Epic Bike Check: Matthys Beukes's Pyga Stage

Matthys Beukes is racing the 2018 Absa Cape Epic with PYGA Euro Steel teammate Julian Jessop after Philip Buys was forced to withdraw due to illness. The pair is currently fighting to win the Absa African classification and after the stage 5 time trial, they seem to have a firm grasp on the red jersey.

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Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys had a stellar season racing the Pyga Stage in 2017, winning most of the races they entered including the African jersey at the Absa Cape Epic. This year they've got a new colour frame, racing the black and white design available on the retail bikes.

 

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The Pyga Euro Steel team deck their Stage's out with SRAM components including a XX1 Eagle drivetrain, RockShox suspension, and Level Ultimate brakes. Matthys races on a 38 tooth chainring with a Quarq spider power meter on an XX1 crank. He also uses a custom 3D printed chain guide manufactured by Rapid 3D in Pietermaritzburg, who also assist Pyga with printing models during their bike frame development process. The bottom bracket is sourced from Enduro's TorqTite range.

 

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The team race on Deed Propel carbon rims. The rims spin on Deed hubs with Enduro ceramic bearings for smoother rotation. Matthys is rolling on 2.25" wide Maxxis Aspen tyres front and back, a fairly popular choice in the Cape Epic camps.

 


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Matthys's cockpit features Ritchey WCS handlebar, stem, and seat post. The handlebars are 720 mm wide with the stem measuring 110 mm with a 17-degree angle. He sits on a Selle Italia saddle and drives power through a set of Look X-Track pedals.

 

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Matthys appears to take the risk of tyre mechanicals seriously with a Liqui Moly tyre fix, plugs taped to the handlebar, a packed saddle bag, as well as a hand pump.

 

Specification list:


  • FramePyge Stage (Large size)
  • ForkRockShox SID
  • ShockRockShox Monarch
  • RimsDeed Propel
  • HubsDeed with Enduro ceramic bearings
  • TyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25
  • HandlebarRitchey WCS carbon 720mm
  • GripsSyncros
  • StemRitchey WCS 110 mm
  • HeadsetCane Creek
  • SeatpostRitchey WCS carbon
  • SaddleSella Italia Flite
  • BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate
  • Brake rotorSRAM CLX 160mm
  • ShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Rear derailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle 10-50T
  • Crank armsSRAM XX1
  • ChainringSRAM 38T
  • ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Bottom bracketEnduro TorqLite
  • PedalsLook X-Track Race
  • Bottle cagesSpecialized side entry
  • Saddle bagLizard Skins
  • Weight11.96 kg (as pictured mid race with spares)




13 Comments

Odinson, Mar 23 2018 12:06

It's hilarious how XC riders didn't use to give two shites about Maxxis' Aspens and were all about Ikons. Since Schurter decided in 2017 Aspens were his go-to rubber, now everyone is running it. 

BaGearA, Mar 23 2018 12:15

It's hilarious how XC riders didn't use to give two shites about Maxxis' Aspens and were all about Ikons. Since Schurter decided in 2017 Aspens were his go-to rubber, now everyone is running it. 

Glad I'm not the only one thinking this 

Nick, Mar 23 2018 12:31

I think the Aspen saw a minor update in 2017. Perhaps that also has something to do with it? 

Rockid, Mar 23 2018 12:32

It's hilarious how XC riders didn't use to give two shites about Maxxis' Aspens and were all about Ikons. Since Schurter decided in 2017 Aspens were his go-to rubber, now everyone is running it. 

The 2.25 Aspens with EXO protection only became available with Nino joining Maxxis, I think that is the main reason. The earlier Aspens were 2.1 and did not have the stronger side walls. 

Odinson, Mar 23 2018 12:41

The 2.25 Aspens with EXO protection only became available with Nino joining Maxxis, I think that is the main reason. The earlier Aspens were 2.1 and did not have the stronger side walls. 

 

Maxxis made the stronger Apsens because when switching to Maxxis, Schurter did tests on which of their XC tyres were the fastest rolling, i.e. the Aspens. That's when they added the EXO casing. They never bothered previously because nobody bought those tyres. They were just OEM fodder for crap entry-level XC bikes. 

Mongoose!, Mar 23 2018 12:52

nice saddle bag. looks like the fabric will be able to stretch? :thumbup:

Black will be nice

Rockid, Mar 23 2018 01:09

Maxxis made the stronger Apsens because when switching to Maxxis, Schurter did tests on which of their XC tyres were the fastest rolling, i.e. the Aspens. That's when they added the EXO casing. They never bothered previously because nobody bought those tyres. They were just OEM fodder for crap entry-level XC bikes. 

Maybe they weren't bought but Maxxis sponsored riders like Hermida and Kabush have been using them on the World Cup circuit for years.

Larry Montana, Mar 23 2018 01:26

12kg....

PYGA Howick Showroom, Mar 23 2018 01:30

Thanks for the bike check guys, we're very proud to have this team on our bikes! 

 

For those interested in checking out our spec and pricing options, follow this link to our website, https://www.pygaindu...ct/stage/#frame

 

For interest sake our top spec XX1 Eagle Stage with carbon wheels retails for R107 995. The bike weighs in at 10.4kgs. For more info or queries please email sales@pygaindustries.com. 

Nick, Mar 23 2018 02:44

12kg....

 

I wouldn't read too much into the weights. This is full race ready with pedals, tube, tool, pumps, aerosol can, and Epic quantities of sealant. Also, we weighed it holding the scale in a field.

Guy Canaan, Mar 24 2018 07:52

Thanks for the bike check guys, we're very proud to have this team on our bikes! 

 

For those interested in checking out our spec and pricing options, follow this link to our website, https://www.pygaindu...ct/stage/#frame

 

For interest sake our top spec XX1 Eagle Stage with carbon wheels retails for R107 995. The bike weighs in at 10.4kgs. For more info or queries please email sales@pygaindustries.com. 

about to receive my stage max and want to install a chain guard. there is no iscg, nor threaded  or s3 FD mount..... could you enlightened us with more details about the 3d printed chain guard?

PYGA Howick Showroom, Mar 26 2018 02:53

about to receive my stage max and want to install a chain guard. there is no iscg, nor threaded  or s3 FD mount..... could you enlightened us with more details about the 3d printed chain guard?

Hi Guy, we can send you a FD mount no problem. Please email info@pygaindustries.com with your details and we will get in touch. Cheers. 

Groenkloof1, Mar 28 2018 09:58

I do not believe that to be a Flite saddle, anyone knows the model? SLR?