The Mountain Monk Comes 2010

Well 2 months ago had I reported here on the mountain monk, a new fun sports equipment combines which mountain climbing and mountain biking. Now the press release reached me that the production model at the this year’s outdoor introduces fair in Friedrichshafen (16-19 July 2009).

The entire press release:

Cycle manufacturer Koga-Miyata will exclusively produce the innovative ‘Bergmönch’ mountain sports equipment and distribute. The production model will be presented on the outdoor trade fair in Friedrichshafen (16-19 July 2009). The developer Thomas Kaiser and Christian Wassermann remain closely connected with the project. Another partner is outdoor specialist VAUDE, which supplies the carrying bag. Already at the ISPO the mountain monk with the profit of ISPO BrandNew Award in the category of “Summer Hardware” furore.

The mountain monk – a scooter which is – uphill housed in the carrying bag is an idea by Thomas Kaiser, a mechanical engineering student at the University of applied sciences Kempten. He and his colleague Christian Wassermann are employed to give the finishing touch of the series the “mountain monk” at the time together with the Development Department of Koga. On the outdoor trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany on July 16, 2009 the production model presented, to be delivered in February 2010 in the trade. The target price is € 1.499,-.

The Bergmönch is a backpack and downhill vehicle system solution. Uphill, it is worn on the back and two minutes is deployed and ready to ride and mutates into the all-terrain Scooter, which can be driven on a backpack standing or kneeling. Joints, fast descent with great fun factor. Under www.bergmoench.com, the possibilities of use are vividly portrayed.

Next year is the mountain monk in series and will cost probably around 1,500 euros. Lot of money for a “bike” with which you can go only downhill. For the high price, there’s also a lot of high-tech:

  • full suspension front and rear air shocks, easily adjustable for body weight
  • unfolds in a minute, without tools, three handles, no items
  • VAUDE backpack/harness, perfect ergonomics
  • dual hydraulic Scheibengebremst

You will have fun with the device anyway 🙂