Bath Outdoors Surly Karate Monkey - What we have to say:
We're long term fans of the Surly Karate Monkey. This is one of the most versatile steel hardtails out there and an iconic bike any cyclist would love to own. We have built this up as a rigid steel hardtail 27.5 plus tyre, Shimano 1x11 speed format. However, if you would like to modify the spec with a suspension fork, 29er wheels or anything else then please let us know and we can cost it up for you.
We have a couple of bikes built and ready to go in the shop, the remaining frames we have in stock are boxed up with build kits allocated to them allowing is to build and ship them in a couple of days.
We have used Shimano, Halo and Gusset components in the build as Shimano is built for UK riding, Halo Wheels roll like a dream but can take the hits with Gusset components adding style to the build. Halo and Gusset are also British companies which we're a fan of!
Any questions about this build? Feel free to email us or give us a call at the shop for more information or to chat through the build kit.
Please note: that we have used a stock photo for the Gold frame on the website. The Green and black frames in all of the photos are pictures of the actual build kits at the shop :).
This is what Surly have to say about the Karate Monkey:
Karate Monkey delivers a resilient, lively ride on all sorts of gnarly terrain. Its frame is a highly-versatile canvas for whatever dirty masterpiece your brain cooks up. According to our computing machine (Thor) it can be set up in approximately 487 different configurations.
Originally designed as a 29er (and the frame that helped spark the 29” wheel movement), the latest Karate Monkey is designed to perform just as admirably as a 27.5+ rig as well. This allows you to pick your poison — provided your poison is having a really great time while permanently donning a shit-eating grin, of course.
Modern trail standards: dropper post compatibility, 44mm headtube, Gnot-Boost rear spacing, thru-axles, suspension corrected fork
Compatibility with most mountain bike standards makes it the perfect parts bin bike (no rim brakes allowed though)
Clearance for 29” x 2.5” or 27.5” x 3” tires
Frameset & Build Kit:
Frame: 100% Surly Chromoly Steel
Custom double butted externally flaired tubing. Horizontal slotted with derailleur hanger, Surly “Gnot Boost”
142 or 148mm hub spacing compatibility
Fork: 100% Surly Chromoly Steel
483mm axle-to-crown x 47mm offset, 110mm hub spacing, tapered and butted straight blade. 51mm I.S. disc mount
Seatclamp: Surly Stainless Steel 33.1mm
Crankset: Shimano Deore 5100 175mm
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB52
Front Derailleur: N/A
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore 5100 11sp
Cassette: Sunrace 11t - 46t
Chain: KMC 11sp
Headset: Gusset ZS44/28.6 & EC44/40
Brakes: Shimano SLX 7100 2 pot
Brake Levers: Shimano SLX 7100
Rotors: Shimano Ice Tech 180mm Centre Lock
Shifters: Shimano Deore 5100 11sp
Stem: Gusset Staff Stem 80mm
Handlebar: Gusset Beard Bar 750mm/31.8mm
Grips: Gusset S2 Lock Ons
Saddle: Gusset R-Series Black Jack
Seatpost: Gusset Lofty
Front Wheel: Halo Vapour MTC 27.5" 110mm Boost
Rear Wheel: Halo Vapour MTC 27.5" 148mm Boost
Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5 x 2.6
|Head Tube Angle||69.0°||69.0°||69.0°||69.0°||69.0°|
|Head Tube Length||100||100||100||110||120|
|Seat Tube Length||330||368||419||470||521|
|Top Tube Length, Actual||549.7||560.4||575||597.5||624.5|
|Top Tube Length, Effective||560||585||610||635||660|
|Seat Tube Angle||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°|