What a way to end the week!
The latest Mountain Biking UK magazine has hit the newstands with a stunning grouptest review of the new Pyga full-susser – the latest offering from design supremo Patrick Morewood.
The MBUK boys put the Pyga up against three other boutique brands. No mountain biking minnows, either. The Pyga was competing with none other than Orange and their new Five 650b, the latest mid-wheeled version of the legendary Heckler from Santa Cruz, and a 650b bouncer from German manufacturer Nicolai.
We had faith in the Pyga’s ability to stand its ground – even in the face of insanely stiff competition from such well-established mountain bike brands – but the biggest surprise was the Five landing bottom of the pile with three-and-a-half out of a possible five stars.
The Nicolai and the Heckler came in neck and neck with four stars each, but cream of the crop was – of course – the Pyga, scoring a whopping four-and-a-half out of five.
Writing in MBUK, tester Guy Kesteven toasted the Pyga’s ‘implausible control levels’. In fact his only criticism was that he could barely push it hard enough to get a ‘near miss thrill’.
Said Guy: ‘However hard we rode it into stuff, it never once baulked or got blown off the trail, and it consistently recomposed itself after drops quicker and straighter.
‘It always seemed to have enough extra space and grip left to pull any cornering line in even tighter, and exit even faster than seemed plausible. However hard we ripped it around corners or wrestled it against the grain of the trail it never once stumbled or flexed off line.’
Wow. Let’s all take a deep breath.
The good news is, you don’t have to take Guy’s – or even our – word for it.
You can find out for yourself how well the Pyga rides – in both its 650b and 29er incarnations – by booking a ride on one of our demo models, available imminently at the shop, or coming along to the demo day we’re running on Saturday November 16th in the Forest of Dean.
We’ll be based at the Pedalabikeaway centre at Cannop. Keep an eye on the blog for more details coming soon!
In the meantime, check out MBUK’s full lowdown on the Pyga: