Morewood Mbuzi

Morewood Mbuzi

2 Reviews for Mbuzi

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 This is such fun bike to ride.
Needs a TALAS fork for steeper climbs but descends like a Dh bike.
The highish BB makes it good for technical riding.
A stirdy frame that can be built into a 30lb do it all bike with the correct parts.
I have even raced mine Dh with heavier tyres on.
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 Simply the best AM frame money can buy, capable of anything. Going up against single pivot swingarm legends like the Santa Cruz Bullit and the Orange Patriot is tough, but the Morewood Mbuzi has enough going on to put it in the running.

This South African all-rounder has a downhill heritage but careful design and detailing makes it a versatile, rock-solid playbike.
Ride & handling: playful & ready for anything

The best thing about the Mbuzi’s ride is that it just doesn’t care where you take it or what you do with it. The head angle is slack enough to stop it feeling like a shopping trolley at speed and the seat angle puts you far enough forward to keep the front anchored.

While it’s relatively compact in wheelbase terms (at 109cm), there’s more than enough out back to stop it fishtailing badly while braking. ‘Really well balanced’ is the term we’re looking for.

Compared to linkage bikes, it won’t trump the smoothest or stickiest ground connection, particularly under hard acceleration or braking. But the swingarm’s intuitive ‘stand up firm and sit down soft’ character gives you continual trail communication.

It also lets you squeeze and pop the bike around between your legs, making for a really agile ride. Then flick the pro pedal lever and it’ll stomp up climbs quite well for a bike of this bulk and ballistic capability.

Come uphill or down, the Mbuzi is playful and wants to please – whatever you feel like doing. Compare it to the obvious competition and it doesn’t demand a long, heavy fork like the cheaper Bullit, or make the racket of the soundbox swingarm on the more expensive Patriot.

It’s a worthy alternative to stick on the recommended playlist.
Frame: tough, simple & well detailed

Built by three-time South African national downhill champion and one-time jeweller Patrick Morewood, this all-rounder mixes pure speed with diamond-hard detail.

There’s no swoopy stuff here, just locally mined and sourced South African alloy formed into a big square section down tube and seatstays, a round top and seat tube and CNC-machined head tube, bottom bracket, swingarm front, dropouts, rear hanger and shock mounts.

Gorgeous welds and gussets keep it all together – even when you lose it – while the bolt-through rear axle limits twang to perfectly acceptable levels.

The forward-facing seat slot, sealed bearings and masses of mudroom keep it weatherproof, and the shock length is fixed at 200mm for simplicity and strength.

Our only concern is that the rear mech cable under the chainstay is really vulnerable to chain damage unless you sheathe it.
Equipment: take your choice

The Mbuzi comes with the latest Fox DHX Air 3.0 shock – the best yet. It’s a lot more controlled through the mid-stroke, so you can take rock runs or pushed corners without over-travel delaying your exits.

After that, it’s your choice. The ISCG mounts, 12mm through-axle rear end and a 1.5in head tube let you fit big downhill/freeride kit, but it’s also possible to build a sub-30lb all-rounder with a triple chainset – the Mbuzi won’t mind.
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Morewood Mbuzi (MSRP $2200) — All Mountain Frame: 1.5" head tube. Hydroformed top tube - stronger front junction. 73mm ISCG 05 BB. Front derailleur compatible - triple/dual chainring ready. Swingarm: SP12 - simple, refined pivot interface. RockShox Maxle compatible 12 x 135mm dropouts - Maxle supplied as standard. IS brake mount - international standard. Replaceable CNC machined rear derailleur hanger - strength and durability. Tech: 1.5" (120mm long) head tube. Custom drawn AL6082 T6 tubeset. Hydroformed top tube. 73mm ISCG 05 bottom bracket. 30.9mm seatpost size. 34.9mm seatclamp (provided). 34.9mm top pull/low band front derailleur (SRAM compatible). Small, medium and large frame sizes. 160mm (6.2") rear wheel travel. 200mm x 57mm (7.875" x 2.25") rear shock length. 30mm x 8mm front shock-mount. 52mm x 8mm rear shock-mount. Large sealed pivot bearings (6003 2RS). RockShox Maxle 12 x 135mm axle (supplied). Ali replaceable derailleur hanger (supplied). IS rear brake mount.

Specifications Compare to other All Mountain/Enduro/XC

Price $2,200
Travel 6" (152mm)
Rear Shock Fox DHX Air 4.0
Fork Recommended travel: 140mm - 160mm
Seatpost 30.9mm


Size Small Medium Large
Frame Weight
Bike Weight
Headtube Angle 67.5 ° 67.5 ° 67.5 °
Seattube Angle 70 ° 70 ° 70 °
Headtube Length
Chainstay Length 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm
BB Height
BB Width 73 mm 73 mm 73 mm
Seat Post Diameter 30.9 " 30.9 " 30.9 "
Front Derailleur Width
HeadTube Diameter 1.5 1.5 1.5
Top Tube Length 560 mm 585 mm 610 mm
WheelBase 1069 mm 1094 mm 1119 mm
Standover Height


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