Morewood Shova All Mountain Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • CNC machined, 44mm semi-integrated headtube
  • Custom drawn AL 6082 T6 tubeset
  • 73mm bottom bracket
  • 145mm (5.7") rear wheel travel
  • 25.4mm x 8mm front shock-mount

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 28, 2010]
Bren
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It's a fantastic allrounder as good on decents as the climbs. It has great mud clearence and the frame is stiff. Looks great and easy to maintain.

Weakness:

Yet to find one

If you were to only have one bike I'd recomend this. Low maintenance frame with well thought out geometry.

Similar Products Used:

(Owned) Specialized Stumpjumper, Canyon Torque, (tested only), Giant trance, Rocky Mountain Slayer sxc, Canondale Profit

[Dec 19, 2009]
Wheelsmith
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is simple, it delivers it's goods far beyond how it looks, which is simple. The frame is strong and light (for this type of product) and is stiff enough for any kind of riding. The cable routing is clean and is continuous(which is a a smart choice for a bike that most likely will be ridden in sloppy weather and all) it has ample tyre clearance for a 2.3inch. It's headangle is spot on for the type of riding it's meant for which is slackish! This bike will reward a rider willing to push it in the corners with exceptional grip. The frame has a "tuned" in flex which kicks in 3/4 way through a corner which springs spits u out the other side like a lightning bolt.

Weakness:

The front derailleur is mounted low clamp/top pull, which is prone to having small stones flung into it from the back wheel. Sometimes this causes it to stop the down shifts because a small stone wedges it "open" . This is easily overcome by manufacturing an old tube into a kind of a cover for it using 2 zipties! Easy! On a personal note, the headangle is not my pick, i could ride it slightly steeper for the trails i ride, but bar going custom i can't change that.....if i rode a Rock Shox u-turn i could dial that in to get that. My personal preference is not the bike weekness, i am!

The Morewood bike has a soul, and seems to encompass what mountain bikes should be. I had a bike 18 years ago, which was my DH,XC, trials and jump bike! The Shova is like that, it is your MTB! Each bike, i swear, is blessed by a Sangoma (Zulu witch doctor). The frames are exceedingly well made, the welds are perfect, some are slower passed(beads are close) and some are faster passed (beads are further apart) and it takes an artisan to know to do that in the right places! The frames are bespoke! Patricks team will re-powder coat, face and ream your frame too, for a mere R800 odds including new decals! This my friend makes this product great because a 5 year old model will get the current ones decals and spray job, which will have your friends thinking you've bought the new one! NICE!

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Treks ABP Fuel EX, Santa Crus Blur LT (not mine), Intense Spider (also only tested) Orange 5(again only tested).

[Oct 27, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great great great ride....from XC to mild downhill. Very responsive. Easy to do maintenance on rear suspension. I had enough time spend servicing rear suspensions for hours at an end.

Weakness:

None

The best bike ever ridden. Will buy one tomorrow again. THANKS PATRICK AND THE TEAM AT MOREWOOD.

Similar Products Used:

Intense Spider

[May 26, 2009]
Peter Dicks
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Simple frame which has evolved over a period of time. Single pivot design means good feedback from rear wheel movement. Back end stays planted like glue. No chain rattles as bottom tube of rear triangle slants upwards. Frame looks the part, especially in white.

Weakness:

None so far.

Still have the grin on my face after tackling the downhill bits at Tokai Forest (Cape Town). This frame is so simple, yet has evolved over time to what it is today. A very versatile frame that can be beefed up to all mountain or detuned to cross country use and happy at both discipines. It makes me wonder if all the larger volume manufactures have not come up with all the complicated and elaborate syspension systems as a method of marketing new products each year without actually improving the performance. All I can say is ride a Morewood and you will understand what I mean.

Similar Products Used:

Mongoose Teocali, Santa Cruz Superlight

[Sep 29, 2008]
E86
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Simple Design, Rigid, Great Ride, Strong

Weakness:

None

The Shova ST is normally a XC ride, but i built mine more All Mountain/Slopstyle/Urban bike. The bike handles like a dream. I can take it down most downhill trails, and up them. I would highly recommend the Shova ST for anyone that needs an all around bike.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Aug 28, 2008]
nintense
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

One of the best bike / frame I ever own, lite enough for all day ride (I built mine around 32lb with DH wheels, but they can be ease build around 27lb), and strong and stable enough to smoke the DH course in Fontana. this is a true AM bike.

Weakness:

I like better the cable routing on the Izimu, not ease to sale used high end single pivot bike, some people are thinking that more pivots mean better frame.

The best frame for who ride a lot and like to stay away from service bearings every 3 months, like VPP / DW etc.

Similar Products Used:

Every other trail / AM high end bike that available in the US.

[May 19, 2008]
LoveRider
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

great manufacturing quality, fair price, perfect handling, stiff, goes up and down equally nice

Weakness:

hmm...may be more sophisticated supension designs work better? just don't feel the difference on the trail. could be lighter?

Wow. Great bike especially for the value. Handling is great up and down as a all mountain should be. suspension works really fine even on technical climbs, no bob or pedal feedback at least on the middle chainring (do you need more?...) Would buy it again. Thank you Phil!

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[Sep 07, 2007]
Paul
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Simple and durable design (single pivot), looks good, rare (in Holland that is)

Weakness:

no clear coat over decals, no bottle cage possible in size S.

In one word: GREAT bike.
Handles exactly like it should in any situation, feels very well balanced. The bike gives you confidence.
When choosing a new frame I wanted a durable frame with 130-150mm travel, preferably a single pivot.
Where I live it's not easy to test ride the frames I was choosing from (Heckler, Yeti 575) so I had to get my information from the internet and bikemagazines. All magazine tests said the same: a very well balanced bike and fun to ride. They were absolutely right.
No regrets ;-)

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hardtails, Cannondale SuperV

[Sep 01, 2007]
Juergen Reichel
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

tough, well-built, no flex, lovely colour, good geometry, the most fun bike I've ever ridden (and I also have a Nicolai, so that says a lot)

Weakness:

chain bangs into elevated (!) chainstay, cables rub at frame, both issues are easily solved

This bikes is very confidence inspiring and makes me go faster on the downhills, sometimes beyond my limits. It helps me keep up with riders on heavier machines and it's still light enough to climb back to the top, just flip the ProPedal lever and lower the fork. It's also nice to have a bike not everybody rides around here.
If you want a bike for serious trail riding, enduro/freeride and bike parks and can afford only one, the Shova ST is the one to get.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Apr 26, 2007]
Louis Titshall
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Well built, bomb proof, great finish

Weakness:

None so far

I got this bike for serious trail and light freeride. It has a reputation of being bombproof and will handle some really serious stuff. If kitted properly it will make a good marathon machine, but not the most ideal XC machine.
So far I'm pleased. You can get cheaper from a bulk manufacturer, but they just don't come with the Morewood reputation...
Will post again once I've abused it some more.
Louis

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