Surly Karate Monkey

Nicknamed “The Albatross” for reasons that I may or may not explain later. This is my do-anything, go-anywhere bike and the one that tends to change configuration the most often.

I said it would never be geared, but I guess I was wrong. Go figure.

211_Albatross at rest

Currently configured as a gravel weapon for boondocking up north and generally bombing around town.


Frame set: 18″ Surly Karate Monkey frame and fork, root beer brown
Headset. Cane Creek, 1 1/8 threadless
Stem: Salsa, 100mm, steep rise.
Bars: Salsa Woodchippers with purple Newbaum’s cloth tape
Seatpost: Easton seatpost with Salsa collar
Saddle: Brooks B-17, black
Cranks: Origin8 110BCD, black with Shimano UN-52 BB, BBG bashguard
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy or Wellgo BMX pedals
Drivetrain: 34 Surly chainring, 12-32t cassette, XT derailleur, SRAM PC-850 chain
Rear wheel: Shimano XT + Velocity Dyad
Front wheel: Shimano XT + Velocity Dyad
Tires: WTB Vulpine 2.1 inch or Schwalbe Big Apples 2.125 inch
Brakes: Tektro levers with Tektro CR720 cantilevers