18/01/2013 | 3 comments
It’s no secret that we love Morewood bikes, and in particular their incredible Makulu DH bike. Although the odd shop in the UK has been buying them in through the European distributor there hasn’t really been anyone properly distributing them in the UK for a good few years now. Thanks to Burgtec though that is no longer the case, and the fact that the guys at Burgtec are also as sound as they come just makes the return of this brilliant brand even better.
As good as all the other Morewood bikes may be we can’t ever see another of their offerings eclipsing the Makulu that you see above. It is quite simply a staggeringly good bike in every way. If I was told that I could only ever ride one DH bike for the rest of my life this could well be that one. It really is that good.
As if it wasn’t already impressive enough, you’ll be able to buy the very build above, complete with BOS RaRe suspension front and rear, and a whole pile of other top drawer kit, all for £4400. And we’re not talking direct either, that’s through a shop with all the easy customer service that brings. We reckon that’s seriously competitive.
If that amount of cash still makes your eyes water then you might want to check out this Izimu instead which will sell as shown for £2600. We really want to get one of these bikes on test as we’ve got a feeling that it could be an absolute peach. The geometry looks to be just as spot on as the Makulu and we know that a well designed single pivot can perform just as well as more complicated designs. The spec also looks more than up to scratch.
Dropping down the travel range is the new all mountain/trail Sukuma. This has 150mm of travel and uses a ‘Split Pivot’ at the dropouts and a ‘Dual Concentric Design’ at the main pivot. In simple terms this means that the lower shock mount shares the same bolt as the main pivot. The idea is that this reduces weight both by removing the need for an extra bolt and mount, and by removing the need to strengthen another part of the frame to deal with the shock forces. Frame weight is also kept to a minimum thanks to a carbon seat stay arrangement. Yet again we can’t wait to test one of these out. If they’ve got anywhere near the suspension performance and geometry of the Makulu then they’ll be onto a winner.
Finally we have another new bike, the Jabula. This is essentially the same as the Sukuma, but this time you get 20mm more travel, bringing the total up to 170mm. Select your travel and take your pick.