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Zerode and Cycle Monkey are excited to announce the upcoming availability of the gearbox-equipped Taniwha enduro bike to US consumers.
After a few years of impressive race results on the G2 downhill bike, Zerode has expanded into a whole new realm with the Taniwha. Representing the first production carbon full suspension gearbox frame on the market, the Taniwha is designed as a complete system that ups the ante on long travel bike performance and changes the way riders look at bike maintenance.
With a Pinion gearbox, the bike has a massive gear range inside a sealed package that is nearly maintenance-free and offers dramatically improved ground clearance for when the trails get rough and rowdy. Shifting is instantaneous and seamless across the whole gear range.
A simple, effective, and proven suspension platform combined with a fixed chain line optimizes pedaling performance through the entire travel range. The single speed rear hub and lack of derailleur minimizes unsprung weight to further improve suspension performance and the symmetrical spoke angle ensures superb rear wheel stiffness.
Cycle Monkey, a California-based component distributor that specializes in internal gearing, will exclusively distribute the Taniwha in the US. In addition to selling the Taniwha, Cycle Monkey will offer complete sales, technical, and warranty support to American Zerode customers.
“I’ve dedicated the last 13 years to promoting internal gearing as a smarter way to shift any bike, but mountain bikes in particular have the most to gain due to being constantly subjected to heavy abuse from environmental conditions and impacts,” says Neil Flock, founder of Cycle Monkey. “Zerode has taken internal gearing and successfully integrated it with modern geometry and frame construction. They are leading the charge in the gearbox movement, and I can’t wait to bring the next evolution of the mountain bike to the North American market!”
“Cycle Monkey is an ideal partner for us in the US. Neil has an unwavering commitment to changing the way riders look at their drivetrain, and as an avid trail rider himself, he really connects with our bikes,” said Rob Metz, founder of Zerode. “I am confident that the passion and attention to detail I have put into the design of our bikes will resonate with North American riders.”
Cycle Monkey will offer complete bikes in three builds: the $6,500 Performance Build, the $7,700 Premium Build, and the $8,500 Ultimate Build.
Additionally, the Taniwha will be available as a frame and drivetrain package for customers seeking out more customization. This package consists of a frame, shock, Pinion gearbox, shifter, rear sprocket, chainring, cranks, and chain tensioner and will retail for $5,000.
Frames are currently available in 3 sizes: M, L, and XL. Available colors are matte black with grey decals, stealth graphite with yellow highlights and bluesky blue with grey decals.
Frames weigh in between 5.7-6.2 lbs. (2600-2800g) depending on size and complete bikes will weigh in starting at 30lbs.
Deliveries are slated to begin in mid-May with a demo tour starting at the Sea Otter Classic (April 20-23). For more details and preorders, click hereor contact email@example.com.