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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Blog - Tag: Custom Wheels

Cycle Monkey launches The Wheel House Blog

With wheels as a central part of our business, Cycle Monkey launched The Wheel House blog to showcase the hand-built custom wheels that we make to order for our customers.The new blog features recent wheel builds for our wide range of customers from the ultimate in road wheels to light-weight XC race wheels, and everything in between.While many of the bikes showcased here at The Monkey Lab have Cycle Monkey wheels, we wanted to create a complementary blog on the

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Rohloff-Equipped, Belt Driven Spot Rocker SS 29'er Mountain Bike

This steel Spot 29'er was built for a customer in Lynchburg, VA.  The customer came to us looking for a bike with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and a Gates Carbon Drive belt system.  These two products offer the high durability, low maintenance setup he was after for a high-mileage off road bike.

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Rohloff-Equipped, Belt Driven Firefly Custom Titanium Dream Commuter

These photos of a titanium super commuter were submitted by Firefly Bicycles.  This bike has all manner of bells and whistles and an amazing level of component integration.  The guys at Firefly have nearly three decades of experience building top quality bike frames, but what really sets them apart is their amazing level of creativity and attention to detail.  The finishes on their bikes are often understated, but striking.

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Ultralight, Rohloff-Equipped Cannondale Flash Mountain Bike

These photos were submitted by one of our customers in British Columbia, Canada.  His Cannondale Flash carbon fiber mountain bike weighs in at just shy of 20 pounds without pedals, making this the lightest Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14-equipped bike that we have worked with.  The carbon frame is as light as many high-end road frames and the parts spec includes plenty of lightweight carbon bits.

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Rohloff-Equipped Soma Juice 29'er Mountain/Touring Bike

This Soma Juice 29'er was built for a customer in San Jose, CA as a multi-purpose bike.  The goal was to build a moderately priced bike around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 that was capable of off road use, running errands, and light touring.  This type of bike represents a growing category often described as an adventure bike.

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Rohloff-Equipped Lynskey PRO29 SL Titanium 29'er Mountain Bike

This titanium 29'er was built for a customer in Westport, CT.  Lynskey recently ran a promotion on their top-shelf 29" hardtail, the Pro29 SL, so this customer decided it was time to get a new mountain bike.  A Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 was chosen for the drivetrain based on its reputation for simplicity, high durability, and low maintenance.

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Rohloff-equipped Independent Fabrication Touring Bike

Independent Fabrication, one of our partner frame builders, recently built this rugged touring bike for one of their customers.  They were commissioned to build the bike to be as strong as possible to carry the rider safely and reliably through many thousands of miles of unsupported, heavily loaded touring.  IF contacted us to build a wheelset around a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 that would complement the frame.For the wheels, we laced the Rohloff rear hub and a

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Schlumpf-Equipped Leader 725 Two Speed Fixie

We built this black and white Leader 725 recently for a customer in Toronto, ON Canada. He was looking for a fixed gear bike with clean lines to commute on but wanted to have more than one gear to deal with hills. A Schlumpf Speed Drive was a natural fit as it offers two gear choices without any cables or hand shifter.

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Rohloff-Equipped, Motorized Surly Big Dummy Cargo Bike

This custom painted Surly Big Dummy hybrid was done for a customer in San Francisco, CA who was looking for an alternative to using his car for day to day activities. The Big Dummy offered the cargo space that he needed and the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 offered wide gear range and a maintenance-free drivetrain, but getting up and over the steep hills in San Francisco was a challenge, especially with heavy loads.

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NAHBS 2012 Sacramento

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.

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