At Cycle Monkey, we live and breathe bikes—we love to ride them, work on them, and talk about them, from road to mountain and everything in between. We strive to build bikes that inspire riders to just go out and ride. Just wake up in the morning, grab a helmet, and go. That's our kind of riding. We have a strong belief that internal shifting is a smarter way to change gears - it's certainly the most durable and reliable - and this belief influences many of our decisions in selecting brand partners and how we approach bikes in general. We work with brands that design for high reliability, low maintenance, and that feeling of independence.
Cycle Monkey distributes everything from specialized components like the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and Gates Carbon Drive to full bicycles from Tout Terrain and Ventana USA. We offer in-house custom bike and wheel building, as well as serve as the Technical Service Center for each brand.
We are located near Berkeley, California in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving customers throughout North America for Rohloff and Schlumpf. For selected shops and consumers, we also provide wheel building and custom bike builds.
To learn more about the work we do, please contact us by phone or email:
About Our Experience
Cycle Monkey was started in fall of 2005 as a side project to service the suspension forks of East Bay mountain bikers. Custom wheel building was soon added both as a passion of our founder and to address the decline in the number of qualified wheelsmiths as the cycling market moves towards complete factory built wheels. Since then, our main focus has shifted to distribution of high quality, often technical, products as well as offering wheels and complete bikes built around these products. Along with providing sales of these products, we also provide technical support and warranty and repair service.
Outside the shop, we've got many thousands of real-world miles in our legs on trails and the road, from training, racing, and just having fun. Our founder, Neil Flock, got his first mountain bike at age 10 and started wrenching at a bike shop at age 13. He continued to improve his riding and wrenching skills throughout high school and college, and later raced on the road at the Cat 2 level for a few years after college. All that time riding bikes, reading about bikes, and wrenching on them led to the founding of Cycle Monkey. Neil has also used his mechanical engineering degree and some professional product design experience to developed some proprietary products, with many more in the works.
Services for San Francisco Bay Area Cyclists
If you're near Berkeley, feel free to contact us for more information on custom bikes with internal gearing and belt drives. We're an authorized dealer for Zerode, Tout-Terrain, Co-Motion, Spot, Paketa, Lynskey, Independent Fabrication, Ventana, Lenz Sport, Ellsworth, Surly, Soma, Budnitz, and Vassago. We have a collection of demo bikes set up with Rohloff internal gear hubs, Pinion gearboxes, and Schlumpf drive units.