Bikepack

Bergmönch Downhill Wheeler


The Bergmönch is designed to provide the best of both worlds for mountain bikers. Adrenaline junkies can haul the “device” up the summit of their choice as a collapsible rucksack — complete with a weight distributing waist strap and padded harness. Once the hard work is over, the bag can then mutate into a downhill-optimized thrill ride. You’ll notice we’ve avoided using the term bike, because the Bergmönch isn’t just a portable take on standard trail runners. Instead, it’s more like an ultra-light scooter that’s been optimized to alleviate the pressure put on one’s knees during a descent by forcing riders to stand or kneel, instead of sitting. In fact, the name Bergmönch means “Mountain Monk” in German — not triple cheeseburger. A larger front wheel paired with the smaller rear wheel also makes the Bergmönch much easier to steer once gravity takes over. Unfortunately, you’ll need to earn more than a simple man of the cloth if to afford this $2,150 rolling ejection seat. Available only at select European alpine shops.

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