How do you prep for what’s considered one of the toughest races in the world? A custom bike is a good start. The MUNGA is a 1000km single stage mountain bike race across South Africa – in the middle of the summer. With the race in their back yard, Momsen Bikes decided to build what they consider to be the Ultimate MUNGA Machine starting with the new VIPA Ultra.

The MUNGA is still a mountain bike race, but the long distance covered (in less than 5 days), means the addition of a drop bar could pay off thanks to the different hand positions.

Momsen builds a special bike for MUNGA: full suspension drop bar VIPA ULTRA

Momsen builds a special bike for MUNGA: full suspension drop bar VIPA ULTRA

In order to make it work with all of the mountain bike equipment, the bike has a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, the left shifter has been modified to work the DT Swiss OPM O.D.L. 100 Race fork’s lockout. Then at the end of the bar is a custom drop bar lever to work the X-Fusion Manic dropper seat post. The right shifter works the SRAM Force 1/Force 22 1×11 drivetrain.

Momsen builds a special bike for MUNGA: full suspension drop bar VIPA ULTRA Momsen builds a special bike for MUNGA: full suspension drop bar VIPA ULTRA Momsen builds a special bike for MUNGA: full suspension drop bar VIPA ULTRA

Additional hand positioning is provided by the FARR aero bolt on bars which also serve as a perch for the Lezyne Mega XL GPS. Underneath that is a Lezyne X-Loc mount with a Lezyne Multi-Drive 1000 headlight and an Infinite Light Power Pack hidden in the top tube storage compartment.

Momsen builds a special bike for MUNGA: full suspension drop bar VIPA ULTRA

Other details include a FARR carbon wheelset with the Gravel rim up front and the MTB rim out back. While the Gravel wheel is narrower and actually heavier than the 29″ MTB wheel, it’s deeper 35mm depth might be and advantage for aerodynamics over such a long course. Vee Tire Co. Rail Trackers in 29 x 2.20 are mounted to those rims for a fast rolling set up.

It’s not clear who is going to ride this bike in the race, but you might see it when the MUNGA kicks off on November 28th!

momsenbikes.com

24 COMMENTS

  1. To quote the great Dr. Ian Malcom: ” Yeah, yeah, but your [Product Managers] were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

    • My take is that it’s setup primarily for hood riding. But they are swoopy shaped drop-bars, so who knows. In any case, you’re not riding it, so who cares?

      • silly. You can go just as fast on a mtb flatbar and have more control, and not worry about the extra weight or getting stabbed by the bar ends in a crash and it just looks ridiculous. Someone wants to start another nich of bike styles for a specific racing nich , gravel racing but its not necessary. just ride mtbs with thinner tires and a little different gearing. and if the thing really needs rear suspension, and a dropper post, I suspect those silly bars will prove many a rider’s downfall.. pun intended.

  2. When I see a bike like this I wonder why the manufacturer didn’t just go one small step further and put in mounts for fenders. It just seems like they are turning their backs on a potential market segment. It wouldn’t be much trouble, they wouldn’t need to change the basic bike they made at all, just have some way to add fenders. I’m not trying to single out this bike or this manufacturer, I see it from most manufacturers.

    • Bro, you post this same comment all the time. Let me be very clear, the earth goes around the sun. Neither of which rotate around you. This bike is a one of a kind. They built it (no matter how stupid I think it is) for this one specific race. They weren’t going to run fenders in this race (that would be dumber than the bike itself). Most people like radios in there cars, but you don’t put them in race cars.

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