Momsen VIPA Ultra Prototype

The pair of Marco Joubert and Dylan Rebello are riding the 2018 Absa Cape Epic as Imbuko Momsen team on-board a brand new Momsen VIPA prototype called the Ultra. Marco and Dylan have been set the task to test these prototype bikes over the eight days of the Absa Cape Epic.

 

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Marco Joubert's Momsen VIPA Ultra. The decals are one off for the Absa Cape Epic only. The final production colours will be different.

 

Details from Momsen Bikes around the new Ultra bike have been scarce but it is clear from looking at the bikes that the geometry has undergone a complete redesign. The prototype Ultra looks to have been heavily influenced by modern geometry trends appearing much longer and slacker compared to the current VIPA. Unfortunately, we don't have exact numbers yet but sitting on the medium frames the bike felt generously sized.

 

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On top of geometry changes, the Ultra boasts all the new standards you'd expect with Boost axle spacing and a metric sized trunnion mounted shock. Two-by drivetrains appear to be an option on the Ultra with the provision of a front derailleur mount.

 

There are two storage compartments concealed within the frame, one in the extended top tube / down tube junction at the head tube and the other at the base of the down tube below the bottle cage.

 


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The covers for the integrated storage compartments are still being finished, so the team will be using trusty duct tape instead.

 

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Marco and Dylan are riding with Factory Series Fox suspension. A boost 32 SC fork in front while a trunnion mounted Float DPS shock controls the rear. It looks like there is a flip chip on the top tube shock mount for adjustable geometry. And there is space for two 750ml water bottle on these medium sized frames.

 

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Both Marco and Dylan are riding SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrains but with absoluteBLACK chainrings. Both riders are on Stan's carbon wheels, Marco riding the ZTR Podium SRD and Dylan using the ZTR Valor. The team is riding Continental tyres with the Cross King on front and Race King on the back.

 

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The cockpit features Farr's Endurance carbon handlebar measuring 720 mm and features ergonomic protrusion allowing the riders some relief. The production Ultra is set to use 40 mm stems and Dylan and Marco have opted for the same in the Cape Epic. Both riders are using Shimano brakes with Marco on XTR and Dylan on XT.

 

The first productions frames are said to arriving in July.

 

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Specification list:


  • FrameVIPA Ultra Prototype, Medium Size
  • ForkFox Float 32 SC, Factory Series, Kashima, Boost 110, Remote Lockout
  • ShockFox Float DPS 2019 Factory Series, Trunnion, 185
  • RimsStan’s ZTR Podium SRD Carbon (Marco), Stan’s ZTR Valor Carbon (Dylan)
  • HubsStan’s Neo Boost, 110 Front, 148 Rear
  • Spokes + NipplesSapim 1.8/1.5/1.8 (Marco), DT Swiss 2.0/1.8/2.0 (Dylan)
  • Front TyreContinental Cross King 29 ProTection Series with Stan’s RACE Sealant
  • Rear TyreContinental Race King 29 ProTection Series with Stan’s RACE Sealant
  • HandlebarFarr Endurance Carbon, 720mm Wide
  • GripsMomsen Design Silicone
  • StemVIPA Ultra 40mm, 31.8
  • HeadsetMomsen Integrated 42/52
  • SeatpostKCNC 31.6 (Marco), Momsen Carbon 31.6 (Dylan)
  • SaddleRitchey (Marco), Selle Italia (Dylan)
  • BrakesShimano XTR (Marco), Shimano XT (Dylan)
  • Brake rotorShimano 160 Front and Rear
  • ShiftersSram Eagle XX1
  • Rear derailleurSram Eagle XX1
  • CassetteSram Eagle XX1 10-50T
  • Crank armsSram Eagle XX1 Boost, 175
  • ChainringabsoluteBLACK
  • ChainSram Eagle XX1
  • Bottom BracketSram GXP Threaded
  • PedalsShimano XTR (Marco), Look S-Track (Dylan)
  • Bike computerWahoo Elemnt
  • Bottle cagesLezyne Flow SL

 




32 Comments

Grease_Monkey, Mar 19 2018 10:27

Looks stunning. As usual I'd prefer to see a more toned down colour scheme, but the frame itself with integrated storage and space for 2 is very appealing. Also loving the 31.6 seatpost.

A marathon bike that can hold all my spares, 2 bottles, and a full size dropper with no saddle or frame bags - looks like an Epic is no longer the only option :)

Steven Knoetze (sk27), Mar 19 2018 10:52

Eish, I think it looks ugly again Grease_Monkey.

Different strokes for different folks.............

Probably costs as much as an Epic too and I know where I would rather spend my money if that were the case.

Odinson, Mar 19 2018 11:02

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That seatstay. Just gross. 

AdrianDJ, Mar 19 2018 11:07

Eish, I think it looks ugly again Grease_Monkey.

Different strokes for different folks.............

Probably costs as much as an Epic too and I know where I would rather spend my money if that were the case.

you couldn't pay me to ride an epic, its horrendous - So..... exactly what you say, different strokes

Mongoose!, Mar 19 2018 11:08

with a better paint job, it will not look that ugly.

Headshot, Mar 19 2018 11:14

You can thank #enduro for bikes like this. That is bikes that are actually made for mountain biking and not glorified road bikes :-) 

 

BTW, from what i saw at the prologue - there were more Spaz Epics (sworks nogal) than any other model of bike on the Epic...

MarcBurger, Mar 19 2018 11:17

Paintjob aside: That is a very well thought out marathon machine. Somewhat like how a TT bike is optimised around the rider. Haters may enjoy taping gels to the top tube, taping tools and spares to the seatpost and (ughghg) saddlebags, but integration is the way forward. A built-in bento box is a pretty nifty, imagine how many jellybabies you can stuff in there!

Bizkit031, Mar 19 2018 11:18

Bloody hell this bike takes FUUUUUGLY to another level and shame a plastic surgeon can’t even help it.

Clinton H, Mar 19 2018 11:31

How did they get that much ugly into just one bike ? 

Letum911, Mar 19 2018 11:35

Not a fan of the look, but considering it's a proto it might be refined to a prettier machine in the future. BUT that lunchbox on top is freaking cool!! Imagine being able to click it open and munch a few jellies 30km into a ride!

Shebeen, Mar 19 2018 11:47

I like it....it's got some chunky sections from a side angle look, will be quite distinctive. decent work squeezing those two bottle cages in.

 

no word on dropper post compatability?

 

 

But duct tape.....wow, how is that even going to work for this week? if you want access, how are you going to close it again?

I'm surprised that something that was clearly involved in the design process could not have had a decent closure done, although it looks like the one bike has got a proper lid for the down tube box.

MarcBurger, Mar 19 2018 11:54

You'd think you would rather rapid proto 3d print a lid rather than taping it up.

shaper, Mar 19 2018 12:45

I like it....it's got some chunky sections from a side angle look, will be quite distinctive. decent work squeezing those two bottle cages in.

 

no word on dropper post compatability?

 

 

But duct tape.....wow, how is that even going to work for this week? if you want access, how are you going to close it again?

I'm surprised that something that was clearly involved in the design process could not have had a decent closure done, although it looks like the one bike has got a proper lid for the down tube box.

Maybe you missed it in the article ... The covers for the integrated storage compartments are still being finished, so the team will be using trusty duct tape instead.

JohanMalan, Mar 19 2018 12:51

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Its funny how you seem to have a particular axe to grind with the Vipa, obviously its not to your liking, I can't say I think it was or is particularly pretty, but I have been riding one for the past 4 yrs ( own build, their frame) and it has been by far the most reliable and enjoyable bike I have owned.

I think the new bike seems very well thought out I would like a more subdued paint job, but I will ask one of the above riders for their personal experience.

Looking forward to see the finished product.

ChUkKy, Mar 19 2018 01:02

That bike is uglier than polony.

Im glad someone likes it because Id hate for them to miss a sale on someones poor effort at bike design...

 

As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.

 

Its so ugly I dont think anyone would steal it, maybe thats the intention.

Ysterbeertjie, Mar 19 2018 01:19

Its funny how you seem to have a particular axe to grind with the Vipa, obviously its not to your liking, I can't say I think it was or is particularly pretty, but I have been riding one for the past 4 yrs ( own build, their frame) and it has been by far the most reliable and enjoyable bike I have owned.

I think the new bike seems very well thought out I would like a more subdued paint job, but I will ask one of the above riders for their personal experience.

Looking forward to see the finished product.

We all have our opinions, and whilst this bike may or may not be a fantastic machine... I will still not pay money for it as I like my bikes to be pleasing on the eye.

Rocket-Boy, Mar 19 2018 01:37

Its funny how you seem to have a particular axe to grind with the Vipa, obviously its not to your liking, I can't say I think it was or is particularly pretty, but I have been riding one for the past 4 yrs ( own build, their frame) and it has been by far the most reliable and enjoyable bike I have owned.

I think the new bike seems very well thought out I would like a more subdued paint job, but I will ask one of the above riders for their personal experience.

Looking forward to see the finished product.

You must be new here, Odinson has an axe to grind with everything and everyone lol!

I have figured over time though that he is actually quite a cool guy so dont take those comments to heart.

Schnavel, Mar 19 2018 01:45

I quite like the look of the frame! *runs for cover*  :ph34r:

Skinnyone, Mar 19 2018 02:06

So I have a question...how does the scoff tin on the top tube affect front end stiffness and ultimately handling? Same with the lower storage bin, how does that affect BB stiffness? The water bottle "spacer" on the seat tube looks like very much an afterthought. 

 

That Ultra sticker makes me think of a condom....or a rave...

 

All in all a not bad effort by Momsen, perhaps with a bit of tidying up and smoothing out some of the contours it could be a half decent machine...

Odinson, Mar 19 2018 02:33

You must be new here, Odinson has an axe to grind with everything and everyone lol!

I have figured over time though that he is actually quite a cool guy so dont take those comments to heart.

 

Aaw, shucks, Rockt-Boy. You're makin' me gush, I mean, blush.  

blackwing, Mar 19 2018 02:41

Look, designing a mountain bike is no mean feat. As an engineer I can tell you this, BUT if you have access to Google, look up Trek Top Fuel, or Intense Spider, and you can draw some inspiration from two very pretty bikes…..

 

Whoever you are at Momsen, if you are allowed internet access by the boss, here are some appealing bikes:

https://www.trekbike...rCode=black_red

https://www.pinkbike...te-xc-2018.html

 

Judging by the amount of crashes on Table Mountain it's also clear that the XC bandits need to sacrifice a few grams and add a decent dropper post.

 

Sure lads like Nino do without it, but he would crush most of us on a rusty BMX. For the rest of us, you will never go faster on your face than on your wheels.....

 

Quoting words from a friend: “Looking good is a subjective matter, but ugly is universal”…

 

The Momsen Vipa is, and always have been, and still is the latter. The end

TheJ, Mar 19 2018 03:02

Dunno what's wrong with you okes. Its a stage race bike. Not XCO. Not a neutered enduro bike. Its got onboard storage (still being tweaked). Two big bottles in the frame. Everything a rider could need. Its a prototype, lay off the colours etc. Actually, its at the Epic. Its supposed to be loud and in your face to draw attention. When I saw the pics I thought daaaaaayyum. I smaak it big time.

BLACK96, Mar 19 2018 03:27

That duct-tape is gangsta! just need a plain raw black frame and batman sticker and I'm good to go!

BaGearA, Mar 19 2018 03:29

*violent throwing up sounds*

Shebeen, Mar 19 2018 04:44

Maybe you missed it in the article ... The covers for the integrated storage compartments are still being finished, so the team will be using trusty duct tape instead.

Maybe you missed it in my post ...  But duct tape.....wow, how is that even going to work for this week? if you want access, how are you going to close it again?

 

since you're so smart, maybe you can answer the question by actually reading it this time. I suspect that they might have extra tape on the seatpost and just bin the original strip if it starts coming loose. I'm all for using ducttape when required, but it just seems like no one actually thought of another solution upfront.

But duct tape.....wow, how is that even going to work for this week? if you want access, how are you going to close it again?