REVIVING THE DUTCH TRADITION OF BICYCLE MANUFACTURING
Cycling and The Netherlands are synonymous. Almost everybody, even our Prime Minister, uses a bike. Cycling has been part of the Dutch culture for centuries.
It might be hard to imagine, but the production of bicycles has hardly changed over time. Traditionally, a bicycle frame is built by joint welding metal tubes. This is mostly done by hand and therefore labor intensive. The Netherlands has a rich history of bicycle manufacturing but in an attempt to reduce costs, almost all bicycle manufacturers have moved production to cheap labor countries, mostly in Southeast Asia.
We set out to change this because we believe it is time to bring bicycle production back to The Netherlands. Mokumono revives the vanishing tradition of Dutch bicycle manufacturing.
Inspired by the way cars are produced, Mokumono frames are made of two sheets of aluminum pressed into form and laser welded together. This not only results in a lightweight and strong frame, by using these techniques we are also able to highly automate our production process, significantly lowering labor costs and thus making it possible to build bicycles in The Netherlands again.
Mokumono is made with the best products available. With selecting each of these, we make sure our bikes have a long life span and are low in maintenance.
Frame: Mokumono 7000 grade aluminium, Front fork: Aluminium TBA, Headset: FSA Orbit, Rims: Ryde Dutch 19, Hubs: Shimano, Brakes: Shimano, Tires: Continental Grand Prix 4season 32mm, Crank: Shimano Alfine, Drivetrain: Gates CDX Carbon Belt Drive, Pedals: Mokumono, Seat post: TBA, Saddle: Brooks Cambium C17, Handlebar Stem combo: Mokumono, Grips: TBA
Optional: Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub, Curana C-lite fenders
from prototype to production
Over a year and a half ago Mokumono started as the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project of Bob Schiller. Under the project name Epo Bicycles.
Together with a small team Bob further developed the bike from a concept to a production ready prototype. Next to adjusting and perfecting the design, we have sought and found a very reliable manufacturing partner for the production of our frames.
Witte van Moort, based in the Dutch town of Vriezeveen, is a family business that has over 60 years of experience. The company has now become a leading supplier in the field of sheet-metal working.
The Mokumono team consists of Bob Schiller and his twin brother Tom Schiller. Bob is Mokumono’s founder and a graduate from the Design Academy, Eindhoven. Tom is an Environmental and Resources Management graduate from the Vrije University of Amsterdam. Within the team, Tom is responsible for overseeing the production and supply chain.