J. 1999 P. Morgen Full Suspension Bike

5/5 (1 Reviews)


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J. P. Morgen


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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Willson a Racer from Madison, CT

Date Reviewed: December 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Lots of travel (something like 3 inches in the front and 5 in the back).
Nice, stable ride at all speeds.
Feels light for a downhill-worthy bike.
Nobody else has bikes that look like this.


Weaknesses:    
Feels soft if you try to handle out of the saddle.
Uniquely plush ride is pretty, well, unique.
Industrial styling.


Bottom Line:   
This bike instantly made me a much better off-road rider. It's amazingly forgiving of harsh terrain, stupid lines, hard braking, and poor body positions.I'm not a full-suspension sort of guy at all. I've tried lots of them over the years, but always came away unimpressed and went back to riding old minimally-suspended mountain frames or my 'cross bike.This bike converted me, though. It's remarkably stable inching around tricky stuff and yet rock-solid at 40 mph, too. I've done all sort of stupid stuff -- bad lines, lousy balance, too fast through rough trails -- and this bike just takes it no problem. I used to get dropped by any half-decent off-road rider, and now the tables are turned. And I know I haven't gotten any better.This isn't a bike for everyone, though. It looks like nothing else out there. It's built by one guy, J.P. Morgen, a machinist in San Francisco. I think J.P. goes to the hadrware store to get letters to glue on to the frame. I think the bike looks cool, but if you want that snazzy Colnago-style paint job or get tired of people asking, 'what the h-ll kind of bike is that?' look elsewhere. I also don't know how this bike compares to others on, say, a long fire-road climb, as it weighs in at 26 lbs. But I've seen lots of people have good success with them in cross-country races, and J.P. used to drop me all the time going uphill.

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Favorite Trail:   
B-17

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Various Softrides
Cannondale Ravens
Pro-Flex


Bike Setup:   
One shock in head-tube, two in back (newest versions have Fox shock, I think).
Mix of LX, XT, and XTR.

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