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Ric’s Morewood Izimu

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 22/08/2011 08:00am

Under the microscope with our lanky Ulsterman’s DH bike.

Preparation for the Megavalanche pretty much knocked the Morewood on the head for a month of two there. I was keen to just ride my Pivot Mach 5.7 and get used to hitting stuff flat-out on it. Now though, the big South African is back!

I’m a big fan of the Morewood and although at £2,800, you can’t call any bike ‘cheap’, I reckon given the sensible spec, sorted angles and 36.5lb weight it’s up there with the best value DH rigs.

The Forest of Dean was the venue for a long drawn-out tested shoot yesterday and despite being (accidentally) conned into riding the entire Verderers Trail on it to begin with I was loving being back on the Isuzu Trooper.

It was difficult re-calibrating my brain to the full-on DH bike again. Getting used to hitting things faster and just the sheer amount of grip the thing has in the corners caught me out a few times. Weaver and I sessioned a freshly cut locals track towards the end though and it felt awesome to be hitting roots, turns and wide-open off-camber sections again.

I’m also running a cool new Elka Suspension cartridge in my RockShox Boxxers. After 4 years of riding Fox 40-equipped DH bikes, I’ve found the swap on to Boxxers tricky but the new cartridge has brought them to life. More on that in the mag soon…

I’m itching to get back out again on her now though, that’s the problem! Some Winter-based Mini-DH racing is high on the agenda too…

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