First Look: Momsen Bikes 2018 lineup

Bike Hub recently dropped in at the Momsen Bikes head office in Port Elizabeth to have a peek at their 2018 range and explore their new premises.

Among the updates are a new kids bike lineup, freshly refined colourways across the range and of course the Gravel bike announced recently. The other new arrival, the Vipa Trail, will be available as a complete build option in 2018. And amid the mass of bikes on show we spotted a prototype carbon hardtail e-bike sporting a Shimano drive system.

 

Vipa Race


"Vipa Race" is the new title for the original Vipa marathon / cross-country bike most will be familiar with. From first glance the more subtle approach to the colour schemes is obvious and smaller design details do well to finish off the look.

 

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Vipa Trail


We're no strangers to the Vipa Trail having recently built up and reviewed one. For 2018, we'll see two complete build options in two colourways: black, yellow and orange or black, red and white.

 

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Gravel bikes


Momsen R355


The brand new carbon gravel offering from Momsen and it's all about Gravel Plus. Plus you say? Not another standard, but rather points to the bikes ability to accomodate multiple wheel and tyre sizes: road (700 x 28-40C) and mountain bike (27.5 x 2.1 or 29 x 2.1).

 

The standard build doesn't include the Lauf fork pictured below, but is equipped with a SRAM 1x11 drivetrain, Stan's ZTR Grail wheels with through axels on both.

 

We've got an R355 at Bike Hub HQ - watch this space for the review.

 

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Momsen GP300


This alloy gravel bike should offer good value, but don't expect the suspension fork to come standard. Much like the Lauf on the carbon option, the Fox AX fork was just a show piece.

 

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AL29 series


Momsen's AL29 series sees a slick new paint job for 2018 and all models now sport their L.S.G. approach to geometry. The new lineup looks sharp and professional. The AL29 range are impressively all equipped with tubeless ready wheels and tyres as standard.

 

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Junior series and kids bikes


Momsen JSL60c


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A race-ready carbon 26er kids bike. 26 aint dead!

 

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Momsen JSL alloy options.

 

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Momsen JR16 keeping things fun.

 

New range of Momsen balance bikes for the little ones


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Return of the ST-R (and intro to the ST-F)


Momsen have refreshed their "ST-R" steel hardtail frame, now available with a Tange Sliding Dropout for single speed or geared use (ST-R) or as a fixed dropout option for geared use only (ST-F).

 

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Take a look at the custom ST-R we built up back in 2014 and the latest custom ST-F in 2017.

 

Prototype e-bike


Something new on the horizon? The team at Momsen were enthusiastic about the future of e-bikes, but were mum on too many details about when we will see a production version of something electric.

 

The prototype features the Shimano STEPS system for e-mountain bikes, including a 250W power-assist drive unit, 504Wh battery, control switch and display.

 

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We'll provide full details on the 2018 range as we get the official info.




14 Comments

Bizkit031, Aug 04 2017 08:24

A Carbon kids bike,why would any person in their right mind buy a carbon bike for a kid.Either too much money or it's a image thing.

coppi, Aug 04 2017 09:01

New generation parents nowadays are over the top with everything, and we ( the ones with grown up kids already ) are not allowed to say anything.....................apparently we know nothing !

Odinson, Aug 04 2017 09:18

A Carbon kids bike,why would any person in their right mind buy a carbon bike for a kid.Either too much money or it's a image thing.

 

*cough* Pure Savage *cough*

Q1977, Aug 04 2017 11:37

A Carbon kids bike,why would any person in their right mind buy a carbon bike for a kid.Either too much money or it's a image thing.

I'd bet that a few decades ago the same was said about aluminium frames for kids!!  Carbon is becoming more mainstream and cheaper (well overseas anyway.....) as a result, why not let the talented racing snaky kids enjoy it.  Momsen's price points also tend to be quite reasonable compared to similar spec exotic brands and hopefully it stays that way.

 

On a different note, where are the 29" carbon Momsen hardtails?

ZXR, Aug 04 2017 03:58

Where's the 1 x 12?

 

2 x 11 is soo last year!!

SCD, Aug 04 2017 04:25

I would only buy the bike for my kid if it has Eagle. And one in 24" Carbon Eagle for my little one please....

so for now then I will have to stick with Makro bikes, at least until they can ride faster than I, up and down the hills...;)

floatfox, Aug 06 2017 08:13

Sorry to say but i wouldnt buy a momsen...i have not seen a vipa that hasnt cracked on the chainstay close to the cassette...some of my friends actually have mismatching coloured bikes because of warranty claims...

Edge_Design, Aug 06 2017 06:51

A Carbon kids bike,why would any person in their right mind buy a carbon bike for a kid.Either too much money or it's a image thing.

 

Why would any average rider in their right mind buy a carbon bike for themselves? Surely the answer is exactly the same - it's all about the image... I'm one of those average riders on carbon bikes so I'm allowed to be rude about us and the way we waste money on pretty bikes!

NicoBoshoff, Aug 07 2017 08:23

*swipes left*

Sitting slip, Aug 07 2017 10:19

the race bike has no top tube triangle but the other frames do....why?

Iwan Kemp, Aug 07 2017 11:21

the race bike has no top tube triangle but the other frames do....why?

 

I take it you are referring to the support brace at the seat tube? That is a sizing thing if memory serves. Small sizes do not need the extra support there

ashortchase, Aug 07 2017 08:50

the race bike has no top tube triangle but the other frames do....why?

It might only be with smaller frames. Specialized do the same thing on Epics.

jughead_dave, Aug 09 2017 06:37

i like the gravel bikes.

benpienaar, Nov 28 2017 10:19

Where's the 1 x 12?

 

2 x 11 is soo last year!!

Agreed !