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    Morewood shova ST 2007

    Hi Guys,

    I have been looking for a long time for some notes on this frame, but couldn't find any.
    I have decided though to go with my instincts and purchase a White Morewood Shova ST.

    To go with it is a matching white Marazochi AM 1 SL 07.

    Here's a teaser, more pics of the built machine (will be built this week) and review in the next few days.

    Cheers
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    i have been looking at 1 also.who was the dealer?it looks awesome! keep us posted on how it rides.

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    i forgot to ask.did you get a chance to weigh the frame and shock?

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    I am not sure who is the US dealer, you can check at their website.

    I know pricepoint.com sells them.

    I did not have the chance to weight it yet. I think claimed weight of frame+shock is 3.2kg

    I'll see if I can weight it, and tell you.

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    אחי תתחדש

    אבל לצערי נראה לי שהפורום הזה קצת אך לומר מת
    פרסמתי פה כבר כמה פעמים ואין שום תגובה או התיחסות
    אולי הבעיה איתי
    בכל מקרה האופניים פצצה

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    Hi Yaron,

    Thanks for the Tip. (;

    Here is the built Bike,

    Spec:

    Morewood Shova ST 07 L
    Marazochi AM 1 SL 07 fork
    Mavic 823 rims
    Blue Hope Pro II hubs and DT Champion 2mm
    Magura Loius FR 8inch and 7 inch Rotors
    Truvativ Stylo AM Crank
    Hope headset
    Hope QR
    Thomson seat post + WTB Seat
    FUNN Hands On bar
    Temporary Stem (will be replaced with a more 80-90mm stem)
    Full X7
    Cassette X9
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    mxer- go to www.morewoodbikes.com they are based in North Carolina. Talk to Andre or Robert. I bought my 06 Shova LT, best bike i have ever riden. The guys at Morewood are great Tell them the guy from Huntington Beach sent you!

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    that looks fabulous!!

    I just snagged a leftover 06 Shova ST frame although i gave those 07's a good look first.they made some nice modifications to the 07 model.
    Richard, Margot and Andre at Morewood are all GREAT to deal with

    looking forward to your review!

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    e86 thanks for the info.man that thing looks sweet!now get out and ride and let us know how it is!

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    Nice ride, ranpergamin! Lots of shiny white. Do you know how much it weights?

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    Weight and first test ride

    I still did have the chance to weight it. I would guess it is around ~15kg.
    I have rather heavy rims (823) and tires.

    I had my first ride yesterday..

    It's a little hard to tell since everything is news.. The brakes, the fork, the rear shock.
    It will take about a couple of weeks for fine-tuning... However there are things that I noticed:

    - The Geometry is great. I felt comfortable immediatly (I have changed the stem to RaceFace Evolve AM 100mm)
    - No Bob, whats'o'ever, and I am a big dude. Single Pivot & RP23 Rock..
    - The fork is still sticky but very responsive.
    - The Magura Loiuse gives an amazing braking power and control.
    - Though being the first ride, they made me go two downhill single sections that I have not done before..

    This bike Rock. I am really looking forward to my next ride, and a major desert ride next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranpergamin
    - No Bob, whats'o'ever, and I am a big dude. Single Pivot & RP23 Rock..
    How big? kg/cm?

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    I am 1.91cm tall and around 100kg

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    morewoods are awesome...i ride an Ndiza HT for now...i'm wanting to get a shova sometime...

    and yeah, it's nice having the morewood folks an hour from my house. SUPER nice guys...invited me up to ride the farm the first time i ever called...and were NOTHING but helpful for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by milhouse
    I dont think the frame, shock, fork, rims, drive train, handlebars, tires and stem would hold up very well but that kickstand looks pretty burley.

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    Hi,

    Just want to give you a bit more information on the ride and weight.

    First the bike weight with the current setup 14.9kg which is 32.8Lbs

    I have been riding them for two weeks now, including some long desert epics.
    The bike is great, the RP23 is an amazing shock, and can be both active and very pedal efficient.

    The new Marz' AM, is still a bit sticky, and I am trying to find the right tuning of preassure in the main chamber and bottom out. Being around 100kg, I have set the bottom out to around 150psi and the main chamber at 125psi.

    The angels are great, and I am feeling very comfortable on the bike from start. The head angle combined with the fork, gives me a real DH feeling on descents, while uphill there is no reminder that this is such a DH'ed minded bike.. It climbs like a goat, better than the Iron Horse MK III that I have had before.

    I still need to get the shocks set properly, but up to now I can only say good thing about the frame and its sitfness..

    Proudly South African rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranpergamin

    I still need to get the shocks set properly, but up to now I can only say good thing about the frame and its sitfness..
    Please let us know when you find sweetpot for that fork. Just ordered mine and like get some direction what is good. Im little lighter then you, but some direction is better then non.

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    Hi Sampo

    An improtant note regarding this fork, is that the old manuals are not valid for it..

    The recommended psi's on the fork have nothing to do with a PDF that I got from Mraz'

    If you want post your email, and I'll forward it to you.

    For my weight They recommended 175psi bottom out and 130psi in the pos-neg chamber.

    With these numbers the fork was quite stiff, and not very responsive.

    It also have a kind of "tick" on the rebound, when returning. I have not figured out if this is a Marz' thing,a problem, or nothing to worry about. But it is annoying abit...

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    i like the white.

    not to hijack the thread, just showin the love...

    here's my 2006 built up:





    32.4 pounds.... feels 5 pounds lighter

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    Nice Build, man.

    They're awsame bike, aren't they ? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranpergamin
    I am 1.91cm tall and around 100kg
    1.91 cm tall? What are you, the world's largest pancake?

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    Fork preasure

    Quote Originally Posted by Sampo69
    Please let us know when you find sweetpot for that fork. Just ordered mine and like get some direction what is good. Im little lighter then you, but some direction is better then non.
    I currently Run 150psi on the bottomout (low), and around 110-120 on the top (Travel).

    It's OK for my weight. Think I might reduce it to around 145/110

    (I weight at around 95kg)

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    Get a life. Or get a bike like mine (;

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    Hope you don't mind me posting up in your thread. Just got this last week. First ride was yesterday. Been a while since I've had a FS bike. Absolutely no complaints on this bike or especially the crew in NC. What a great company to deal with.





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    Sweet One; Welcome to the thread.

    Morewood defeniatlly is worth more attention here.
    The bike rocks..



    BTW, my Marz' AM 1 SL fork is in the shop right now, it has air leak since day 1...

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    Currently riding a Giant Trance 1 and thinking of getting a 2nd bike for more rougher AM/Free ride. I love Morewoods(I am from South Africa...so a little bias), never ridden one thought. How much can the Shova ST handle? Will it be out of it's depth at Whistler and the Shore? Or is it comparable to something like the Transition Bottle Rocket that's quite at home at Whistler. The Morewood Shova LT looks like a great bike....but with 7" it looks like a little of a overkill for me, that said is the upgrade from a 4.2" travel in the back on the Trance to a 5.5" in the back on the morewood worth it? Aye...too many choices...

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    daemon- I have not riden the ST yet, but do have the LT and it rides awesome. I do have on order a ST and am building it quite burly. I have spoke with Richard and he tells me Gerritt has an ST and is built burly also and he says he can ride it over alomost anyhting and pedal up anything too. If you get the 07 model they have 5.2" of travel and the 08 model will have 5.5" of travel. I am getting the 08 model and am matching it with a Marzocchi 66SL. I would highly recommend either model. You wont be disapponited with a Morewood Bike. Talk to Richard at Morewood USA. 1 888 MTB-More

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    MoreWood

    Quote Originally Posted by _daemon_
    Currently riding a Giant Trance 1 and thinking of getting a 2nd bike for more rougher AM/Free ride. I love Morewoods(I am from South Africa...so a little bias), never ridden one thought. How much can the Shova ST handle? Will it be out of it's depth at Whistler and the Shore? Or is it comparable to something like the Transition Bottle Rocket that's quite at home at Whistler. The Morewood Shova LT looks like a great bike....but with 7" it looks like a little of a overkill for me, that said is the upgrade from a 4.2" travel in the back on the Trance to a 5.5" in the back on the morewood worth it? Aye...too many choices...


    Dude,

    MoreWood Shova is a great bike. I am Riding mine for 9 month now and loving every minute of it. I ride pretty aggresive, and the bike handles it all.

    However.... If your plan for the Morewood ST is aggresive trail riding I would suggest upgrading the stock RP23 to RP23 AVA (not DHX air, which works less good on the frame).

    Consider buying the Mbuzi, Morewood's new agressive frame. It will work better for your needs than the Shova,for super aggresive riding.

    Ran

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Nony Moose
    i like the white.

    not to hijack the thread, just showin the love...

    here's my 2006 built up:





    32.4 pounds.... feels 5 pounds lighter
    Hey a. nony Moose, what shock you running on that bike there? Just ordered the 08 st frame, and i think its coming over with a rp23 shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkinsphoto
    Hey a. nony Moose, what shock you running on that bike there? Just ordered the 08 st frame, and i think its coming over with a rp23 shock.
    it's pictured with a Fox DHX Air 5.0...
    I have an RP23 for it as well but i'm currently running a Marzocchi Roco coil on it for the colder Winter months to avoid possible 'stuck-down' issues with the air shocks..
    the coil shock feels fantastic.. i might leave it on there and suck up the weight penalty when the weather warms.. we'll see.
    I keep telling myself i want to get a new bike for the 2008 season, then i ride the Shova and it reminds me how good it truly is. I'd hate to risk losing that performance...although the Mbuzi looks fun

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    I just built up my 08 Shova ST and it is awesome. I am running a Roco R and it seems to work okay. This is my first air shock and i am kinda partial to Marzocchi. I may try something else latter on. I will have pictures up shortly. The bike weighs in at 13.6kg(30lbs.)
    Best Regards,
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    Hey E86
    Any pics yet of your new build-up?

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    08 Morewood Shova St

    Finally got my new morewood shova st built up this week . Haven't had a chance to take it out yet but heres a pic of the new bike.
    Its more of an ivory colour than white!
    Bomber 55 ata 120-160mm
    Fox RP 23 rear
    Xt everywhere bar Front Derailer (LX)
    Hope Hoops on DT 5.1
    Intense System 4 Tires
    Bike weighs in just over the 30lb mark!!
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    looks great! you're gonna love it

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    Hmmm, glad I found this thread

    I am considering a Shova ST, but first let me set up my situation.

    I am a one bike guy, so I need the "do it all type" set up. I am probably considered somewhat of a clydesdale-ish type rider, 6 foot, 215+ pounds. Not quite in the best shape, I am a masher as I lack that smooth pedaling ability (and strength) and I certainly lack grace. My riding style does not include much airtime, though I am working on it. I am not exactly a "delicate" rider, I tend to get a good head of speed on downhills and hit my fair share of trees. And I like technical twisty rocky rooty trails. And rollers.

    So, I went from a Heckler, which I liked, but the bottom bracket was too low, to a VPFree because it was a really good deal and I wanted to see what a season on that beast would be like. Yeah, it was fun, the bike soaked up everything. But realistically, the vpfree is too much bike for me and the type of riding i like to do.

    Here is my situation. I really enjoyed the VPP suspension, and I am thinking I would like to stay with it (or something similar). On the other hand, I really like the simplicity of single pivots (I am not exactly much on maintaining my bike) and if I could build something up light enough.... and cost of course. Shova < Nomad

    Ya see, I just don't know. I guess what I am asking is this:

    1) How do these things pedal for bigger fellas like me?
    2) Bottom bracket height? All I found was "+0mm" and I am not sure what that means.
    3) I am 6 foot with a 32 inch inseam - am I a size large? I can't seem to find any size guides out there....

    Thanks for any guidance. I am really confused as what to do.
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    3) I'm 6', 185# with like a 32-34" inseam if i go by my jeans... haven't had anyone measure my inseam lately and I ride a medium.. it's not all stretched out like an XC bike but it doesn't feel cramped to me and i've done everything from multi-day epics out West to Super D races at Mt. Snow and all the local CT trails... it's a blast to ride.

    2) i owned a Heckler a while back and always hated how low the bb felt. this doesn't give me the same feeling as that. while not as tall as my Bullit, the lower bb translates into SO much better cornering and feel. i'm not smacking my pedals thru the rocks as much as a VPP bike. the "+0" you see listed on the site means the bb center is even with the axle height, which can vary depending on what tires you choose... so it's listed as the 'bb drop' which happens to be zero... it's a smarter way of listing bb height since they don't know what tires you run.

    1) the bike pedals amazingly well. I've run it with the DHX Air, a Marzocchi coil and also an RP23 and they all perform very well without excessive bobbing.

    i'm in Manchester CT and you're welcome to give mine a spin if you feel the need..
    i'd even consider selling it so i can get a new one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Nony Moose
    3) I'm 6', 185# with like a 32-34" inseam if i go by my jeans... haven't had anyone measure my inseam lately and I ride a medium.. it's not all stretched out like an XC bike but it doesn't feel cramped to me and i've done everything from multi-day epics out West to Super D races at Mt. Snow and all the local CT trails... it's a blast to ride.

    2) i owned a Heckler a while back and always hated how low the bb felt. this doesn't give me the same feeling as that. while not as tall as my Bullit, the lower bb translates into SO much better cornering and feel. i'm not smacking my pedals thru the rocks as much as a VPP bike. the "+0" you see listed on the site means the bb center is even with the axle height, which can vary depending on what tires you choose... so it's listed as the 'bb drop' which happens to be zero... it's a smarter way of listing bb height since they don't know what tires you run.

    1) the bike pedals amazingly well. I've run it with the DHX Air, a Marzocchi coil and also an RP23 and they all perform very well without excessive bobbing.

    i'm in Manchester CT and you're welcome to give mine a spin if you feel the need..
    i'd even consider selling it so i can get a new one!!
    Thanks for your input, it is very much appreciated. Sounds weird, but I am glad to hear its nothing like your heckler I really don't want a heckler clone (I am not bad-mouthing them, i did like that bike).

    A medium though? That is surprising - I am on a medium vpfree right now and it is borderline too small.... I have to jack the seatpost up way high if I want an "efficient" pedaling feel.

    Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Nony Moose
    I'm in Manchester CT and you're welcome to give mine a spin if you feel the need..
    i'd even consider selling it so i can get a new one!!
    Why did I have a feeling that this would be coming at the end of your post when I started to read it from the beginning.

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    Here is a picture of my 08 Shova ST. This bike is awesome . I have a Shova LT and a Rocky Mountain Flow. The 08 is my favorite though. Morewood Bikes are well worth it. I think mtbr.com needs to add a section for the Morewood Bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E86
    I think mtbr.com needs to add a section for the Morewood Bikes.
    I agree. A Morewood forum would get more activity than some of the existing ones. I just picked up an '07 Shova LT that is almost finished. Can't wait!

    toby

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    here's my Shova ST again, updated for slalom racing this season:

    Pike Air
    fancy RP23
    King
    LG1
    Saints (replaced with Gravity Lights)
    might go with different bars and brakes, but u get the idear:

    HUGE thanks to Richard @ Morewood and John @ Precision Powdercoating (this color GLOWS in the sunshine)

    SEE YA ON THE HILL!









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    Someone elseís beast:


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    Nice bikes! More please!

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    08 Shova LT

    [QUOTE=in the trees;4500989]Nice bikes! More please!

    toby[/QU

    HARD to find parts for...
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    Anyone know where to find hardware for this frame? believe it to be 30mm & 52mm lengths (12.7mm dia.)

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