Cycle Monkey
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CM Monkey Head 2-ToneAt 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.

Cycle Monkey was founded in fall of 2005 to service suspension forks for mountain bikers living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Custom wheel building was soon added both as a passion of our founder and to address the decline in the number of qualified wheelsmiths as the cycling market moves towards complete factory-built wheels.

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 complete bike packages around these drive trains in order to give customers the best rides with high reliability, featuring Tout Terrain, Ventana, and Co-Motion.

We pride ourselves on staying informed about the latest technology for both road and mountain bikes. We routinely attend manufacturers’ training classes and keep up-to-date on the latest service manuals. We have a far more complete toolset than the average bike shop, including specialized tools for Rohloff, Schlumpf, suspension, frame prep, and component servicing. When it comes time to install a new part or repair an older one, we know what we’re doing before we pick up a wrench. We admit it: we’re tech geeks.
Outside the shop, we’ve got thousands of real-world miles in our legs on trails and the road, from training, racing, and just having fun. Our founder, Neil Flock, got his first mountain bike at age 10 and started wrenching at a bike shop at age 13. He continued to improve his riding and wrenching skills throughout high school and college, and later raced on the road at the Cat 2 level for a couple years after college. Neil has devoted the last several years supporting sales and service for Rohloff, now through Cycle Monkey.

 

Rohloff-Belt Retrotec Cycles Commuter:

Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

A long-standing customer popped by the shop, looking to upgrade from a humdrum commuter to something that recalled that initial joy of riding a bike. Though a child of the 80s, she learned on a swoopy 60s bike that her aunt rode as a child. She was looking to achieve the distinctive retro look, while going for the ultimate commuter setup. Her wishlist included a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and belt drive to nearly eliminate maintenance, front and rear integrated racks, and a dynamo hub to light the way.

We teamed up with Curtis Inglis of Retrotec Cycles to build this nostalgic turquoise & white special. The Retrotec styling was exactly what our customer was looking for, making her commutes to work more of a joy ride.

For more on custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.

Rohloff-Belt Tout Terrain 5th Avenue:

Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

Tout Terrain designs bikes for a cycling lifestyle for both daily transportation and extended tours. Each model is designed to be comfortable and durable, and Tout Terrain’s innovative design features make the bikes stand out. Internal gearing from Rohloff, Pinion, and Shimano combined with Gates Carbon Drive belts create user-friendly, low-maintenance bikes.

This TT 5th Avenue is designed for expedition touring, with 700c wheels and integrated racks.
Purpose Built. Each bike is designed from frame to fenders across four categories with the desired use in mind. Tout Terrain looks at the complete bicycle as a package, adapting the design elements to better fit each potential application.

Reliability.
Low maintenance of internally geared drivetrains. Engineered and real-world tested for durability.

Innovation. From patented tensioning solutions for setting belt and chain tension, to integrated rear racks, ergonomic steering stops, integrated dynamo wiring, and built-in kickstand mount, each bike offers features to make your riding more enjoyable.

For more on this build and other custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.

Rohloff-Belt Ventana Wolfram 27.5+ / 29+ Trail Bike:

Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

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.  Some might call it an enduro hardtail.  One of our friends would call it a Funduro. Whatever you call it, it is a very capable bike that is tons of fun to ride.

Completely manufactured in-house at Ventana’s factory in Northern California, the Cycle Monkey editions of the Wolfram 27. 5+ and 29+ feature dedicated cable routing for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and stealth dropper seatposts and are belt drive compatible through Ventana’s clever adjustable dropout system for the most maintenance-free trail bike drivetrain available.

For more on this build and other custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.

Rohloff-Belt Tout Terrain Metropolis:

Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

Tout Terrain designs bikes for a cycling lifestyle for both daily transportation and extended tours. Each model is designed to be comfortable and durable, and Tout Terrain’s innovative design features make the bikes stand out. Internal gearing from Rohloff, Pinion, and Shimano combined with Gates Carbon Drive belts create user-friendly, low-maintenance bikes.
Purpose Built. Each bike is designed from frame to fenders across four categories with the desired use in mind. Tout Terrain looks at the complete bicycle as a package, adapting the design elements to better fit each potential application.

Reliability.
Low maintenance of internally geared drivetrains. Engineered and real-world tested for durability.

Innovation. From patented tensioning solutions for setting belt and chain tension, to integrated rear racks, ergonomic steering stops, integrated dynamo wiring, and built-in kickstand mount, each bike offers features to make your riding more enjoyable.

For more on this build and other custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.

Rohloff-Belt Ventana El Gordo Fat Bike:

Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

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. These frames are also belt drive compatible through Ventana’s clever adjustable dropout system for the most maintenance-free fat bike drivetrain available. Options are available to build the bikes up with a suspension fork and dropper seatpost for trail use or with a rigid fork and post for sand/snow use.

For more on this bike package special and other custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.

Rohloff-Belt Co-Motion Klatch: Adventure Road Build by Cycle Monkey:

Cycle Monkey specializes in custom builds using the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hubs and Gates Carbon Drive belts.

Since the Klatch is normally sold with derailleurs, Cycle Monkey worked with Co-Motion to make this Klatch both Rohloff SPEEDHUB- and Gates Carbon Drive belt-specific by adding a two-piece drive side dropout to get the belt into the rear triangle, Rohloff-specific cable guides for clean cable routing, an eccentric bottom bracket for tensioning the belt, and extra stout chain stays to prevent any flex in the drivetrain and ensure max belt performance.

For more on this build and other custom builds by Cycle Monkey, check out the Monkey Lab.

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