Monē Bikes is a single man bike fabrication operation based out of Colorado. I am Cjell Monē, the owner/operator designer and fabricator of MONē Bikes. My shop is located in a 1977 Toyota Chinook making it fully mobile and keeps the processes light and efficient...literally. My focus is on keeping overhead low and quality high.
Bikes are meant to be ridden so it is important that a bike rides well. Bikes that ride well need to be comfortable and efficient. Marketing plays a big roll in how folks perceive a bike will perform for them when it comes to choosing what brand or frame material or components or what-have-yous but I think it's important to be very objective when it comes to these choices. These are some of the things that are common to Monē Bikes.
Steel. All frame materials have strengths and weaknesses and all are hyped in some way or another. Steel is argued by many to be the king of comfort in the arena of frame materials. The high-end butted tubing used in Monē Bikes has been developed over many many years to be extremely strong and light. It is repairable, relatively cheap, joined by a flame and easy to work with. I also personally think steel bikes are the prettiest out there, subjective, but if you don't think so I think you're wrong.
Tires. Big tires. Pneumatic suspension. On the road, dirt or in between, riding a bike with bigger tires is more comfortable. There is a fair amount of science behind the superior speed and handling of bigger tires at lower pressures but they simply feel and look good. After a few thousand miles of on and off road touring, big tires are key to my happiness on the bike. Not all stock bike frames fit larger sized tires, road or mountain. The bikes that will fit them are few and far between and often not exactly what you were looking for...enter Monē Bikes.
SS. Or not to Single Speed? Makes no difference. I will build a bike that best suits your needs. SS is a style choice. Durability? Get a rohloff. Cheap? Find some 8 speed XT stuff. Concerned about style. Better go SS. I do have to concede to clearer mind arguments, 'my mind is clearest when riding SS'... and it isn't thinking about how stylie my SS is. But seriously, it is the most fun I can have on a bike, albeit at a slight speed disadvantage to the geared folk but then I have en excuse for sucking and a reason to gloat when crushing.
Parts. I love building bikes around period component sets while mixing old and new. Lugs and thru axles? Yep. Downtube shifters and fat tires? Yes. Canti brakes on a 29er? Done deal. The things that used to work really well on bikes...still do.
2000/2800 Frame/Frameset for a standard fillet brazed version of your dream. I prefer to build complete bikes, so if you have your own parts, they can be discussed and submitted early on in the process.
Reach out to me with questions. I am interested in costumers with real bike needs in their lives. Our relationship will start with a conversation, then we'll ride a little bike, then something can be created to meet a bicycle need.
I am a lifetime bike rider, bike tourist, bike advocate, bike enthusiast. I love simplicity and beauty of these magnificent machines. My background is in Mechanical Engineering and I got my start in bike building with Black Sheep Bikes in Ft. Collins.
I opine that bikes are popular today for two reasons. Because it's a very cool thing own and they function as transportation/rec equipment. I want your bike to excel at both of these. I want it to be wildly functional but also, one of the most beautiful things you own, all while fitting you like no bike you've ever ridden.
My background as a bike rider is focused mostly on travel by bike. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Race and Arizona Trail Race have been a focus for the past few years. Riding my own bike along these routes and others has become a big part of the design of Monē bikes.