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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Blog - Tag: 29er

We built this Budnitz NO. 3 titanium bike for a customer in Southern California who was looking for the perfect all-purpose bike to get around town and to potentially do some long distance rides. He wanted a bike for exploring his neighborhood, riding nearby trails and bike paths, taking out on fitness rides, and eventually working his way up to a self supported transcontinental tour. Most of all, he wanted a bike that would be comfortable, lightweight, and stylish - an all-arounder that would last him a lifetime and rarely need service.

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Black Sheep looking south from Albany Hill ParkThis beautiful titanium bike from Black Sheep Bikes in Ft. Collins, CO came into the Monkey Lab for a Gates Carbon Drive belt conversion. While we are known best for our Rohloff Internal Gear Hub builds, we're big proponents of the Gates belt drive system, which is a fantastic option for single speed bikes as well as internal gear hub bikes.

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Wide, Lightweight Carbon Trail Bike Wheels- Intended use: Mountain biking, trail riding- Features: Lightweight carbon rims, white spokes- Recommended rider weight: <225 lbs.- Wheel size: 29"Wheel build details- Rims: Imported carbon 29", 35mm wide- Front hub: Industry Nine- Rear hub: Industry Nine- Spokes: Sapim Race- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front / 3 cross rearDestination: El Cerrito, CA

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.

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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

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.

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We built this bike for a customer in Vail, CO who was looking for an all-around mountain bike that catered to some very specific setup needs. He enjoys long rides exploring the backcountry roads of Colorado's High Country and wanted a bike that would take his adventures further into the seemingly endless trails of the Rocky Mountains. His build needed to be reliable, low maintenance, and capable enough for all-day rides combining dirt and pavement.For this build, comfort was a top priority for our customer given distress caused by arthritis in his hands.

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This bike was built for a local customer who came to us looking for a unique frame that was comfortable and versatile enough for the different types of trails near his home in Oakland, CA. He had his eye on a Jeff Jones Titanium Space frame, which has long been recognized as one of the most distinctive titanium mountain frames.

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