Momsen Bikes Vipa 29 Carbon Full Suspension


Momsen Bikes VIPA 29 XX1

Momsen Bikes from South Africa has been working hard to introduce their newest carbon full suspension model dubbed the VIPA mtb, for the season upon us. here
They have reported the new VIPA will utilize 80mm of rear travel, pushing for it to be a perfect bike for the cross country and marathon racer market, by giving it extremely efficient pedal transfer qualities.

Vipa top tube 2013

To jump into the blood and guts of what makes it all happen for stardom status, the Momsen frame’s suspension engineering was handled by a renowned suspension designer Patrick Morewood, as the signature on the top tube suggests. It also uses modernized features such as a press fit B.B., a 142×12 rear axle setup, a tapered 1.5 headtube shown below. But it’s interesting Momsen have chose only to contain the dropper seat post cable internally, and then ran the rest of the routing down the down tube on the outside. We’ll give it a season, and most likely there will be continued refinement? None the less internal cables are merely just a “maintenance convenience” and “aesthetic”, they have nothing to do with how well a mountain bike truly rips up or down a trail.

Vipa 29er carbon headtube
For the weight department of the frame, they have reported a medium prototype sets the scale at 1800 grams without the rear shock.  Seems plenty light, and race worthy in the 29erCafe department.

Vipa seat post badge 2014

Very cool Momsen graphic logo as well of a snake on the rear of the seat tube above. They are connecting the RockShox Monarch rear skock directly to the seat stay, which is then connected to a full carbon rocker arm that is depicted in the photo below that.

Vipa shock mount

Momsen have also made a key note to report as well that this design is not a Specialized FSR copy, because they have placed the rear pivot location behind the rear axle on the seat stay, thus the FSR is the opposite located in front of the rear axle path and lower on the chain stay.

Vipa carbon rocker arm

Momsen will be offering the 2013 rides for sale as a frame only option or in complete with drive train models as well.

momsen VIPA 29
This was the Vipa ride setup Nico rode in last springs Cape Epic Race, SWEET! Looks very fast.. and sounds as though it performs equally as fast.
Here’s an article update with the 2014 details:


Sizing Small ( is supplied in 650B/ 27.5 ), Medium ( 29er ), Large ( 29er )
Suspension Fork Fox Float CTD, 100mm Travel, 15mm Thru-Axle
Shock Absorber FOX Float CTD
Crank Set Shimano XT 38 / 24
Bottom Bracket Shimano Press-fit
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Front Derailleur XT
Shifter Set XT
Disc Lever XT
Disc Rotor 160 Front / 160 Rear
Cassette XT, 11 – 36
Rim Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Crest, 32 H
MTB Tires Schwalbe Thunder Burt 29 x 2.1 / Kenda Slant Six 27.5 x 2.1
Pedal Shimano M520
Handlebar Ritchey Comp MTN 2X, 720mm +- 5mm Rise, 9 Degree Sweep
Stem Ritchey 4-Axis, 31.8mm Oversize
Post Ritchey 2 -Bolt Comp
Saddle Fizik Tundra 2 MG
Headset Ritchey Comp
Color Way Matte Carbon w/Gold and Red Details
Chain Shimano XT 10 Speed
Hub No Tubes Stan’s 3.30 – 15mm Front, 142 x 12mm Rear, 32H
Spoke Stainless Butted with Alloy Nipples
Grip Low-Profile Race
Weight 11.19kg ( Large, Excl. Pedals )


  • 80mm of Rear Wheel Travel, with carbon for both the front and rear triangles
  • Perfect for either 100mm or 80mm Front Suspension 
  • Internal Routing for a Dropper style Seatpost
  • External Cable Routing for Shifting and Braking
  • Lower Leverage Ratio Design
  • Post Mount Rear Caliper Mount – 160mm Rotor
  • High Direct Mount Front Derailleur Tab
  • Press Fit style GXP( SRAM ) / BB92 ( Shimano ) Bottom Bracket
  • Tapered Head Tube
  • Headset – Integrated Type ( 42mm Upper / 52mm Lower )
  • Seatpost – 31.6mm ID
  • Rear Shock – Eye-to-Eye 165mm / 38mm Stroke
  • Frame: Small ( 2.12kg ), Medium ( 2.15kg ), Large ( 2.21kg )