Every bike that came from Patrick Morewood’s influence on the brand that he originally set up (that’ll be Morewood Bikes) was not only superb looking but also incredibly good to ride. He sold his company a couple of years back and is now developing a new range of bikes to suit his own tastes.
The Pyga’s been on a few night-rides already and is yet to be faced with any terrain beyond its abilities.
We have the OneTen29 here at Bike Magic Towers and having ridden it for a weekend already we can safely say that it ticks all the right boxes: it’s fun to ride, nimble, forgiving and fast. As Morewood himself puts it, it is “designed to cover challenging terrain and long distances efficiently, comfortably and masterfully”.
We like it a lot, on first impressions at least.
There will be a full test coming soon but for now check through our gallery. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of your future bike?
PYGA Industries' OneTen29 trail bike. 120mm front travel, 110mm rear.
Our test bike has been kitted out by R53 Sports, the UK importer. Massi are another of the importer's brands and they produce all sorts of bikes, kit and products.
The internal cable routing helps neaten things up and should add to cable durability.
The seat-tube is plenty long too, keeping the top-tube low and allowing for optimum seat height.
52mm internal bearing in the lower of the headset keeps the stack height nice and low.
Does what it says on the badge.
110mm rear travel supplied smoothly by the RockShox Monarch rear shock.
Why Pyga? Now that is a long story... Best ask Craig from R53 if you want the answer.
Syntace 142x12mm rear axle.
The Pyga's been on a few night-rides already and is yet to be faced with any terrain beyond its abilities.
R53 Sport set our test bike up with these flat Massi bars, but to be honest we'll be sticking a set of wider riser bars on it before the next ride. Why? Because it's so much fun it just begs to be ridden aggressively and the narrow XC race bars just don't cut the mustard.
29 inches. There's also a 650b wheeled bike (the OneTwenty650b) which is being finished as we speak. It will feature 120mm suspension travel and be aimed at "those looking to advance the 26" trail bike experience".
Even with a set of fast rolling tyres on, we still felt comfortable in all situations, testament to the bike's stability and overall good design.
Incidentally, the production frame will only be available in green.
Verdict so far
We love it. As a UK trail bike we can really see this taking off. Agile, fun to ride and yet stable at speed, the Pyga OneTen29 gives an inspired ride. We’ll have to see how it fares long-term but so far, so good.
What Pyga say:
When miles of rolling trails lie ahead and you want to rip till your chest burns, but your heart smiles, this is your machine.
Price: £1749.00 (frame)
Available: Late Feb/early March 2013
More information: Pyga Industries OneTen29
Pyga UK: www.r53sport.com
All photos in this feature © Ben Winder.