Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Örebro, Sweden
Bikes: Monark sportser 1970, Monark sportser 1970ish, Monark folder, Mustand 1985, Monark Tempo 1999, Monark 318 1975, Crescent 319 1979, Crescent 325 c:a 1965, Crescent Starren 2002 (hybrid/sport), Nordstjernan 1960`s cruiser.
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Me too think its an odd geometry/construction, even daring. Also, its hard to figure out consumer-group as the bike is made in 47, 51 and 55 cm. Monark states 177cm to be the tallest length of rider. The buyer should be either young or short. Specs are 9-speed, shimano hubs, rear derailleur Deore LX, Tiagra 440 gearing and hydralic brakes. My unqualified guess as to long wheel-base must be to give the bike the larger bikes rolling capacity...
Well Juha, Gotland is a nice place and the bikes your referring to are collectively called "the originals" by Monark. They tend to look like utility bikes in the 40´s and 50´s.
MCB (Crescent and Monark) are today part of a consolidation of several bike companies, together called Cycleurope (Bianchi, DBS, Gitane, Legnano, Puch and more). Monarks main production within cycleurope stretches (restricted to) between utility bikes (the originals) to indoor training devices/rehabilitation bikes and children bikes. Therefor it was pretty unexpected they should launch such a different hybrid! In 2008 Monark celebrated 100 years and launched the retro-bike (pic).
Panthers007; what about the rain?