Welcome to Mong Cycles’ website! We hope you will enjoy browsing, and that you will find some useful information here. We care a lot about the quality of our products and services we offer. You can find more information on this site, or send us e-mail or a Facebook query.
Mong Cycles was started in March 2015 by Suchada Kokanot and Stuart Smith. We took over the shop Top Gear, once Chiang Mai’s best bike shop but then near-death. We moved down the road to a much larger location so we could offer a wider range of bikes and accessories, as well as have plenty of room for working on bikes.
Our belief is that Chiang Mai has many bike shops but none gives the quality of customer service or mechanical service that we believe the customers expect and deserve. We also believe that there are a lack of shops carrying bikes in larger sizes or styles that many of the resident expats and visitors want.
Now, Mong Cycles has moved to Phrao and closed the Chiang Mai shop as of February 28, 2018.
We found that the character of Chiang Mai has changed a lot in the past few years – for us there is too much heavy traffic, too many loud motorcycles and tuk-tuk parades, the air quality worsens and things such as rent are becoming too expensive. We also lost one of our dear cats, Sylvester, to traffic roaring along Chang Moi Road.
Phrao is a lovely, small town on the way to…nowhere popular! It is surrounded by national forests and has great road cycling in the valley and through the surrounding mountains, as well as good mountain biking. The air is cleaner than Chiang Mai and the pace much more subdued, yet it is just a short (100km) distance to Chiang Mai’s airport, hospitals and other amenities.
We plan to run the shop more as a hobby there than as a “normal business.” Enjoyment of life comes first, then working on bikes. We hope we will see our friends and customers there when on a bike tour, or by bus (80 Baht from Chang Phuak bus station) or car. We will have bikes to rent if you don’t wish to ride or bring your own. We as just 250 meters from the bus station.
If you visit, please call first if you need us…we may be out riding!
Mong & Stu
Mong Cycles carries a wide range of parts and accessories. We cannot stock everything but will try to help you find what you need, even if it is not our shop that carries it. We sell new bikes and buy/sell used bikes when we come across good value. Our new bikes are assembled with extra care; checking and adjusting hubs, wheels and all components. Any used bikes we sell have been thoroughly checked and worn or dangerous parts replaced – we will not sell “bad” bikes! We test ride every new bike (so expect to see a little dust on the tires) and all bikes we repair, as we know that performance in the repair stand and on the street are often not the same.
We hope you will give us an opportunity to meet. Please come by for a look or call/write us to inquire.
Contact us for more information about our services. Our experienced customer service team can help you find just what you need and can advise you on the additional options. Our customer service team is available between 10 am and 6 pm, 6 days a week. For security and training purposes, telephone calls to and from the customer service team may be recorded and monitored.
Chiang Mai 50190