23 November 2015

Mule - The Expedition-Ready Trailer from Tout Terrain

Introducing the expedition worthy Mule trailer from Tout Terrain

Headed to the backcountry or on a long distance tour: hire a Mule.

Tout Terrain designs purpose-built bikes and trailers for a cycle-centric life. The Mule, a suspended single-wheeled luggage trailer, is a unique product for off-road and on-road cycling and ideal for bicycle touring.

Now through the end of 2015, get free shipping within mainland US on Tout Terrain trailer orders.

Tout Terrain Mule trailer hitched to 29er MTB

On tour, the trailer is a loyal companion, transforming a mountain bike into a touring bike. Once you make camp, the trailer can be quickly disconnected, so that you can enjoy a true mountain bike ride on day trips. 

The Mule is designed for off-road riding. Even on rough sections, it can be run without problems and you almost forget that you are traveling with a trailer. With its large load capacity, it is also great for family trips as parents can easily carry the luggage of their children. Using the same hitch system as the Singletrailer and Streamliner the trailers can easily be interchanged between bikes.


  • Compatible with 29er bikes
  • Adjustable spring travel of 160 mm (off-road) or 120 mm (street)
  • Simple and easy handling because of lightweight: only 14.8 lbs
  • Single-wheeled design enables dynamic riding qualities with a load
  • Center of gravity optimization of luggage for different usage models. Lower balance point and reduced ground clearance for street usage, higher balance point and ground clearance for off-road usage
  • Can be easily disassembled and stored flat
  • Permissible maximum weight 95 lbs
  • Price: $700
  • http://cyclemonkey.bigcartel.com/product/tout-terrain-mule-cargo-trailer
Tout Terrain Mule bike trailer with mud-guard fender installed

Tout Terrain Mule bike trailer with integrated kickstand engaged

Tout Terrain Mule bike trailer with integrated kickstand and rear suspension

Singetrailer and Streamliner - Trail Worthy Child Trailers from Tout Terrain

On the go: Family ride with the Tout Terrain Streamliner trail-a-bike and Tout Terrain Singletrailer
For cycling families, Tout Terrain offers the most trail- and street-worthy bike trailers, complete with a 5-point harness system and suspension that enhances the fun, comfort, and safety for your child.

The Tout Terrain trailer product portfolio is divided into three categories URBAN, OFFROAD and TOUR to meet your needs.

Now through the end of 2015, get free shipping within mainland US on Tout Terrain trailer orders.


Trail riding with Tout Terrain's Singletrailer for infants to small children

The Singletrailer is the ideal trailer for all mountain bikers who want to enjoy the trails together with their families. 

Tout Terrain Streamliner Suspended Bike Trailer

With the Singletrailer, real mountain bike rides are possible even across the roughest terrain. The child sits in an extra-light but highly durable CrMo steel chassis with a roll bar and is cushioned by a custom shock that provides up to 200mm/8" of travel. The Singletrailer is just under 18" wide – narrower than your mountain bike handlebars – and weighs just under 21 lbs.

Tout Terrain Singletrailer out on a touring expedition


  • Compatible with all wheel sizes (adult bike)
  • Custom valved, high quality air sprung shock for tuning the shock performance to your child's body weight
  • 160 (6.3") or 200 mm (8") of rear wheel travel (adjustable)
  • Stable and crash-proof frame with roll bar from CrMo steel
  • Lateral forces have hardly any effect on your child thanks to corner banking
  • Five-point safety seat belt with padding
  • High quality, comfortable seat made from breathable material
  • Seat with PU foam prevents the child from becoming chilly or overheating
  • High quality CNC-produced joint with ball-bearing for solid connection to the towing bike
  • Low rolling resistance due to single-wheel design
  • Easy to handle due to the low overall weight of just 21 lbs
  • For children from 3 months (with baby carrier) to approx. 5 years (max. 55 lbs)
  • Price: $1750
  • http://cyclemonkey.bigcartel.com/product/tout-terrain-single-child-trailers-singletrailer-streamliner-streamliner


Dad & daughter on a riding adventure with Tout Terrain's Streamliner tag-a-long trailer in Ferrari red

Tout Terrain Streamliner Tag-a-Long

Once your child has outgrown the Singletrailer, the fun really starts: your child can join you on the trail for longer distances, still enjoying the ride as your passenger. This trail-a-bike style encourages your child to work on learning to pedal, maintain balance, and experience the joy of trail riding. Like the Singletrainler, the Streamliner is perfectly suited to real trail riding and extended touring with 160mm/6.3" of suspension travel to provide comfort and safety to your child.


  • Compatible with all wheel sizes (adult bike)
  • 160 mm (6.3") rear wheel travel
  • Custom valved, high quality air sprung shock for tuning the shock performance to your child's body weight
  • High quality CNC -produced joint with ball-bearing for connection to towing bike
  • Ergonomic, smooth-running and child-friendly components with high performance brake
  • Low rolling resistance due to single-wheel design
  • Easy handling due to the low overall weight of just 19 lbs
  • For children between 4 and about 7 years respectively up to a maximum of 75 lbs body weight
  • Price: $1550
  • http://cyclemonkey.bigcartel.com/product/tout-terrain-single-child-trailers-singletrailer-streamliner-streamliner

Streamliner +

Once your child is ready to ride on their own, the Streamliner+ kit converts the Streamliner trailer bike into your child's first full bike.  The seatpost attachment pole gets removed from the Streamliner and gets replaced with a front end having a headset, suspension fork, front wheel, and front disc brake.

  • Compatible with all wheel sizes (adult bike)
  • 160 mm (6.3") rear wheel travel
  • 85 mm suspension fork
  • High quality air suspension for infinitely variable adjustment to the body weight
  • Modular retrofit kit for the Streamliner
  • For children from 6 (inseam min. 19.5") to approx. 10 years (max. 95 lbs)
  • With disc brake in the front for better braking performance
  • Price: $638
  • http://cyclemonkey.bigcartel.com/product/tout-terrain-single-child-trailers-singletrailer-streamliner-streamliner

Tout Terrain Design Features


Less is more. The less weight you need to handle, the more fun it is. TT designs products with weight optimization in mind to give you the features you really need without weighing down the trailer.


Trailer Suspension - Singletrailer - Tout Terrain

Over 50 % of vibrations are reduced by an integral suspension system in a child's trailer. Tout Terrain uses air-spring shocks commonly used on high quality bikes which offer considerably enhanced comfort in comparison to systems without suspension. It is not just in off-road applications that suspension is in demand. When you ride with your trailer over curbstones, cobblestones, or through potholes the suspension absorbs harsh impacts and vibrations, and guarantees the greatest possible protection and comfort for your child.

Safety belt with 5-point harness

On the Singletrailer, a 5-point harness system is an integral part of the safety features of the trailer. In case of an accident, this 5-point harness system provides more security for your child within the trailer, compared to simple lap-belt systems used in most trailers.


Apart from the suspension, the design of the chassis drives performance and comfort. The single wheeled construction of Tout Terrain trailers improves ground contact, reduces unsprung weight, minimizes impacts on the passengers and increases the security during the ride. Due to the one wheel design, the trailer always follows the bike, has less rolling resistance and therefore offers a much wider riding spectrum without sacrificing safety.

Ease of Installation

The hitch quickly links the trailer to your bike. This design reduces play at the joint to guarantee a smooth ride for both pilot and passenger. Premium bearings guarantee a great long-term functionality.

Tout Terrain's Singletrailer on a family ride to the pier

23 October 2015

Renovo Wood Commuting/Light Touring Bike with Rohloff Speedhub and Belt Drive

We assembled this unique bike for a local customer in San Francisco, CA. He wanted a classy bike to commute to work on and go on weekend rides throughout the Marin Headlands. Since he works in the solar energy field, he was drawn to renewable aspects of a wood frame. He commissioned the frame through Renovo and worked with us on parts spec and build up once the frame arrived. The Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub, Gates Carbon Drive belt system, and Schmidt dynamo hub cater to his technical background as well as being "green" due to the fact that they are extremely long lasting components which do not require frequent replacement.

27 September 2015

Ventana El Gordo Fat Bike Packages - Fall 2015


For 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.  See chart below for details.


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.

Contact us at info@cyclemonkey.com or 510-868-1777 to place an order.

Ventana El Gordo Build Kit Options

The new SPEEDHUB XL (left), and the original SPEEDHUB 500/14 (right)

Rohloff SPEEDHUB XL features

  • 14 gears with a 526% overall change in gear ratio offers the same range as most three by nine mountain bike derailleur systems.
  • Same proven hub internals as the SPEEDHUB 500/14 provides 100,000+ miles of reliable service.
  • Shifting mechanism is completely protected within the hubshell and sealed from the elements.
  • Shift reliably in sand, snow, mud, and other riding conditions that are harsh on traditional drivetrains.
  • Shift between gears at any time, even when coasting or while stopped.
  • Hub needs no maintenance other than an annual oil change.
  • Large diameter, symmetrical hub flanges build into strong wheels.

    Ventana El Gordo frame features

    • Ventana tapered head tube (1-1/8" to 1.5")
    • Ventana proprietary three bolt swinging adjustable dropouts
    • Belt drive compatible - drive side dropout separates from seat stay to insert belt into rear triangle
    • Cycle Monkey edition has dedicated cable routing for Rohloff SPEEDHUB shift cables and stealth dropper seatposts
    • 170mm rear axle spacing
    • Symmetric frame can be built with any fat bike rim size, including 29+
    • Chainstay yoke provides ample clearance for large volume tires (4.8" tires on 100mm rims)
    • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (see geometry chart here)
    • Custom geometry available upon request for additional charge.
    • Carbon Black or Mango Tango
    • Additional colors available for additional charge

    Upgrades and options available

    • Crank Color: (black, red, blue (signature build kit only))
    • Crank Length: (170, 175mm)
    • Spoke and Nipple Color: (black or silver)
    • Rotor Sizes: (160 or 180 mm rear; 160, 180, or 203 mm front)
    • Seatpost Color: (black or silver (signature build kit only))
    • Stem Color, Angle, and Length: (black or silver, 0° or 10°, 50 - 130 mm (signature build kit); black, +/- 6°, 60-110m (standard build kit))
    • Pedals: Quoted upon request
    • Choice of standard powder coat colors:
    Carbon Black
    Mango Tango

    • Custom Paint: $50 upcharge
    Cosmic Orange
    Gloss Black
    Grinch Green
    Team Blue Sparkle
    Jail House Blue
    Mercedes Blue
    Sky White
    • Candy Paint: $90 upcharge
    Candy Blue
    Candy Purple
    Candy Raspberry
    Candy Red
    Candy Teal

    • Fork Options:

    Ice Cream Truck, 150mm
    Signature: -$124
    Standard: Stock Option
    Salsa Bearpaw, 150mm
    Signature: Stock Option
    Standard: +$214
    Salsa Makwa Carbon, 142mm
    Signature: +$117
    Standard: +$331
    Lauf Carbonara, 150mm (60mm of trvl)
    Signature: +$617
    Standard: +$831
    Rock Shox Bluto
    Gloss Black, Matte Black or White
    80mm, 100mm or 120mm of trvl
    Signature: +$312
    Standard: +$526

    • Saddle Options:
    WTB Race: Volt-142, Pure (pictured),
    or Rocket-150 models
    Signature: -$89
    Standard: Stock Option
    WTB Pro: Volt-142, Pure,
    Rocket-150 or Silverado models
    Signature: -$66
    Standard: +$23
    WTB Team: Volt-142, Pure,
    Rocket-150 or Silverado models
    Signature: +$8
    Standard: +$97
    611 MTB Active Cro-Mo
    Signature: Stock Option
    Standard: +$89
    Selle Anatomica Titanico NSX
    Signature: +$37
    Standard: +$126
    • Seatpost Options:
    Race Face Ride
    Signature: -$58
    Standard: Stock Option
    Thomson Elite
    Signature: Stock
    Standard: +$58
    Cane Creek Thudbuster
    ST or LT model
    Signature: +$80
    Standard: +$139
    Syntace Hi-Flex
    Signature:  +$146
    Standard: +$204
    Rock Shox Reverb Stealth
    Signature: +$368
    Standard: +$426
    Thomson Dropper Covert
    Signature: +$395
    Standard: +$453
    • Handlebar Options:
    Race Face Ride XC
    Signature: -$64
    Standard: Stock Option
    Thomson AM Alloy
    Signature: Stock Option
    Standard: +$65
    Salsa Bend 2
    Signature: -$29
    Standard: +$35
    Jeff Jones Alum Loop H-Bar
    Signature: +$45
    Standard: +$109
    Thomson AM Carbon
    Signature: +$60
    Standard: +$125

  • Shifter Options:

  • Cing5 Shifters
    Signature & Standard:
    Rohbox_Sram X9
    Signature & Standard:
    Rohloff Grip
    Signature & Standard:
    Stock Option

      • Crank Options:

      Race Face Aeffect Cinch
      24mm Spindle
      Signature: -$102
      Standard: Stock Option

      Race Face Turbine Cinch
       30mm Spindle
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: +$102
      Race Face Next SL Cinch 
      30mm Spindle
      Signature: +$217
      Standard: +$318

      24mm Spindle
      Signature: +$53
      Standard: +$154

      • Bottom Bracket Options:
      Race Face Stainless
      Requires 24mm Spindle
      Signature: N/A
      Standard: Stock Option
      Hope Stainless
      Requires 24mm Spindle
      Signature: N/A
      Standard: +$122
      Chris King Stainless
      Requires 24mm Spindle
      Signature: N/A
      Standard: +$155
      Race Face Cinch
      Requires 30mm Spindle
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: N/A
      Hope 30mm Stainless
      Requires 30mm Spindle
      Signature: +$122
      Standard: N/A

      • Headset Options:

      Cane Creek 40
      Signature: -$57
      Standard: Stock Option
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: +$57.18
      Chris King
      Signature: +$56
      Standard: +$113

      • Brake Options: 
      • Magura MT2
        Signature: -$185
        Standard: -$111
        Magura MT4
        Signature: -$74
        Standard: Stock Option
        Magura MT5
        Signature: Stock Option
        Standard: +$74
        Magura MT6
        Signature: +$129
        Standard: +$203
        Magura MT7
        Signature: +$222
        Standard: +$295
        Magura MT8
        Signature: +$314
        Standard: +$388
        Avid BB7 - Speed Dial 7 Set
        Signature: -$185
        Standard: -$111
        Spyke Brake - Lever Set
        Signature: -$133
        Standard: -$59

    • Front Hub Options:

    • Hope Fatsno Hub
      135, 142 or 150mm
      Signature & Standard:
      Stock Option
      Schmidt SON28 Fatbike Dynamo Hub
      135 or 150mm
      Signature & Standard:

    • Rim Options: 

    • Halo Tundra (80 mm)
      Signature: -$110
      Standard: Stock Option
      Surly Other Brother Darryl (82mm)
      Signature: -$5
      Standard: +$104
      Surly Marge Lite (65 mm)
      Signature: -$70
      Standard: +$40
      Surly Clown Shoe (100 mm)
      Signature: +$32
      Standard: +$142
      Surly Rabbit Hole 26" (50mm)
      Signature: -$70
      Standard: +$40
      Whisky #9 Carbon (70mm)
      Signature: +$945
      Standard: +$1056
      MUIeFUT (80mm)
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: +$110
      DT Big Ride (81mm)
      Signature: +$102
      Standard: +$212

    • Tire Options:

    • Surly Bud & Lou (26x4.8")
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: +108

      Surly Knard (26x3.8")
      Signature: -$108
      Standard: Stock Option
      Surly BF Knard (26x4.8")
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: +$108
      Snowshoe XL (26x4.8")
      120tpi Silica (No Stud)
      Signature: Stock Option
      Standard: +$108
      Mammoth (26x4.25")
      Signature: -$6
      Standard: +$102
      Vanhelga (26x4.0")
      Signature: +$15
      Standard: +$123
      Bulldozer (26x4.7")
      120tpi Silica
      Signature: -$16
      Standard: +$92

    • Nipple Options:

    • Brass: Black, Silver
      Stock Option

      Blue, Gold, Silver, Green, Purple, Black, Red