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.



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