In the rediscovery of the most classical cycling modalities, the Speed, which came with the release of Callus 10 at the beginning of the 70 years, as was usual among competitors, the Monark could not be oblivious to the promising market that opened in the country. It came with the Crescent line, Positron and Monark 10, being the “10” a simpler model, but more than the Sprint of callus because of its mounting components such as the currency exchange, brakes and levers of change. In this case, the Shimano Tourney group made all the difference before the geniuses “Dimosil” of the competitor.
Through its classical design, Monark 10 frame and fork composed a harmonious and sturdy structure for a bicycle that would require a larger and prolonged effort when pedaled, and as you all know, this effort falls on the whole of the central movement.
For decades of competition, say, friendly between calluses and Monark, there was a striking differential between the two, when speaking of launched models. Until the early years 90, Monark employed the 45 mm monobloc system in the central movement, while callus employed the system through braces and 34.7 mm in diameter. Therefore, the weak point of Monark 10 has always been this choice for which we have never had a reasonable explanation. Both this is true that in the Crescent and Positron was adopted center box with internal thread and braces in the fixing of the set. Nevertheless, the performance of Monark 10 was fairly satisfactory, and serious mechanical problems were rare.
Bikes from this period, regardless of the manufacturer, had parts produced with materials (inputs) with more quality, compared to what we found on the market nowadays. With the difficulty of finding braces in the current market, the Monarks lead a certain advantage over the others. Moreover, the “Chinalização” of the bicycle parts market has caused problems with the replacement of some items like: braces, balls, ball collar, shoes for pole brakes or rods; Items, ages ago, found easily. Today, the market forces you to buy a full set of steering box, if you want a ball necklace. It is to end the antigobicicletismo and discourage the citizen who wants to “put up” his old model.
Following, this Monark 10 that is part of our acquis arrived at us in 1999 through a friend, who saw her leaning on a ranch in Campo Alegre (SC) during a visit to a customer. Talk goes and talk comes, and, knowing of our passion for the skinny, embraced 10 and brought to Joinville, along with two pieces of cheese produced in the Serra: too much! Afterwards, it was dismantling, cleaning, regulating and reassembling. No serious wear of its components has been noticed, and brake shoes are still original. The other surprise, based on a souvenir from the Titans discography, and then confirmed, was the album cover “The best band of all the time of the last week”, released in 2001. With a well-laid “noir” cover, setting the scenery has, on the left, a Monark 10 against a drum. Sure, it was “the best bicycle ever…”.
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