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#120 out of 518 29er bikes
Brand: Surly

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  • Steve Mehne

    Buy this if you like bomb proof bikes that are going to last a life time.

    Steel need I say more. The MDS dropouts allows you to tailor your whip to your riding/gear choices. Plenty of braze ons for racks,fenders, cages, etc. The Ops version comes with an ED coating to help prevent rust on the inside, tapered headtube for a more modern standard, and MDS dropouts mentioned earlier. Fox float 32 fork is a great value on this build preforms fantastically for the price.

    Base parts spec could be better wheels are quite narrow and heavy. Built to last though. Shimano deore is a great entry level parts spec but i upgraded quickly.

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  • godzillalaughs

    buy one. love it for the simplicity and steel-ness.

    it's old and still rides like new! Best steel, hard tail, single speed cycling contraption ever.


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  • Mike_D.

    I've got my Monkey geared as an 8 speed (32 in front, 12/28 cassette in back). It's also got White Brothers Magic 29 100mm fork. Most monkey owners like to run theirs rigid (i.e. no suspension). I ran it like that for the first dozen rides, and it was a great XC bike.

    But, the suspension fork is the way to go in my opinion (especially if you like to blast over rock gardens and larger obstacles).

    All told, mine weighs in at just under 30 lbs. For the price, this frame is hard to beat.

    The steel frame is bullet proof and a great single track downhiller. 29er wheels roll with more power over obstacles than 26ers. I don't sense much of a weight penalty while climbing either. Actually, since they roll over roots and rocks better than 26er's they seem to climb better too.

    The bullet proof frame is on the heavy side, 5.5 lbs. The 29er wheels do add weight, especially the tires, relative to 26er's.

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