Pyga’s new Stage brings gravity-biased geometry to the marathon market.
Its 29in wheels, carbon frame and 95mm of rear travel are matched to a relaxed (for XC, anyway) head angle (68.5 degrees), 120mm fork, longer top tubes and shorter stems (sound familiar?). There’s also a Stage MAX (natch), which increases rear travel to 126mm, fork to 140mm and aims at the trail market.
Both bikes also feature a tweak (don’t call it a standard) Pyga calls “Plus 5“, which shifts the rearward end of the drivetrain (axle and cassette) outwards by 5mm while leaving the chainring where it is, and the overall rear end width at a standard 142mm. This means that there’s less cross-chaining (a Plus 5 system puts the 11th sprocket in line with the 9th sprocket on a regular-spaced frame), and therefore there should be less wear and tear to drivetrain components, as well as more even spoke tension across left and right-side spokes.
Pyga founder Pat Morewood says: “Longer travel bikes have seen a big change in geometry, driven by the Downhill scene. These changes have trickled down into the enduro and trail market, but marathon and XC bikes have been relatively stagnant in this regard. We felt that the marathon category could really benefit from this new way of thinking.”
Pyga isn’t the first brand to mix light weight and short travel with playful geometry – Whyte, for example, has long made a success of it – and so far we’ve loved every bike we’ve tried that’s been built to an ethos like this. Pyga hopes to unveil the Stage and Stage MAX at Eurobike in August, so stay tuned.