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Cycle Monkey founders launch low maintenance bike label Link

Cycle Monkey founders Katie Brown and Neil Flock have launched Link Bicycles – a new complete bike label with an emphalinksis on low maintenance.

Previewing the line to press at Interbike last night, Link debuted three models spanning road, cross and ‘mixte’.

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Inspired by his own teenage years of ploughing through the mud and having bikes break down, former bike shop worker Flock said it was the Rohloff 14-speed gearhub that put the seed in his mind to develop low-hassle bicycles.

Link frames are made of double butted 4130 chromoly. Customers can choose frame color, component color, handlebar style and drivetrain options. Additional options include; a lighting kit with dynamo hub and lights, a utility kit with rack and fenders, and a motor kit to help with longer or hillier commutes.

Frames are manufactured in Taiwan to Link specifications, and bikes will be assembled in Richmond, California.

Dealers will be able to order bikes in tailored to their customer’s preferences. They can then reorder based on customer demand and trends in their respective markets.

“We are offering options at multiple price points so that customers can find the bike that fits their budget,” said Flock of the Link approach.

“The goal of Link Bicycles is to make it easier for people to use bicycles and integrate them into their everyday lives by eliminating many of the hassles associated with bike maintenance,” says Brown. “Bikes should be as functional and reliable as a car. Every time you hop on your bike, you should be able to just pedal and go. Aside from adding a little air in your tires, our riders won’t need to tinker with their bikes.”

Link bikes will combine the Gates Carbon Drive Sysytem with Rohloff Speedhubs to offer a reliable transmission.

The first models will have a commuter focus, but with geometry and features that make them capable of longer adventures.

Brown explained, “As commuters and daily riders, we all want bikes that we can roll out to the street and ride, regardless of weather.  When weekends come, our Link bikes can also be a go-to for longer rides and exploring. We’re all about versatility and functionality.”

Visit Link Bicycles and talk to Flock at Interbike booth #12176.