2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
Moonmen Bikes
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Todd Heath and Ryan Mckee are Moonmen. Together, we have 2 lifetime’s worth of love, appreciation and respect for the bicycle. We are riders, always ready for another two wheeled adventure. Our drive to craft elegant, top-performing bicycles comes from an ongoing pursuit of the best ride experience. Moonmen understands that our stoke is best shared. We both appreciate and rely on the Moonmen community to move our pursuit forward and to reciprocate stoke. We know a lot of you are as excited to ride extra ordinary bicycles as we are. We hope to share that experience with you. Moonmen bicycles and components are made in and tested on the trails, pavement, tunnels, and drainage canals of Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

Todd represents the Fort having spent his formative years here. His dream of building bikes started in high school with a short internship under James Bleakley, founder of Black Sheep. Realizing his skills were not up to par, Todd attended a local trade school where he acquired a degree in machining and welding. Fresh out of the program, Todd reunited with James who he would go on to partner with for almost 10 years. Todd was instrumental in shaping the Black Sheep aesthetic and brand. You can always find Todd out riding his bike under the full moon no matter the weather. His amazing compliment and counterpart, Jess, is always game to follow Todd up a ladder. Todd’s fave color and bicycle colorway is purps.

 

Ryan grew up in the south suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s been riding and racing bicycles since the age of 8. While in college he supplemented his massive student loan checks with much less massive paychecks from working in a bike shop. His professional career to date has been spent creating pictures, multimedia art, and print work to help sell the delicious craft beer that seems to run out of the faucets here in Fort Collins. He is nothing without the love and support of his beautiful wife, Liv, and children, Arlo and Ona. Ryan thrashes about a fat bike in the theme of red.

Award Entries:
Charlie’s Fat Bike (Entry for: Best mountain bike):
We set out to build a bike for Charlie that he could ride in the snow up in Michigan. The biggest fat tire clearance plus the option for gears was a must. A full Titanium build and a mix of nice light parts have made this a sweet machine. We are big fans of BMX here at Moonmen so we borrowed a few lines from our favorite bikes from the 80's. Charlie liked the idea of a single speed option for summer riding and a travel setup that would allow him to take this bike on flights without it requiring a full size bike box. We achieved this by pairing a our proprietary "Mension" chain tension system and tube splitters to enable the frame to be dissembled into three pieces. A bit of Tetris and this bike will fit in a check-able S and S travel case. The Mension system is a modified turn buckle design and with the inherent flex in Titanium you can loosen the set screw, rotate the system a quarter turn or two and your chain it nice and tight. The custom yoke/ BB cluster allows for the biggest of tires with a sub 16.5" chain stay. The forks we build have been a long time in prototyping. The custom tapered steerer, over-sized blades and thru axle dropouts make for a great riding fork. We completed the build with a custom bar, stem, and seat post to make this bike the ultimate snow crusher/ trail ripper.
Charlie’s Fat Bike (Entry for: Best TIG frame):
We set out to build a bike for Charlie that he could ride in the snow up in Michigan. The biggest fat tire clearance plus the option for gears was a must. A full Titanium build and a mix of nice light parts have made this a sweet machine. We are big fans of BMX here at Moonmen so we borrowed a few lines from our favorite bikes from the 80's. Charlie liked the idea of a single speed option for summer riding and a travel setup that would allow him to take this bike on flights without it requiring a full size bike box. We achieved this by pairing a our proprietary "Mension" chain tension system and tube splitters to enable the frame to be dissembled into three pieces. A bit of Tetris and this bike will fit in a check-able S and S travel case. The Mension system is a modified turn buckle design and with the inherent flex in Titanium you can loosen the set screw, rotate the system a quarter turn or two and your chain it nice and tight. The custom yoke/ BB cluster allows for the biggest of tires with a sub 16.5" chain stay. The forks we build have been a long time in prototyping. The custom tapered steerer, over-sized blades and thru axle dropouts make for a great riding fork. We completed the build with a custom bar, stem, and seat post to make this bike the ultimate snow crusher/ trail ripper.