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    100mm Morewood, Zula - 650b

    This is the new 27.5" Morewood, Zula that I helped develop. The Zula is a 100mm endurance race bike designed for a 120mm fork. This one is for my wife; I am setting it up for her as a short travel trail bike.

    I've been riding a pre-production Zula for a while now, and it's a lot of fun! I have said here many times, it really is hard to beat a well designed single pivot bike. This is a custom color; but I'll be importing the stock colors - black and raw.

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    Looks good, sir! Simple and clean - I like it. Congrats on putting out the first short-travel full-sus 650b. I'm sure you'll get a ton of orders for these in no time.
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    Nice...So the rear shocks are going to be 6.5X1.5?

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    Verrrryyy nice. That's what alt of folks have been looking for. Weight and price on the frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigrocks View Post
    Nice...So the rear shocks are going to be 6.5X1.5?
    Yes, that's right. Though they will come with a Fox CTD shock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vizsladog View Post
    Verrrryyy nice. That's what alt of folks have been looking for. Weight and price on the frame?
    I'll be publishing that info shortly...
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    Very nice. Not everybody wants 5+ inches of travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti View Post
    I'll be publishing that info shortly...
    I hope that will be soon!

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    100mm Morewood, Zula - 650b

    How is the 27.5 version different than the 26" version? I ran 650b on mine with no modifications, and no problems at all.

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    I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtonybarrett View Post
    How is the 27.5 version different than the 26" version? I ran 650b on mine with no modifications, and no problems at all.
    Yep, it would be good to know the differences.

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    It's good to actually see one at last!!

    Ive been waiting for this bike to arrive in the UK since last November and really had my heart set on one. Last I heard was they were shipping from South Africa at the end of April and I'm not sure that's happened yet...

    However, I couldn't wait any longer and the other bike on my shortlist was Patrick Morewood's new venture - PYGA. Namely the 120 650B. It's lush! And very orange!

    Freshly put together (yesterday) and still to trim cables and hoses, set bar height etc, which will be before, during and after my inaugural ride, which will be tomorrow!! Cant wait!
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    I'll try to get both geometry charts up today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti View Post
    This is the new 27.5" Morewood, Zula that I helped develop. The Zula is a 100mm endurance race bike designed for a 120mm fork.
    100mm out back, 120mm up front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    100mm out back, 120mm up front?
    Yes, that's right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti View Post
    I'll try to get both geometry charts up today.
    Cheers, KP
    Please include some weights.
    Sorry, I couldn't resist, I'm a declared weght-weenie.

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    Crickets....

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    why not split pivot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackalice View Post
    It's good to actually see one at last!!

    Ive been waiting for this bike to arrive in the UK since last November and really had my heart set on one. Last I heard was they were shipping from South Africa at the end of April and I'm not sure that's happened yet...

    However, I couldn't wait any longer and the other bike on my shortlist was Patrick Morewood's new venture - PYGA. Namely the 120 650B. It's lush! And very orange!

    Freshly put together (yesterday) and still to trim cables and hoses, set bar height etc, which will be before, during and after my inaugural ride, which will be tomorrow!! Cant wait!
    Damn nice looking bike.

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    The pyaga looks awesome.

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    Re: 100mm Morewood, Zula - 650b

    Quote Originally Posted by vizsladog View Post
    The pyaga looks awesome.
    Yes it does, tell us about that, available in the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doccoraje View Post
    Please include some weights.
    Sorry, I couldn't resist, I'm a declared weght-weenie.
    My large frame w/ Rock Shox, Monarch shock weighs 2,813 g or, 6.25 lbs.

    My wife's medium is right at 2,709 g or, 5.94 lbs.

    $1,850.00 USD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtonybarrett View Post
    How is the 27.5 version different than the 26" version? I ran 650b on mine with no modifications, and no problems at all.
    Just got this from Morewood:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti View Post
    Yes, that's right. Though they will come with a Fox CTD shock.
    Why not the Rock Shox instead? I've been very unimpressed with Fox stuff.

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    Excuse my ignorance, but what does the -25 and -10 for BB height means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doccoraje View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but what does the -25 and -10 for BB height means.
    I'll take a (hopefully correct) shot at answering this... the BB drop (distance below the alex line) on the 26" frame is 10mm, and 25mm on the 650b frame. Does that make sense? It doesn't tell you the exact BB height, it tells you the drop. In the chart I really think they are using it wrong.

    A 26" Zula converted, would therefore have at least a 15mm higher BB than the true 650b frame (which is also meant to have a longer fork).

    Hope that helps, and I'm not screwing it up.

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    Edit: a picture is worth a thousand words.
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    That's what I thought, something related to the axles, thanks to both of you.
    @kirk The -25 is for the 27.5, so, if you add the 650b wheels to the 26er -10 you get almost the same BB height.
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    $1850 is a darned good price, Kirk! That has to be with an entry level group set. Frame weight is right on too. Do you foresee compatibility issues from chain line or chainstay design that would prevent any of the up and coming transmission offerings? How about low volume v. high volume tires? This bike definitely has market potential, well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_rex View Post
    $1850 is a darned good price, Kirk! That has to be with an entry level group set. Frame weight is right on too. Do you foresee compatibility issues from chain line or chainstay design that would prevent any of the up and coming transmission offerings? How about low volume v. high volume tires? This bike definitely has market potential, well done!
    c-rex,

    That price is frame and rear shock only.
    There should be absolutely no issues with drive-train compatibility. I'll check rear tire clearance this weekend, though I do not foresee any issues, it is an XC bike, so it may not clear the biggest tires on the market.

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    Getting my 650b parts, fork and rims, for my Zula next week, can't wait!

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    Kirk please put me down for a small. I am ready when you are
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garykid View Post
    Getting my 650b parts, fork and rims, for my Zula next week, can't wait!
    Xfusion velvet forks, Ztr Arch rims, hope pro 2 hubs. Started with Racing Ralph tyres, but replaced the rear with aNeo-moto 2.0 for clearance and all weather use.
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    Bike looks very nice and I love the white with red.

    I do have a couple questions if you don't mind. What travel is your front fork and you mention you changed tires to a 2.0 for tire clearance is that because of the fork or rear triangle ?

    ps - that seat looks like it really hurts

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    Xfusion velvet forks, Ztr Arch rims, hope pro 2 hubs. Started with Racing Ralph tyres, but replaced the rear with aNeo-moto 2.0 for clearance and all weather use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Way2ManyBikes View Post
    Bike looks very nice and I love the white with red.

    I do have a couple questions if you don't mind. What travel is your front fork and you mention you changed tires to a 2.0 for tire clearance is that because of the fork or rear triangle ?

    ps - that seat looks like it really hurts
    sorry that was the 26er version. Here's the 650b.

    travel is 120 on forks, but Velvets go from 100 to 140 via internal adjustment. Rear tire gave slight rub (mostly due to truing of self built wheels after first ride...no pre-tensioning) so went to the 2.0 to be safe after re-truing. No issues with fork on wider tires, have 2.25 up front, and have tried a 2.4 with no bother. Need to research some winter tires soon though, things starting to get wet over here.

    ps note saddle change100mm Morewood, Zula - 650b-image.jpg

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    well that is a bummer as I like riding with a 2.25 Nobby Nick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slackalice View Post
    It's good to actually see one at last!!

    Ive been waiting for this bike to arrive in the UK since last November and really had my heart set on one. Last I heard was they were shipping from South Africa at the end of April and I'm not sure that's happened yet...

    However, I couldn't wait any longer and the other bike on my shortlist was Patrick Morewood's new venture - PYGA. Namely the 120 650B. It's lush! And very orange!

    Freshly put together (yesterday) and still to trim cables and hoses, set bar height etc, which will be before, during and after my inaugural ride, which will be tomorrow!! Cant wait!
    Very nice
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    How many Zula 650s are out there now?
    Are you guys happy with it?

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