Cycle Monkey had a busy three days in Sacramento during the 2012 edition of NAHBS. This year's show was the biggest to date with over 8100 attendees and 171 exhibitors. Friday was busy, Saturday was very busy, and Sunday was steady. There were many beautiful bikes on display, though we didn't get to see the whole show because it was difficult to get away from the booth.
The Monkey Lab
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 have specialized tools to work on just about anything. When you ask us to service your Rohloff SPEEDHUB, build a new set of wheels, or overhaul your suspension fork, you get the real-world expertise that comes from 20 years of riding, racing, and wrenching on bikes.
Today, our primary focus is technical sales of the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and Schlumpf gearing systems as the premier US distributor of these products. We assist individual customers, builders, and bike shops in building or retrofitting bikes for the best low-maintenance, drive trains out there. We offer custom builds, as well as deliver complete packages around these drive trains in order to give customers the best rides with high reliability.
We recently did this Rohloff-Schmidt conversion on a Spot Acme for a customer in Sausalito, CA. He regularly commutes into San Francisco by bike and was looking for a new ride that was lightweight and stylish. As with most of the customers that contact us, low maintenance, reliability, and functionality were important considerations for this build. With the many hills in the Bay Area, wide range gearing is critical, and the 3-4 month annual rain season makes a belt drive ideal and fenders a necessity.
This Ellsworth Moment was built for a customer in Walnut Creek, CA. He had been a long-time Ellsworth rider and was looking to replace his old bike with one that had more travel. The 160mm travel Moment offered this extra travel along with geometry suited for more aggressive riding. One of his riding buddies had been riding a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 for many years and this customer had seen both how reliable the hub had been and the advantages it offered for technical riding.
After struggling with a troublesome front derailleur on his Airnimal Chameleon folding bike, Bruce Metras of B. Metras Company (San Rafael, CA) upgraded his bike with the installation of a Schlumpf Speed Drive.The Schlumpf system simplifies the drive train by using a single chain ring in the front that is connected to a two-speed internal gear system encased in the bottom bracket.
This Surly Ogre is a great example of an economical Rohloff build done for a customer in Ohio. He was looking for a no-fuss bike that he could ride off-road on his local trails and also take on long-distance tours. The Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 was a natural choice for the drive train. Having ridden a Big Dummy for several years, he was familiar with the quality and value of the Surly brand and looked to their new Ogre frame for his new bike.
Finding a shop that has a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 to test ride can be difficult. Fortunately, for riders in the Rome, GA area, Cycle Therapy has this Giant Trance X setup for demo.The bike highlights some of their favorite parts. With 125mm of rear wheel travel and 160mm up front, this bike can handle handle a wide variety of terrain.If your shop currently has a Rohloff demo bike or is interested in setting up a couple demo bikes, let us know.Build details
When Schlumpf redesigned their clutch plates to make them compatible with fixed gear bikes, Neil wanted a unique frame to test/showcase a Speed Drive unit. The Brooklyn Machine Works Gansta Track frame fit the bill with its pierced top tube, box-section fork crown, and airfoil fork legs, seat stays, and chain stays. Only problem - the frame had no provision for a brake.
Today, the Fedex man came with a box of long-awaited Center Track belt parts from Gates Carbon Drive, including pulleys for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14.Center Track represents the next generation of the belt drive system from Gates Carbon Drive. This version brings improvements in both installation and performance.
Greetings from our nation's capital! For the past few months, Cycle Monkey has been serving you from the East Coast -- Washington, DC to be exact.Relocating from Berkeley has triggered some interesting new experiments in the Monkey Lab, while allowing for us to carry on some key Cycle Monkey traditions.From the start, Cycle Monkey has been a cycle-powered business, with several bikes ferrying goods to local customers and the post office to ship packages to those more distant.