This is my review of the 2011 season spent on my Morewood Makulu.
Frame: 2011 Morewood Makulu, Med, Red
Fork: 2011 Marzocchi 888 EVO TI
Shock: Cane Creek Double Barrel, w/ TI Spring
Bars: Spank Spike 777 EVO, Red
Stem: Marzocchi 50mm, Black
Grips: ODI TLD, Red
Brakes: Formula The One FR, 203mm Rotors
Headset: Cane Creek 110, Red
Seatpost: Woodman LS, Gold
Seatclamp: Woodman TI Bolts, Gold
Saddle: SDG Falcon, TI Rails, Red/Black
Cranks: MRP Camber 170mm, Black
Pedals: Crank Bro's Mallet 3....Spank Spike Flats, Red
Chainguide: MRP G2 SL, Black
Chainring: MRP 37T
Chainring Bolts: Vuelta Bolt Set, Red
Chain: SRAM 10spd
Shifter: SRAM XO, Redbush Red
Derailleur: SRAM X9 10spd, Red
Cable Set: Aztec, Black
Cassette: PG-1080, 11-26, Red
Hubs: Hope PRO-2, Polished, 32h
Spokes: DT Swiss Champion, Black
Nipples: DT Swiss, Gold
Rims: Spank Subrosa, 32h, Black
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5, Maxxis High Roller II 2.4
My first ride on the Makulu was at the Windham WC race in Windham, New York. I was given the chance to ride and race Fabien Cousinie from team Morewood Unitedride's factory Fox equipped Makulu.
This was a custom sized frame with a degree slacker head angle than stock. I can say I was more than blown away with everything on the bike. This particular bike was a bit big but was still really good. The first thing I noticed was how confidence inspiring the bike is. I could immediately put the bike where I wanted and it tracked like a dream.
The rear swingarm is extremely stiff and really translates well to the trail. The rear suspension is very responsive on small hits and take the bigger stuff very well. I have not ridden a linkage driven single pivot that responds that well to terrain and still pedals really well. It is the definition of fast.
The 2.1:1 leverage ratio is fantastic, coming off a Commencal Supreme DH with a much higher ratio the Makulu blows the Supreme away. Pedal feedback is virtually non-existent. It is extremely stable in the air and and really sticks to the ground. I must reiterate the fact that this bike just simply makes you go faster. I am now riding sections of tracks faster than I should but I'm still comfortable enough to go faster. I can push this bike and keep pushing. The more time I spend on it the faster it gets.
I am very happy with this bike and I love every minute I spend on it.
Thanks for reading!!