Our latest Reader’s Rig features artist Yeshe Parks’ beautiful singlespeed Moné El Continente, which he uses to explore the dirt roads of New Mexico. Check out more details and photos here…

Words and photos by Yeshe Parks (@yeeesshh), with additional shots by Cass.

Hi, I’m Yeshe Parks and I grew up frolicking in the forests, streams, and fields of Maine. I started mountain biking at the ripe old age of 12. Bikes have been a pretty strong thread in my life ever since. I’ve lived all over the US and my biking preferences have adapted to my surroundings. At the moment, I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and do all I can to stay on dirt. I work primarily as an artist and freelance animator.

I rekindled my love for the mountain bike when I moved here a few years ago. It had been some years (decades, even?) since I’d donned knobby tires. But, since New Mexico has seemingly endless dirt, the time was right and I got a well-loved XC bike off of Craigslist.

Mone El Continente Bikepacking

After a few months on the Craigslist score, I was looking for something that fit my tastes, and my 6’5” body, a bit better. I thought I could build my own bike, but quickly realized I needed more than a little guidance. After some serious research (Instagram’s algorithm), I found the amazing bikes of Cjell Mone. He was building beautiful frames, forks, bars and stems out of a Wonder Bread truck in the parking lot of the old post office in southern New Mexico. If he couldn’t help me, I probably couldn’t be helped.

  • Mone El Continente
  • Mone El Continente
  • Mone El Continente
  • Mone El Continente

So, after finally sliding into his DMs, we decided to give a mentor/apprenticeship relationship a try. I moved to Silver City for a couple of months and started learning the ways of Mone Bikes (fun fact: in all of the preparatory communications we both overlooked the slight issue of my height exceeding that of the inside of the truck). As my final project, we built a tricked out futuristic mountain bike frame that doubled as an off-road tour rig and I was stoked.

  • Mone El Continente Bikepacking
  • Mone El Continente Bikepacking
Mone El Continente Bikepacking

A little less than a year later, I was convinced I needed a bike-Bonnie to my current bike-Clyde: a steel, non-suspension corrected, 29+ drop bar mountain bike with all the carrying bosses of a touring bike. So, naturally, I snagged an early prototype El Continente, as seen here, and I couldn’t be happier with such an obscure bike request. I definitely haven’t ridden all the bikes, and I usually can’t describe what supple even means, but I do know that Cjell’s bikes tick all the boxes for me: they have clearance for days, are tucked and very playful in the rear, are compliant and super responsive with a balance of flex and stiffness and they are, in my opinion, about as pretty as a bike can get.

  • Frame/Fork Early prototype Mone El Continete w bi-plane fork
  • Rims Whiskey Rims
  • Hubs SON 32 Dynamo, 350 DT 350 w/ ratchet upgrade
  • Tires Teravail Cumberland 2.6” w/ Cush Core inserts
  • Handlebars Crust x Nitto Shaka bar
  • Headset White Industries
  • Crankset Race Face Affect 34t
  • Cassette Singlespeed 22-18t
  • Brakes TRP Hylex
  • Saddle Brooks carved c17
  • Seatpost Thompson Elite 27.2 setback
  • Stem Mone Custom
  • Front Bag(s) Custom Rockgeist Frame Bag
  • Rear Bag(s) Oveja Negra gear Jammer
  • Accessory Bag(s) Nuclear Sunrise and Oveja Negra Feedbags, Rockgeist Large top tube bag
  • Other Accessories Sinewave Beacon dynamo light

You can see more from Yeshe on Instagram @yeeesshh.

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