PYGA's New Carbon Trail Bike - Handmade in South Africa

Apr 28, 2020
by PYGAmountainbikes  
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PRESS RELEASE: PYGA

PYGA Mountainbikes today show exclusive images and details of our latest concept bike, due to launch later this year. The MoBu, a project led and designed by co-owner and PYGA founder, Patrick Morewood, is the company’s dream and ambition to build the best quality bike in the world using techniques never seen in bicycle manufacturing. The name MoBu is derived from the Sesotho word meaning “soil” or “of the earth”.


Pyga Mobu

PYGA MoBu Details:

• Wheel size: 29”
• Intended Use: XC/Marathon or Trail/Down country
• Rear Wheel Travel: 118mm XC/Marathon, 135mm Trail/Down country
• Fork Travel: 120mm XC/Marathon, 130-140mm Trail/Down country
• Material: Carbon fiber, Toray-Mitsubishi T800 and T1100
• Sizes: M, L, XL
• Colour: Raw carbon
• Weight: XC/Marathon - 10.25kg, Trail/Down country – 12.4kg (size L w/o pedals)


Designed with input from PYGA Euro Steel pro-riders and Heinrich Wichmann of Blackstone Tek, who are world leaders in the production of high-performance carbon fiber wheels and components for brands including Ducati, MV Agusta, Arch, Norton, Vuhl and Ariel Atom. The design protocol for MoBu was to improve on their already successful Stage model and to future proof the design. The manufacture of the MoBu will be uncompromising in its execution and provide the ultimate control and fun-factor for amateur and pro riders alike, whilst minimising waste material from manufacture.


Pyga Mobu
Patrick Morewood

Pyga Mobu
Trail setup with 130mm fork and 132mm rear.
Pyga Mobu
Marathon race mode with 120mm fork and 118mm rear.


Project MoBu is the realisation of a dream to build the best carbon fiber mountain bikes in the world. In order to fulfil this dream, we needed to find a manufacturing partner who shared our passion for innovation and our belief that things can always be done better. Incredibly, we found such a partner right here in South Africa, Blackstone Tek. Throughout the MoBu project PYGA has had access to Blackstone Tek's unique and proprietary manufacturing techniques that have resulted in a frame that has unparalleled quality, strength and rideability.

Our plan has always been to produce our own bikes right here in South Africa. However, this was not an easy task to accomplish especially when it comes to carbon fiber frames. We’ve always believed in South Africa’s ability to be able to produce some of the best products in the world, as shown by the country's production of military aircraft and equipment in the 1980's.

The project began almost two years ago and is now at the point of final testing followed shortly by first production. The first fifty frames have already been pre-sold and are due for delivery as soon as the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions allow for manufacturing to continue. Once in full production, the MoBu will remain an extremely high quality, small batch model with the anticipation that the frames will continue to be sold on a pre-order basis.


Pyga Mobu
Up front, the fork is connected to an offset tapered headset cup providing 10mm of reach and top tube adjustment enabling the fine tuning required by many riders.
Pyga Mobu
The one-piece swingarm is internally mounted to the front triangle providing a smooth look to the BB area which utilises a threaded 73mm BB standard.


A major incentive for PYGA has been to find ways to manufacture a carbon frame without the waste that traditional techniques incur. Blackstone Tek has a proprietary process that uses no air bags, polystyrene cores or polyurethane formers that would have to be disposed of. Instead, they utilise re-usable internal formers that are the precise shape of the inside form enabling near perfect compaction throughout the frame time after time, something that is not easily possible with current production methods. Blackstone Tek have also developed a resin system specific to their wheel production with incredible impact resistance.

The MoBu has uniquely engineered flex translating into better cornering traction, forgiveness and overall ride quality.

Pyga Mobu
Pyga Mobu

The frame holds two full size water bottles, has a lower shock mount flip-chip and will run a 185mm x 55mm length trunnion Rock Shox Ultimate on the Trail/Down country version and a 185mm x 47.5mm length SIDLux on the XC/Marathon setup.

In addition to a 148mm boost rear end, the drive-side is offset by 2.5mm to improve the chain-line and rear wheel stiffness while allowing the use of a standard wheel in emergencies.

There's a two bolt ISCG 05 chain guide mount and all pivots use additionally sealed double-row full complement bearings.

Pyga Mobu

Pyga Mobu


We're so confident in Blackstone Tek’s method and precision of manufacturing that we will be offering a lifetime warranty on frame and bearings. The MoBu will be available shortly after manufacturing can resume following relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures. Interested international partners should get in touch with duncanmc@pygaindustries.com


For more information head to the PYGA website.


78 Comments

  • 48 2
 Looks great! cant stop thinking of Morewood Bikes when I hear about new products from Pyga. Keep it up, and hope you guys make it in this flooded market.
  • 16 0
 Morewood. Haven't thought about those bikes in years. I remember wanting one of their DH bikes so badly when I was in high school.
  • 4 3
 @TheStabbyCyclist: Same with Morpheus bikes...They used to sponsor Mitch Chubey, Dakotah Norton, Anthony Messere and Reed Boggs. Their website for the longest time said they were about to launch a new carbon enduro bike... never happened.

Maybe its an issue with the first syllable?
  • 19 24
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 28, 2020 at 14:12) (Below Threshold)
 Morewood and Orange, two companies whose bikes seemed to be welded from steel rubble salvaged from demolition of a warehouse. Orange survived. A pity Morewood had to go, because at the time the Makulu looked super sweet and it seemed to be a departure from vulgar steel beam looks. This bike seems very nice.
  • 2 1
 Wait, what's so revolutionary?
  • 2 0
 @Shred-BC: it's a revolution, maaan
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I had a Makulu back in the day, had a lot of fun on that bike.
  • 1 0
 @JustYourAverageJoey: You can really see why they died if you read through that Vital article, giving the whole history, and not a single comment down below.
There was just no interest it seems-
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Morewood is still alive, I have proposed them to remake a new version of the Mbuzi frame with new geometry. I have an Mbuzi converted to 27.5 wheels and a Makulu. Love the simplicity of the Mbuzi single pivot suspension.
  • 4 0
 @zoobab2: The current Morewood brand / owners are really just a waist of time ... well they let me down badly with my last interaction with them

Long Live PYGA!
  • 2 0
 @TheStabbyCyclist: I still have a OG 2013 Makulu Frame that was raced by Lama cycles in Quebec. The frame did have some issues, but it was one of the smoothest riding suspension designs I've ever been on. I retired it in 2016, stripped the parts, and I'm currently working on mounting it on my wall. It's a piece of mtb history.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Absolutely. I rode a 26" makulu from 2013-2016, absolutely loved it. and it looked great to. I still have the frame today!
  • 1 0
 @zoobab2: my first full sus was a mbuzi
  • 1 0
 @IntrospectiveSteel: Mbuzi is/was a great ride!
  • 9 0
 Looks rad! Really like what Pyga has been making and the brand ethos, hopefully I can get a leg over one of these bikes this year!
  • 2 0
 I really love the look and concept of the Mondraker F Podium DC, and this looks like a seriously worthy alternative with more capability. Fingers crossed it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
  • 9 0
 Every press release and FB feed mention related to South Africa makes me realise how much I was looking forward to watching the Cape Epic this year.
  • 7 0
 I think the Unno Dash just lost it's title of Most Beautiful Looking Bike in the World... I know I won't be able to afford it, but it's stunning nonetheless. :-)
  • 6 2
 Good job from the fellas over at Pyga trying to minimize their impact from production. I appreciate their ethos as a company and Howie and the crew in Reno (US distributors) are great folks too.

I've been on their Stage Max for a couple months now and have been loving it. My 160/150 Hyrax hasn't been getting as much use ever since. Just a solid pedal platform, maneuverable, and poppy bike. Outside of park days and steep/baby head type terrain it's my go to bike.
  • 3 0
 Looks like a rad bike! They make many of the same claims Guerrilla Gravity makes of their Rev'd carbon (higher impact resistance, more sustainable production techniques, etc.) - I wonder if it is a similar material/process? They also have the same +/- 10mm reach adjustment the GG design includes. The innovation of small bike manufacturers is amazing. I believe it comes from a company's desire to make great bikes and less about selling the same customer a different bike every year, like all the big names do.
  • 4 0
 Based on the numbers that looks like an absolute banger!
I'm guessing that seeing/trying one in Europe isn't going to be easy though.
  • 3 0
 They have a dealer in Germany and Switzerland, so that's a maybe then.
  • 6 1
 That kink in the top tube / downtube at the top looks worse from the above shots then the side shots.
  • 8 1
 That's what she said.
  • 3 0
 @radrider: very unfortunate for you lol
  • 2 0
 Awesome bike....very impressive. I had not heard of Blackstone Tek, seems they are one of those under radar suppliers nobody every hears about but is doing all the cool bits for the bigger manuf.
  • 8 0
 What made you decide to shorten the word manufacturing?
  • 4 0
 @JimmyWeir: I’m just wondering why he didn’t shorten it to MFG like normal people.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: MFG also means motha f*ckin gangsta
  • 3 0
 Interesting, but more info please. If there are no air bags or cores how does it work? Or do they just mean no disposable air bladders?
  • 5 0
 The PYGA MoBu is forged by using internal expanding moulds that when heated creates massive pressure squeezing out any excessive resin. This allows for a perfect finish internally and externally on the frame, it also eradicates and carbon shift and any resin pooling. So there are no weak points on frame.
  • 6 0
 So to answer the question of bladders. The moulds are machined to be vacuum tight and by using internal pressure we don’t rely on vacuum to pull the resin out. Everything is reusable barring a couple of o-rings.
  • 1 1
 @BazDaz1234: Oh, so, "trapped rubber tooling"? Fancy! I've done but a few experiments with solid rubber tooling, and the the amount of resin squeezed out compared to air bladders is impressive. I think on one of my tests I squeezed out TOO much resin. Seems to me that there is a fair amount of experimentation involved, like the thermal expansion rate isn't exactly linear. Cheers, Regular Cycles LLC
  • 1 0
 Having taken this bike for a test rid eon out local trails recently, I can absolutely attest to it being an absolute blast! For an XC bike it handles with confidence and impresses massively on downhills considering the short travel. Climbs like a goat, too. Top job, Pat and team!
  • 4 0
 Very nice!!
I’ve been a Pyga fan from their beginning.-
  • 4 1
 Aren't all carbon bikes handmade? If they were machined made, we would be paying half the price.
  • 3 0
 All bikes are handmade, haha
  • 3 0
 Nope. Guerrilla Gravity is using a robot to do layup. A human only opens the mold and removes the finished frame. Maybe thats why they are offering a $2200 Made-In-USA frame.
  • 6 6
 When a company has the hand made reference they mean it’s not made in China.

It’s a buzz word, like Organic for food.
  • 4 0
 @Happypanda1337: Chinese frames are handmade. Carbon lay-up is typically labour-intensive, which is why it's typically done by hand where labour is cheap and done by robots where labour is more expensive.
  • 4 0
 Jaaaaaaa! Is lekker man! Wink
  • 4 0
 Can't wait to be able to share this rad bike with the world!
  • 3 0
 Pretty bike, clean, nice touch adding the adjustable headset.
  • 3 0
 Price? Since Im asking I probably cant afford it.
  • 5 0
 Frame is $2599, GX build is $4499 and XX1 is $5499 on pyga.us website. Carbon wheel option adds $500.
  • 3 0
 @DHhack: that's very reasonable. I was expecting the frame to be way more. I presume cost of living in SA means the price can be relatively low.

Anyway, it looks gorgeous, love raw carbon. And that's a lot cheaper than HB130.
  • 1 1
 @DHhack: Incorrect, the MOBU hasn't even been fully released yet. This is a press release and no prices have been released at this time for MOBU. Im assuming it will be more expensive than the prices you got from the pyga.us website seeing how the prices you gave are for the Stage/Stage Max.
  • 1 0
 @FreerideAK: And the fact that they said it will be a preorder/limited production bike. Nonetheless, been happy with the Pyga USA guys and how they're willing to work with each buyer to dial in their builds and meet a certain price point.
  • 3 0
 Beautiful! Good work @PYGAmountainbikes
  • 2 0
 Righteous!! This just may replace the SB100 for my future pain-machine endeavors. Very cool
  • 2 0
 Sooo nice it unreal the amount of goons doing xc on full enduro bikes hahahaha
  • 1 0
 Does not look hand made, think must mean something different as sure the moulds were not made by hand & carbon fibre not made by hand or the resin?
  • 5 3
 Its like a beautiful Mondraker Session love child!
  • 2 0
 What is that, a Horst Link?!? Never seen a ride like that...
  • 2 0
 I love the look of unpainted carbon!
  • 2 0
 man oh man --- purdy bike ----
  • 2 0
 Why show anti-squat only for one gear?
  • 5 0
 We did provide Anti-squat for the 32/10 configuration as well as other info. Sometimes websites need to select what they feel is appropriate for their audience. FYI in 32/10 anti-squat goes up to 195%.
For more info you can always mail us at info@pygindustries.com. Thanks
  • 1 0
 "Ariel Atom" is not a brand like the others in that list, it's a _product_ from Ariel Motor Company.
  • 1 0
 Is it just me, or does the way the stays join the rocker look a bit concerning?
  • 1 0
 Looks phenomenal but as a student I cant afford a bike like that... More like canyon or yt.
  • 2 0
 Monsessionya
  • 2 0
 What a beauty ????
  • 3 1
 neon lycra? hard pass
  • 1 0
 Depends if the rider have shaved legs or not :-)
  • 1 0
 Shorter reach for trial setting? o_0
  • 1 0
 Or Marathon longer and XC longer, this was one of the request from our team riders.
  • 2 0
 Sorry typo, XC shorter
  • 1 0
 Looks pretty sweet, well done!
  • 1 0
 NS bikes + Mondraker = Pyga
  • 1 0
 funny when guy in lickra jumping ahahahah
  • 1 0
 But is it revved?
  • 1 0
 Pressfit or threaded BB?
  • 1 0
 Threaded
  • 1 0
 @patrickmorewood: Canada? I need one of these, I think....????
  • 1 0
 @patrickmorewood: ok I want one! Where do I sign?

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