Bamboo is an unconventional material to build a bike from, but it has become an increasingly popular option as more and more riders discover the unique ride quality that it offers. We built this bamboo Calfee Design frame for a customer who enjoys long organized rides like the Seattle to Portland event along with exploring back roads around his home near Seattle. He also planned to use the bike for his daily transportation needs, so it was designed as a sturdy road bike/light duty touring bike.
29+ Mountain Biking/Bike Packing Wheelset- Intended use: Mountain biking, trail riding- Features: 50mm wide rims with cut out centers to reduce rotational weight- Recommended rider weight: <175 lbs.- Wheel size: 29+Wheel build details- Rims: Surly Rabbit Hole 32h- Front hub: Paul Components Disc FHUB- Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14- Spokes: Sapim Laser- Nipples: Black Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front / 2 cross rearDestination: Oakland, CA
Single Speed Moutain Wheelset- Intended use: Mountain biking, trail riding- Features: Solid nutted axles, White Industries SS freewheel- Recommended rider weight: <250 lbs.- Wheel size: 29"Wheel build details- Rims: Velocity Blunt 35- Front hub: Surly- Rear hub: Surly- Spokes: Sapim Race- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front / 3 cross rear Destination: Mount Pleasant, SC
Vassago’s Optimus Ti is a great example of a high-end titanium hardtail that is optimized for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14. It features cross country inspired geometry that also works well for more technical trail rides. Its titanium construction provides a comfortable ride quality that reduces vibrations yet remains stiff when you push it hard.
Lightweight Road Wheelset- Intended use: Road riding, racing, and training- Features: Lightweight road wheelset- Recommended rider weight: <175 lbs.- Wheel size: 700cWheel build details- Rims: Velocity A23- Front hub: White Industries T11- Rear hub: White Industries T11- Spokes: Sapim Race- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 2 cross front / 2 cross rear Destination: Berkeley, CA
Ultra-wide Trail Bike Wheelset- Intended use: Mountain biking, all-mountain riding- Features: 45mm-wide rims increase tire's stability and contact patch; Rohloff SPEEDHUB provides reliable shifting in all conditions - Recommended rider weight: <200 lbs.- Wheel size: 29"Wheel build details- Rims: Velocity Dually- Front hub: Hadley- Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14- Spokes: Sapim Force- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front / 2 cross rearDestination: Cycle Monkey Demo Wheels
R&E Cycles is a legendary bicycle maker in Seattle, WA. With two brands under their roof - Rodriguez Cycles and Erickson Cycles - they have been hand-building dream bikes for customers around the world since 1973 from their workshop in Seattle’s University District. They build a wide range of frames from classic road bikes to more unique - and often technically demanding - projects such as tandems, S&S coupled travel bikes, and frames with intricate design details.
We've worked with Ventana Mountain Bikes USA to create a special Cycle Monkey edition of their US-made El Gordo fat bike frame. The Cycle Monkey edition will feature dedicated cable routing for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB and stealth dropper seatposts.
Riding the Divide is one of the most awe-inspiring and grueling cycling challenges in the world. The 2,700 mile, 200,000 foot elevation gain ride goes from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, traversing the whole length of the United States along the Continental Divide. The Divide is also the route of the annual Tour Divide, a famous unsupported endurance race.
Taking a four month tour through the Balkan Peninsula in Europe requires a commitment to adventure. As with most self-supported bike trips, you must be prepared for different road conditions, varying weather, and unexpected mishaps. The embrace of the unknown was exactly what inspired this build: the customer, from Santa Cruz, CA wanted a fully-equipped touring bike to set out to see new parts of the world. Based on his criteria, we set him up with a Co-Motion Americano equipped with a