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Mokumono’s monocoque design catches the eye – and brings manufacturing home

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

No matter what they’re made of, many bicycle frames take the form of multiple tubes which are joined together at the ends. It’s a tried and trusted create, but according to Dutch createing brothers Bob and Tom Schiller, it is actually complex to fully automatize
. As a outcome, bike companies tend to get their frames made overseas, in countries where the labor is bargain-priced. In an effort to change which, the Schillers have made the Mokumono bike.

  • Whilst the technique does leave a raised seam all the way along the middle of the ...
  • The Mokumono's head tube, bottom bracket shell and dropouts aren't part of the monocoque, enabling for ...
  • Besides its one-of-a-kind looks, a few of the Mokumono's other showcases include a Gates Carbon belt drive, ...
  • A pledge of €1,150 (about US$1,307) can already get you a singlespeed Mokumono, with €1,400 ($1,591) ...

Instead of tubes, the main part of the Mokumono’s frame is made of two sheets of 7000-grade aluminum. In an automatize
d setting, these are pressed into shape, every one forming one side of the frame. The two created sheets are subsequently laser-welded together down the middle, forming one monocoque unit – it is actually a system additional commonly seen in the automobile-manufacturing industry.

Whilst the technique does leave a raised seam all the way along the middle of the bike, it is actually incorporated into the create. The head tube, bottom bracket shell and dropouts aren’t part of the monocoque, enabling for them to be changed in the next without having to change the rest of the frame.

Besides its one-of-a-kind looks, a few of the Mokumono’s other showcases include a Gates Carbon belt drive, Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes, a Brooks Cambium C17 saddle, and puncture-resistant Continental Grand Prix 4season 32-mm tires.The bike is being offered as a ~9.5-kg (21-lb) singlespeed, or an ~11-kg (24-lb) 8-speed utilizing a Shimano Alfine hub transmission.

Bob and Tom have now turned to Kickstarter, to finance production of the bike. A pledge of €1,150 (about US$1,307) can already get you a singlespeed, with €1,400 ($1,591) fetching an 8-speed – if all goes according to plans.

Sources: Mokumono Cycles, Kickstarter


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