Surly Karate Monkey

Note: I sold the Karate Monkey (along with a spare set of SS disc-only wheels) on June 8, 2014.

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.

Currently configured as an urban assault vehicle, built from whatever was lying around. Fun and fun.

Urban_assault_vehicle.

Specification

Frame set: 18″ Surly Karate Monkey frame and fork, root beer brown
Headset. Cane Creek, 1 1/8 threadless
Stem: No name, 8mm, o degree.
Bars: Surly Open Bar with Ergon grips
Seatpost: Easton seatpost with Salsa collar
Saddle: Soma Ta-Bo, black
Cranks: Origin8 110BCD, black with Shimano UN-52 BB, BBG bashguard
Pedals: VP-001, blue with extra tall spikes
Drivetrain: 36 Surly chainring, 16t Excess freewheel, 16t Surly fixed cog, SRAM PC-850 chain
Rear wheel: White Industries non-eccentric ENO + Salsa Delgado Cross
Front wheel: Surly + Salsa Delgado Cross
Tires: WTB Vulpine 2.1 inch
Brakes: Tektro levers TRP M920 linear pull brakes

Previous Incarnations

211_Albatross at rest

As gravel weapon for boondocking up north and graveliering (including Trans Iowa v9).

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: 36 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 Clement MSO Xplor 40mm
Brakes: Tektro levers with Tektro CR720 cantilevers