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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

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Meet the Ventana Mountain Bikes USA El Gordo fat bike in Team Blue Sparkle that we built for a customer in New Zealand. This customer came to us looking for an adventure bike to take him off the beaten path, far beyond the limits of where traditional mountain bikes can go. Because the large tires on a fat bike would allow him to pedal through terrain and riding conditions that push the limits of where bikes can be ridden, he needed a drivetrain that was up to the task as well.

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The Stoater is Shand's adventure road bike. Designed for the pure enjoyment of go-anywhere riding, the Stoater is all about drop bar, two wheel adventure. Refined enough to be your main road bike but rugged enough for off road trails and singletrack, it could be the only bike you ever need!The Stoater is ideal for longer rides, fully loaded touring or bike packing, but if you're feeling a little competitive, you can fit a set of narrower knobby tires and rock the local cyclocross race.

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Commuting/Light duty touring wheelset

Intended use: Touring
Features: Generator hub provides battery-free lighting and  electronic device charging; Rohloff SPEEDHUB internal gear  hub provides reliable shifting for daily transportation use
Recommended rider weight: 200lbs
Wheel Size: 700c

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Shand Cycles, Scotland's premier builder of bikes that are uniquely just fun to ride has debuted an exciting new model. A fatbike cleverly the Tumshie, Scottish for Turnip, based upon the the Rohloff Speedhub XL drivetrain.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.

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The Bahookie is Shand's do-it-all mountain bike. Perfect for bikepacking, adventure racing, heading off for a long day in the hills, or a quick blast through the woods after work. The hand-built steel frame is designed around 29" wheels and can be built with a lightweight rigid carbon fork, a carbon leaf spring fork from Lauf, or a variety of suspension forks from Rock Shox or Fox.

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This Kish mountain bike was put together by a customer of ours after he asked us to build a wheelset and anodize some parts for him. He had the frame custom built by Kish Fabrication, who hand builds road, mountain, and city bikes out of steel and titanium. This bike is designed around the popular 27.5” wheel diameter (aka 650b), an in-between size offering the fast rolling advantage of 29er wheels with the acceleration and maneuverability of 26 inch wheels.

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High-quality, hand-crafted steel frames handbuilt in Scotland since 2003Inspired by Scotland’s roads, trails, and mountains, Shand specializes in bikes designed for long distances and roads less traveled. Each frame is built in-house at Shand’s workshop from mitering through paint.Standard Frame Features

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We worked with Ventana Mountain Bikes USA to create a new plus-sized trail hardtail called Wolfram. Available with 27.5"+ or 29"+ wheels, the geometry follows current trends of longer top tubes for use with shorter stems, slack head angle for better stability on technical terrain, and short chain stays for a more playful feel and to make picking your way through obstacles easier. The oversized plus tires provide amazing traction and give the back end a little squish. We like to call it an all mountain hardtail.

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