Exclusive: 2016 Momsen VIPA Trail Prototype

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.
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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.

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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

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First Ride


I'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.




95 Comments

Iwan Kemp, Mar 22 2015 08:18

Seriously!? So, they're making a carbon copy of the Spez Camber?

 

No, not carbon.  :whistling:

Ryanpmb, Mar 23 2015 07:28

Seriously!? So, they're making a carbon copy of the Spez Camber?

 

Although not a copy, I would lean towards them getting cues and ideas from the PYGA 110 29r before Spez... given the existing relationship etc...

Steven Knoetze (sk27), Mar 23 2015 07:30

Geo TBC, travel looks be set on 110mm.

 

Which means Geo will probably be very similar to The Following........ :thumbup:

Might just be interested if so.

Any word on travel allowed, within warranty, up front?

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Mar 23 2015 07:30

Geo TBC, travel looks be set on 110mm.


Gah! So not comparable to a thunderbolt at all then.

Colour me disappointed.

Iwan Kemp, Mar 23 2015 11:16

Which means Geo will probably be very similar to The Following........ :thumbup:

Might just be interested if so.

Any word on travel allowed, within warranty, up front?

The Following is not the worst comparison. If you're looking at the travel (at this stage) and think Camber, one up yourself and think Camber Evo. 

 

Up front will be okay'ed for 120-140mm (You REALLY don't like reading do you?!  :D )

 

 

Gah! So not comparable to a thunderbolt at all then.

Colour me disappointed.

 

Thunderbolt being 27.5 I should color you confused! Seriously though, in term of ethos they may not be that far apart. 

 

BUT, I'm voicing my opinion here and by no means talk on behalf of the brand. I have spend many a happy mile on the running protoype and from my point of view feel the bike's geo has been nailed. Have ridden it with both a 140mm Pike and 120mm Rev and the bike was happy with either and wouldn't bulk at being your only bike if your riding is not at an extreme spectrum of what's out there.

 

Let's see what Phase 2 brings, hopefully we will be fortunate enough to have a closer look at that as well. 

Steven Knoetze (sk27), Mar 23 2015 11:45

The Following is not the worst comparison. If you're looking at the travel (at this stage) and think Camber, one up yourself and think Camber Evo. 

 

Up front will be okay'ed for 120-140mm (You REALLY don't like reading do you?!  :D )

 

 

 

Thunderbolt being 27.5 I should color you confused! Seriously though, in term of ethos they may not be that far apart. 

 

BUT, I'm voicing my opinion here and by no means talk on behalf of the brand. I have spend many a happy mile on the running protoype and from my point of view feel the bike's geo has been nailed. Have ridden it with both a 140mm Pike and 120mm Rev and the bike was happy with either and wouldn't bulk at being your only bike if your riding is not at an extreme spectrum of what's out there.

 

Let's see what Phase 2 brings, hopefully we will be fortunate enough to have a closer look at that as well. 

 

I enjoy reading actually, just don't find much time these day. I also know what a kind, accomodating gentleman you are.

 

Anyway, I absolutely LOVE The Following, but the price is scary.

This may be my Average Joe alternative.

Odinson, Mar 23 2015 11:47

Although not a copy, I would lean towards them getting cues and ideas from the PYGA 110 29r before Spez... given the existing relationship etc...

 

The PYGA 110 - Morewood and co. also "borrowed" heavily from the Camber for their inspiration. 

 

I get that there can only be so many variations of a specific bike in a specific niche, but the similarities go beyond a mere likeness to the Camber. 

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Mar 23 2015 11:53

The Following is not the worst comparison. If you're looking at the travel (at this stage) and think Camber, one up yourself and think Camber Evo.

Up front will be okay'ed for 120-140mm (You REALLY don't like reading do you?! :D )



Thunderbolt being 27.5 I should color you confused! Seriously though, in term of ethos they may not be that far apart.

BUT, I'm voicing my opinion here and by no means talk on behalf of the brand. I have spend many a happy mile on the running protoype and from my point of view feel the bike's geo has been nailed. Have ridden it with both a 140mm Pike and 120mm Rev and the bike was happy with either and wouldn't bulk at being your only bike if your riding is not at an extreme spectrum of what's out there.

Let's see what Phase 2 brings, hopefully we will be fortunate enough to have a closer look at that as well.


Ja, true.

still. I love the look of it. Want it in raw.

That Thunderbolt looks like a seriously capable machine if you go by the Bible of Bike Test reports.

Hairy, Mar 23 2015 01:20

The PYGA 110 - Morewood and co. also "borrowed" heavily from the Camber for their inspiration. 

 

I get that there can only be so many variations of a specific bike in a specific niche, but the similarities go beyond a mere likeness to the Camber. 

please elaborate why you feel these brands are borrowing from the Camber?

Hairy, Mar 23 2015 01:30

just an example, Niner have been doing the RIP RDO since late 2011, early 2012 already...not sure on when the camber came about.

Bizkit031, Mar 23 2015 04:41

Speak to Andre van Aarde from Rush sports he has a Evil The Following and he told me its bloody amazing,not what you expect from a 29er.

Steven Knoetze (sk27), Mar 23 2015 05:12

Speak to Andre van Aarde from Rush sports he has a Evil The Following and he told me its bloody amazing,not what you expect from a 29er.

 

WHAT!!! Somebody is SA has one.

Damn I would give anything to have a go on one. Might even commit to buying it then.

Bizkit031, Mar 23 2015 06:42

WHAT!!! Somebody is SA has one.
Damn I would give anything to have a go on one. Might even commit to buying it then.

You can get one I spoke to Evil for $2600 +$400shipping you can have the frame,oh plus VAT on top of that and our shite exchange rate. He has the murdered out black one.

Pipsqueak, Mar 25 2015 12:42

The PYGA 110 - Morewood and co. also "borrowed" heavily from the Camber for their inspiration. 

 

I get that there can only be so many variations of a specific bike in a specific niche, but the similarities go beyond a mere likeness to the Camber. 

Huh?

Hairy, Mar 25 2015 01:52

Huh?

this might answer your questions

 

https://www.bikehub....whats-the-deal/

Iwan Kemp, Apr 22 2015 04:51

Momsen have shared some more details on their site

http://momsenbikes.c...vipa-trail-2016

SimpleDom, Apr 22 2015 08:12

Wonder if they'll finally make one for taller folks....

Bizkit031, Apr 23 2015 05:39

111mm rear travel,so pretty much what the Pyga 110 is. But now we wait to see what the geometry is gonna be.

NicoBoshoff, Apr 23 2015 06:42

I wonder at what point economics will dawn on the market. How many trail bike variants can the market really sustain? Great as a consumer to have 30 choices, but pretty sure 30 bike companies can't live off selling 10 bikes each.

Not saying the market HAS reached saturation point but flip, it feels like a new one is popping up every week.

Guess that's why the marketing teams are in overdrive convincing us that we absolutely HAVE to upgrade our bikes every year. Screw saving. MOAR NEW BIKES!

splat, Apr 11 2017 10:59

@ Iwan : is the geometry of this prototype the same as the production model launched the other day?

 

The consensus was that the reach was way too short. How do you feel about it having ridden the bike?