MOKUMONO - A high quality bike built by robots
A stunning Dutch design, a strong and lightweight aluminium frame, high-end components and a great riding experience: Mokumono is a bike that looks just as good as it rides.
Inspired by the way cars are build, we truly innovate bicycle manufacturing. We reshore and thus produce our frames in the Netherlands. This way we can closely monitor every step of the production process, making sure every bicycle we ship fully meets your expectations.
Top quality is key for us. That’s why we only use the best components available. Mokumono features a Gates Carbon Belt Drive System. A carbon belt is a lighter and quieter alternative to the traditional bike chain. It does not need maintenance and it’s impossible to derail.
All of our bikes come with Shimano hydraulic disk brakes for high performance stopping power, Continental all weather worry-free anti-puncture tires and a beautiful, comfortable Brooks saddle made to last a lifetime.
We believe that by bringing back bicycle production to The Netherlands we can revive and build upon the rich tradition of Dutch bicycle manufacturing.
The design of our frame is the outcome of renewing the way bicycle frames are produced. Mokumono frames are made of two sheets of 7000-grade aluminum pressed into form and laser welded together.
The production techniques are reflected in the design of the frame. The edge on the outline of the frame visually splits it in half and reflects the way it is put together.
Aluminium is a strong and lightweight material but aluminium bicycles are often classified as a rough ride because of its stiffness. To allow some flexing for a more comfortable ride we designed the frame with cantilever rear stays instead of the traditional triangle shape. Making sure that our strong and lightweight frame offers a smooth ride.
Fender and rack mounts are part every frame to make sure that you can ride your Mokumono through puddles without getting wet. Fenders will come as an option to be purchased after the campaign.
The internal brake cable routing hides the brake cables from view but more importantly from the environment. With the cables inside the frame they are less susceptible to damages and therefore have a longer life span.
Our choices of components reflect a selection of the best products available. For us that means a combination of usability and durability. We are looking for components that are comfortable and low in maintenance. All components of Mokumono must have a long life span and offer exceptional performance in all weather conditions.
The Gates Carbon Belt Drive System is designed to be a stronger, quieter alternative to the traditional bike chain. The durable carbon-fiber belt is grease-free and requires little to no maintenance. It won’t leave any marks on your pants and you’ll never have to pull over to fix a dropped chain.
The Shimano 105 grade hydraulic flat mount road disk brakes bring high performance stopping power. These brakes use a mineral oil reservoir housed in a compact and ergonomic mechanical lever. Heat dispersing pads combined with Shimano’s ICE technology rotors allow for consistent braking performance through all weather conditions.
The Brooks Cambium C17 saddle is made from vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton top that offers extraordinary comfort and exceptional freedom of movement, The hard-wearing top, die-cast aluminum structure, and tubular steel rails allow the Cambium to stand up to many years of hard use. Furthermore, a distinct dampening effect is delivered by the classic Brooks “hammock” construction, reducing road vibrations and keeping the rider comfortably in the saddle.
The 32mm wide Continental Grand Prix 4season are robust all-season tires with worry-free puncture protection optimized for cold and wet weather. They are made in Germany, have great lifespan and are by many considered to be the top of the line all-season road bike tires.
The optional Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub strengths are rapidity, silent shifting and is practically maintenance free. The hub basically replaces an 8-speed cassette in a 12-38-tooth configuration.
The optional Curana C-lite fenders are made from aluminium and extremely light yet very durable. The fenders will come as an option to be purchased after the campaign.
Our prototype is white but the Mokumono will be available in four colors: gloss white, matt black, a deep metallic blue and a deep metallic red. All colors come with a gloss black seat tube.
You will be able to choose your desired color after the campaign.
Frame: Mokumono 7000 grade aluminium monocoque
Front fork: Aluminium TBA
Headset: FSA Orbit
Rims: Ryde Dutch 19
Brakes: Shimano 105 grade flat mount hydraulic disc brakes
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 4season 32mm
Crank: Shimano Alfine
Drivetrain: Gates CDX Carbon Belt Drive
Seat post: TBA
Saddle: Brooks Cambium C17
Handlebar Stem combo: Mokumono
Gears: Shimano Alfine 8-speed (optional)
Fenders: Curana C-lite (optional)
We designed the frame in a way that it suits riders of different lengths. The frame has a slight slope giving a lower stand over height and a longer head tube for a more comfortable riding position. The Mokumono will be most comfortable for riders around 170 to 190cm (5'7" and 6’3"). To achieve the best fit you can choose between three stem lenghts/stack heights:
You will be able to choose the right size for your Mokumono after the campaign.
We believe in what we make and therefore warrant our frames are free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of five years for the original retail purchaser.
Cycling and The Netherlands are synonymous. Almost everybody, even our Prime Minister, uses a bike to get to work, to go shopping, or spend some relaxing hours of leisure time. Cycling has been part of the Dutch culture for centuries.
The first Dutch bicycle factory (Burgers) opened in 1870. At the start of the 19th century, there were more than 30 big bicycle manufactures in The Netherlands, producing 20.000 bicycles per year. It might be hard to imagine, but since then the production of bicycles has hardly changed. Traditionally, a bicycle frame is built by joint welding metal tubes. This is mostly done by hand and therefore labor intensive.
In recent years, all of the big Dutch manufactures have moved their production to cheap labor countries, typically in Southeast Asia, in an attempt to cut costs. That means that in spite of our rich bicycle manufacturing history, bicycles are no longer being produced in The Netherlands.
We believe it is time to reverse those tracks and bring back bicycles production to The Netherlands. Inspired by the way cars are produced, Mokumono frames are made of two sheets of aluminum pressed into form and laser welded together. The European car industry has managed to retain production in several European countries by adapting techniques that lend themselves for automation. By borrowing these techniques, we are able to almost fully automate our production process, significantly lowering labor requirements and thus making it possible to build bicycles in The Netherland again.
The main advantage of producing bicycles in The Netherlands is that it allows us to closely monitor every step of the production process. This means that we can discover and fix potential flaws fast and adequately, making sure that every Mokumono bike is of the highest possible quality.
Over two years ago Mokumono started as the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project of Bob Schiller under the name Epo. Since the start of the project, three prototypes have been constructed as a result of countless sketches and design iterations. The first two were life-size 3D prints that looked like the real thing but were not strong enough to ride on. The third and final prototype is a fully functional bike. Instead of 3D printing, this prototype is hand-formed out of 7000 grade aluminum, the same material that will be used in the final product. This prototype allows us to test the strength and rigidity of the bike, and to feel how the bike handles.
Next to adjusting and perfecting the design, we have sought and found a very reliable manufacturing partner for the production of our frames. Witte van Moort.
Witte van Moort is a family business that can look back on more than 60 years experience, and that has now become a leading supplier in the field of sheet-metal working. Every day, more than 200 enthusiastic employees are involved in the fabrication of a wide range of products for various branches of industry in the Netherlands and beyond. Over the years, WVM has continued to innovate and modernise. As a consequence, the company operates an extensive fleet of machinery, and makes use of the latest techniques making it the perfect partner for Mokumono.
Of course we still have plenty of steps ahead of us before Mokumono is ready for the mass market. An important first step is crowdfunding. Once we meet our crowdfunding goal, we will have the means to commission the construction of the tools necessary to start production and place orders for the necessary parts at our suppliers. We hope to reach this goal so that we will be able to fulfil your pre-orders and reward your support!
All units will be carefully packed and shipped in a custom box with form-fitting high-density foam for maximum protection. All orders will include DHL Post online parcel tracking and insurance. The shipping costs are: The Netherlands: €25 Europe: €50 North America: €150 Rest of world: €200
It is also possible to pick up your Mokumono at our office in Amsterdam, if you decide to do so you will get a full refund of the shipping costs. You will be able to choose this option after the campaign.
Additional duties/taxes may apply depending on your destination country.
The Mokumono team consists of Bob Schiller and his twin brother Tom Schiller. Bob is Mokumono’s founder and graduate from the Design Academy, Eindhoven. Tom is an Environmental and Resources Management graduate from the Vrije University of Amsterdam. Within the team, Bob is the head of design and Tom is responsible for overseeing the production and supply chain.
The name Mokumono is a composition of two words that express where we are from and what we make. The first part, Mokum, refers to Amsterdam. With more bicycles than inhabitants, it can be rightfully said that Amsterdam is the cycling capital of the world. In other words the ideal home for a new bicycles brand. The second part of the name, Mono, is an abbreviation of the word monocoque and refers to the construction technique of our frames. A monocoque is a structural approach whereby loads are supported through an object’s external skin without internal strengthening.
Video credits: © Gilles van Leeuwen. Photo credits: © Thomas van Schaik, © Adriaan de Groot
Risks and challenges
Naturally, there may be issues that arise during manufacturing. However, we feel confident that, if issues occur, we will be able to manage these. We have partnered with an expert manufacturer with over 60 years of experience that will help us manufacture our frames. Unlike overseas manufacturing, it will be easy to intervene at every step of the production process may problems occur.
Currently we do not foresee anything that could threaten the project or our projected timeline. However, as we refine Mokumono based on additional community feedback and more product testing, slight changes may be made. We will only make changes that enhance the product experience and we will not be compromising on quality in order to save time.
While there is always a chance that things will take longer than planned, we are confident that we will ship by the projected dates as our manufacturers and suppliers are already aware of our timeline. In all matters, we will keep lines of communication with our backers open and should any issues arise, we promise to keep you updated every step of the way.
Our bicycles are made in the best way that we can make them. This results in product that is not only beautiful, but of long-lasting, excellent quality. We at Mokumono are happy and proud to share this product with you and hope you will be just as enthusiastic about it as we are!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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