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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Blog - Tag: Belt Drive



This decked-out Soma Wolverine was built for a customer in San Jose, CA. The rider was looking for a rugged commuter bike that would be efficient on his daily trips to work, but would also offer the versatility to enjoy longer tours on the weekend and even a few cycling-oriented vacations. Soma’s Wolverine frame fit the bill as a sturdy option that is affordable, works well with a Rohloff hub, and is belt-ready.

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This decked out Tout Terrain Metropolitan was built for a customer in Sacramento, CA as his daily commuter. He had ordered the frame with a few customizations and picked out most of the parts he wanted to use, then came to us for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub a

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This decked out Tout Terrain Metropolitan was built for a customer in Sacramento, CA as his daily commuter. He had ordered the frame with a few customizations and picked out most of the parts he wanted to use, then came to us for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub a

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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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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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OverviewFor fall of 2015, we have revamped our Ventana El Gordo Fat Bike packages.  These bikes have proven to be solid performers for many types of riding over the past year.  We made updates based on new parts introduced in the past year as well as introducing suggested builds for snow/sand, trail, and touring use.  The frame, Rohloff SPEEDHUB XL gear hub, and Gates Carbon Drive belt system carry forward.

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Neil built this Kona Honzo up with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt to test whether a short chainstay 29'er felt markedly different than one with longer stays. There is a lot of discussion among mountain bike riders and journalists about the merits of shorter chainstays, with "shorter is better" seeming to be a common theme and bikes having shorter stays almost always getting more favorable reviews than bikes with longer stays.

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