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  1. Hi Guys, our new website and marketing is in the works but here are some sneak previews of SOME of our new 2019 models. our dealers will be getting updated arrival and pricing within the next 2 weeks. please see our website for a list of dealers in your area. as those of you who have joined our newsletter will already know , we are expanding our GRAVEL range from 2 models to 4 ... we are also bringing back a CARBON 29er hardtail option ... Models shown: 2019 GP500 2019 SL729
  2. Hi Guys, It's time to upgrade my MTB. Looking at getting a Full Sus 29'er and have a budget of around 30k. I mostly do XC and Marathon style riding. Hoping to do some stage races like Wines2Whales and Sani. Was keen on the Specialized Epic Comp (Aluminium Frame) which was on special for R30k but unfortunately they all sold out before I could get my hands on one... So need some advice relating to other brands and options. What advice do you guys have in terms of 1. Going second hand? Heard some scary stories about expensive repairs to the shocks... 2. Specialized. Would love to get an Epic. But not sure about the Brain and the 150hr services I'll need to send it away for. Any experience with this? ....Kinda wanna just get one anyway 3. Momsen? I've seen some pretty good deals on their bikes. But their frame guarantee is only for 3 years? Anyone have any experience with their VIPA RACE ONE? Seriously considering getting this one since I'm not so sure an Epic at around 30k is realistic. Thanks in advance guys. Will appreciate any insight or experience!
  3. Hi all. My brother got mugged while mountain biking in Centurion today. More information here: https://community.bikehub.co.za/stolenbikes/1336-momsen-vipa-2018/ Please keep a lookout.
  4. Hi Guys, just some pics we took at the race registration last week --- so awesome to see the amount of VIPA's ( some old, some new ) on the startline. well done to all the riders -- each and every one of you are LEGENDS!!!! interesting to note how the bike setups have evolved over the past 3 years in terms of setup / bags / cockpit etc. please feel free to add to this thread if you rode the event or even just have a VIPA . we love seeing our bikes being put to good use like this!!!
  5. Arguably our biggest bike project to date --- the new VIPA ULTRA will be hitting the local trails shortly. Following it's debut at the 2018 CAPE EPIC, the new bike has seen 6 months of added refinement ( on top of the 18 months of design and development ) as well as extensive riding and testing in South Africa. Rider feedback and real-world feedback have resulted in various refinements and tweaks to those first bikes debuted in March. The new and final frames are expected next month ( August 2018 ). We will be launching a dedicated website and portal for all things ULTRA.
  6. https://bikerumor.com/2018/11/19/momsen-builds-a-special-bike-for-munga-full-suspension-drop-bar-vipa-ultra/ Anyone who has been on the bike through the 90's would immediatelly appreciate the throwback, especially if you knew the man that designed it's own long standing appreciation for the influence a certain Mr. Johnny T had on our sport. My opinion is that this bike is the best of everything you could need for something like the Munga. Dual sus. Aero features. LITRES of drink storage and tons of onboard storage as well. Planned by Victor Momsen and assembled by Robbie Powell and his team who is a legend in his own right. Sho... This bike gives me... feelings. Unsure how something so modern can unearth that "old school" feeling as well at the same time. http://thebodymechanic.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MTB3.jpg
  7. Among the updates are a new kids bike lineup, freshly refined colourways across the range and of course the Gravel bike announced recently. The other new arrival, the Vipa Trail, will be available as a complete build option in 2018. And amid the mass of bikes on show we spotted a prototype carbon hardtail e-bike sporting a Shimano drive system. Vipa Race "Vipa Race" is the new title for the original Vipa marathon / cross-country bike most will be familiar with. From first glance the more subtle approach to the colour schemes is obvious and smaller design details do well to finish off the look. Vipa Trail We're no strangers to the Vipa Trail having recently built up and reviewed one. For 2018, we'll see two complete build options in two colourways: black, yellow and orange or black, red and white. Gravel bikes Momsen R355 The brand new carbon gravel offering from Momsen and it's all about Gravel Plus. Plus you say? Not another standard, but rather points to the bikes ability to accomodate multiple wheel and tyre sizes: road (700 x 28-40C) and mountain bike (27.5 x 2.1 or 29 x 2.1).The standard build doesn't include the Lauf fork pictured below, but is equipped with a SRAM 1x11 drivetrain, Stan's ZTR Grail wheels with through axels on both. We've got an R355 at Bike Hub HQ - watch this space for the review. Momsen GP300 This alloy gravel bike should offer good value, but don't expect the suspension fork to come standard. Much like the Lauf on the carbon option, the Fox AX fork was just a show piece. AL29 series Momsen's AL29 series sees a slick new paint job for 2018 and all models now sport their L.S.G. approach to geometry. The new lineup looks sharp and professional. The AL29 range are impressively all equipped with tubeless ready wheels and tyres as standard. Junior series and kids bikes Momsen JSL60c A race-ready carbon 26er kids bike. 26 aint dead! Momsen JSL alloy options. Momsen JR16 keeping things fun. New range of Momsen balance bikes for the little ones Return of the ST-R (and intro to the ST-F) Momsen have refreshed their "ST-R" steel hardtail frame, now available with a Tange Sliding Dropout for single speed or geared use (ST-R) or as a fixed dropout option for geared use only (ST-F). Take a look at the custom ST-R we built up back in 2014 and the latest custom ST-F in 2017. Prototype e-bike Something new on the horizon? The team at Momsen were enthusiastic about the future of e-bikes, but were mum on too many details about when we will see a production version of something electric.The prototype features the Shimano STEPS system for e-mountain bikes, including a 250W power-assist drive unit, 504Wh battery, control switch and display. We'll provide full details on the 2018 range as we get the official info.
  8. So, I am in the fortunate position of being able to wheel a new bike out of the bikeshop. Something which I haven't don't in MANY years. A bit of background, I still race. But not XCO these days anymore, more longer marathons and things like Trans Baviaans. I'm not in the league to win Baviaans, but I still train and try do my best (11-12 hour rider). Earlier this year I cashed out on a small investment and bought a used, dual suspension MTB here on TheHub, 100mm travel front and rear. Great bike actually, super fast offroad. But now father Christmas came around and a *new* bike is a possibility. I have NO idea what to go for though... taking my background into consideration... what would you suggest? The options are the following, as they cost the same. Momsen Vipa Race One http://momsenbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/race-one-features-panel.jpg Momsen Vipa Trail One http://momsenbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/vipa-trail-one-features-panel.jpg The head says to go for the Race One as I still race, but I already have a "race" bike. The heart is leaning to the Trail....
  9. Thought I'd share how I fit a Specialized SWAT kit on my Momsen Vipa. I wasn't too keen on the Momsen Integrate Toptube Box so decided to rather try out the Spec SWAT kit. Only managed to secure the SWAT box bolt and the middle slot of the bottle cage. The assembly is quite solid with just the two bolts keeping in down. Can fit a normal CAMELBAK bottle or any other normal size bottle easily in die diagonal cage. Bottle cage in upright position has got the SWAT mini tool at the bottom which fits perfectly in that space. Next up will be to fit the headset chainbreaker tool.
  10. Planned as a 2016 Model, the VIPA Trail has been in development for several months and a couple of running prototypes have started to hit our trails for feedback and further design improvements. Click here to view the article
  11. Following on the success of the full carbon VIPA and the recent Team Issue with dedicated 1x chainstays, this new frame is set to be an exciting addition to Momsen Bike's ever expanding range for the 2016 season. Final specification and geometry are still being confirmed ahead of the 2016 Dealer presentations, but what we do know for now is the following: Increased rear wheel travel to better cope with bigger hits Plusher suspension tune for increased traction and small bump efficiency Lower BB to better carve single track and rail berms Production frames won't have Momsen Bike's integrated top tube bag Slacker head angle to make the bike big-mountain friendly Longer top tube for better reach when running a shorter stem Increased tire clearance to be able to run wider tires with bigger knobblies (Note: prototypes use existing moulds from the Team Issue, but production will see an entire new rear end) Internal routing for dropper seat posts Optimized for 120mm - 140mm forks First RideI've spend some time on a large running prototype on Cape Town trails and can only say that Momsen Bikes have a potential winner on their hands. It manages a fine balance between a trail ripper and all day, all mountain bike through it's lower bottom bracket, longer top tube and reach, and bang up to date angles. Handling is sharp with a lively ride, coupled with great traction. The lower BB allows it to rip around berms without causing pedal strikes on every bend. The longer top tube means that I could comfortably run a shorter stem with wider bars and not feel cramped or run out of breathing space on longer rides. Once at the top the lively ride and sharp handling makes for a super fun and rewarding ride. It doesn't take long to realise that the VIPA Trail can be enjoyed with a slammed dropper post. I've run a 120mm Revelation and 140mm Pike on the bike and it is comfortable with both. The extra burl and confidence the Pike brings is not let down by the bike's rear suspension. I am sure the versatility of the frame will suit many local trail riders to the T and with a well thought-out component choice this bike could be many things to many riders. 2016 already looks promising. Please note that the complete bicycle as pictured features a custom build and does not represent final specification or OE parts. Decals on the bicycle is unique to this prototype and does not represent what the production model will look like. The Momsen logo on the top tube features a "camouflage" design idea borrowed from the car industry to keep prying eyes guessing.
  12. The Momsen VIPA Trail is set up with a slacker geometry best suited for 120-140mm up front. In the rear it'll give 111mm of travel with a 190mm eye-to-eye measurement. It's seen some exciting updates since the early prototype we had a look at in February. The biggest change is the revised all-alloy rear triangle. The exciting part? The added clearance means you're able to run either 29 or 27.5+ wheels on the same platform. In order to accommodate the plus sized tires Momsen have gone with the Boost standard front and rear (110mm / 148mm) to allow a bit more room. The stealthy looking prototype was hiding away in the low lighting so we took it outside to get a better look... This prototype was fitted with a standard Rockshox Pike, not the Boost version which would be specced on the bike to give a bit more clearance. The new aluminium rear triangle is specifically designed to provide ample tire clearance. It's likely that we'll see a similar alloy rear end make its way into the standard VIPA lineup, adding an all alloy VIPA to the range at a lower price point.This prototype was fitted with an earlier version of the seat stays lacking the bridge across the seat stays to provide stiffness. The newer version is undergoing a few minor tweaks. 29" (left) vs. 27.5" plus (right).Thanks to the almost equal wheel diameter either wheelset can be run on the Rockshox Pike RCT3 29" (the 27.5" rim coupled with the taller "plus" tire results in a diameter about the same as a 29" rim and standard tire). The Boost model of the fork gives a bit more width to allow for fatter tires, although it is still possible to run slightly narrower plus tires on the standard version of the fork. Why go plus? Aside from being the latest hot topic in mountain biking, plus is said to offer something of a sweet spot between its "full fat" cousins and a standard mountain bike tire. More grip, stability and a smoother ride, without quite as much of the heft and clumsiness of a full on fat bike tire. While many dismissed fat bikes as a bit of a fad, it seems many of the major manufacturers are taking serious notice of the "plus" category.We're excited to get our hands on a production version of the Momsen VIPA Trail. Although the official launch date is set of the second quarter of 2016, we're holding thumbs we might get a look in on it a bit sooner...
  13. At their recent dealer launch event, we spotted the latest iteration of the Momsen VIPA Trail. Scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2016, the Trail version will provide a longer travel option to the VIPA lineup with a "mild" and a "wild" build option. Click here to view the article
  14. I've been riding a momsen for over 5 years now. After riding a couple of other brands before I think Momsen is an amazing brand! Very responsive frame builds and amazing performance. I,ve been using the SL 729 carbon frame and build it up to just under 10kg. What a bike! Being so happy with my bike I decided to save up and replace my hardtail frame with the new Vipa 2016 team frame. This is my first dual sus frame and being very excited I called Momsen early in Jan to order my new frame! Guess my huge dissapointment when they told me they only sell the bike as a whole and you can't purchuse the frame only!?! Now this can only be my lack of knowledge but thats rediculous right? They turning away a happy supportive customer and super fan. Now sitting with the question do I buy another brand which I do not really want to but Momsen is forcing me to go that route. Really dissapointed and dont know what to do?
  15. We’ve had a Momsen VIPA AC in the office for a little while now. Since my own carbon VIPA XT has been sitting in pieces pending a rebuild it was a perfect time to put in some testing. Click here to view the article
  16. Before we get stuck into the review let me clarify that this is the 2015 spec. Although the 2016 models have been announced and are already available, the frame is fundamentally the same and is still an interesting comparison to the carbon version. Specifications FrameAlloy Front Triangle, Carbon Rear Triangle, 80mm Rear Wheel TravelSizesSmall, Medium, Large, X-LargeForkFOX Float CTD, 100mm Travel, 15mm Thru-AxleRear ShockFOX Float CTD Rear ShockChainwheelShimano XT, 38/24TBottom BracketShimano PressfitF. DerailleurShimano SLX Direct MountR. DerailleurShimano XTShifterShimano Deore TriggerBrake LeversShimano M615 HydraulicBrakesShimano M615 HydraulicCassetteShimano HG50-10, 11-36TRimsStan’s No Tubes ZTR Rapid Tubeless Ready, 32HTiresKenda Honey Badger XC Pro, 29×2.05 SCT TubelessPedalsN/AHandlebarAlloy Flat Top 29er, 700mmStemAlloy Forged, 31.8mm OversizeSeatpostAlloy Micro-AdjustSeatSelle Royal Seta S1HeadsetAlloy TaperColorsGrey w/Gold, Black and White DetailsChainKMC 10 SpeedHubsetShimano Deore, 15mm Front, 142 x 12mm Rear, 32HSpokesStainless Butted with Alloy NipplesGripsSilicone RaceWeightMedium: 12.35kg (Excl. Pedals)Retail PriceR 37 995.00 Frame The VIPA AC is an aluminium and carbon hybrid which features a carbon rear triangle and aluminium front end. The geometry matches that of the carbon version with the only key difference (aside from material) being that the AC is also available in XL, whereas the carbon models stop at Large. Differences versus the 2016 model? Looking at only the frame the most significant change is the inclusion of a second bottle cage mount in the front triangle (M, L and XL only). Suspension The VIPA AC 2015 features the same Evolution Series Fox Float CTD as used on the 2015 VIPA XT (minus the remote lockout). Thanks to the widely reported issues with the range in 2013, anything from Fox with a CTD label tends to get a bad rep these days. After some initial issues though, Fox did make improvements from 2014 onwards resulting in a more reliable performance. My experiences with the suspension setup in nearly 14 months of riding on my own carbon VIPA and this test model have been positive. I’ve had no hassles whatsoever and the CTD modes work well for me with a definite lock-out in Climb mode and notable differences between Trail and Descend. It is undoubtedly a mid-range spec, but one which gets the job done. Groupset The VIPA AC 2015 has a mix of Shimano XT, SLX and Deore: XT Cranks, XT rear derailleur with an SLX front derailleur and Deore trigger shifters. The XT/SLX drivetrain needs no fluffing, it’s a proven, reliable setup that works. I did turn my nose up at the Deore shifters looking at the spec, but to be honest I didn’t notice much difference on the bike if any. Brakes The Shimano M615 Hydraulic brakes lean towards the entry level in their range, but I found they performed well. Certainly not as responsive and assured as the XT’s I’m used to, but I never felt concerned about their stopping power or the feel. Wheels The Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Rapid rims are an OEM only product which offer a more affordable, but durable tubeless-ready rim. At 455g per rim it is 75g heavier than a Crest rim, but uses the same Bead Socket Technology (BST) said to give better tubeless performance. In the relatively brief test period these were reliable and held up to some unreserved riding, but down the line this is an area where the bike could benefit from an upgrade to shed weight and reduce flex. Handlebar, stem and seat post The bike comes standard with some generic alloy bits which help keep the price tag reasonable. The one out of the three I’d want to change is the stem: 1) because my preference would be something slightly shorter 2) it looks a little flimsy for my liking (although it held up with no issues through testing). On the trail The Momsen VIPA AC we received for testing matched the size and geometry of my own VIPA meaning I was very at home and comfortable from the get go. The only minor difference was the slightly longer stem on the AC vs my setup.With a little more added weight I’d expected to feel the major difference while climbing, but it wasn’t noticeably sluggish or cumbersome. In windy and technical single track though, the difference was more distinct. The bike felt very planted and secure on descents, but did require a little more effort to move about through turns and accelerations. This is likely partly due to the heavier aluminium front triangle along with the heavier rims. One of the biggest surprises for me was the skinny (by my standards) Kenda Honey Badger 2.05 tyres. They were remarkably grippy and resilient through a range of loose gravel, light mud and sharp rocks. Initially these would have been the first on my “post purchase upgrade list”, but they performed impressively well in terms of grip and puncture resistance. As with most bikes though, I would convert them to tubeless from the get go (since they carry Kenda's SCT badge they are tubeless ready). In the end Overall I was suitably impressed by the Momsen VIPA AC. There are certainly areas where an upgrade and some weight shedding is possible, but out the box the build really is good to go. Coming from the carbon VIPA I admittedly did feel comfortable very quickly, but for me the aluminium-carbon comparison was most interesting. Looking at all-round performance the differences are marginal and from a price / performance perspective the VIPA AC offers outstanding value.The 2015 models Momsen VIPA AC will become less available as dealers clear out stock to make way for 2016 models, but keep your eyes peeled. You’re likely to find some great deals on these at pre exchange rate apocalypse pricing. Visit momsenbikes.com for information or to locate a dealer near you.
  17. 2016 Momsen Vipa Team For 2016 Momsen have gone for some distinctive, bold designs across the whole range and, on the VIPAs in particular, have included many detailed touches to the finishes and accessories.The new Momsen Vipa Team is a looker with it's striking red, black and white design and mixture of matte and gloss finishes. The Team issue spec comes kitted with Shimano XTR 1x11, XTR brakes and Fox Float Factory suspension on Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Crest hoops. As with the VIPA XT (and AC models), the Team version features a map of the Baakens Valley trail in Port Elizabeth. The trails in and around PE hold a special place in the VIPA heritage being the primary testing grounds for the bikes. 2016 Momsen Vipa XT Having already seen a preview of the new Momsen VIPA XT it will be less of a surprise to many. If you didn't catch the preview take a look at the studio shots and full specs for the VIPA XT in the article here.The 2016 Momsen VIPA XT stays with same component selection as before in form of a full Shimano XT group set, Fox Float suspension and Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Crest wheels, but with significant updates coming through from Shimano XT with their new M8000 11 speed series and Fox's much improved FIT4 damper in the new Float 32. Take a look at our preview of the 2016 Momsen VIPA XT for more detailed images and specs. Custom Bottle Cage Adaptor, Cages and Bottles Dual bottle adaptor The stand-out feature on the 2016 VIPA range will certainly be the custom bottle cage adaptor which allows you to run two bottles comfortably in the front triangle. The adaptor itself has gone through three revisions to find the Goldilocks like "just-right" balance of weight and flex.It's a simple and effective solution to the two bottle problem which doesn't compromise on the frame design, aesthetics or standover height. You'll be able to comfortably fit two 600ml bottles / 1.2L in a Medium frame and depending on the rear shock fitted might have space for 1 800ml bottle / 1.4L based on the. (A remote Fox shock takes up a bit more space than a remote RockShox Monarch which allows for a taller bottle.) Left: Generation 1 was a beefy prototype. Right: Generation 2 was visibly slimmed down, but in the real world the weight shedding led to too much flex when removing bottles. Above: Generation 3 found a happy medium between the two, keeping weight at a minimum, while maintaining stiffness. Custom Carbon Cages Along with the adaptor are some great looking, super light carbon bottle cages. The cages feature a side entry system allowing for easier access on cramped frames and come in a left or right entry option to suit your preference.These will be available in black and white versions from September 2015. Approx. retail price: R 450.00 incl. VAT Custom Bottles Momsen also introduced a new bottle range which feature a specifically shaped groove at the top of the bottles to fit their cages perfectly. The tailored fit means less chance of a lost bottle mid-trail, even if seatpost mounted. It's a small, but no doubt useful touch for those who've ever hassled with bottle cage / bottle compatibility. Indicative Pricing & Availability: Both prices are dependant on exchange rates, but these should give you an idea.2016 Momsen VIPA XT Price: Similar to 2015 prices (The 2015 VIPA XT retailed at R 55,000.00 incl. VAT) Availability: Now - already available via authorised dealers. See all the Authorised Momsen dealers on their site. 2016 Momsen VIPA Team Price: Approx. R 75,000.00 incl. VAT Availability: November 2015 via authorised dealers.
  18. On Wednesday night Two Wheels Trading launched their 2016 product range at a dealer event in Johannesburg. The all-new Momsen VIPA Team issue and XT were among the items on display. Although we've already taken a first look at the Vipa XT on screen, we hadn't yet seen it in the flesh, nor had we seen the new colour way for the Team issue spec. Click here to view the article
  19. The first thing you'll notice about the 2016 Momsen VIPA XT is the striking white, black and orange colour scheme. It's a bold departure from Momsen's previous designs. The top tube maps part of the Baakens Valley trail in Port Elizabeth. This is where Momsen do much of their development and testing. Also new for the 2016 VIPA XT is the provision for a second bottle cage mount within the frame's front triangle. Limited to the Medium and Large sized frames, a custom adaptor can be bought to mount a bottle cage. This placement was achieved without impacting standover height and changing the top tube shape, and manages to keep the weight of the bottle in a low central position. Other than the additional bottle cage mount, there have been no significant changes to the VIPA design. Considering the success of Kargo PRO MTB and Alan Hatherly's 2015 SA XCO Cup title, Momsen are happy with the way the current VIPA performs in marathon and XCO racing. For those looking to jump on the longer and slacker bandwagon, the VIPA Trail is expected to launch in 2016 and should fill that gap. The components of the VIPA XT, however, have seen many updates. The bike features a full M8000 XT groupset, Fox's new Float 32 fork (with the Fit 4 damper) and Float DPS shock, ZTR Crest rims on Shimano XT hubs, and custom Vee Tire Co Rail tires. The 2016 Momsen range will be unveiled at the Two Wheels Trading dealer launch on the 12th August in Johannesburg. Authorized Dealers will have information and details on the full range after the launch. The 2016 VIPA XT should arrive in mid August. 2016 VIPA XT Specifications: SizesSmall, Medium, LargeFrameFull Carbon Front Triangle,Full Carbon Rear Triangle, 80mm Rear Wheel Travel, New Dual Waterbottle Mount Design ( for Medium and Large Size )ForkFox Float 32 with FIT 4 System, Performance Series w/Remote Lockout, 100mm Travel, 15mm Thru-Axle, Taper SteererShockFox Float DPS( Dual Piston System ) w/Remote Lockout with 3 Position On-The-Fly Adjust - Open, Medium, FirmCrankset Shimano XT M8000 36/26T for 11 SpeedBottom BracketShimano BB-MT800 PressfitFront DerailleurShimano XT M8025-D for Direct Mount 11 SpeedRear DerailleurShimano XT M8000 Shadow Plus for 11 SpeedShiftersShimano XT M8000 I-Spec 2 for 11 SpeedBrake Levers Shimano XT M8000 BrakesShimano XT M8000 / SM-RT81 XT Rotors / 160mm Front and RearCassetteShimano XT M8000 11-40T for 11 SpeedRimsStan’s No Tubes ZTR Crest, Custom Decal, 32HTiresVee Tire Co. Rail Custom Logo, 72tpi Folding Bead, Front: 29 x 2.25, Rear: 29 x 1.95PedalsnilHandlebarRitchey MTN Comp 2X, 720mm +- 5mm Rise, 9 Degree Sweep, 31.8mm OversizeStem Ritchey 4-Axis WTD, 31.8mm OversizeSeatpostRitchey 2B Comp, 31.6mmSaddleFizik Gobi M7, Cordura Side, Magnesium Blasted Black RailHeadsetCustom Integrated Taper for VIPAChainShimano XT HG700-11 for 11 SpeedHubsetShimano XT HB-M8010 Front 15mm Thru-Axle, FH-M8010 Rear 12mm Thru-AxleSpokesStainless Butted with Alloy NipplesGripsSilicone RaceColourGloss White / Orange Key Features:Race Proven Full Carbon Full Suspension Frame with 80mm of Efficient Suspension Travel. New Double Waterbottle Mount Feature on Medium and Large Frame Sizes * (Note: Momsen Design adaptor sold separately). Fox Suspension Front and Rear - Fox Float 32 Front Fork with FIT 4 Damper and 15mm Thru-Axle / Fox Float DPS ( Dual Piston System ) Rear Shock with 3 Position On-The-Fly adjustment via Dual Remote Lockout - choose between Open, Medium or Firm Suspension Settings. Shimano's latest Deore XT M8000 Series Drivetrain - now upgraded to 11 Speed - Drivetrain includes Front and Rear Derailleurs, Shifters, Cassette, Chain, Brakes. Stan's ZTR Crest 29er Rims with BST (Bead Socket Technology) for easy tubeless conversion and true tubeless performance. Vee Tire Co. Rail 72tip Folding Bead and Tubeless Ready Tyres.
  20. Hi Guys, I'm looking at getting into MTbing, particularly like the idea of stage races (W2W, Sani etc.,). Any advice regarding the following bikes would be greatly appreciated: 1. Momsen Vipa AC 2. Giant Anthem 3. Scott Spark 940 Thanks
  21. I saw this new Releigh full sus on Bikerumour.com that looks like a Vipa: Did Raleigh "Chinese copy" Momsen? Was Momsen selling a generic design, that Raleigh now also started selling? Is Raleigh buying them from Momsen? Or perhaps it`s similar, but not the same thing? http://www.bikerumor.com/2015/04/23/soc15-raleigh-adds-more-carbon-thru-axles-and-light-weight-rx-womens-elite-cross-bike/#more-100244 http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Raleigh-bikes-sea-otter-rx-roker-skarn-carbon-4-600x400.jpg
  22. You recently competed in the first XCO series event in Port Elizabeth. What are your thoughts on the event and how have you found racing in South Africa? I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now. Obviously, coming from Sweden where it’s been sub zero temperatures for the last three months, I struggled with the heat. The first day being especially tough for me. Two days before the race I didn’t even know if I was going to finish the race because it was so hot. I did end up finishing third in the first race, which was a very good race for me and the whole team. We finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th and won the juniors. It’s bit of a change from winter but every day it’s getting better and I’m feeling alright. You are the XCO Swedish National Champion and have great experience at the World Cup. How did the level or racing and the course in Port Elizabeth compare? The course was really tough, very technical riding, which I like. It was tough coming from all the road riding I’ve been doing during the winter back home. The level of racing in South Africa is really good. It’s the same if you go to the US. Riders seem to struggle when they come to Europe because there are more people racing and the courses are different. I had hoped to pick up the win but third place was good enough for my first race. I’m feeling that I’m getting better everyday and I hope that the next race I can ride for the win. The Absa Cape Epic is a very different format to XCO. What is your focus for this year and how does the Epic fit into that? I’ve done the Epic three times before. I was on the podium with 3rd place overall in 2009. Since then I fell in love with the race. It’s a very special race and super tough. I tend to better by the day and the first long day is usually my toughest day. Brendon and I will try to do something good in the overall but we are mainly looking at stages. It’s going to be cool to kick off with the Prologue. Emil in action shortly before the first round of the SA Cup XCO in Port Elizabeth. Keep a look out for Emil and Brendon in the Absa Cape Epic Prologue this Sunday. As two XCO specialists they've got their eyes set on the Prologue in particular. Image: Instagram We hear you have some neat looking bikes with some custom tires? Ya, it looks cool. We’re working with VEE Tires which are hitting the market strongly this year. I’ve tried the first prototypes and looks really good. There aren’t many brands that do what they’ve done, with special colours on and so. We have a good bike going in. For the Epic you need a full suspension and the Vipa fits the race perfectly. You say the a dual suspension is necessary for the Epic. In cross-country are you seeing changes in the bike choices, specifically hardtail vs. dual suspension? Emil will be running some custom VEE tyres done up in blue and yellow - his national colours. Pictured here: The standard Kargo branded Green and Red VEE tyres (and a hotly discussed Lauf fork on the VIPA showpiece). There has been a huge change since I started as a professional. Both in courses and length of races. It’s now shorter and more technical. On the bike side there has been huge development. It’s going more and more towards full suspension bikes. Even if it’s 29er or 27.5, it doesn’t matter that much. I’d say that in a few years we are all going to be on full suspension bikes. Even probably on dropper seatpost. And the biggest change is that the bikes have gone from very light to actually bit heavier and more stable. Previously a full suspension could be below 9 kilos, now we’re seeing bikes that are 9.5 and 10.5 kilos. This is to last during the whole race. It has been a huge development. And on the suspension side, we’re riding bikes now which would have been a very good downhill bike 10 years ago and now we can actually pedal it up the hill. It’s a super cool evolution of bikes and I’m very proud to be part of the development on the Vipa and some components as well. It’s super fun. https://instagram.com/p/zwxF0oCIzA/ In terms of electronic gearing and other intelligent features on bikes, where do you think things are going and what would you like to see?I’m on a Shimano Di2 bike with Fox electronic suspension. It’s actually my first electric cable-less, "wifi bike". I think it’s working great. I know a little bit of what the future is going to bring and my guess is that in the future we’re going to have a very smart bike. Give it between 5 to 10 years and we’re going to have a bike that does all the thinking, we’re just going to pedal. It’s going to be quite a spectacular bike. In your home country Sweden, how have you seen changes in recreational and competitive riding? It’s a massive change. When I was 16, I would see maybe 1 rider every second week, and knew who they were. Now in a town of about 8,000 there are over 100 recreational riders. We have also have huge mountain races, one with 12,000 starters. It’s basically a gravel road marathon, we average speeds of 35 km/h to win. The whole view on cycling has changed and I think it’s just the beginning where I live. It will help kids and older people to stay fit and explore. Looking ahead of the World Cup circuit. Which events are you looking forward to and which not so much? The World Cup is very complex scene. We only have good tracks on the circuit. The one I look forward to the least is Windham, NY. It’s actually quite a boring track. The one I like the best is Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. It’s a super track and the ambience is great with so many spectators around. It’s the world's coolest race. But it’s not just the World Cup, there are some many events through the year and I’m also looking forward to the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival in the beginning of April. I’m actually looking forward to the whole season to start.
  23. Swedish National Cross Country Champion and World Cup Cross Country contender, Emil Lindgren, joined Kargo Pro MTB in November. He recently arrived in South Africa for the first SA Cup XCO event and this coming Sunday (15 March 2015) kick of his fourth Cape Epic partnering with Brendon Davids. We caught up with Emil at the Lifecycle Expo to talk about racing in South Africa, the Cape Epic, bikes and the growth of the sport. Click here to view the article
  24. One bike with three personalities: the bike geeks at Momsen in Port Elizabeth have cooked up a lightweight enduro racer in the final instalment of their Project BLACK series. The murdered out VIPA frame takes a central role once more, transforming almost fluidly from an 8.35kg weight weenie build, to a 9.60kg World Cup XCO race rig and now to a 10.82kg enduro bike. That is pretty versatile by anyone’s definition. Enduro requires speed; on the downhill’s, climbs, flats and twisting tight turns. This is singletrack, on speed. A light bike is most desired, but with enough travel for the rider to tackle jumps with confidence. The trick is that the bike should still be able to climb, and climb well. Read on to see how the Momsen men achieved this. Equipped with a Rockshox Revelation 130mm fork and a Cane Creek DB Inline rear shock, the dynamics of their low leverage ratio suspension design and frame geometry engineered with Patrick Morewood makes this devour jumps, berms and rock gardens with ease. The 80mm of rear travel don’t feel that way on the trails: that is down to the black magic worked by Patrick Morewood and Victor Momsen. One bike, three personalities. SRAM’s XX1 drivetrain with KMC’s superlight X11SL chain are bolted to the carbon frame, fitted with Momsen Design’s DOWNer 60mm Carbon stem, 715mm wide UP/DOWN carbon handlebars dressed with their Race Silicone grips add race-winning bling to the build. To make this bike stand out even more as a serious enduro machine, they have equipped it with a Rockshox Reverb dropper seatpost, SRAM’s XO Trail brakes, and the now ubiquitous fender, a Momsen Design carbon model. The saddle’s a Fizik Thar, and they’ve completed the build with grippy Arisun/Momsen Tubeless Ready (TLR) tyres mated to Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Arch EX wheels with 3.30 hubs. This isn’t just an enduro bike built from equipment lying around in their offices. The enduro build has been a pet project of Victor Momsen and his staff who’ve themselves embraced enduro racing and riding. They’ve built this to be the bike they shred with, they love riding and one we’d love to ride and race too. We now understand why Momsen calls the VIPA a “superbike” – it does just about everything, and does it with South African style and flair for performance. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of the Project BLACK series, take a look at the Weight Weenie build here and the Real World Racer build here.
  25. South Africa’s the leader in MTB stage races, but it is also adopting enduro racing with fervour. Fast catching on around South Africa, this discipline attracts a new breed of rider: from XCO and DH. Does that mean you need another bike in your garage? We’d say yes (as you can never have too many), but the bank manager might having something to say about that… Click here to view the article
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