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Momsen Vipa Trail or comparable bike?


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I am in the market for a new MTB and have been looking at supporting South African brands (even if in name only).  Main focus is trails and the odd sday or multi-stage race. Not competitive - but giving it my best. Anyone any experience with the Momsen VIPA Trail 2? Built quality, parts, support, etc.?  How does it compare to the Specialised  Stumpjumper COMP Carbon ?

 

Other South African brands available in this price category?

 

 

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 Thanks. I did not know this. Thought it is a Merida spin out? 

 

Titan is part of the group that also distributes Merida in South Africa. Other than that, the brands and bikes are completely separate.

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Titan is part of the group that also distributes Merida in South Africa. Other than that, the brands and bikes are completely separate.

I emailed a query to Merida and I emailed a query to Titan a week ago, the same guy replied.

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I emailed a query to Merida and I emailed a query to Titan a week ago, the same guy replied.

And? The Titans are their own bikes, and the Meridas are the ones that they import. 

 

That they have the same staff for some of the functions is just an operational efficiency. 

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And? The Titans are their own bikes, and the Meridas are the ones that they import.

 

That they have the same staff for some of the functions is just an operational efficiency.

And, my questions got answered by the same guy, I had questions about some new bikes I'm interested in.

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Cliff Beckett does the designing at Titan. He is a super fun dude who most Capetonians will have seen on the trails or know. He is great.

 

Buy the Cyper 120mm. The Merida 120 has a really slack seat angle and wile it is a rad bang for buck bike, the Cypher ticks more boxes.

 

The Vipa Trail is quite short, so you need to size up or it feels cramped.

 

The more I think about it, if I was in the market for a new bike I would definitely buy the cypher. Mostly because I can afford a Pyga...... If you have the cash, check out the Pyga Stage or Stage Max (same bike, just different shock and fork lengths, that give you the travel differences.

 

But a 2nd hand Stage costs more than a brand new Cypher.......

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Thanks for this - very informative answer. Pyga is really nice, but as you say a bit expensive.  There is a lot of Cyphers, Pro, Elite, Expert, etc. Will definitely look at them. Prefer a bike with the back shock in straight line / horizontal.  Just seem less 'rerouting' of forces.... But I am no expert.

Cliff Beckett does the designing at Titan. He is a super fun dude who most Capetonians will have seen on the trails or know. He is great.

Buy the Cyper 120mm. The Merida 120 has a really slack seat angle and wile it is a rad bang for buck bike, the Cypher ticks more boxes.

The Vipa Trail is quite short, so you need to size up or it feels cramped.

The more I think about it, if I was in the market for a new bike I would definitely buy the cypher. Mostly because I can afford a Pyga...... If you have the cash, check out the Pyga Stage or Stage Max (same bike, just different shock and fork lengths, that give you the travel differences.

But a 2nd hand Stage costs more than a brand new Cypher.......

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Cliff Beckett does the designing at Titan. He is a super fun dude who most Capetonians will have seen on the trails or know. He is great.

 

Buy the Cyper 120mm. The Merida 120 has a really slack seat angle and wile it is a rad bang for buck bike, the Cypher ticks more boxes.

 

The Vipa Trail is quite short, so you need to size up or it feels cramped.

 

The more I think about it, if I was in the market for a new bike I would definitely buy the cypher. Mostly because I can afford a Pyga...... If you have the cash, check out the Pyga Stage or Stage Max (same bike, just different shock and fork lengths, that give you the travel differences.

 

But a 2nd hand Stage costs more than a brand new Cypher.......

It does look pretty spiffy, I must say. 

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