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Monkey Faction's Capuchin combines attributes of scooters and mountain bikes
Monkey Faction's Capuchin combines attributes of scooters and mountain bikes
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The Monkey Faction Capuchin's scooter-like features include a long padded seat, a 7000 series aluminum step-through frame, and a fully-upright feet-forward riding position
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The Monkey Faction Capuchin's scooter-like features include a long padded seat, a 7000 series aluminum step-through frame, and a fully-upright feet-forward riding position
Monkey Faction's Capuchin combines attributes of scooters and mountain bikes
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Monkey Faction's Capuchin combines attributes of scooters and mountain bikes
The Monkey Faction Capuchin's mountain bike-like features include an RST coil spring suspension fork and 20 x 4-inch tires
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The Monkey Faction Capuchin's mountain bike-like features include an RST coil spring suspension fork and 20 x 4-inch tires
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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.

Named after the capuchin monkey (as opposed to the Capuchin order of friars), the bike's scooter-like features include a long padded seat, a 7000 series aluminum step-through frame, and a fully-upright feet-forward riding position.

Its mountain bike-like features, on the other hand, include an RST coil spring suspension fork and 20 x 4-inch tires. It also has mechanical disc brakes and a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain.

The Monkey Faction Capuchin's mountain bike-like features include an RST coil spring suspension fork and 20 x 4-inch tires
The Monkey Faction Capuchin's mountain bike-like features include an RST coil spring suspension fork and 20 x 4-inch tires

The whole thing weighs 36 lb (16 kg) in the L/XL frame size, and can carry up to 350 lb (159 kg). It's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of US$349 will get you one – when and if it reaches production. The planned retail price is $449.

Hopefully for its makers, it will do better than the similar but unsuccessfully-funded Moox. And if you're liking its 1970s minibike look, but wishing it had a motor … well, you might want to check out the Super 73.

Source: Kickstarter

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3 comments
Wolf0579
All it needs is an electric motor, and battery system... I'd buy one.
Lardo
It's basically a modernized girl's StingRay bike. Apparently what's old IS new again. (http://schwinncruisers.com/bikes/fairlady/)
ChristopherDupuis
Wolfo579, funny you should mention the electric option. We are already working on that. The Capuchin bike will feature battery mounts and cable guides already installed on the bike and will be 100% ready to go with our upcoming rear motor kit. Just change out the rear wheel, bolt on the battery and you are ready to go electric! Kit coming later this year!