The legendary Cjell Monē of Monē Bikes has released information on the dates in which you can order his handmade bikes. Cjell has spent a lot of time riding and perfecting his design on various different adventures over the past years. These steel bikes are designed with all of the new modern fixings one would want for their bikepacking rig. The pre-order for Monē Bikes begins in 2 weeks, so make sure you are on the list.
I love handmade bikes, especially brazed steel ones. I don’t, however, enjoy the fact that most of these bikes come with a seriously high price tag and long wait time. A long wait time and a high price tag are not points of pride for me as a builder. Bikes are meant to be ridden, not waited for. My hand built frames are competitively priced but I am not crazy enough to think that at this price everyone should have one. For almost all people, myself included, a production bike is more than adequate. Bike companies are coming out with some seriously amazing bikes these days. Pick your size and ride the damn thing. Maybe it’s not hand brazed. Maybe you don’t know who made it, but will you have less fun riding it? Now imagine a world where you could find a bike that will fit you amazingly with custom details like hand brazing and killer components that didn’t set you back the price of a new car. This world would likely have free ice cream and beer as well. This utopia, my friends, has arrived. Maybe not the free ice cream and beer, but the bikes. I had the good fortune of connecting with one of the finest steel bike producers in the world today. Not only do they have the largest stock of Columbus steel tubing, but they know how to stick it together to make bike frames…very very well. They also do it a bit faster than I can myself. It was when I saw the quality and attention to detail that they put into each frame I knew it would be a good fit for Monē Bikes. Over the last few years I have been developing two models of bikes with a single goal. Fun. Plain and simple, these bikes are smile machines. These two production models have a few things in common. Clearance for 29+ tires, new boost spacing and serious value. They will be available as frame only or complete bikes. A touring bike to end all touring bikes, and a slack yet nimble 29+ or 27.5+ trail dominating hardtail. Both of these bikes will feature sweet Monē Bikes details like raw fillets, clear raw steel finish, side attached seat stay etc. but will be much more affordable and readily available.
This bike was literally born on the Tour Divide. This model now has 5 trips up and down the Great Divide Route already.
The AM (all mountain) hardtail. What does that even mean, ‘All Mountain’?