A Quest for Experience

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way. This article discusses the importance of the team for our product development process.

A Quest for Experience

Racing Tubeless around the World

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way.

Overall victories at the Tour of Poyang Lake in China, stage wins at the Turul Romaniei in Romania and at the GP Himmerland one-day race in Denmark outline the team’s extensive program. It’s an unusual program in many ways. It’s one that stands out compared to the programs of most other teams that are registered and perform under the UCI’s umbrella.

Racing on different continents comes with some particularities.

Firstly, there needs to be a special focus on logistics. Traveling abroad means that the team is limited in terms of the equipment it can bring along. Often the race vehicles will be provided by the race organizers and do only allow for limited space. This also means that the team might face limited service possibilities at the race venue, due to the limited availability of spare parts. Packing smart is key. 

Secondly, the logistics at events far from the teams headquarters differ from the ones on home turf. With no team truck on hand, one needs to focus on how to set up the service area at the race hotel and where to keep all equipment.

For Scope Cycling, the partnership with Monkey Town is in many ways a fruitful and important one. It does not only help us to validate our products and the commitment to focus on building wheels with rimbeds that are optimized for tubeless tires. It does also help us to promote and spread our message.

Racing Tubeless

Racing on tubeless tires is not yet very common in the pro ranks, mainly due to their added weight when compared to traditional tubular tires. However, there are good reasons for making the switch. Most speak for themselves: they’re faster than clincher tires and tubular tires due eliminating the level of friction between the tire and the tube; they’re more resistant against punctures; they can be run at a significantly lower pressure without compromising performance, thus offering more grip, traction, and comfort.

Monkey Town has, arguably, been making statements racing on wheels optimized for tubeless tires. Depending on the specific race characteristics the team chooses between the R4c and the R5c wheelsets. Having these wheelsets available at any time does give them the opportunity to prepare properly for when it counts. And it offers us the chance to see our products being put through their paces. Without any compromises and excuses.

Races in Asia have a different character than races in South-Eastern Europe. There’re also differences between races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, even though these are a little smaller.

Very often road surface and weather play an important role. While cobblestone roads and crosswinds are a familiar sight in the Netherlands and Belgium, farm roads with rather rough gravel and a steady drizzle are a common feature of the races in Denmark. In China one can find smooth tarmac at altitude but has to deal with thin air and open terrain.    

Validating Developments

Monkey Town has gained a lot of experience competing at events in these areas. Their feedback helps us to develop our products further. Our wheels have been marked as best in class by numerous media outlets. However, it’s the races that Monkey Town and our other sponsored teams are doing that help us to keep on pushing the boundaries of wheels that redefine how tubeless optimized wheelsets should perform.

Images: Monkey TownLeon van Bon / Topcompetitie

Featured Products: Scope R4c & Scope R5c

A Quest for Experience

Racing Tubeless around the World

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way.

Overall victories at the Tour of Poyang Lake in China, stage wins at the Turul Romaniei in Romania and at the GP Himmerland one-day race in Denmark outline the team’s extensive program. It’s an unusual program in many ways. It’s one that stands out compared to the programs of most other teams that are registered and perform under the UCI’s umbrella.

Racing on different continents comes with some particularities.

Firstly, there needs to be a special focus on logistics. Traveling abroad means that the team is limited in terms of the equipment it can bring along. Often the race vehicles will be provided by the race organizers and do only allow for limited space. This also means that the team might face limited service possibilities at the race venue, due to the limited availability of spare parts. Packing smart is key. 

Secondly, the logistics at events far from the teams headquarters differ from the ones on home turf. With no team truck on hand, one needs to focus on how to set up the service area at the race hotel and where to keep all equipment.

For Scope Cycling, the partnership with Monkey Town is in many ways a fruitful and important one. It does not only help us to validate our products and the commitment to focus on building wheels with rimbeds that are optimized for tubeless tires. It does also help us to promote and spread our message.

Racing Tubeless

Racing on tubeless tires is not yet very common in the pro ranks, mainly due to their added weight when compared to traditional tubular tires. However, there are good reasons for making the switch. Most speak for themselves: they’re faster than clincher tires and tubular tires due eliminating the level of friction between the tire and the tube; they’re more resistant against punctures; they can be run at a significantly lower pressure without compromising performance, thus offering more grip, traction, and comfort.

Monkey Town has, arguably, been making statements racing on wheels optimized for tubeless tires. Depending on the specific race characteristics the team choses between the R4c and the R5c wheelsets. Having these wheelsets available at any time does give them the opportunity to prepare properly for when it counts. And it offers us the chance to see our products being put through their paces. Without any compromises and excuses.

Races in Asia have a different character than races in South-Eastern Europe. There’re also differences between races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, even though these are a little smaller.

Very often road surface and weather play an important role. While cobblestone roads and crosswinds are a familiar sight in the Netherlands and Belgium, farm roads with rather rough gravel and a steady drizzle are a common feature of the races in Denmark. In China one can find smooth tarmac at altitude, but has to deal with thin air and open terrain.   

Validating Developments

Monkey Town has gained a lot of experience competing at events in these areas. Their feedback helps us to develop our products further. Our wheels have been marked as best in class by numerous media outlets. However, it’s the races that Monkey Town and our other sponsored teams are doing that help us to keep on pushing the boundaries of wheels that redefine how tubeless optimized wheelsets should perform.

Images: Monkey TownLeon van Bon / Topcompetitie

Featured Products: Scope R4c & Scope R5c

A Quest for Experience

Riding Tubeless around the World

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way.

Overall victories at the Tour of Poyang Lake in China, stage wins at the Turul Romaniei in Romania and at the GP Himmerland one-day race in Denmark outline the team’s extensive program. It’s an unusual program in many ways. It’s one that stands out compared to the programs of most other teams that are registered and perform under the UCI’s umbrella.

Racing on different continents comes with some particularities.

Firstly, there needs to be a special focus on logistics. Traveling abroad means that the team is limited in terms of the equipment it can bring along. Often the race vehicles will be provided by the race organizers and do only allow for limited space. This also means that the team might face limited service possibilities at the race venue, due to the limited availability of spare parts. Packing smart is key. 

Secondly, the logistics at events far from the teams headquarters differ from the ones on home turf. With no team truck on hand, one needs to focus on how to set up the service area at the race hotel and where to keep all equipment.

For Scope Cycling, the partnership with Monkey Town is in many ways a fruitful and important one. It does not only help us to validate our products and the commitment to focus on building wheels with rimbeds that are optimized for tubeless tires. It does also help us to promote and spread our message.

Racing Tubeless

Racing on tubeless tires is not yet very common in the pro ranks, mainly due to their added weight when compared to traditional tubular tires. However, there are good reasons for making the switch. Most speak for themselves: they’re faster than clincher tires and tubular tires due eliminating the level of friction between the tire and the tube; they’re more resistant against punctures; they can be run at a significantly lower pressure without compromising performance, thus offering more grip, traction, and comfort.

Monkey Town has, arguably, been making statements racing on wheels optimized for tubeless tires. Depending on the specific race characteristics the team choses between the R4c and the R5c wheelsets. Having these wheelsets available at any time does give them the opportunity to prepare properly for when it counts. And it offers us the chance to see our products being put through their paces. Without any compromises and excuses.

Races in Asia have a different character than races in South-Eastern Europe. There’re also differences between races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, even though these are a little smaller.

Very often road surface and weather play an important role. While cobblestone roads and crosswinds are a familiar sight in the Netherlands and Belgium, farm roads with rather rough gravel and a steady drizzle are a common feature of the races in Denmark. In China one can find smooth tarmac at altitude, but has to deal with thin air and open terrain.    

Validating Developments

Monkey Town has gained a lot of experience competing at events in these areas. Their feedback helps us to develop our products further. Our wheels have been marked as best in class by numerous media outlets. However, it’s the races that Monkey Town and our other sponsored teams are doing that help us to keep on pushing the boundaries of wheels that redefine how tubeless optimized wheelsets should perform.

Images: Monkey TownLeon van Bon / Topcompetitie

Featured Products: Scope R4c & Scope R5c