The Free Parable Monkii Mono is a useful way of carrying things on the bike if you have a few bikes and you like to keep a single set of tools, or for extra storage. It's not an essential but you'll probably find a job for it.
The Monkii Mono is one of a number of products using Free Parable's mounting system, which consists of two discs that can be attached to bottle mounts or elsewhere on the frame or seatpost using a separate caddy. The idea is that the various bits of kit slot onto the discs and are held firm; removing them is a simple case of sliding or twisting. There's a tool roll available too, as well as various bottle cages.
The Mono will happily accommodate a couple of road tubes, a multitool, a patch kit and some other bits and bobs; even a pump, if you have a tiny one. Alternatively it'll swallow your phone, keys, wallet and gels and the flock internals will help to prevent scratches.
Two full-length zips along the top mean access is easy; Free Parable don't claim it's fully waterproof but it's never let in any water on soggy rides.
The most obvious positions for the Mono are on a bottle boss, on the seatpost and on the top tube as a sort of energy hopper. The latter will only work on relatively narrow-tubed frames as the biggest bracket Free Parable make accommodates a 38mm tube.
In the main triangle of a bike, position one really, it's a bit of a squeeze when you're also packing a bottle, even on a big frame like I ride. That means it's not really an option for smaller bikes if you want to carry water too, which you inevitably do.
On the seatpost it's pretty effective and easy to swap between bikes (assuming you get more than one mount) although it's a bit wider than some seatpacks. It works on the top tube pretty well, even though that's not what it's really designed for.
A versatile bag for holding a few essentials on the bike, but size limits its appeal in a bike's main triangle.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Free Parable Design Monkii Mono
Size tested: Black
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Hard-shell design offers an exterior with just enough room to protect inside when bent and bumps.
zipper provides a strong seal to keep belongings and away from water droplets.
Same mount, diversity usage
insulation pouches or tool bags can easily be mounted to a bicycle or backpack with the same platform.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Pretty well although it'll be too big for a fair few main triangles with a bottle in there too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to fit and use.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe.
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.