By Toby Hill
RICHMOND, Calif. (BRAIN) — Cycle Monkey on Monday announced a new partnership with Nicolai Bicycles to bring the German mountain bike brand’s line of handmade custom and standard-size aluminum framesets to the U.S. market — selling consumer direct and also offering sales to interested dealers.
Based in the Bay Area, Cycle Monkey will initially offer 20 frames and frame/drivetrain combinations featuring Pinion gearboxes and Gates Carbon Drive belt systems, as well as one complete bike: the E-14 long-travel e-MTB featuring a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 14-speed internal gear hub paired with Rohloff’s new E-14 electronic shifting system and Gates’ Carbon Drive belt system.
Cycle Monkey has been the U.S. service center for Rohloff since 2009 and is the brand’s predominant U.S. distributor for bike shops and consumers, Cycle Monkey owner Neil Flock said. (QBP and BTI also distribute Rohloff.) Flock also distributes the Pinion-equipped Taniwha enduro bike from New Zealand brand Zerode as well as bikes from Germany’s Tout Terrain, which also works with Pinion.
“We’re essentially the go-to for Rohloff in the U.S., and by extension we are the high-end internal drivetrain resource in the country. We started doing stuff with Pinion as well with …read more