strong • heart • beat
WE BELIEVE THE SMALLEST CHANGE CAN FOREVER ALTER THE WORLD.
We believe good design can improve and simplify any person’s life. We believe in more freedom, through shorter commutes, and that a bicycle is the quintessential tool for that. We believe in efficiency and that one good thing leads directly to another. We believe in simplicity and that the uncomplicated reigns supreme. We believe in less congested roads and fewer pollutants in our air. We believe the physical and psychological benefit to riding your bike, is bar none.
In 2014, three Colombian siblings living in Melbourne, decided to join forces and work collaboratively on a passion-project. To challenge themselves and their surroundings, in a quest to better the lives of people, and their Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). They put their heads together and listed out their collective consciousness:
A love of sports, a love of beautiful design and a love for the environment.
Over the next several months, blood, sweat and caffeine-fuelled nights moulded into a perfect love child; Mantci – a brand new single speed bicycle company.
Drawing inspiration from the original fixed gear bikes of the 70’s – which were created as a ‘no frills, no fuss’ bike for couriers in the US – they boiled each part down to its most minimal form. The sleek lines of the frame, combined with a strong architectural and mechanical interior, makes Mantci live up to its translation; heart. It’s the force that propels us forwards. It is beautifully simple, yet infinitely complex.
Mantci is not just a bike. It’s a movement. To help the planet, by kicking cars off the roads. To simplify people’s lives, through a design that is all but maintenance free. To reduce the stress and horror of being stuck in traffic, while trying to reach point B. And of course, to better our health through incidental exercise.
Now, it’s time to let your heart do the thinking and pedal your way to a better world.
THE CORE OF THE MANTCI BRAND CONSIST OF THREE KEY CONCEPTS;
The power to make
People often underestimate their own power. “How can I change the world?” you might ask. The answer is simple; one step at a time. If enough people decide to make a change, they can achieve the impossible. A movement isn’t something that just happens. It is something that is created. And all you need to do, is to take that first step.
The engine that keeps
The heart is frequently used in metaphors to describe love, determination and values. You could say it’s what moves us, both literally and figuratively. It’s a symbol of a life lived well. It conjures up images of compassion and empathy. All these things are vital to us. A strong heart is a strong being, and we need an abundance of those, to keep the world from flatlining.
The measure of movement,
cadence and rhythm
Each of us have our own pattern. The way we walk, the way we talk. Your morning routine. Input leads to output, and success is measured by happiness. Hearing the roar of the wind, and your own heartbeat in your ears, you understand that this is how you were meant to live. How you were meant to enjoy your life. Our whole planet has a pulse, and we pedal to the beat of its drum.
Created with heart
WHEN WE CREATED MANTCI, WE SCRUTINISED EVERY INCH OF THE DESIGN.
We re-drew and removed, until the bike was perfectly simplified. We work with some of best suppliers, yet we double-check and stress test every part that comes in.
Our flip-flop hubs are of the knees of bees and allow you to choose your own style of riding – freewheel or fixie.
What’s the difference between freewheel and fixie, you say? Fixed gear bicycles have the cog directly tied to the motion of the pedals. Unlike multi-gear bicycles, it does not have a bearing. This means when your bike moves forwards (or backwards), the pedals spin along in the same direction. Yeah, on a fixie you can Tour de City, backwards. Freewheel cogs on the other hand, do have bearings, so the pedals can move independently of the back wheel, like a more traditional multi-gear bike. Our flip-flop hubs (also called ‘double-sided hubs’) are adaptable, giving you the power to choose.
The benefits of a single speed bicycle are many. They are jaw-droppingly stylish, they handle like a dream and they are extremely durable. However, what’s most important, is that you never have to worry, due to their minimal upkeep. Not having gears, means they will never break down. Anti-puncture tyres mean you won’t be stuck on a road, halfway to anywhere. We all have a lot of things to worry about. Your bike should never be one of them.