a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2012
Strengths: Here it is the best bike for self propelled shredders. Get your self up the trail and get ready for the best flowing descent of your life. The bike is amazing in the hands of a seasoned rider the fun is endless you think it, it does it. Single pivot design low maintenance which reminds me if it ant broke don’t fixe it and this bike works amazingly. Jumping this bike makes you feel like your 15 year old again riding your bmx. The Mbuzi feels light in the air and the rear end just begged to be wiped. Nailing burms well the bike just makes you better at it. The most important aspect of the bike is the feeling you get like morewood only knows how. No bs if you enjoy reaping trails, hitting jumps and pedaling everywhere this bike is it.
Weaknesses: Well the bike geometry does not set you up for the most efficient all day pedaling, and you do need to sit on the edge of the seat to stop the front end from popping up in some cases, but all this is forgotten ones you ride it single trail, downhill, or at your local jumps, heck I even ride street with it manuals and bunny hops and even 180.
The Mbuzi is an all mountain free ride bike with a bigger emphasis on the free ride aspect. It is very hard to explain but taking this bike to the trails you having been riding for years will make the trails fun again, you feel the trail, you nail it and you have more fun and at the end of the day, you’re happy, that is what I want from my bike and that is what the Mbuzi delivers. Another plus is that having a Moorewood bike you will never be jealous of anyone else on the trail, it will be the other way around (yeah hand made in South Africa) plus they don’t make them anymore. If you like to do it all with one bike you obviously will have to make some compromises. But the sweetest compromise I have made is buying the Mbuzi, it’s a bike to fall in love with, guaranteed.
Similar Products Used: Kona: stinky 2008, coil air 2009.
Morewood: Izimu 2010 and 2012, Makulu 2011, Zama 2011.
Bike Setup: 160 Flat 36 front shock,
dhx 4.0 rear shock
Maxxis Ardent 2,25. spank spoon 32 rims, atomlab pimp hubs, formula the one brakes 180mm, X9 2x10 drivetrain with chain guide
from Ottawa, On, Canada
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2012
Strengths: Jumps well, light, very stiff (almost no lateral flex in the rear triangle), no chopper-flop, rockets out of corners. Solid as a tank.
Weaknesses: Could use a slacker HTA. Gets twitchy at speed.
I built this up as a mini-DH bike. I probably should have gone with the Zula (next model up, Slopestyle frame), but the shop had this in, and I got to ride it at the park first. It isn't the fastest bike, but it is very predictable and loads of fun. Gets air easy, and I love the way it feels through berms - hit the apex and it just shoots you out.
My only issue is that I'd like another degree of slack in the HTA. It isn't an issue until you start trying to keep up with the big bikes on the long fast trails (Bing Bang at Bromont, A Line at Whistler, etc). On the plus side, it is much more stable when going slowly over skinnies, absolutely no chopper-flop.
I can't comment on how well it climbs, because my bike is setup for lift access. If I have to do any real up, I just get off and push.
Morewood bills this as an All Mountain bike. If I was going to be doing epic AM rides, I'd probably aim for something more like a Fluid LT. As a solid little DH bike you don't have to worry about breaking, it's a pretty awesome bike.
Similar Products Used: RM7, Bullit, Big Hit, Banshee Morphine, Banshee Rune, Norco Fluid LT
Bike Setup: Domain 160mm, Fox DHX5, Nevegal 2.5 DH on Transition 32 rims front and back, SRAM X7 drive line, Code 5 brakes
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2011
Strengths: Rock solid. Zero flex. Rips corners. Love's to be airborne. Crazy playfull. Straight mobbs.
This bike has simply become my favotite bike (yup, even over my Yeti). It's a mini DH rig that can blast through rock gardens, send it over 25' gaps, and absolutley shred corners. Surprisingly, it also climbs well. Just got back from a long road trip and went on plenty of "XC" rides with no problems. If you want a bike that's going to be a joy to ride then go find yourself an Mbuzi. I love my Mbuzi!
Strengths: Quality build, simple, maintenance free, relatively light (mine is 31llbs, 14.1kgs with coil u-turn lyrics) ,looks porn! Loves to get airtime, a real play bike for All Mountain/ light DH
Weaknesses: On really steep climbs need to get weight right over the front to keep front wheel planted, DHX Air is a bit fiddly to set up
I have taken this bike on XC laps and hardcore DH/FR runs. The bike just feels so playful and poppy. The thing loves to jump and is a very efficient pedaller. I have been alternating between this and my Makulu DH bike for random DH runs and it never fails to leave a smile on my face when the day is done. I have 2 Morewoods now, there is something very special about them thats for sure. they just do what they are intended for really well.
I am prob gonna put a set of new Kashima coated Fox 36 talas on her soon which will drop the weight again by another 500g and prob try the new RP23BV to replace the DHX Air, which should save another 200g. Shouldnt be too hard to get a sub 30lbs 6" bike. Something a little diff to the hundreds of Reign X's and Nomads out there
Similar Products Used: Reign X, Reign, Makulu DH bike, IH Sunday, Giant Anthem X, Giant Glory 8FR
Bike Setup: Lyric Coil U-turn, EX1750 wheels, Sunline bar stem, Sram X9, Deity Decoy pedals, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 tyres, Stylo cranks, Formula brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Cape Town
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2010
Strengths: * Bike can handle a lot more than I am able to throw at it
* Absolutely zero flex
* From time to time I ride with DH/FR guys and on the DH stuff I am able to keep up (other times a 12yr old drops me!)
* Super strong build gives inspires confidence on drops, jumps and everything in between
* Even with a fixed 160mm fork I am still able to climb technical climbs
* Bike pedals well for its weight, intended purpose and amount of travel (its not DW-good yet though!)
* maxle rear is stiff and tough
* 1.5 steerer gives me PLENTY of fork options
* Tracks and steers accurately
* Mud doesn't clog anywhere on the bike
* Lots of tire clearance
Weaknesses: * On the heavy side (complete bike weighs in at 15.2k's but the strong build gives confidence so its a worthwhile trade)
* HA can maybe be 1 degree slacker
* Not as scares anymore (but I'm glad for the South African boys)
* Could do with cable guide for height adjustable seatpost
* DHX is a ***** to set-up
It's a beast. Perfect TRUE AM bike. Heavy, but light enough to pedal to the top then bomb it down.
Close to year on the bike and I still enjoy every second of it. Broke my wrist a while ago so have been off the bike for a couple of months and can't WAIT for the fork and other bits to arrive so I can get back on it.
Strengths: Very accurate and responsive bike. Great frame angles allowing for very quick downhills as well as climbing even without using the talas 36 down to 130mm. Very stiff rear triangle and simple yet effective single pivot suspension.
The bike is so forgiving it allows you to try more extreme riding with tons of confidense. watch out! (in the best sense)
Weaknesses: At first I thought the total weight of 16 kg would be an issue but it is not
For the first time in many years and bikes that every single leg muscle hurts. This is only because I can not get off the bike. I now ride 4 to 5 times a week and keep trying faster trails, dropps, jumps, rock gardens etc.
There's a big smile on my face.
My wife will now enjoy the Ibis Mojo...
Bike Setup: stan flow wheels, ck hubs, 36 talas rc2, dhx 4, magura luise bat, xt/xtr, e13 duel ring chain guide.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Jose, CA
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2009
Strengths: Built like a brick sh#*house and looks the part. Very nimble, decent geometry, very confidence inspiring on the descent.
Weaknesses: Heavy, doesn't climb nearly as well as everyone raves about, and the wheelbase is a little on the short side.
First off, Morewood markets the Mbuzi as All Mountain since it is a 6" bike, but I think MTBR got it right classifying it in the Freeride section.
It is built very heavy duty and it destroys anything you throw at it. It is not a climbing steed and I don't know why everyone talks up this point. I purchased this to be my only bike and am sure that I made a mistake for myself.
I am not talking it down as you see I gave it a high rating, but don't be suckered into believing this bike is all purpose.
It rails the fast single track and sucks it all up on the drops. I love this thing, but it sucks as an all day rider unless you are on the lifts or shuttling.
I will definitely keep it and ride the hell out of it, but I will need another 4"-6" bike to ride with my all mountain buddies on 15+ mile days.
Quite a few have claimed to get this thing built in the 30lb range with "smart" parts selection, but I am not buying it for a second. You would have to go almost full XTR, light tires, and light shock to compensate for the weight of the frame and a 36MM fork. I say this because if you look at my parts selection, I went pretty high end and mine weight 34.5 lbs. 4.5 lbs is lot to shave when you already have a light wheelset and the full XT group.
Bottom line: Get it and mosh it, but have another bike if you want to climb for your gravity runs...
Similar Products Used: Latest generation Heckler with DHX Coil and Talas Front End.
Bike Setup: 2009 Medium with DHX Coil, 36 Talas RC2, Chris King/Mavic wheelset, all XT Drivetrain converted to a double front, XT brakes, XTR pedals, Easton Monkey Lite Carbon DH bars, Transition stem, 2.35 Nevegal Front, 2.35 SB8 rear, Chris King headset and bottom bracket, Thomson setback post, Specialized Rival saddle.
from San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2009
Strengths: It's fast.
Weaknesses: I don't have an Ndiza and a Makulu too.
I've had cross country bikes in the past but just started riding regularly with a couple collegiate downhillers. I soon saw the limits of my XC bike and started trying to figure out what I could ride fast down steep hills. I couldn't afford a DH race rig and I wanted to be able to take my bike on all day trail rides anyway. I narrowed my search to the Santa Cruz Heckler, the Trek Remedy, the Norco Six, and the Morewood Mbuzi. All these bikes sport around 6" of rear wheel travel and slacked out downhill style geometry. I picked the Morewood because it has a full seatube (the Norco Six doesn't) and it's got a more downhill geometry than the pedalability-oriented Trek Remedy. The Heckler didn't really lose by much, but the Morewood's way more rare :)
I'm really glad I got the Mbuzi, it's fricken fast and made by real mountainbikers in South Africa. I can pedal up any climb just 'cause the goat wants to get there and when I point it down blazing fast straightaways it sags stably and comfortably into it's 6.2" of linear-feeling coil sprung travel. I'm getting faster through corners with it too, it's pretty fun.
As I rode the bike I turned up the rebound dampening two clicks from what I initially guessed my setting at, and slower felt better. I don't run any compression damping (minimum pressure in the pony reservoir), just bottom
out resistance (which is sweet and bottomless on the DHX 5.0).
Similar Products Used: a couple cross country bikes that are not similar to this bike in descents.
Bike Setup: Fox TALAS 36 fork, Fox DHX 5.0 coil rear shock, Azonic Outlaw wheels, Formula Oro k24 brakse with 180mm rotors front and rear, Gravity Light cranks with a 36t single ring and an e.13 SRS chain guide. Size L frame (i'm 6'5") with a 70mm Thomson stem and a Thompson seatpost (with no layback).
a Weekend Warrior
from Germany, Munich
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2008
Strengths: Lightweight and very stable, practical design (seatpost goes all the way down)
Weaknesses: Max tire clearance in the back only 2.4" Schwalbe muddy mary 2,5" contacts seatpost...
This Bike takes it all.
Climbs well (with Syntace VRO all the way down) with Pro Pedal. Its light - very good because my favorite way of biking requires to carry the bike on my back uphill for hours.. A dream in technical, steep downhills. Short wheelbase, back is easylie lifted in tight corners. Bunnyhops are easy, too. bottom bracket is very low, so no 24" wheel is required in the rear - even not possible. The 160mm in the back feel very plush - and easy to adjust, too.
If you got the money - i advise you to spend it on this frame!
Similar Products Used: Scott Nitrous SL11 (pain in the ass), Ghost Bikes (nowhere near as good as this)
Bike Setup: Complete 31 Pounds, with sturdy Tires (Michelin DH 32 AT Front/Schwalbe Big Betty Rear), Hope Pro/Mavic 823 Wheelset, Fox 36 VAN RC2, SRAM X0 and XTR.
a Cross Country Rider
from frederick md, usa
Date Reviewed: April 20, 2008
Strengths: Can do just about anything well if you set it up right. Kinda rare still, so you wont see one coming the other way. Nice quality and attention to detail. Customer service is second to none. Simple and straight forward. Paint seems to be tough.
Weaknesses: After three months of good riding i cant really think of one. I do recomend going with a flush mount headset if you live in a place that has lots of climbing... to keep the front end down. see below.
More fun than anything..You could easily get this thing to right under 30.lbs. with some smart part picks. Mine weighs 33ish with some pretty stout parts on it. It does everything well. It rails corners and stays tucked underneath you nice and neat on fast downhills. Flip the pro pedal on the shock, and it climbs way better than a bike with this much travel should. If you run a 160mm fork i would recomend running a e13 headet reducer with flushmount bearings to drop the front a bit. It will climb better. If you run a slightly shorter fork then no worries. Unlike alot of long travel bikes this has good trail manners and is at home on tight rocky trails. Its not cheap, but then good stuff never is.
Similar Products Used: This is my second morewood, I have also had a Shova LT. Trek fuel.
Bike Setup: Magura Wotan 160.mm fork. Magura Gustav brakes, XO and X7 drivetrain. King hubs with fun bolts in back. Easton vice hardware.Fox dhx air 5.0 shock.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2008
Strengths: A seriously fast all mountain bike , climbs really well , can be easily built close to the 30 pound mark and it can go downhill just as fast as my full dh rig , make sure you use a top fork ,fox talas 36 is ideal
Weaknesses: None so far
Get a tes ride on a well set up mbusi and you will love it!
just arrived at the shop less than 4 hours ago.
just reached home 40 minutes ago.
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