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La Roca Frameset

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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. 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, 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. 3.0, 5.0, 44c....the fatties. 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.



  • V2 is here. 2 degrees slacker…little bit longer…and way more angry.

  • oh, its got a 31.6 seattube as well.

  • Slaack and tukt...(w/respecatble F-C)

  • High BB plays nice with long forks and B+ or even 27.5 x 2.4's. Get a long fork with big offset and you'll be leaving your new super $7k squisher at home.

  • A tune-able short tukt rear end lets you employ a fairly wide range of chainstay lengths depending on your wheel choice. 27.5 x 2.5 minions will tuk right up to 413 mm if you run gears and slam it. Bump that number to a 420mm for your plussiest 29 plus tires. Mmmm plus.

  • Also offered with a 120 correct version of the El's fork. Biplane, 2x anthing cages (4 total), fenders, low riders....bolt on the dream. Go bikepacking. LIVE!

  • All custom butted hardened 4130 tubing varying by size results in a frame weight of just over 5.5#. Science refers to it as...'the sweet spot'.

  • Dive deep into that Geo table below...

    • Slack ST exit angles provide perfect tweener sizing...expanding top tube lengths with higher seat heights (a-la Jeff Jones one-size concept, except now with 4 sizes)

    • High BB and neutral ST angle allow for a massive number of fork choices. I want a Fox 49er bad...or maybe even that crazy short boost fork on the El w/ a setback seatpost. Dream Dreamer.


  • BB: English threaded 73mm

  • Front Axle: 15mm x 110 mm (boost)

  • Rear Axle: 12mm x 148mm (boost)

  • Cranks/Chainline: 54mm (boost compatable cranks only)

  • Seat Post: 31.6 mm

  • Headtube: 44mm (taper & straight steerers)

  • A-C: Varies with fork... (487 with Mone biplane fork)

  • Chainstay: 413-430mm

  • Clearance: 29+, B+, 29, 650b, 26+

    *s and m frames do not fit avid bb5/bb7 don't want to run those anyway... Paul Klampers are a no-go on all frame…tear/sniffle.