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    2009 Morewood Mbuzi

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    very VERY VERY VERY nice mate! congrats
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    Shot. Finally getting the DHX dialled in...makes a HUGE difference.
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    Weight? I'm very curious.

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    your fork is mint. if i had the nerve to peel off the brand new stickers from my fox, that is the look i'd strive for.
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    Gotta love the clean look of a single pivot frame, built with style!


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    Not sure how much it weighs. Will have to have it weighed cause lots of okes have been asking. It's not as light as my AM Mojo...

    Blue Fox logo just didn't work with the rest of the color scheme. Looks much better now than what it did. A gamble that paid off! Finally got the DHX where I want it. Bike is flying now. Was out riding with two Bullits and a Glory this weekend and I think it frustrated the other guys that I could keep up and bomb down the same stuff they were. The bike is a monster.

    Frustrated them even more that I was able to climb back up!
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    very nice m8!! you have grip shifters on that that is different

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    Have since changed Ergon grips to DMR ones and added some A2Z chainring bolt bling. Will post some pics after the weekend. Will try and have it weighed...lots of people have been asking about the weight.
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    Pure sex on wheels
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    Very nice bike sir
    X-prezo Super-D, 26in style.

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    Looks exactly like my buddies 2006 Gary Fisher Fat possum.

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    Your buddy must have one kick-ass looking bike!
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    Yes he loves it, they just don't make it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trivers
    Looks exactly like my buddies 2006 Gary Fisher Fat possum.
    it looks like a lot of single pivot bikes
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Couple of recent pics...

    Love this bike.
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    Nice ride.

    I just ordered a 2009 Mbuzi frame and am in the process of collecting the rest of the parts for a 100% new build up. My Heckler was stolen out of the garage and the insurance co is paying for a replacement.

    Will post pics when it is done, but below is the plan:

    2009 Mbuzi - DHX 5.0 Coil
    2008 Talas 36 RC2 - On sale at LBS for $780!!!
    XT Cranks
    XT Brakes - 203MM's
    XT Shifters
    XT F&R derailuers
    XTR Chain
    XT Cassette
    XTR pedals for XC rides
    Sunline V1 peds for moshing
    Custom built Wheelset - Chris king hubs, Mavic EN521 hoops
    Specialized Purgatory Tires
    Chris King Headset
    Sunline Stem
    Easton Monkey Lite Carbon Bars
    Specialized Rival seat
    Thomson seatpost
    ODI Rouge Grips

    Can't wait. Wheels are being built now and frame should be here by end of next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan
    Love this bike.
    aaahhh, TOKAI gotta love it.

    Awesome, bike by the way

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    About how much do you weigh and what are your DHX 4.0 settings, if you don't mind me asking?
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    I weigh 90k's at the moment. Gear is worth another 5k's. Have the main chamber on 205Psi and I can't remember the piggy back.
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    Mbuzi's little brother

    My buddy's blue Shova:
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    guys care to review your Mbuzi's? now you have had them for a while...strengths, weaknesses etc

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    Gret Bike I Will Send My Shova Pic Soon ,

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    Out of everyone on this forum I am defiantely jealous of that bike the most.

    Looks frickin AWSOME.

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    just had a quick pedal of a 2009 Mbuzi....holy sh*t!! felt sooooo playful and poppy compared to my old Reign X and climbes a short steep hill really well seated!!
    any long term testers out there?

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    Hi , Well I Have Shova Got 2 Ride On It And It Great Bike And Very Stable , I Still Getin Use To It But Need To Ride More , But The Rain Dontn Let Me Hahahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan
    Med Morewood Mbuzi
    Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
    Fox 36 Float RC2
    Fox DHX Air 4.0
    Shimano SLX 22-36T 175mm Crank & Front Der
    Shimano XTR Cassette & Chain
    SRAM X0 Rear Der & Grip Shifts
    Formula Oro K24 Brakes with 180mm rotors front & rear
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35 UST front & rear
    Crank Brothers 5050XX Pedals
    KS i900-R Seatpost
    WTB Rocket-V SLT
    Easton Havoc Mid Rise Handlebar & 50mm Stem
    Sunline Reducer Headset
    Nice bike. Looks like a Bullit.

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    Iwan, what were your shock settings and your weight if you dont mind?

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    I'll have to check and let you know
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    Excuse some of the cliches, but in this case they are on the money...
    Strengths:
    * Bike can handle a lot more than I am able to throw at it
    * Absolutely zero flex
    * From time to time I ride with DH/FR guys and on the DH stuff I am able to keep up
    * Super strong build gives inspires confidence on drops, jumps and everything in between
    * Even with a fixed 160mm fork I am still able to climb technical climbs
    * Bike pedals well for its weight, intended purpose and amount of travel (its not DW-good yet though!)
    * maxle rear is stiff and tough
    * 1.5 steerer gives me PLENTY of fork options
    * Tracks and steers accurately
    * Mud doesn't clog anywhere on the bike
    * Lots of tire clearance

    Weaknesses:
    * On the heavy side (complete bike weighs in at 15.2k's but the strong build gives confidence so its a worthwhile trade)
    * HA can maybe be 0.5 - 1 degree slacker
    * Not as scares anymore (but I'm glad for the South African boys)
    * Could do with cable guide for height adjustable seatpost
    * DHX is a ***** to set-up
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    crud catcher

    Iwan,

    Sweet ride!

    I noticed you had the crud catcher front fender on your ride. I was considering the same for my mbuzi and was wonder about the fit with the square downtube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan
    Excuse some of the cliches, but in this case they are on the money...
    Strengths:
    * Bike can handle a lot more than I am able to throw at it
    * Absolutely zero flex
    * From time to time I ride with DH/FR guys and on the DH stuff I am able to keep up
    * Super strong build gives inspires confidence on drops, jumps and everything in between
    * Even with a fixed 160mm fork I am still able to climb technical climbs
    * Bike pedals well for its weight, intended purpose and amount of travel (its not DW-good yet though!)
    * maxle rear is stiff and tough
    * 1.5 steerer gives me PLENTY of fork options
    * Tracks and steers accurately
    * Mud doesn't clog anywhere on the bike
    * Lots of tire clearance

    Weaknesses:
    * On the heavy side (complete bike weighs in at 15.2k's but the strong build gives confidence so its a worthwhile trade)
    * HA can maybe be 0.5 - 1 degree slacker
    * Not as scares anymore (but I'm glad for the South African boys)
    * Could do with cable guide for height adjustable seatpost
    * DHX is a ***** to set-up
    Thanks for the review. Good feedback on the adjustable post guides. Cheers!
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    Crud Catcher

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    Iwan,

    Sweet ride!

    I noticed you had the crud catcher front fender on your ride. I was considering the same for my mbuzi and was wonder about the fit with the square downtube.
    Fit isn't a problem at all. I fitted it as winter got going and have been riding it ever since without even thinking about it. You won't regret it!
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    Upgrades on it's way:
    RS Lyrik Solo Air DH
    New flow rims (custom ano) laced to I9 hubs with DT Comp spokes
    Spank Bar & Stem
    Formula RX Brakes
    Chromag Saddle
    SRAM XO Red Cassette & Rear Der
    90mm ODI Grips
    Superstar Bambino Headset
    Superstar Pedals

    Frame will get a new coat for winter as well. Will post pics as soon as the bike is alive and kicking!
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    any luck with the shock settings?

    Im thinking about pulling it out and using the new boost valve RP23

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    Must say, of all the bikes I've owned with the shocks it came with, the Mbuzi took me longest to dial. Combo of sgl pivot, dhx and Mbuzi's bulk

    I'm sure on a DW-linked frame you'll be able to get away with a DHX 85-90% there, but with sgl pivot and close to 4kg frame you have to get it right. Amount of air that escapes when you take shockpump off doesn't help either!

    Took me two full days running the same 1km piece of trail over and over again till I got it right. I ended up running main chamber quite plush, piggyback with more, rebound 4clicks from slowest

    I'm sure the RP23BV will get the job done and will be a LOT easier to get dialled.

    Had a choice between DHX5 and RP when I ordered my Mojo HD - went with the RP
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    Here's my new toy

    I really love this bike.


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    Ok here's mine now with a few mods, weighing bang on 31lbs (14.1kgs) with deity pedals and Lyric coil U-turn , which may be replaced soon for a 2011 kashima 36 Talas which should save another 400+grams and prob get a RP23 at some stage. Took it to the local DH/ Fr trail yesterday, which I usually ride on my Makulu DH rig, but this thing was FUN!!! it shreds. Tyres were a pleasant surprise esp at 2.25!
    running DHX Air with 170psi in main chamber and 170 in boost, I weigh just under 180lbs




    Comments welcome, esp where I can save some more weight

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    Mine weighs 34.5 pounds on a digital scale. I have no idea how somebody got one of these down to 31. My wheels are 1750 grams, and there are no boat anchor parts on the bike....

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    Dude...your running a coil shock for one, heavier seat and post, heavier & bigger tyres, big bashguard thingy, heavy pedals, thats all I can tell at the moment, I cant see your bars & stem
    My wheels are EX1750 as well...

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    got mine down to under 30lbs now

    Any of you Mbuzi owners finding the short wheelbase causing you any issues on the faster stuff?

    Also climbing , are you out of the seat or sitting with this bike? maybe I will try a longer stem as I find it wants to pop wheelies sometimes, but that coudl be my hack technique

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    Is a bit on the short side, but that in itself has some bonuses. It's short, but not too short. Always seated when I climb and with a 50mm stem on mine with 710mm bar I didn't have any issues - even with a Float with no travel adjust.

    Trick is to pull down and back and sit as far forward on your saddle as possible. Combine that with a smooth pedal stroke and you should be okay
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    Thanks Iwan,

    I threw a 70mm stem on, SPD pedals, dropped the new 36 talas to 120mm, and it climbed that steep hill sweet!!

    A lot more fun then riding that trail on my XC bike

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