Bicycling (South Africa) - - Gear Of The Year -

Af­ter five years of con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion and 18 months of de­vel­op­ment, Vic­tor Momsen is un­der­stand­ably proud of his lat­est cre­ation, the Vipa Ul­tra. With a ground-up de­sign and real-world pro­to­type test­ing, it’s a bold move for the PE-based com­pany. First glimpses of the Ul­tra were seen at the Cape Epic. It was pi­loted by Team Im­buko riders Dy­lan Re­bello and Marco Jou­bert, who fin­ished a re­mark­able 17th on the over­all GC de­spite their rel­a­tive lack of ex­pe­ri­ence. The pro­duc­tion mod­els fea­ture more sub­tle graph­ics and re­fined frame fea­tures, while a flip chip on the shock mount al­lows sub­tle ad­just­ments to ge­om­e­try. The frame has space for three wa­ter bot­tles, and two in­te­grated stor­age com­part­ments to take on food, spares and tools. As far as Momsen is con­cerned, this South African-born and -bred bike is the first true stage-rac­ing su­per­bike. Momsen made the Ul­tra avail­able as a frame­set in 2018, but more tai­lored op­tions are to fol­low in 2019.

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