19 May 2016

Super Commuter: Independent Fabrications Club Racer with Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14, Gates Carbon Drive, and Dynamo Set-up


This custom super commuter is now climbing the hills of San Francisco, CA. The customer already rode with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt, and while he really loved the drivetrain, he was less happy with the original frame. So, he came to us to discuss options for moving the Rohloff and belt over to a new frame. Besides wanting to re-use his drivetrain, the main goal of the bike was quick, responsive handling like his road bike to add a little excitement to his daily commute.

Independent Fabrications was high on his list due to the many choices available through their custom program, and he ultimately decided to go with a stainless steel Club Racer frame with a 3/4 paint job. We worked with him to spec the bike with commuting essentials, then dialed in the fit and got in touch with IF to work through the frame details.



Independent Fabrication in Newport, New Hampshire, builds all of their bikes to order. They are well known for both quality of frame construction and extensive custom paint capabilities.

Given the level of customization for this bike, Independent Fabrications was the perfect frame company for the build. They worked with us to use the Paragon Machine Works PolyDrop for Gates Carbon Drive belt insertion and built the frame with an eccentric bottom bracket for easy tensioning of the belt. They also integrated wiring for the dynamo-powered taillight, added Rohloff specific cabling, and gave it the custom paint job our customer wanted.

 

As the frame was being built, the Cycle Monkey Wheel House got to work. We specified Velocity Dyad rims for their blend of strength, durablility, and weight and used double-butted Sapim Race spokes with Sapim brass nipples for a solid, daily use wheelset.



For the front wheel, the customer chose a Schmidt SON28 dynamo hub for self-powered lighting of both the front and rear lights. This top-quality dynamo ensures that the bike will light up every time he pedals, so he can head for any destination safely with the road well lit and never need to think about charging a battery.


The rear wheel was outfitted with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14, which is a great fit for any commuter because of its durability, wide gear range, and consistent, maintenance-free shifting. With the addition of the Gates Carbon Drive belt, this is one of the most low maintenance and dependable drivetrains available. The belt has a usable lifespan at least twice as long as a conventional chain (and typically much longer) and does not require lubrication or cleaning.

This set-up is perfect for a hassle-free commute every day of the week. Whether you are heading across town or out of town, you can get on and get going without worrying whether the shifting is working.



In order to make this Club Racer the super commuter our customer wanted, we selected top-shelf components to complement the frame and provide a comfortable and reliable set-up.
    

This Independent Fabrications Club Racer turned out to be just the thing our customer wanted to ride everyday. IF's style and attention to detail is exemplified in this build. 

Are you looking for the perfect commuter? Do you want a new bike that meets all of your needs and that you love to ride?  Give us a call - we can help you make it happen.


Build Details:

• Frame: Independent Fabrications Club Racer
• Fork: IF custom steel fork
• Headset: Chris King NoThreadset
• Stem: Thomson X4
• Handlebar: Jeff Jones Loop H-Bar
• Shifters: Rohloff twist shifter
• Grips: Ergon GC1
• Seat post: Thomson Elite

• Saddle: Selle Anatomica X Series
• Front Hub: Schmidt SON28 Dynamo
• Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14
• Spokes: Sapim Race
• Nipples: Sapim Brass
• Rims: Velocity Dyad
• Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
• Cranks: Middleburn RS8 X-Type
• Pedals: Shimano XT
• Bottom Bracket: Chris King
• Chain ring: Gates Carbon Drive
• Rear Sprocket: Gates Carbon Drive
• Chain/Belt: Gates Carbon Drive
• Brakes & Levers: Magura rotors (160mm, 180mm)
 Front Light: Schmidt Edelux II 
• Tail Light: Schmidt SON taillight
 Fenders: Portland Design Works Full Metal Jacket
• Front Rack: Nitto Campee



12 April 2016

Surly Troll with S&S Couplings, Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14, and Gates Carbon Drive Belt


This customized Surly Troll was built for a customer in Easton,Maryland who wanted a bike for travel touring and general utility use. He came to us looking to get Surly's newly released World Troller frame built up with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and Gates Carbon Drive. However, at the time, the World Troller frames had not started shipping, so we took a standard Surly Troll frame and modified it by adding S&S couplings, a belt drive splitter, and a new coat of white powder coat to get very nearly the same result with the additional feature of being belt compatible.



Surly is known for making affordable steel frames and bikes in a wide variety of models including road, cargo, mountain, plus-tire, fat, and touring bikes. The World Troller is the latest addition to their touring lineup and is identical to the standard Troll model save for the addition of the S&S couplers. This upgrade makes it more expensive than their other frames but still offers a good value relative to other travel specific frames.

11 April 2016

Ventana Wolfram Pinion Bike Packages


Ventana has expanded the drivetrain options available for their Wolfram trail bike.  After successfully launching the Wolfram model with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt last fall, they are now offering a new version built around the Pinion gear box.  This version carries all the rest of the features of the original: modern trail geometry, large volume "plus"-sized tires, choice of 27.5+ or 29+ wheel size, and Gates Carbon Drive belt compatibility.

Bikes packages are available in two build levels:

  • Signature: $7,790
  • Standard: $6,510

Both packages include a 12-speed Pinion gearbox and Gates Carbon Drive belt system.  9- and 18-speed gearboxes are also available through the semi-customizable build kits options below.

Please contact us at info@cyclemonkey.com or 510-868-1777 for additional information or to place an order.



08 April 2016

Cycle Monkey Now Offering In-house Frame Modifications and Repair


We are excited to announce our new on-site fabrication shop. We will now be able to perform all of the standard steel or titanium frame modifications common on many of our builds as well as a comprehensive list of frame repairs. Having this workshop on site will reduce lead times for bikes being built in the Monkey Lab as well as expand our service offerings.


Our fabricator has great attention to detail and has over 10 years of experience doing everything from production welding to making custom parts in the machine shop to brazing ultra-thin frame tubes.



Our services include all of the jobs listed below plus others upon request. Work is performed on a time & materials basis, with an estimate provided prior to getting started. Most of the time we can estimate a job based on photos, but in some cases we will need to see the frame in order to make an accurate evaluation. Email us about bicycle frame modifications and repair.


Bicycle Frame Modifications

  • Install S&S Couplers for Travel Bike Conversion
  • Install Tube Splitter for Belt Drive Use
  • Install Rack and Fender Bosses
  • Install Cable Guides for Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 shift cables
  • Remove Un-Needed Cable Guides on Stock Frames
  • Install H20 Bosses (2- or 3-hole)
  • Install Reinforced Holes for Dropper Seatpost or Internal Cable Routing (no internal tube)
  • Install Internal Routing Cable Routing for Full Housing (with internal tube)
  • Install Internal Routing Cable Routing with Housing Stops (with internal tube)
  • Re-Space Frame to Fit Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14
  • Install Headset Reinforcement Ring on Head Tube
  • Braze-On Seat Tube Collar


Bicycle Frame Repairs and Refinishing
  • Frame Alignment Inspection/Re-Alignment
  • Rear Dropout Modification/Repair
  • Collision Repair
  • Fork Alignment
  • Replace Frame Tube
  • Replace Threaded Bottom Bracket Shell with Eccentric Shell
  • Replace Head Tube
Frame Refinishing Options (Through Local Partners)
  • Powder Coating
  • Wet Paint

Example Frames

Kona Honzo

Modifications:

  • Install tube splitter in seat stay for inserting Gates Carbon Drive belt into rear triangle
  • Remove stock cable guides from top tube and left seat stay
  • Install cable guides on down tube and left chain stay for rear brake line and Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 cables
  • Install second water bottle cage under down tube
  • Install reinforced hole in seat tube for dropper seatpost cable routing
  • New powder coat






 


Soma Rush

Modifications: 

  • Install tube splitter in seat stay for inserting Gates Carbon Drive belt into rear triangle




Surly Troll

Modifications: 

  • Install tube splitter in seat stay for inserting Gates Carbon Drive belt into rear triangle
  • Install S&S Couplings in top and down tubes for breaking the frame into sections for fitting in an airline legal travel case
  • New powder coat



Traitor Cycles

Modifications: 

  • Install tube splitter in seat stay for inserting Gates Carbon Drive belt into rear triangle
  • Remove stock cable guides from down tube and right chain stay
  • Install cable guides on down tube and left chain stay for Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 cables
  • Install second water bottle cage on seat tube
  • New powder coat





Surly Steamroller

Modifications:

  • Install tube splitter in seat stay for inserting Gates Carbon Drive belt into rear triangle
 


Surly Disk Trucker

Modifications: 

  • Install tube splitter in seat stay for inserting Gates Carbon Drive belt into rear triangle
  • Install S&S Couplings in top and down tubes for breaking the frame into sections for fitting in an airline legal travel case
  • Replace bottom bracket shell with eccentric
  • Install cable guides on down tube and left chain stay for Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 cables
  • Repaint and new decals