Profile view in the trail configurationThis custom Ventana 29er was built in 2008 for Neil as a long-term test mule for various parts and design ideas. The idea was to set up the bike with different part configurations to serve either as a cross country or all mountain rig. As with most of Neil's bikes, this one was setup around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 drivetrain.
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Ventana El Comandante profileThis custom Ventana El Comandante 29er mountain bike was built for a customer in Alaska who was looking for a rig that was capable of completing long-distance off road events like the Tour Divide (which was won last year by Ollie Whalley on the same frame and drivetrain).
Masuelli Bamboo/Carbon profile viewThis carbon fiber and bamboo frame was built by local Bay Area frame builder Masuelli Bikes. Neil wanted a bamboo bike partially as a novelty and partially based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from customers riding on the material. He had also been looking for a platform to try out the Sturmey Archer S3X 3-speed fixed gear hub and this seemed like a perfect fit.Sturmey Archer S3X fixed gear hub and rear triangle constructionThe goal was to build a fixed gear road bike for longer-distance rides.
We built this bike for a local customer in Oakland, CA for commuting and bike packing. He had come across the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 as the ideal drivetrain for a reliable, hassle-free daily transportation bike and came to us to test ride it and discuss build options. The Surly Disc Trucker offered a value priced frame with Rohloff-specific features and disc brakes for all-weather braking performance.
We built this bike for a local customer in El Cerrito, CA as an insurance replacement for a bike that was stolen. While he was sad to loose his old bike, he got some nice upgrades with the replacement: disc brakes, 29" wheels, custom frame. He had purchased a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 several years earlier for a different bike, but that hub had subsequently gone unused following a bike swap.
We're back from two weeks on the road getting to/from Denver for NAHBS. The show went well, and it was good to meet everyone who stopped by the booth. The video above gives a virtual tour of our booth. The show had more vendors this year than ever but not quite as many attendees, due in part to a snow storm on Sunday.
We were fortunate enough to get our hands on this Surly Krampus frameset, a pair of Rabbit Hole rims, and a pair of Knard tires from the first production batch of these parts. The bike was built for a customer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for bike-packing, including plans to ride the Tour Divide event aboard it. The 2745 mile Tour Divide is a self-supported, mostly off-road race that follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route along the spine of the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
It's been a long time in coming, but we finally have an online store at http://cyclemonkey.bigcartel.com/. You can find all the Rohloff small parts plus Gates Carbon Drive belts and pulleys, Magura brakes, Wippermann chains, Race Face cranks and chainrings, and some other items commonly used for setting up bikes with Rohloff SPEEBHUBs. Look for Schlumpf small parts to be posted shortly.
We built this bright green commuter for one of our customers in Anchorage, AK. He had been commuting on an aluminum cyclocross frame and wanted to switch to a steel bike for better comfort. He was also looking for a more durable frame to do some touring on. He had picked up a used Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and sent it down to us for an overhaul and to be built up with a Chris King front hub into a wheelset.
We built this steel touring bike for a customer in Henderson, NV to replace the Surly Cross Check that he had been riding. He came to us two and a half years ago to build a rear wheel with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 to replace the derailleur system on his Cross Check, and a couple months later, we built him a matching front wheel with a Phil Wood Touring hub.