First ride: Mercer Bikes - Hungry Monkey

Despite all the high tech wizardry on display at the 2014 Africa Cycle Fair, it was a hand built steel hardtail that got us most excited. On the relatively flat test track at the 2014 Africa Cycle Fair, the bike was a tease begging to ridden hard. After getting off the Hungry Monkey, I couldn't stop dreaming about how good it would be to point down the most tricky of trails. Watch Iwan Kemp's first ride review of the Hungry Monkey for more details on the bike.


The production frame will feature routing for a dropper post as well as mounts for a second bottle cage.

Mercer Bikes Hungry MonkeySide profile HMII.jpg

Mercer Bikes Hungry MonkeyFront side HMII.jpg

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Mercer Bikes Hungry MonkeyDropout detail HMII.jpg

Mercer Bikes Hungry MonkeyHT detail 3qtr rear HMII.jpg

Mercer Bikes Hungry MonkeyHead badge detail HMII.jpg


Mercer Bikes Hungry Monkey3 qtr front view HMII.jpg
Mercer Bikes Hungry MonkeyRear 3qtr oblique HMII.jpg




35 Comments

Comments

Wil6, Nov 04 2014 07:09

Damn this is nice!!

Flowta, Nov 04 2014 08:03

VERY NICE!!!

iRide, Nov 04 2014 08:25

Another bike on the wishlist. Damnit Mercer!

nigelhicks, Nov 04 2014 08:31

Yeah go Dave ... winner of a bike ... that and his Corratac-style Tour Du Afrique cyclocross bike are amazing!

DirtyDan, Nov 04 2014 08:37

That rear triangle though! So short!

rock, Nov 04 2014 09:46

from a guy riding a steel 650b'er with sliding drop outs, that looks about right :)

Brian Fantana, Nov 04 2014 10:15

That rear triangle though! So short!

 

Which is exactly what you want and need in a long travel hardtail.  Modern long travel hardtails are all about long top tubes, low BB's, short chainstays and slack head angles.

Blitzer, Nov 04 2014 10:20

Is this local ?

Admin, Nov 04 2014 10:27

Is this local ?

Very much so - Dave is Cape Town based: http://mercerbikes.co.za/

 

braailegend, Nov 04 2014 11:06

That rear triangle though! So short!


what you want in a more gravity orientated bike, I only have hardtails and you cant fir you're fingers between the seat tube and tire. Gives loads of control of the back wheel in the air, front end lifts easier and it manuals like a dream.

Blitzer, Nov 04 2014 11:13

LIKE HIS WORK .!

Hairy, Nov 04 2014 03:09

Hello Hungry Monkey!

johanpre44, Nov 04 2014 05:07

I've got a feeling my next bike will be handmade...

Myles Mayhew, Nov 04 2014 06:29

LOL!

One word, Iwan. SWIIIIIPE!

Iwan Kemp, Nov 04 2014 06:42

LOL!

One word, Iwan. SWIIIIIPE!

"Listen to Mayhem" - Banna, 8th May 2012

Iwan Kemp, Nov 05 2014 04:33

The only question here is whether to go for a custom "forward geometry" type of design, something radical like a BTR Ranger or just be done with it and get a "production" Hungry Monkey.

 

It's the only bike I went back to at the fair and the only one I jumped on and immediately regretted riding around a stupid flat course and not bombing around Jonkers. 

(Deon), Nov 05 2014 04:39

The only question here is whether to go for a custom "forward geometry" type of design, something radical like a BTR Ranger or just be done with it and get a "production" Hungry Monkey.

 

It's the only bike I went back to at the fair and the only one I jumped on and immediately regretted riding around a stupid flat course and not bombing around Jonkers. 

Well then you have no choice but to get the one available today!

 

..or start a thread and call it "I can't wait!" after ordering the custom.

Myles Mayhew, Nov 05 2014 05:37

The only question here is whether to go for a custom "forward geometry" type of design, something radical like a BTR Ranger or just be done with it and get a "production" Hungry Monkey.

It's the only bike I went back to at the fair and the only one I jumped on and immediately regretted riding around a stupid flat course and not bombing around Jonkers.


What are you still doing here!?

MoreTrails, Nov 06 2014 05:30

Dave Mercer, you wizard!

Iwan Kemp, Nov 07 2014 12:30

What are you still doing here!?

 

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Barry Stuart, Nov 08 2014 10:41

So any news on when they plan to put the bike into production or is it going to remain on order? I'm seriously thinking of flogging ALL my bikes and just settling for a burly, simple, 140mm-160mm hardtail that I can use for everything. Currently looking at the Cotic BFE or Soul but that Monkey looks damn nice.

Iwan Kemp, Nov 08 2014 10:44

Let me confirm for you on Monday, but as far as I know there will be "stock" in the next 4-6 weeks. Quantities will be limited for now so best get your order in.

It'll be worth it!

Barry Stuart, Nov 08 2014 11:02

Let me confirm for you on Monday, but as far as I know there will be "stock" in the next 4-6 weeks. Quantities will be limited for now so best get your order in.

It'll be worth it!

Thanks Iwan. Any hints at price yet?

Iwan Kemp, Nov 10 2014 09:46

Thanks Iwan. Any hints at price yet?

 

R10,500

Hairy, Nov 10 2014 09:57

R10,500

Kief, about +2K cheaper than a custom new frame from Mercer