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Surly Karate Monkey
The Karate Monkey in Battleship Gray.


Karate Monkey

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 (1 Review)

2012 Surly Karate Monkey

Imagine if a martial arts master had primate dexterity and was made of steel. You've now conceptualized the Surly Karate Monkey. The Monkey is versatile, capable of running skinny tires or massive treads, suspension or rigid forks and while it's capable of rocking gears, it brings its "A-Game" to the singlespeed scene. The strong 4130-chromoly frame and fork ride silky smooth handling any terrain beneath your wheels and the short chainstays make for a very lively ride. Tough 29-inch WTB rims wrapped with wide WTB tires trounce anything in their way and the singlespeed drivetrain is powered by stout TruVativ cranks. Wide Salsa bars give you kung fu leverage to complement your singlespeed style and Avid discs with 6-inch rotors reign things in.

Features and Information

Specification Description
Frame Surly TIG-welded chromoly with double butted main triangle
Fork Surly TIG-welded chromoly
Rims/Wheels WTB Speed Disc 29
Hubs Surly New
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires WTB Exiwolf DNA, 29 x 2.3
Crankset TruVativ FireX 1.1
Chainrings 33T
Rear Cogs Shimano 17T
Handlebars Salsa MotoAce
Stem Kalloy
Brake Levers Avid FR-5
Brakes Avid BB7 mechanical-disc, 6-inch rotors
Saddle WTB SST Comp
Seatpost Kalloy

* Subject to change without notice.


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  • Very versatile 
  • Handles Well 
  • Lightweight 

Best Uses

  • Trail and road 

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Love it!!

By romo

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Casual/ Recreational


  • Very versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Handles Well


    Best Uses

    • Trail and road


    This bike is amazing, yes it is kind of spendy. But..... it is well worth it, the frame is adaptable to be changed into anything you want, throw 700c's on and go for a nice cruise, or ill pop on some 29er's and tare up some downhill, either way im 200 pounds, ive had the bike for 6 months now and have yet to make a dent into the frame.

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