Mountain Bike publishes in its issue nº 33 an extensive interview with Sergi Moyano, Monty’s technical design manager.
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Sergi Moyano is the new technical design manager for Bicicletas Monty, S.A. Although the new range has been brewing for a year, Sergi is ultimately responsible for this new range. He wanted to give Trial a new image and he is full of new ideas and a desire to take Monty to the place it once occupied for many years. We travel to the factory in Sant Feliu de Llobregat to speak to him and to find out first hand what we can expect from Monty in the coming years.
Is the new stage a follow-on in the evolution of the Trial bike from Monty or a new page which marks the beginning of a new era?
All of this new range is a new page. It’s the rebirth of Monty in the trial world and from here onwards we are concentrating on trial and being a benchmark again. We won’t ignore the knowledge we’ve developed over more than 30 years but we are starting again. It’s a difficult business but we are very determined to be a benchmark in the trial world. Monty continues to support this sport and we are already working on new components and materials.
Will Monty have an official team in the competitions?
For the next season we will have an official team and collaborations with riders in all categories. The official team will consist of two or three riders, although the number is still to be confirmed. The number of satellite riders will depend on the agreements we reach with them.
What role does César Cañas have in this project?
César is now focused on trial school s and is helping us a lot in the development of bike measurements. His experience in the schools serves as a test for the prototypes that we are designing.
Will you continue to opt for carbon?
We currently have a rider testing the V2 version of the M5. It’s a bicycle which we firmly believe in and we have are already determined to develop and improve the teething pains from the first series. The M5 is a revolutionary bicycle which is the base for future models from our brand. We are also working on the evolution of our new aluminium chassis. As you can see the stakes are high and we are determined.
What is happening with the 26-inch?
I have to recognise that we have not been concentrating on that, but we are working on the new model to replace the 231. There are technical issues which currently impede the production of a 26-inch similar to the new ones in 2015, but we are working to be able to offer a very competitive 26-inch.
Where is Trial heading in terms of the technical side?
For a few years manufacturers have been committed to making the lightest chassis possible. There was a “war” of weights but the result was breakages and more breakages. At Monty we believe it is better to sacrifice a bit of weight in favour of the reliability of a product. I think that the correct weight for a chassis should not be lower than 1400 grams. Trial is not governed by any standard, like mountain bikes or road cycling. In trial there’s more freedom and we work to our own goals, seeking quality above all.
Why hasn’t Monty opted for the 24-inch?
It’s a “strange” measure. Maybe the biggest inconvenience is not having specific wheels or finding adequate components. Perhaps it is also determined by the sport regulations which until now did not allow this measure. Although the regulations are now open, we have polled many riders and they also don’t see it as a category which brings any significant advantage over the 20 or 26. I think it’s a category which is a bit stagnant.
In this new era, is Monty becoming neutral or continuing more on the Biketrial side?
The idea is to have a presence both in Biketrial and in UCI and we will let our riders know that. Our riders will compete both in Biketrial and Trial UCI. We are interested in both modalities and we want to be present in all Trial events. In this way we have also turned a page.
Where are the brand’s trial bikes assembled?
The entire range of Trial bicycles, from the first to the last, are assembled entirely at our factory in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. The materials arrive from different providers in China and Taiwan and here we assemble the bikes one by one, both the series and one-off special assemblies.
Will you have another range of competition clothing and shoes?
Yes. We want to have new clothing for our affiliate riders, new competition shoes and a new image. We are working with a providers to update our Trial shoes and our kit. As I said, we want to look at all components of the bike and the brand image.
Do you have projects lined up?
In a company like Monty there are always projects lined up and prototypes made. They will arrive when the time is right but for different reasons they remain lined up. Evidently we want to go back to them because they are very interesting products that can be used for the future of Trial. Our priority now is to put the brand back in the place it deserves and slowly go back to these projects, although there will not be any news on them for at least two years.