The difference between the Momsen VIPA’s Project BLACK series and the Paris Auto Show, is that one is just a pie in the sky with technology to one day filter down to our C-Class and 3-Series cars while the other is one you could potentially ride tomorrow. As “show stopping” as the concept of last week’s build was, it is available to Joe Public (at a hefty price, we’ll add). This VIPA build we’ll nickname “the racer” as it is as close to a Porsche 911 GT3 as is possible in bicycle terms we reckon.
One bike, three personalities.
A Rockshox SID World Cup fork and Fox CTD rear shock tame the trails with the VIPA’s low leverage ratio suspension and race-bred frame geometry. Adding even more racing edge to the package are Stan’s NoTubes impressive Valor carbon hoops and an almost full SRAM XX1 groupset with a lightweight KMC X11SL chain. A trusted Fizik saddle offers more weight saving punch and comfort, allowing you to focus on pounding the pedals to place your power to the Arisun/Momsen Tubeless Ready (TLR) tyres to bite into the gravel.
A real world race weapon? Yes. Real-world pace? You bet. A real South African flavour? Bonus. But, what is most appealing? The versatility of this South African “superbike.” That is one aspect of Project BLACK that cannot be bemoaned. Long live Proudly South African!
If you missed Part 1 and Part 3 of the Project BLACK series, take a look at the Weight Weenie build here and the Light Enduro build here.