"People like sit-down scooters because they have comfy seats, and they're easy to get on and off of. People also like suspension mountain bikes, however, because they're smooth-riding. Florida-based startup Monkey Faction has attempted to combine all of those qualities in one retro-looking bike, known as the Capuchin." New Atlas (Gizmag)
Introducing: The Capuchin by Monkey Faction
This bike is a beach-cruising, urban-commuting, campus-crushing, errand-running, path-pounding all-rounder!
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Why the Monkey Faction Capuchin bicycle is evolutionary fun
The Capuchin bicycle offers an industry first hybrid technology which combines the comfort and ease of a scooter style riding position and the durability and responsiveness of a mountain bike.
Pronounced [ Kah-pooch-in]
A central and South American monkey, Cubus capiucinus, having a prehensile tail and hair on the head resembling a cowl.
Why do you need a Capuchin?
If you are looking for a bike that is fun, low maintenance, easy to ride and stands out in a crowd then you need a Capuchin! There is more to this bike than just fun. It is completely functional too!
Top 10 Reasons why you need a Capuchin:
The Capuchin is a bike with multiple personalities. All of which are an absolute blast!
The bike uses a comfortable seating position combined with easy on/off access of a scooter and blends that with the toughness of a mountain bike. (wide and grippy tires, disc brakes, rugged parts)
The crank & pedals are positioned in front of the rider for a comfortable riding position regardless of your height. This also allows for easy on and off without having to climb up onto a saddle.
The saddle is long and well cushioned so riders of all heights can find their sweet spot. There is no need to adjust a sticky or always loose seat post anymore. Just slide forward or backward to find the perfect riding position. You do not even have to worry about your seat being stolen if you park the bike somewhere.
The Capuchin is very easy to pedal and rolls smoothly and easily. Don't let the large tires fool you. The ride is fast and fun!
What makes the Monkey Faction Capuchin different?
FAQ for the inquisitive
Q: Is the bike really comfortable with that strange seat?
A: The bike is actually one of the most comfortable bikes you can ride! It is a foot forward design, so your feet are always in front of you. This combined with an upright handlebar position rocks you back onto your sit bones and keeps you in a much more comfortable position.
The seat is designed for comfort, not speed. Think of a beach cruiser saddle, wide and comfortable. The seat is a very special tapered design that allows a narrower front section for smaller riders and a wider rear section for larger, taller riders. It is constructed with high density foam. This is truly one of the most comfortable bikes you will ever ride.
** In final production the seat will be 3/4" narrower in the front. This will make it more comfortable for smaller riders and allow even easier pedaling for riders of all sizes!
It is also one the most reliable bikes you can buy. You never need to worry about your seat being stolen and If you have friends over most can ride the bike without any adjustments!
Q: Why do you use those wide 4.0 tires?
A: The 4.0 tires serve two purposes. First they hardly ever need air compared to a 2.0 tire, which needs to be filled up weekly. Second they roll super smooth and stay in motion very easily. If you live near the beach you can ride them on the sand as well. Less flats and more air equals more time on the bike and less time pumping and repairing!
Q: This bike would be a cool electric bike. Any thoughts on that?
A: Funny you should ask! The Capuchin will come with battery mounts and cable guides already installed so that in the near future when we offer our electric motor kit the Capuchin will be 100% compatible. You will just mount the battery and install the 350W electric motor rear wheel and you will be ready to go.
Features on the Monkey Faction Capuchin
- The Shimano trigger shifters are easily operated with the touch of a finger. The bike is designed to be both fun and very simple to ride.
- There are no bumpy roads ahead of you on the Capuchin due to the alloy, coil-spring suspension fork and 4" wide tires.
- Powerful front and rear disc brakes make sure you stop safely and controlled.
- The alloy frame keeps the bicycle light at 35lbs and also makes it resistant to the elements.
- Simply put, this bike will take you anywhere you want to go and will make the trip the best part of your day!
OUR SIZING: Two sizes create the perfect ride for you
The Capuchin comes in a S/M size as well as a L/XL size.
- The S/M size is perfect for riders between 4'8" and 5'4" tall
- The L/XL size is perfect for riders between 5'5" and 6'3" tall
The foot-forward position of the pedals combined with the long scooter-style seat enables riders to adjust their position for optimal comfort and performance.
The Capuchin supports a weight of up to 350lbs for riders plus their gear.
WHO WE ARE: Team Monkey Faction
Each of our team members (Chris, Dave and Michael) are veterans of the bike industry. Our obsession with bikes began as kids and grew over the years as we worked in shops and worked for multiple bicycle companies. Several of today's iconic cycling brands were helped by our team.
Many of the brands that we have worked with are focused on racing and performance. While this can be very exciting, it can also be limiting as weight, aerodynamics and efficiency tend to rule every decision.
We have long dreamed of starting our own company that focused on unique looking bikes designed for fun, comfort and affordability! We named the company Monkey Faction because it captures our spirit for enjoying life and being in a community of like-minded people.
Monkey Faction is a new company that is working hard to get more people riding bicycles and having more fun. Whether you are young, old or out of shape, we all know your health and quality of life improves by riding a bicycle.
We hope you will join us at Monkey Faction as one of our first backers!
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DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: Building the Capuchin
We have designed and sourced thousands of bikes over the years. Everything from kid's bikes to high-performance racing bikes used in the Olympics. As a result of our extensive experience, we enjoy very strong relationships with our factories. This is a key reason why we are able to create a bike as cool and unique as the Capuchin and still price it affordably.
Do not let the great price fool you! There is as much engineering in the Capuchin as there is in many high priced carbon racing bikes. In addition, the materials and attention to detail (even welds, alignment, formed dropouts, etc.) on the Capuchin are noteworthy. We also perform quality checks throughout the manufacturing process to ensure the bikes are precisely manufactured to our specs. We make sure the bicycles meet the highest strength and safety standards.
WARRANTY: Your Bicycle Coverage
LIFETIME FRAME WARRANTY
Monkey Faction grants each original buyer a non-transferable warranty subject to the following limitations, terms and conditions:
Lifetime Summary Coverage (Subject to limitations, terms and additional conditions as explained below)
All Monkey Faction frames are warranted for the lifetime of the original retail buyer. If at the time of warranty, Monkey Faction does not have available an equivalent frame, the consumer may be offered a complete bike at a significantly discounted price.
One (1) Year Summary Coverage (Subject to limitations, terms and additional conditions as explained below) All Monkey Faction forks, parts and components (except wear items such as tires, grips and inner tubes) are warranted for one year from the date of purchase to the original retail buyer.
The warranty does not cover the following:
• Improper assembly
• Improper maintenance
• Normal wear and tear
• Installation of components, parts, or accessories not originally intended for or compatible with the bicycle as sold
• Damage or failure due to accident, misuse, abuse, or neglect
• Labor charges for part replacement or changeover
Monkey Faction Timeline: The evolutionary process
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Risks and challenges
Due to our significant bicycle manufacturing experience and our close relationships with our factories, we foresee very little risk in our ability to deliver these bikes on time (this summer!) and as presented. We will also keep you updated each step of the way with regular communications and are always available for any questions you may have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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