for a couple weeks on the Stage. Finally, I tested SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain with the Stage. A straight swap with the 11-speed GX system already on the bike. The larger cassette range meant that I could upsize the chainring to a 34 tooth chainring. The 34 tooth chainring is apparently a sweet spot for the bike’s anti-squat (which is designed to accommodate a double chainring drivetrain), in theory, making it a more efficient climber. On the trails The general feel of the Pyga is one of stability and confidence. The bike does, at times, lack a sense of edge and urgency that many other cross-country bikes exhibit. But do not confuse this feeling for sluggishness. The Stage is a deceptively fast bike.The suspension tune plays a big part in the Stage’s overall feel. The Pyga Stage suspension remains uncharacteristically active under pedalling, for a cross-country bike. It does not come standard with a remote lockout and that is because Pyga firmly believe that it is unnecessary to lockout the Stage’s shock. Pyga Euro Steel have apparently done their own testing and they are satisfied that there is little cause to have a remote lockout on their bikes (Don’t believe me? Then check out Phil Buys’s Cape Epic bike). Although I did reach down for the lockout switch on occasions, I found myself doing it a lot less than I had expected. Despite the feeling and movement of an active suspension, the bike remains efficient and responsive with the added benefit of improved grip and comfort. For both fast-paced XCO racing and stage racing I favoured the open or pedal setting over the lockout. Even with tired legs on day 6 of Cape Pioneer Trek and tackling the infamous Swartberg pass after 80 kilometres that day, I happily pedalled to the top with the suspension unlocked. On Pyga's recommendation, I set the shock at around 30% sag which worked well for me. Riding the bike with less sag meant that I struggled to get full travel while riding with even more sag when messing around on the trails produced really fun results (more like the bigger brother Stage Max). While the Stage can climb with the best of them, it is on the descents where the Pyga spirit shines through. Pyga's practical approach to the race bike means that the Stage is composed on the descents, outshining many of its competitors. For most amateur riders, this will mean greater confidence and fun on the trails, and hopefully less crashes compared to a more traditional cross-country bike design. As a rider who enjoys the downs more than the ups, I thoroughly appreciated being able to get away with some tomfoolery on the Stage. Photo credit: Tania HorsfordPhoto credit: Nicole Dale Kuys I’d highly recommend considering pairing the Stage with a 120 mm fork, the rear end has lots to offer and I felt like the 100 mm SID ran out of playfulness way before the rear end was done. Rumour on the street is that there might be 120 mm SID next year, otherwise, a Fox 34 or Pike is an excellent consideration for those looking for a do-it-all racer. In terms of racing, I tested the Stage across disciplines participating in Western Cape XCO series and completed the Cape Pioneer Trek. While my results aren’t exactly stellar, I feel that my needs fall firmly within the scope of the general South African amateur racing market. The Stage served well on the fast-paced and technical XCO courses where the Pyga approach to racing paid off with improved confidence (with the assistance of the dropper seat post) on the technical areas while being able to easily match my competitors (albeit it at the tail end of the race) on the climbs. The Stage’s comfort and composure comes into its own in multi-day marathon racing along with its sturdiness and reliability. When the going gets tough, the Stage cockpit is a reassuring place to be. Although only a sample of one, I have not had a single issue relating to the frame. The build kit is equally up to the task performing without even the sign of a hiccup. The second bottle mount under the top tube offers an easily accessible and super important second water source. The end The unassuming Stage gets on with the job, crushing miles and trails with easy making it an excellent race bike for pros and amateurs alike. The Pyga Stage is confidence inspiring and fast with levels of comfort that make it a perfect bike for long South African marathon races. It might not be the edgiest feeling race bike but don’t be fooled, the Stage is quick. Specification list (as the bike stands now): FramePyga Stage with 100 mm rear travel (Extra Large)Rear ShockRockShox Monarch RT3ForkRockShox SID RLC 100mmHeadsetCane Creek Forty SeriesStemKore 70 mmHandlebarKORE Mega 760 mmGripsSupacaz Siliconez XLSaddleSpecailized Power 143mmSeatpostLyne Contour 120mmSeatpost clampDeedBrakesSRAM Guide RSRotorsSRAM Centreline (180mm front; 160mm rear)ShifterSRAM GXRear DerailleurSRAM GXCassetteSRAM GXChainSRAM GXCrankSRAM GXWheelsetSRAM Roam 40TyresOnza Canis 2.25Retail priceR74 999 Find out more: To learn more about the Stage and other Pyga bikes, visit the Pyga website here.You can also follow the latest news from Pyga on the following channels: Facebook - Pyga Industries Twitter - @PYGABikes Instagram - @pygabikes
  12. Morning all, So I'm pondering about getting a new bike. I currently have a 2013 Scott Spark 940 & I have narrowed it down to the above 4 2017 models which from my current knowledge are in a similar price bracket & the start of the carbon ranges. I've seen a few reviews but some are outdated & I will still search for more. I'm no race snake but enjoy my riding once or twice a week. I do the Trailseeker (current C batch) & USN (current B batch) series & want to do more stage races (possibly Joburg2C or Sani2C). I have done the 2 day Berg & Bush & I'm doing the Great Trek this year. I therefore need & want to step up my riding & go from 40km Trailseekers to 70 & from 30km USNs to 50. I'm therefore looking for a marathan/ XCO (not 100% sure of the difference) bike, not enduro etc. I am a Buffalo category (+-98kg) & 187cm tall if that helps with a view. I want the upgrade to be worth it & to be honest I want a good looking bike as well at that price, which I think they are. That is why I haven't added the Momsen Vipa 2 to the list as the yellow doesn't do it for me. I'm not a techie but detailed feedback will help. If not, then a ranking of 1 to 4 will also help. Advantage of the Scott is that I can trade in my current Scott at Cycle Lab who have already given me a value. I don't recall seeing the other brands there. Yes the value will be less than a private sale but it is instant, convenient in many ways & less chance of being scammed in the current world we live in. Other shops may do trade ins, I don't know, but this shouldn't be a deciding factor. Thanks!
  13. Team Pyga Euro Steel from left to right: Julian Jessop, Phil Buys, Phillimon Sebona, Matthys Beukes and Kombo Bere. Photo credit: Hayden Brown Pyga Euro Steel have dominated the South African stage-racing scene in 2017, with Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes taking the top spot at both joBerg2c and sani2c. They also won the African Jersey at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, finishing an impressive seventh overall. Phil is currently leading the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series, with Matthys close behind in second place. Kombo Bere, the 2016 Zimbabwean national champion, has had promising results in XCO including second in the 2017 KZN Provincial XCO Championships. Julian Jessop Julian Jessop is one of South Africa's most dynamic young riders and the current u23 XCO South African National champion.Team Manager Ruan Lochner had the following to say about the signing: "I met Julian at the World Championships in Andorra in 2015, he rode a fantastic race finishing 14th Junior. His fighting spirit in that race showed a lot of character and since then he has been on our radar. He also defended his u23 SA title on 22 July in Mankele by a big margin. Julian just turned 20, he is such a lively character and very enthusiastic, he also has a lot of skill coming from motorbike and XCO racing. In a team, things don't always go according to plan and having this type of character in the mix helps a lot to lift the spirits." Patrick Morewood of Pyga Bikes added: "I have had the good fortune to have been a part of Julian’s mountain bike journey over the past 10 years or so, both as a casual observer and an occasional advice giver. Julian’s attitude and approach to riding really resonate with us at Pyga, he simply loves being out on his bike riding trails, the same trails we ride testing and developing our bikes. The Jessop family have been supporters of our brand from the outset of Pyga and it fills me with a huge amount of pride that through dedication and hard work Julian has earned his place on the Team. We could not be happier with this signing and look forward to fun times ahead." Photo credit: Hayden Brown Phillimon Sebona Phillimon Sebona shone at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, comfortably winning the Exxaro Development jersey alongside teammate William Mokgopo: coming in 42nd overall. His victory at the Magalies Monster proves that he is a force to be reckoned with outside of the development category and is set to be an asset to the Pyga Euro Steel team.Ruan Lochner noted: "Phillimon has won three Exxaro Development jerseys and completed five Cape Epics. We worked closely with him at this year's Epic and together with Pyga could help with providing bikes to do the race. His dominant performance in this category showed that he is capable of much more. He recently did the Magalies Monster MTB race fighting back hard to take the win, and that is the type a character that resonates with us. Phillimon has a lot of stage racing experience, his calm never give up attitude is something not all mountain bike racers have. His story inspires a lot of people and a true testimony to believing in your dreams." Oliver Burnett of Pyga Bikes had the following to say: “Development in sport is something that has always been very close to my heart and when we had the opportunity to help Phillimon at the Cape Epic, we jumped at the chance. Phillimon rewarded us with a win in his category and subsequent overall wins in local races. It is Phillimon’s obvious talent, incredible attitude towards his sport and life that has now earned him a spot on the team. He is a shining example of what is possible with very few, if any, advantages in life. We have no doubt that Phillimon will fulfil his potential in a professional setup and we can’t wait to start this journey with him.” Photo credit: Hayden Brown Looking ahead Pyga Euro Steel will be focussing on marathon racing for the remainder of the season, with two National MTB Series races remaining. The team also take part in three multi-day races: 3 Towers, Berg & Bush, and Wines2Whales. Julian and Phillimon will team up for the 2018 Cape Epic, racing alongside Philip and Matthys, with the aim of learning as much as possible from them about stage racing.Julian is heading off to Australia this week for the XCO World Championships. With a solid block of training behind him and a good result this weekend, winning the Mandela Day Marathon, the team are hoping for a good result down under. He will link up with David Evans from SRAM Australia, whom the team hosted at the 2017 Cape Epic, helping to consolidate a support network abroad. It is great to build momentum with sponsors and most of them have been with us for a few years, embracing our changes and growing with us. PYGA and Euro Steel have committed long term and this gives us a lot of security in an industry that is sometimes challenging. SRAM, Liqui Moly, Kalas Sportswear, Nike Vision, Cadence Nutrition, Maxxis Tyres, and Trailwolf Cycles have been with us for two years or longer and it's comforting to know that they also see the value to invest more and grow with us. Penetron, John Burnett Insurance, Ritchey, and Subaru joined us for 2017 and we are excited to see where our relationship takes us in 2018. Team Manager Ruan Lochner mentioned the importance of supportive sponsors Euro Steel is committed to partnering with people, as we see our staff, community, and country as our greatest assets. We aim to provide opportunities wherever possible to enable people to be the best they possibly can be, to inspire our company and to inspire our nation. We’ve been fortunate to have found this perfect combination with the African MTB Team, who share these values and who aim to achieve the best of their ability. It is for this reason that we willing extended our partnership with the team and welcome the new members who will benefit from the structure and stability of the Team. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with them, seeing them achieve their full capability. Colin Wilson, CEO of Euro Steel (Pty) Ltd welcomes the new riders to the team
  14. The Frame The suspension on the Slakline is ready for big action with Pyga’s take on the four-bar Horst Link suspension system delivering 160 mm of rear travel. The bike is designed to be ridden with a beefy 170 mm fork upfront.The frame is largely constructed from Toray carbon with the chainstays and suspension rocker being made from aluminium. Pyga believe that for the way in which this bike is intended to be ridden, the aluminium chainstays provide better impact resistance against rock strikes and crashes than carbon stays do. They also explained that the weight difference is negligible. The Slakline frame uses aluminuim chainstays for better impact resistance. Prototype #7 and Patrick Morewood's own test bike. Although they have never had problems with press fit bottoms brackets, Pyga have acknowledged rider feedback, and are going with a field maintenance friendly threaded bottom bracket on the Slakline. ISCG 05 mounts are available for a chainring guide and bash guards. There is also space in the front triangle for a full sized water bottle.The Slakline is a bike of many firsts for Pyga. A metric shock, Boost 148 axle spacing, and single chainring specific. These changes are not simply in place to follow trends but to give Pyga additional space to design a better bike and to try to give the bike some longevity in a rapidly changing market. Pyga worked hard to keep the cable routing tidy. Most of the cabling runs internally with a smart design. The transition from the front triangle to the rear is handled by aluminum pieces that are placed at the centre point of the pivot to all but remove any movement while the suspension is active. The routing even makes provision for a lock out cable running from the shock. There is a port on the underside of the downtube to assist with running the cable through the frame. This entry point can also be used to house batteries for electronic components. I like the Slakline’s clean but aggressive aesthetic. Looking at it makes you want to get out and ride. There are some nifty touches like the recessed joint where the top tube and downtube meet at the headtube and the separate seat stay tubes with the absence of a seat stay arch. Removing the arch meant that Pyga had to use double row bearings and adapt the rocker to make the rear end stiff enough. The rocker on this prototype is an early design. On the production bike, it will look a bit different and undergo a dark grey anodizing similar to the colour of the stays. The raw aluminium rocker will undergo some cosmetics changes before appearing on the production model. Geometry The Slackline has an adjustable geometry with two settings, high and low. The high mode sets the head angle at 65.2 degrees while the low mode drops it to 64.8 degrees. The prototype I rode was set to a third setting (called neutral) with a 65-degree head angle placing it right in the middle of the available two settings. There will be two geometry settings on the production bike, high and low. The Slakline geometry leans towards short stems. This prototype is fitted with a 40 mm stem with another Pyga tester preferring 33 mm. The rest of the bike is long, low, and slack enough to meet the requirements of most modern geometry devotees. The reach is healthy with the large frame extending to 477mm and a sizeable 1222 mm wheelbase. The chainstays measure in at 433 mm. Take a look at the full geometry table below.Pyga Slakline Geometry: Eventually, the Slakline will be available in four frame sizes: small, medium, large and extra large. The first batch of frames will however only be available in medium and large. The Slakline boasts good tyre clearance and accommodates 27.5” and 27.5+ (up to a 2.8-inch tyre) wheelsets. Taller riders on the extra large frames will see their bike's designed for 29-inch wheels. Specifications The Slakline will first be available as a frameset option only, with full builds to follow. The frameset features a RockShox Super Deluxe shock.The prototype was decked out with an MRP Ribbon fork, SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain, Renthal carbon handlebar and a Renthal stem, and Maxxis DHF/DHR tyres. The 27.5” wheelset is Deed Surge carbon rims with Industry Nine hubs while the 27.5 Plus wheelset used a RaceFace 35 wheelset wrapped in Maxxis Recon+ and Ikon 2.8” Plus tyres. FramePyga Slakine Prototype 7 LargeForkMRP RibbonShockRockShox Super DeluxeHeadsetCane CreekCranksetSRAM X01 EagleRear derailleurSRAM X01 EagleShiftersSRAM X01 EagleCassetteSRAM X01 EagleBrakesSRAM Guide UltimateRimsDeed SurgeHubsIndustry NineTyresMaxxis Minion DHF (Front) and DHR II (Rear)HandlebarsRenthal Fatbar CarbonStemRenthal Apex 40mmSeatpostRaceFace TurbineSaddleKore Availability and pricing: The first shipment of Slakline frames is expected to land in October. These will be medium and large frames, with the small and extra large frames to be produced at a later date.The Slakline frameset with a RockShox Super Deluxe shock will retail for R37,999. With complete builds only coming later, Pyga will also offer the option to include an MRP Ribbon fork, headset, and/or a dropper seatpost when purchasing a frameset. Slakline First Ride Being one of only a few prototypes, my time with the Pyga Slakline was unfortunately limited. Pyga were understandably eager to have it back to continue testing. This meant that I had precious little time to play with suspension setup and simply defaulted to the recommended manufacturer settings with a few tweaks. The results were surprisingly good.Initially, having never ridden one, I had concerns about getting the dual air MRP Ribbon fork dialed in but the manufacturer’s recommended settings (I opted for their plush setup) did the job. To their credit, MRP has excellent information and product support on their website. Despite only having a short time with the MRP Ribbon, I thoroughly enjoyed the fork's feel. The Slakline’s main task is to descend technical trails and to do it fast. On this objective, it delivers. At high speed, the bike feels composed, even as the world blurs and you focus your vision on the trail, there is a sense of trust in the bike’s surefootedness. The Slakline holds a line well through chattery rocks and roots, with predictable grip into turns while the poised balance and big impact stability off drops and jumps are encouraging. I gave it my best but could feel that the Slakline had a lot more to reward riders with more bravery and skills.Away from the steep and technical black rated trails, the Slakline still has a lot to give. On smoother, less demanding trails, even with its slack angle and plush travel, the Slakline remains agile and responsive to rider input. Pumping and flowing down a meandering trail is thoroughly enjoyable. The bike also pedals well when called into action with good acceleration out of turns and up punchy climbs. Fitting the Plus tyres is like putting on a superhero's cape. I found that the added grip, cushioning, and balance are a major boost to confidence and fun levels. On climbs and flat sections, the added bulk of the Plus tyres made little impact to the Slakline’s ability. The Slakline’s climbing is class leading. For a 160mm enduro mountain crusher, the Slakline climbs far better than anything that I’ve experienced with this geometry and travel. Climbing on most enduro bikes is simply about finding a comfortable gear, sitting down, and chatting to your mates until you get to the trail head. The Slakline is different. It is engaging to climb. To the dismay of my riding buddies, I found myself in an unnecessarily hard gear out of the saddle attacking climbs like I would on my long term Pyga Stage test bike. As an enduro bike, attacking climbs is not a feature many riders will covet but the Slakline’s pedaling qualities go along way in making it one of the most enjoyable and comfortable bikes on which to spend a full day riding trails. Assuming your fitness is up to it, the Slakline will allow you to stay out on the trails longer and get in more runs than many other all mountain bikes can. The suspension tune also helps in absorbing blunt impacts while the shock is in its firmest setting. The only time the Slakline gives away that it is a slack descending bike is on very steep climbs where the front end does need some encouragement to remain on the ground. In my reviews, I am cautious to recommend long travel bikes to riders without them understanding just how much is required to push the bike to its limits and how well it climbs. But in the case of the Slakline, there seems to be little disadvantage in selecting a slack 160mm enduro bike. That said, I am super keen to swing a leg over the slighter shorter travel Hyrax (see details below) to see where that bike fits into the spectrum. In the end There are few bikes that match the Pyga Slakline’s ability to open up the entire mountain. A confident, composed enduro bike ready for the toughest descents but still an efficient all-day climber on the ascents. The Slakline's all-mountain versatility is rare, putting it right at the top of my enduro bike list. The Slakline's all-round abilities make it the best enduro bike I've ridden. ProsHugely fun and rewarding on the downs Climbs like a rocket on the ups Bang up to date enduro geometry Near-future proofing with adoption of modern standards Great clearance for wide tyres and hassle free riding ConsI had to send it back to Pyga That's not all: Introducing the Pyga Hyrax Alongside the Slakline development process, Pyga has also been working on a 140 mm bike called the Hyrax. The Hyrax mirrors the Slakline’s design also featuring a Horst Link suspension system, a metric shock, adjustable geometry, a single chainring specific design and boost spacing. The Hyrax is built around a 150 mm fork. As expected, the geometry is slightly different to the bigger travel Slakline. The high mode has a 66.3 degree head angle while the low mode is 65.7 degrees. Like the Slakline, the small, medium, and large frames will be compatible with both 27.5” and 27.5 Plus wheels with the extra large frame getting the 29er treatment.The Hyrax frameset (medium and large sizes) will be available at the same time as the Slakline with a RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock for R36,999. Q&A with Pyga Founder Patrick Morewood: The Slackline fully embraces a modern mountain bike geometry design. What angles did you play with in development before coming up with your final design? In terms of geometry: we had pushed the old prototype 160mm aluminium frame to 65-degree head angle. It felt good, but there was too much flip flop in the steering because of the longer stem. There is a lot of guess work involved with this kind of thing, so I took a leap of faith with the 65 degrees as a base setting. Based on my experience, I kind of know what the shorter stem is going to do. When we made the first prototype I tried it and it immediately felt right. How important is it to stay up to date with trends? I have been following industry trends from the beginning. One has to follow trends, but you also have to create your own future proofing. For example, the 35mm seatpost: with the way that droppers are getting longer and longer travel, I believe that dropper post companies are going to start making them in bigger diameters to stop them wearing as quickly, and to make them more rigid and stop flexing with the long extension.We moved to a threaded bottom bracket as well. That is more for field servicing. With an enduro type bike, you are not necessarily going to be in a well set up camp with a multitude of mechanics and most guys will have a tool to remove that bottom bracket. Also with the punishment that type of bike is designed to take it is more suited to a threaded bottom bracket. That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with the BB92: but in people's minds, they feel that the threaded BB is stronger, and one has to look at those things. How has 3D printing helped accelerate the development process? We went through two versions of full-sized 3D printed frames. With such a new bike you want to be able to see the proportions of the tubing, the shapes, and the clearances. You can look at the 3D model on the computer but that is never going to show you everything especially when you are working with 3mm tolerances for chain ring clearance. Having the frames printed locally in Howick by Rapid 3D is a huge help. A 3D printed full-sized frame. How did you decide on the final two geometry settings versus the three shown on the prototype? I based it on a zero position as an ideal. Not that we have a zero chip, we could provide one but I don’t see the point of it. Guys either want to go slacker or they want to go steeper, so 65 degrees is a base setting and we end up a little bit above that and little bit below that. I know that some guys have in their mind that slacker is better, and dropping below that 65 number is kind of a psychological thing for people. There was a complete re-think of this bike during development. You mentioned the earlier aluminium bike. At what point did you decide to go in a different direction and what a caused this change? When I rode that bike I just never felt happy on it. We made a couple of prototypes and had guys riding them, but I never felt that that was I bike that I want to ride. The rocker was too big, I felt the seat tube angle was way too steep in relation to the length and the fork angle. It just didn’t work for me. I always wanted to have a much longer bike. How does the metric shock and dropping support for a front derailleur influence the Slakline’s design compared to your previous bikes- does this make design easier? Yes, a single chain ring means you can get a chainstay that does not have as much drop on the yoke. That makes it easier to get the required strength and stiffness of the rear end. The more it bends the more it wants to bend under load, so the straighter it is the less likely it is to bend.It makes it much easier for clearances when you don’t have to worry about a front derailleur being there. It also helps with clearance for a bigger tyre, you don’t have to worry about that extra chain ring being there: you can optimise the bike really nicely. With the metric shock for one length, you can achieve three to four different strokes, and that is what we have done with the Hyrax and the Slakline. So we were able to optimise the geometry for both bikes at the same time, using one length shock and achieving different travel. What else goes into the design of your bikes that people might not consider? What people don’t realise, we are a bike brand, we design bikes. Yes, you can just go to the East and choose a frame but that is not what Pyga is about. We are about engineering bikes for us, that we would want to ride and what we believe will make anybody who buys one of our bikes, make their riding experience better and more fun. Fun is one of the main aspects, you can have a bike that goes fast, works well, and is fun.
  15. First bike in history to achieve the season opening triple crown with Team Pyga Euro Steel: Winner 2017 ABSA Cape Epic African Jersey! Winner joBerg2c! Winner sani2c! An opportunity to own the identical race winning machine as used by the record-breaking Phillip Buys and Matthys Beukes and be part of the best bike buying experience ever offered in South Africa. This exclusive offer will be limited to 10 bikes only. https://www.facebook.com/Pygabikes/videos/vb.263376197044450/1368442613204464/?type=3&theater The offer includes:The same race winning machine as used by our Professional race team. Meet, ride, and spend the weekend with the team and legendary bike designer, Patrick Morewood on an exclusive weekend in the legendary Karkloof area. Receive racing, training, set up and skills tips from the whole crew. Custom fitment and set up by the Pyga crew All meals and drinks included. Flights from JHB/CPT Int airports to King Shaka Return shuttle from King Shaka airport to 11 Karkloof Accommodation Full catering for the entire stay Outrides Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday morning Post weekend bike service and courier to client’s door. Pyga/Liquimoly gift pack Wholesale offers on Kalas Team apparel, Sidi shoes, and Nike riding glasses Bike Specifications: FrameSTAGE with Rockshox Monarch RT3 rear shock/Maxle Ultimate 142x12mm rear axleForkRockshox SID World Cup carbon 100mm travel /oneloc sprint remoteHeadsetCane Creek 40 seriesCranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle 175mm cranks 34t (Please specify your personal crankarm length)ShifterSRAM XX1 EagleCasssetteSRAM XX1 Eagle GoldChainringSRAM XX1 Eagle 34TDerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle GoldBrakesSRAM Level UltimateRotorsSram 160mm CLX front and rearRimsDEED Propel CarbonHubsWhite Industries CLD hubsTyresMaxxis IkonHandlebarsRitchey Carbon WCS Flat GripsESI foamStemRichey WCS (Please specify required length from 70mm to 110mm)SeatpostRitchey Carbon WCSSaddleRitchey WCS Skyline*Custom Team Vinyl decals which are replacable, allowing you to keep your bike looking fresh for years. TOTAL PRICE: An all inclusive package - R135 000 (incl. VAT). R50 000 deposit secures the purchase. (Normal retail for the entire package would be R180 000).Prospective buyers can contact Pyga directly on hilton@pygaindustries.com or call Hilton Frost on 072 0199470.
  16. Odinson

    Pyga Slakline

    What do we have here? PYGA's long-awaited 160mm #Endurbro rig? https://www.pinkbike.com/news/5-bikes-worth-checking-out-taipei-cycle-show.html
  17. Need the help from the mighty BIKEHUB...about a hub Got a spare set of wheels with Pyga hubs.. need to change the drive on the spare set to XD What XD drives are compatible...DT swiss?hope? ... I am currently out of the country so cant open up to Double check...
  18. Fittingly, Pyga bikes are designed in South Africa, for South African terrain, and features modern geometry, such as a slacker head angle and longer reach to make riding on technical terrain more comfortable. The Plus Five system ensures the best possible chain line for 1x drive trains. The Pyga Stage has a full carbon frame with space for two bottle cages inside the front triangle. You can read our full review here. The now-familiar gold of SRAM's XX1 Eagle drivetrain transfers power, while a Stages Carbon GXP power meter, measures those all important watts. The suspension is taken care of by the RockShox SID World Cup fork and the RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock. Philip has removed the remote lockout from the fork. Deed Propel carbon rims are laced to White Industries CLD hubs, and wrapped in Maxxis Ikon 2.2 rubber. Deed is a brand created by Pyga to bring quality components to their higher specification builds for better value. The Propel is the cross-country offering (there are three wheels with different riding purposes in the range) with 28 offset spoke holes, a 22 mm internal width, and a claimed rim weight of 355 grams. A Liqui Moly Tyre Fix Aerosol is taped to the carbon Ritchey seat post. Full Specifications FramePyga StageRear ShockRock Shox Monarch RT3, 100 mmForkRock Shox SID World Cup 100 mm, 46 mm offset, lockout removed HeadsetCane Creek 40StemRitchey WCS 100mmHandlebarRitchey WCSGripsESI GripsSaddleSyncros XR 1.0SeatpostRitchey Carbon WCS Seatpost clampDeed BrakesSRAM Level UltimateBrake RotorsSRAM CLX 160mmShifterSRAM XX1 EagleRear DerailleurSRAM XX1 EagleCassetteSRAM XX1 EagleChainSRAM XX1 EagleCranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle, 36TPowermeterStages Carbon GXPRimsDeed PropelHubsWhite Industries CLDTyresMaxxis Ikon 2.2, EXO 120 TPIAccessoriesPlugs, LiquiMolyBottle cageSpecializedPedalsLook S-track
  19. In April 2015, we huddled excitedly around a mysterious cloaked bike from Pyga Industries. We knew that under the black cloth sat an all new carbon marathon machine. As the craft beers flowed speculation grew wilder and the stories taller until Patrick Morewood unveiled the Pyga Stage to us, and the world. Click here to view the article
  20. Matt

    Review: Pyga Stage

    The Stage is Pyga’s take on what a marathon / cross country bike should be. A longer reach and slacker head angle to provide more stability in corners and on technical descents. Pyga came out swinging with an ultra-progressive geometry. At a time when slack in XC terms meant a 70 degree head angle at best, the Stage, at 68.5 degrees, turned some heads. Fast forward twelve or so months and we see some of the major bike manufacturers following suit with their cross country / marathon line-up. The longer and slacker formula is fast becoming the new standard for cross country bikes with Pyga on the leading edge of this new wave. To the delight of all marathon racers, the full carbon frame supports two bottle cages, one mounted on the underside of the top tube and another in the standard downtube position. Along with their twist on geometry, Pyga also introduced the “plus five” chainline concept. The bike’s rear end is offset by 5mm towards the drive side to allow a better chainline resulting in improved shifting performance and less wear on your drivetrain. In order to achieve this the rear wheel is dished evenly providing a bonus of added stiffness and strength to the wheel. Other smart touches include a removable front derailleur mount to provide two-by versatility and a super clean frame when running one-by. Internal routing further accentuates the smooth, clean lines which define the frame. Specifications Most commonly known as a custom build frame kit company, with the Stage model Pyga introduced some “factory spec” builds: a top end SRAM XX1 / Rockshox RS1 / Monarch XX / PYGA Carbon wheels and a lower spec SRAM GX / Rockshox SID XX / Monarch XX / SRAM Roam 40 wheels. Although our test model is not strictly a factory spec build, it features a smattering of components common on both builds: most notably the same Rockshox SID XX 120mm up front and Rockshox Monarch XX as on their second tier build, a SRAM XO 11 speed groupset (arguably on par with the XX1) and the PYGA 29” carbon wheels. On the trail Climbing aboard the Pyga Stage for the first time does take some getting used to. Coming from a typical marathon bike the Stage is noticeably slacker, yet the lengthened top tube (622mm on the Large model as tested) means the position is very familiar and still suitably aggressive. The key change lies in the feel and response of the steering thanks to the slackened head angle. The more stable feel initially came across as being a bit cumbersome at slow speeds in comparison to the Stage’s more twitchy competitors. Very soon though, I was embracing the stability and security it offered.Despite the more “trail” feel the Stage climbs impressively well. In full lockout you can smash away at the pedals eeking out every watt with hardtail-like efficiency. For most climbs though, the suspension platform offers a fine balance between traction and limited energy loss when opened up. Facing tricky rocky climbs the unweighted front end helps to quickly pop up over obstacles. On seriously steep climbs though I did find my position required a more aggressive adjustment than usual to ensure enough weight over the front wheel to keep in contact with the ground. On technical trails, steeper descents and anything with a bit of speed the tweaked geometry really comes into it’s own. The slacker position and longer top tube places you comfortably within the cockpit rather than precariously on top of it. With less weight over the front wheel I had far more confidence in steep drops and comfortably glided through technical rocky sections. The 120mm up front does provide a little extra breathing room compared to the many 100mm peers in this class, adding to the confidence you carry when tackling anything tricky. The Pyga Marathon29 carbon rims and Onza Lynx tyres did a lot to help the stability and comfort on rough terrain. With a 24mm internal diameter the Marathon29’s offer a few extra millimeters over typical rims in this category which, coupled with the 2.25” Onzas, provide heaps of stability and traction. For marathon or cross country racing you’d possibly want to look at a lighter, faster rolling tyre as the Lynx are on the heavier end of the scale, perfect as an all rounder, but the weight is noticeable on longer climbs and open roads.When it comes to corners the Pyga Stage doesn’t disappoint. Even with my seatpost jacked right up to marathon standards the bike feels incredibly agile, yet planted through turns and berms. Again the long and slack design along with the low standover height pay dividends. There’s just a natural balance and low feel to the bike which enables you to carry speed and maintain traction through tight turns. Verdict Leading the charge into an era of ultra capable cross country and marathon bikes, PYGA have proven with the Stage just how firmly their finger is on the pulse of modern mountain bike design. The Pyga Stage offers a delicate balance of race focussed performance and more progressive trail capabilities. All in all a highly versatile package which can see you comfortably through a marathon stage race and still keep you smiling on a weekend trail ride with mates. If you've only got room for one dual suspension mountain bike, the Pyga Stage could be just the right pick.
  21. While the Stage might sport an efficient 100 mm of rear travel, the rest of the bike is not exactly a traditional XC machine. In designing the Stage, Pyga looked to make a bike that can be raced competitively at the sharp end, but still provide the average man and woman with a comfortable and confidence inspiring platform from which to push their endurance limits. It's largely the geometry that makes the Stage so versatile - a slacker head angle and longer reach with a shorter stem. Something that the major manufacturers have only just starting delivering on their XC race bikes. Our test bike is fitted with a 100 mm SID although the bike is equally at home with a 120 mm fork. With this set up, the head angle is around 69 degrees with a healthy 475mm reach. +Five A standout feature on the Stage is the Pyga's +Five chain line concept. A re-engineering of the rear end to correct what they believe is a huge flaw in bikes, the chainline offset. What they have done is offset the whole rear end of the Stage by 5mm on the drive side and in doing so reducing the chainline offset from 49mm to 44mm. Why the change? When the 49mm chainline offset was introduced mountain bikes were using 8 speed cassettes. The measurements then meant that the chainline was centred but as 9, 10 and 11 speed cassettes were introduced the centre chainline has shifted. The result on an 11 speed drivetrain with a 49mm offset is that the centre chainline is out by two gears. If that a bit confusing, all you really need to know is that +Five promises better gear shifting, less component wear, and a stiff, stronger rear wheel. Build kit This bike represents the "GX Build" specification level with (you guessed it) a SRAM GX drivetrain. A RockShox SID RLC with the Charger Damper (very excited to try this out) pairs a Monarch RT3 shock on the rear. The SRAM theme continues with Guide RS brakes and the excellent Roam 40 wheelset wrapped in Onza Canis tyres. It is a solid selection of components with no one part likely to underperform. With the Stage, Pyga say their focus was on stiffness, even at the cost of a few grams here and there but they have not done badly with weight. Even with the robust GX specification level on an extra large frame, the full bike (excluding pedals) comes in at 11.77 kg. It would be interesting to see how low that figure can go with a smaller frame, lighter drivetrain, wheels and tyres, and some carbon cockpit components. I will be putting the Pyga Stage through its paces at the remainder of the WP XCO Series, the odd 100 miler, and hopefully a stage race or two. But most importantly, after many years of envy, I can finally participate in the "Post your Pyga" thread Specification list: FramePyga Stage with 100 mm rear travel (Extra Large)Rear ShockRockShox Monarch RT3ForkRockShox SID RLC with OneLoc remote 100mmHeadsetCane Creek Forty SeriesStemKore 70 mmHandlebarKORE Mega 760 mmGripsRaceFace Half NelsonSaddleKORE FazeSeatpostKORE TorsionSeatpost clampDeedBrakesSRAM Guide RSRotorsSRAM Centreline (180mm front; 160mm rear)ShifterSRAM GXRear DerailleurSRAM GXCassetteSRAM GXChainSRAM GXCrankSRAM GXCrankSRAM GXWheelsetSRAM Roam 40TyresOnza Canis 2.25Retail priceR74 999 Find out more: To learn more about the Stage and other Pyga bikes, visit the Pyga website here.You can also follow the latest news from Pyga on the following channels: Facebook - Pyga Industries Twitter - @PYGABikes Instagram - @pygabikes
  22. Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes form the “African MTB team” PYGA Euro Steel. Previously teammates riding as Scott LCB Factory Racing, 2017 sees them with new sponsors, and of course new bikes. The pair have a solid track record riding together, and have their eyes firmly on the Absa African jersey at this year’s Cape Epic, as well as on an overall podium spot. We caught up with them to check in on their race preparation, find out more about their plans for 2017, and of course their new bikes. Click here to view the article
  23. Philip Buys (left) and Matthys Beukes (right). You will be racing the Pyga Stage this year, which is pretty appropriate: the African MTB team, racing South African bikes. How have you enjoyed getting to know the Pyga Stage and what about the bike will help give you a competitive edge in the quest for those podium spots? It was refreshing to jump onto the new Pyga platform after being on the same bike for the past four years. I feel that the bike is perfectly designed with South African conditions in mind. Terrain in South Africa is like no other place I have raced in the world, so you need a solid bike that can handle it.One of the first big plus points of the bike, is that I can fit two big 750ml water bottles in the front triangle of the frame. The frame really feels super solid underneath me and with its “+Five” design the straighter chain-line gives me power transfer that is more direct. The stiffness of the Pyga Stage frame obviously adds to how the bike handles on the tight trails and with the Pyga's longer head tube, it allows me to ride a shorter stem, and I feel much more in control of the bike. The slacker head angle gives me a better feel of stability on high-speed downhills. The suspension design on this bike also gives good traction on bumpy climbs. All of these elements pulled together in the Pyga Stage, gives us a super efficient bike, and I feel that this is where our competitive edge lies for Epic, and any other race for that matter. Phil Yes, it's really exciting that things have come together the way they have. My first thought after getting on the Pyga Stage was how solid the bike is. I enjoy that solid feeling on the downhills as I can really push hard without worrying about the bike, and I can feel that the power transfer on the climbs is exceptional. My Strava also proves it and we all know: Strava doesn't lie! Matthys Matthys Beukes competing in the SA National XCO Cup at Rhebokskloof. Photo credit: Hayden Brown. You have raced together successfully in the past. What characteristics do you each have that help you work well together as a team? Matthys and I both have a passion for bicycles and thoroughly enjoy racing them. We are good friends and there is not much that will cause us to back off or give up in a race. Matthys really has a strong mind and I can feed on that. I think sometimes we race better together as a team than when we race as individuals. Phil We get along really well and I think that is probably the most important thing. We are not too serious and at the end of the day just enjoy riding our bikes so that helps with dealing with the pressure. Philip is really quick on the technical stuff so most of the time I’ll just follow his wheel. I’ll do some of the hard pulls on the flats and set most of the pace on the climbs. I think one thing that we are known for is our never give up attitude: we’ll always give it 100% even if things go pear shaped. We’ll never give up and take it easy, it's fun to go fast! Matthys How has your preparation been going building up towards the Cape Epic? Would you say you are on track? Can you give us an idea of your average training week? So far for me it has been my best buildup for Epic ever. Usually Epic forms part of my buildup for the rest of the season, but this time it is a main focus point for the first part of our 2017 season. The goal in my training specifically for Epic was to get my body to be more fuel efficient and to lose a bit of weight. This meant a bunch of IMTG rides and a few double sessions with them. I did not do many weeks over 20 hours, maybe one or two. The adaption with IMTG rides made up for the longer rides that I did not do. Phil After my crash at the end of last year, I was a bit worried when the Doc said I’d only be able to walk at the beginning of January. But everything went so well, I was only passive for 5 weeks then spent a month on the indoor trainer and after that trained super hard to catch up. After getting on the road, I have done a couple 30 hour weeks but mostly around 25 hours with my rest weeks around 15hrs. It's probably the hardest I’ve ever trained but after my injuries, it was so much fun getting out and riding that it didn’t feel hard. Matthys What remains in terms of your preparation for Cape Epic? Will you be doing any races together as build up? We won't be doing any races before Epic from now. We'd like to leave our hunger and motivation for racing the Epic. It's just one more hard week of intervals and then the focus is on staying healthy and injury free during the taper phase. Phil I've just got one more hard week before I’ll start to taper off for Epic. The hard work is done: now it's just about fine tuning and most importantly, staying healthy, and enjoying the build up. Matthys Philip Buys. Photo credit: Hayden Brown On paper, you have a good chance of winning the African jersey. Where do you think your advantage lies in the race? We set pretty high goals for ourselves, and I'm sure at least the African Jersey will follow with the goals we have set out to achieve. With the Epic, paper does not mean much We will take the race day by day. The one advantage we have is that our partnership racing together has been tested over a few years, and we have the experience. Phil I would say the fact that we don’t think about the African jersey and set our goals higher, towards the overall podium, elevates everything we do. Train harder, eat smarter, and just be more committed to being the best athletes we can be. This gets us in better shape on race day than we would be if we were preparing to just beat the local teams. Matthys A lot of the top level teams ride with a support team to supply spares in the event of mechanical. Will you be riding with a support team or simply hoping for the best? Winning Epic is a long term goal for us. We will not have a dedicated support team but we will have a rider in the UCI field with an identical team bike for when things go wrong. We would like the members of a second team to be part of our structure for the whole season and currently our setup cannot support this. Phil Backup team or not: we're always hoping for the best! Matthys Beyond Epic, what will be your focus for 2017? Philip particularly: you raced XCO very successfully last year. Will this be a focus for you again, or with the Olympics out of the way will you be more focused on marathon racing? Do you have any other races you will be targeting particularly? We enjoy cross country racing a lot and feel that it keeps our skills and intensity sharp, so we will still be doing the XC races. After Epic we start racing plenty. Our focus will be on races with good publicity and we would like to rake in the National Champ titles for the team. Phil Yes, it is important to not get stuck on just one race and goal. After Epic the racing has just started, and I will focus on both XC and Marathon National Champs, and hopefully get to Marathon Worlds to see if I can crack a top 10. Matthys The African MTB Team name continues with the new sponsors but how much remains the same in the background? “African MTB Team” is an idea and dream that we started building since 2013. I raced one season as an individual rider and realized that the key to performance lies with the people around you and the support structures they offer. From there on Matthys, Ruan (manager) and I started riding together as a team and over the years partnered with sponsors that share the same vision. Although our title sponsors have changed, most of our other sponsors have been relationships going from strength to strength over the past few years.We have signed a 3-year partnership with PYGA and Euro Steel and look forward to building a relationship with them to achieve the goals we set out. We would like to create a self-sustainable local platform for any youngster with the dream to be part of a pro mountain bike setup. This is not limited to just being a rider, but also the other facets of a professional team: mechanics, managers, media crew, masseuses, cooks and more. And on the riding side, we would like to win Epic Phil New title sponsors with Pyga and Euro Steel, but we were also very blessed to have a solid support structure from guys that have been with us for a while now. Got to give them a shout out, chasing our dreams wouldn’t be possible without them: Liqui Moly, Cadence Nutrition, Kalas Sportswear, SRAM, Nike Vision, Maxxis, Ritchey, Stages Power Meters, and Trail Wolf Cycles. Other new sponsors are John Burnett Insurance Brokers, Penetron South Africa and Sidi shoes. Matthys Philip Buys, Matthys Beukes, and Kombo Bere. Photo credit: Hayden Brown.
  24. XC Bike of the Year Scalpel Si Carbon 3When the new Scalpel was announced it was clear that Cannondale wasn't trying to play it safe or please the masses. They set out to develop and build the fastest possible XCO / XCM / XCX racing machine and they did a mighty fine job. That it is fast is undisputed, but more importantly is the ease with which it handles its new-found speed. Read the full Scalpel Si review here. Notable mentions Silverback SestaYou can always trust the underdogs to take on the big boys. I think it's safe to say that Silverback have established themselves as an honest player in the bike market. With bikes spanning most genres, they certainly have grown up since their humble beginnings. The Sesta is living proof. The Sesta is a great bike that can run with the big boys while leaving you with some change. The long wait for the Sesta has been worth it. Silverback have created a polished dual suspension carbon race bike. Read the full Silverback Sesta review here. Pyga Stage One of earlier XC / Marathon bikes with contemporary geometry. Long, low, and slack with great pedalling manners. I only had it for a couple of days (Admin reviewed this one), but that was enough for it to show its true colors. The Pyga Stage offers a delicate balance of race focussed performance and more progressive trail capabilities. All in all a highly versatile package which can see you comfortably through a marathon stage race and still keep you smiling on a weekend trail ride with mates. Read the full Puga Stage review here. Trail Bike of the Year Evil The FollowingMany times throughout the year I found myself looking at images of Evil's The Following. It is arguably one of the best-suited bikes for local conditions and more than enough bike for most riders. With its bang up to date geometry, great pedalling manners, and rider-friendly handling, The Following deserves its time on our trails. I would argue that it is light enough for any of our stage races, yet capable enough to huck all but the blackest of black routes on local soil. Having returned it after our review period, I got to ride it again later in the year and immediately felt comfortable. It was a bit like finding your favourite pair of jeans at the back of your cupboard. It just felt right. Fast, good looking, capable, and fun. What's not to like? With all that said, what sums it up best for me is the fact that after all the bikes we rode this year, including all the excellent bikes we rode in 2015, this is the one I would like to have parked in my garage the most. I would happily dive in head first myself and say that as far as Trail / All Mountain bikes go, this is one of the best I've slung a leg over and one of the most well-rounded 29er bikes I've ridden yet. Read the full Evil The Following review here. Notable Mentions Scott Spark 940I only recently got to spend some time on Scott's new Spark and even though it sits closer to a pure trail bike, it certainly is capable and fun once dialled in. The Spark is as fun as many bikes with much more travel but retains the efficiency of a short travel bike. The Spark is a great example of just how good the combination of modern mountain bike suspension and geometry is today. Read the full Scott Spark review here. Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 750 MSL Let's hear it for 27.5" bikes! Looking back now, I think it's safe to say that the Thunderbolt would not have scored as high on my fun-o-meter if I had ridden the The Following before it, but that's not quite fair to the Rocky. It is a super fun bike that wants to pushed hard all day long and will reward you for it. The Following and Spark are perhaps better all-rounders thanks to the bigger wheels and the rolling they bring. Having said that, if your focus is more on fun than distance, the Thunderbolt will do just fine. If it was a car the Thunderbolt would be a pocket rocket - punching above its weight class and bringing sport car performance to an everyday car. The GTI of mountain bikes. Read the full Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt review here. Products of the YearSRAM Eagle Drivetrain They gave us the Pike, they gave us the Reverb dropper post, and then 1x11 drivetrains. Then they launched the 12 speed Eagle drivetrains and with it a broad enough spread in gear ratios to put the final nail in the 2x drivetrain's coffin. Shifting is everything one would expect from a top of the range groupset, and with the option to buy an upgrade kit only, there are few reasons not to go 12-speed when the time comes to replace your current groupset. For those looking to upgrade to 1x or to replace their current worn XX1 or X01 11-speed groupsets, with the greater range of gears offering a true benefit out on the trails, it would only make sense to go Eagle. Read our first ride review of SRAM Eagle here. Specialized Power Saddle The Power saddle has ruined most other saddles for me. Before the fateful day that I tried a Power saddle for the first time, my sitting area was happy with most saddles. I've always preferred low-profile saddles with a slight raise towards the rear and a cut-out or relieve channel running down the middle. The Specialized Power ticked all those boxes, but managed to throw in a stubby nose and a fit and feel like a glove. Since then a Power saddle has been fitted to my hardtail all mountain bike, trail 29er, and road bike. I can't bear riding without one. The Power Pro offered great support and comfort on all the bikes it was tested on regardless of position and has become my saddle of choice. Read the full Specialized Power Saddle review here. Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses I love these. I love the fit, the tech, the quality and most of all how they disappear once on your face. Coverage is great with excellent field of view and ventilation. No corners were cut and no compromises made in the design and manufacture of these. Fit, features, comfort and the quality of the optics are all outstanding, cementing Oakley's reputation as a premium manufacturer. Read the full Oakley Jawbreaker review here. Other notable mentions are ODI's Rogue Grips and DVO's Diamond fork. I will remember 2016 for ... Capable 29ers The year 29ers decided to rather go big than go home. Evil's The Wreckoning & The Following, Santa Cruz Hightower (full review to follow soon) and Pyga Stage Max all showed that 29ers have arrived in a big way. Thanks to boost and the advent of 1x drivetrains, bike designers and manufacturers have found ways to make chainstays shorter and shorter and crank the fun factor of these once called wagon wheelers to eleven. I'm not sure what the future holds for all the different wheel sizes and how each will finally be pitched but what I do know is you no longer need a smaller wheel size to play in the twisties. E-bikes For me, 2016 will also be the year of the Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. The way it rides (like a mountain bike), the integration of the motor, battery and other bits that make this an e-bike. The app that lets you "tune" the "e" in the e-bike sets it apart from other offerings currently on the market. With the Levo range, Specialized gave us a pedal assist bike that can be fussed about for just how good a mountain bike it is when out on the trails. In the Levo, Specialized have not only built an e-bike. They have taken their time to re-think and develop the platform to deliver a product that takes full advantage of available technology. With the advent of apps and the smartphone computer in your pocket, it makes complete sense to go the full monty, instead of simply strapping a motor to a bike.
  25. In review of 2016, Iwan Kemp looks at the best bikes and gear that he rode last year. Click here to view the article
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