Arise! Morewood Sukuma marks start of a new dawn for the South African company

The name is still a nod to its South African heritage – it means ‘arise’ in Zulu – but at first look that’s about all the new Morewood Sukuma shares with the company’s older bikes. Instead of square tubes and a single-pivot rear end it’s got swoopy lines and linkage suspension.

If the silhouette looks familiar that’s because the Sukuma uses Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot design – the same concentric rear dropout pivot used by Devinici, BH and others, and similar to Trek’s ABP setup. Elsewhere there’s all the usual attention to detail you’d expect from Morewood. In fact, they reckon it’s the “finest trail bike” they’ve ever produced.

If you’re not lucky enough to live in South Africa, European buyers can pick one up from Germany’s SportsNut. The full build shown here costs €3,999/£3,159, with a frame and shock coming in at €2,299/£1,817. There’s no word on North American distribution yet. More info at www.morewoodbikes.com.

The Morewood badge has always been a sign of quality. Here it adorns a tapered head tube. Picture by James Costley-White

The Morewood badge has always been a sign of quality. Here it adorns a tapered head tube

We like the Sukuma's stealthy look and subtle graphics. Picture by James Costley-White

We like the Sukuma's stealthy look and subtle graphics

Morewood are proud of their South African heritage. Picture by James Costley-White

Morewood are proud of their South African heritage

This is the Split Pivot. Morewood say this design combines the best features of single-pivot and linkage setups. Picture by James Costley-White

This is the Split Pivot. Morewood say that by making the rear pivot concentric with the axle you combine the best features of single-pivot and chainstay/seatstay pivot linkage rear ends

The seatstays drive this 2D forged rocker... Picture by James Costley-White

The seatstays drive this 2D forged rocker...

... which compresses the Fox Float RP23 BV shock, delivering 150mm of travel. Picture by James Costley-White

... which compresses the Fox Float RP23 BV shock, delivering 150mm of travel

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