The Momsen Vipa first made its debut in 2013 and since then the standard frame has spawned a number of incarnations. The most exciting of these is the Vipa Ultra, which you can read about on Diverge here, but also the Vipa Trail and Vipa Race. Seamus Allardice put the Race 2 through its paces over a month long test and this is what he found…



  • Super-efficient suspension: The Vipa Race’s suspension travel feels very linier and direct.
  • Aggressive Geometry but Balanced Handling: Despite the aggressive geometry and 70.5° head angle the bike is well balanced and capable on technical terrain.
  • Superb Value: At R50 430 (as of 31 August 2018) for a full XT build it represents remarkable value for a full carbon framed bike.
  • Shimano XT 2×11: Though 1×12 is the vogue there’s still a place for 2x especially when paired with an eleven speed cassette. It’ll be cheaper to maintain in the long run.
  • Stans ZTR Wheels: Strong and light the ZTR wheels do what they need to do without you having to worry.
  • Double Bottle Cages: Two bottle cages in the front triangle make life and long rides a lot easier.
  • Endurance Focused: The Vipa Race is essentially a stage race and XCM bike, which tells in every specification and geometry choice.

The Momsen Vipa Race features the “Forged in the Untamed South Africa” slogan on the seat tube.

Things I’d Change

  • Grips: The Kraton MTB Lock-On grips are a bit harsh if like me you prefer low profile gloves. I’d change them for a set of chunky silicone grips.

Buy It If

You’re looking for a great value marathon and stage race bike and aren’t too fazed by the fact that the updated Momsen Vipa Ultra has just been launched.

The Momsen logo on the head tube.


Frame Size

Seattube Length Toptube Effective Head Angle Seat Angle Wheel-base Rear Centre BB Drop Headtube Reach Stack
Small 406 570 70.5° 73.5° 1077 440 40 105 397 585
Medium 432 595 70.5° 73.5° 1102 440 40 115 418.8 595
Large 483 615 70.5° 73.5° 1122 440 40 125 436 605


Inspired by the Baviaanskloof.


Frame Full Carbon Race, 80mm Rear Travel, Internal Cable Routing, Integrated Toptube Box, Dual Bottle Front Triangle
Fork Rockshox SID RL Remote, Air Damping, 15mm Thru-Axle, 100mm Travel ( Onelock Remote )
Rear Shock Fox Floats DPS, Performance Series, 3 Position Adjust, Evol
Headset Taper Integrated Type
Stem Alloy 7 Degree Oversize 31.8mm,
Handlebar Alloy Oversize 31.8mm, 720mm Wide
Grips Kraton MTB Lock-On
Rotor Shimano RT-81 Centerlock, 160mm Front and Rear
Brake Lever Shimano M8000 XT Hydraulic
Tyres Vee Tire Co. Mission, Tubeless Ready, 72TPI, Folding Bead
Tube Kenda 29 x 2.10 Presta
Rims No Tubes ZTR Crest S1, Tubeless Ready, 32H
Spokes Stainless Butted, Brass Nipples
Front Hub Shimano M7010 Centerlock / 15mm Thru-Axle
Rear Hub Shimano M7010 Centerlock / 14 x 12 Thru-Axle
Chainwheel Set Shimano M8000 XT 11-Speed, 36/26T, 175mm
Chain Shimano 11-Speed
Bottom Bracket Shimano Pressfit
Saddle Momsen Custom
Seatpost Momsen Alloy, 31.6mm
Seat Binder Alloy, 34.9mm
Shifters Shimano M8000 XT for 2 x 11 Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano M8000 XT, Direct Mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano M8050 XT 11-Speed Shadow Plus Design
Cassette Shimano M8000 XT 11-Speed 11-42T
Accessories Rubber Chainstay Protector, Metal Headbadge, Owner’s Manual
Weight 12.38kg ( Large )


A look at the top tube decalling and the Baviaanskloof contour lines.