ONETWENTY vs ONETEN: The PYGA Show

This month we got Rudolf Zuidema to give the first every 650B bike to go under the Full Sus microscope a test. Rudolf put the PYGA ONETWENTY650 through its paces and then hopped on the big wheeled, shorter traveling ONETEN29 just for good comparative measures too, this is how it went:

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For those living under a rock somewhere, PYGA is the brainchild of SA bike industry legends Patrick Morewood, formerly of Morewood and Mark Hopkins, formerly of Leatt and the founder of Csixx. They focus on making bikes that are fun to ride on your local trails, while also being capable of riding the odd Enduro or Marathon Stage race by simply switching selected components; wheels being the obvious first choice.

I tested both the ONETWENTY and the ONETEN. And both bikes have the same essential features and proportional geometry, so in theory they should deliver similar rides…

One of the first things you notice on the PYGA frames is build quality. The single colour paintjob and decals are smooth and understated, the welds are uniform and the visible machining in the 90mm Pressfit BB and tapered steerer tube is neatly finished off.  All of the pivots run on sealed cartridge bearings with the Main, Rocker and Rear Brake pivots getting a double set of bearings for improved durability and increased lateral stiffness. The suspension setup is essentially a Faux Bar linkage with a floating rear shock, which aims to isolate suspension forces from the frame itself.

The replaceable hanger is stout, belying the trail orientated nature of the bikes and the replaceable thread for the Syntace X12 rear axle is a nice touch.

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Both test bikes were fitted with SRAM XX1 drivetrains and Stan’s ARCH EX Wheels. There were a number of minor spec variations, but two impacted on the test in my opinion and are worth mentioning.

The ONETWENTY came fitted with a Rockshox Revelation RCT3 fork with 140mm travel and a 15mm QR Axle while the ONETEN had a FOX FLOAT 32 RLC with 120mm travel and a standard 9mm QR Axle. Both forks feature the full spectrum of adjustments but what sets them apart is the axle standard. Why anyone would still spec a bike, let alone a 29r, with a 9mm QR fork in this day and age is beyond me. The benefits of the 15mm QR Axle standard are by now well documented and the 20 odd gram weight penalty is far outweighed by the improvement in steering precision, particularly when it comes to 29er’s. Coming off the ONETWENTY and the utterly sublime Revelation fork the ONETEN with the Float was disappointing to say the least. Steering was noticeably less direct and even vague at times, severely affecting confidence when it came to throwing the bike down the trails. Moral of the story, buy a fork with a 15mm QR Axle!

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On the other hand the ONETWENTY was fitted with a standard seatpost, while the ONETEN was fitted with a Rockshox Reverb Dropper Post. The Dropper Post is probably the one upgrade on a bike that will improve your singletrack descending prowess! Being able to drop your saddle out of the way when descending technical trails at speed is sheer bliss. I’m sure everyone’s bought a plot somewhere on a trail after getting hung up on the back of their saddle! Having the dropper on the ONETEN went a surprisingly long way to offset the poor choice of fork, such a pity we didn’t have one on the ONETWENTY. I might have to call for a re-test…

The PYGA’s, both 29” & 650b, are superb all-rounders with relentless traction and the climbing efficiency of a lightweight marathon race bike. The slacker head angles and the superb suspension make for a bike that pushes you to go ever faster. As long as you commit to trail ahead and let the Force flow through you, you’ll get to the bottom of the trail with a smile on your dial and if your sports pass hasn’t expired yet you’ll be pointing the front wheel back up the mountain for another run!

I haven’t touched much on the different wheel sizes… as that can of worms is for next time. Suffice it to say that both have their Pros and Cons and you’ll have to figure out which one is best suited for your personal riding style, but you won’t go wrong with either PYGA.

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