We created Mokumono to be different from other bicycle brands. While the bicycle industry is looking to the Far East for its production, we are looking locally. And, while they are thinking about product-life in terms of years, we are thinking about decades. That’s the difference.
It’s a new way of doing things. And it’s our story we would like to share with you.
In 2016, we set out to develop a radical new production process for bicycle frames. Our goal was to develop an automated process that could prove that Europe is still a suitable production location for the bicycle industry. A sharp contrast to the common perspective in the bicycle industry. For a typical bike sold in Europe every single part imported from the Far East, from the pedals to the saddle.
We believe that shipping all those parts half way across the earth is unnecessary and extremely wasteful. That's why in 2016 we decided it was time for a change.
The radical new process we developed starts with flats sheets of aluminium that are pressed into shape to create the two mirrored sides of our frame.
These halves are then, together with the bottom bracket, head tube, and seat post, welded together with a high-precision robotic 3D laser welder. Resulting in a strong and lightweight frame that is unlike anything else currently on the market.
We want to give total transparency when it comes to our sourcing and production processes. We always reveal where our parts come from, showing the distance they had to travel to our factory in Amsterdam.
A locally produced frame is just our starting point. We strive to source all of our parts locally in due time. Right now, some parts are simply not made in Europe anymore. For these parts, we’re on a constant quest of researching, redesigning, developing and producing local alternatives.
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