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Momsen Bikes Vipa 29 Carbon Full Suspension

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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
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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-specs
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:

MOMSEN VIPA SPECS

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 )

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