Surly Karate Monkey 27.5
Years ago the Karate Monkey helped start the 29” wheel movement and, as time’s gone by, many companies – Surly included – have experimented with even more wheel sizes.
With so many different types and sizes of tires now on the market, riders have begun to understand the effect that tyre width has on overall wheel diameter, and with ample tyre clearance, you can see the benefits of multiple wheel sizes all on one bike. 27+ tyres have the same rolling diameter as a 29” wheel, yet you get all the traction and floatation benefits of extra-wide knobbies. And that’s just the tyres.
The Karate Monkey frame has recently gotten a make over that includes the addition of features like internal dropper post routing, a new tubeset that uses the same trumpet tubes found on our Instigator 2.0, and a slight tweak in geometry that is more progressive and trail-oriented. The Karate Monkey uses a horizontal dropout with a derailleur hanger that features Gnot-Boost spacing, which gives the rider the ability to run any kind of mountain bike hub they choose. 10 x 135mm QR, 12 x 142, or 12 x 148 Boost™ will all work in the Karate Monkey frame. The frame uses a 44mm headtube for broad fork compatibility and is ED coated for an added layer of internal protection. If, at any point, you decide you want to throw on some skinny meats, standard 29” wheels and tyres can be swapped in with no issue. If you want to round-house kick some trail right in the face, the Karate Monkey is your sled.
Please note: Surly Karate Monkey Bikes are UK specification and will differ from the complete bikes as shown on the US Surly site
Frame: Surly Karate Monkey
Fork: Rock Shox Revelation RC 140mm
Headset: Gusset S2
Handlebar: Gusset Slade No-Rise
Stem: Gusset Staff
Grips: Gusset S2
Saddle: Genetic STV 143
Seatpost: KS E30i 150mm
Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed
Gear Levers: SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed
Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle DUB 170mm 34t
Cassette: SRAM NX Eagle 11-50t
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB
Brakes: SRAM Level TL
Wheels: Halo Vapour 35
Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.8
Accessories: Original rigid fork is also supplied with bike