This week’s Reader’s Rig comes from Mangky in Bandung, Indonesia, who shares his vintage Kona Explosif and a peek at his unique miniaturized bicycle illustrations. Learn more about Mangky, his bike, and his art here…

Words and photos by Mangky (@mangky)

Hi! My name is Mangky, and I’m from Bandung, Indonesia. I am a product designer in a fashion company. I like creating artwork of various kinds of bicycles, making them look tiny, which I call BANTET ART. Check out a few examples below.

Kona Explosif

I have loved bicycles since I was a kid. My dad has the same passion, too. He has several types of bicycles, namely mountain bikes, including some vintage ones, and road bikes, too. In 2010, I started admiring bicycle components, and before long I had my first own bike.

  • Kona Explosif
  • Kona Explosif

At that time, I intended to buy a different bicycle from the ones my dad has, so as to add to our collection. So, I decided to buy a folding bike, starting with Dahon and Brompton. Lately, I’ve become interested in gravel bikes as well, and now I have Cinelli Zydeco, my one and only gravel bike.

  • Mangky, Bantet Art
  • Mangky, Bantet Art
  • Mangky, Bantet Art
  • Mangky, Bantet Art
  • Mangky, Bantet Art

A selection of Mangky’s unique BANTET mini bicycle illustrations, all inspired by various photos he stumbled across online. See more on Instagram using the hashtag #BantetArt.

This vintage Kona Explosif actually belongs to my dad, but he let me borrow it for a bikepacking trip I was planning out to Mt. Papandayan, Garut, Indonesia, which is how it’s pictured here. It’s a mostly Shimano Deore DX build with rim brakes and 26″ wheels. I added a mix of bikepacking bags from a handful of different brands, as well as a pair of cargo cages on the fork.

Kona Explosif
  • Frame/Fork Kona Explosif
  • Rims Weinmann Zac 19
  • Hubs Shimano Deore DX
  • Tires Maxxis Crossmark 26 x 2.10″
  • Handlebars Scott AT-2 LF
  • Headset FSA
  • Crankset Shimano Deore DX
  • Pedals Wellgo QRD
  • Cassette Shimano Deore DX
  • Derailleur Shimano Deore DX
  • Brakes Shimano Deore DX
  • Shifter(s) Shimano Deore DX
  • Saddle Selle Royal
  • Seatpost Kona
  • Stem Tioga
  • Front bags Ortlieb Handlebar-Pack
  • Frame bags Urbncase
  • Rear bags Ortlieb Seat-Pack
  • Accessory bags Urbncase Audax Randorunner Indonesia series Bottle/Feed bag
  • Other accessories Specialized KEG Bottle Keg Storage
Kona Explosive drawing, Dean Liebau
Mangky’s Kona was also selected to be drawn in the Draw My Kona campaign by artist Dean Liebau.
  • Kona Explosif
  • Kona Explosif

You can keep up with Mangky on Instagram @mangky.

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