I stopped in at Fairfield Cycles [Victoria, BC] this week…very cool shop….Ortlieb, IGH bikes, folders, bents, cargo bikes…sweet! Anyways not being in the market for a bike I was just browsing when I saw this nice 20″ Surly Karate Monkey with monster 2.35″ Schwalbe Big Apple 29er tires and fenders…the bike looked perfect and ridiculously huge all at the same time so I had to take a test ride.
I was amazed that there was so much clearance in the fork for huge rubber and fenders to match. I was also surprised that I liked the Chum Bucket red colour of the frame…I hadn’t been too stoked based on pictures I’d seen, but it looks quite nice in person. The 20″ frame fit me great and the bike was built up as a useful about town ride.
The KM was light and nimble despite the big wheels. I would have lowered the pressure in the Big Apples quite a bit to take advantage of their suspension potential if it was my bike. As it was the BAs rolled great and I was able to slalom around the neighbourhood with a big grin on my face.
I’m used to riding a fixed gear now so it felt strange to be on a single speed bike that let me coast…it almost felt wrong…=-)
I gotta say this was a fun bike to bomb around on and setup like this would make a great all weather commuter. As it turns out this bike is slightly used and priced at $1100.00cdn…somebody is going to have a big smile on their face. Thanks to Max at Fairfield Cycles for the test ride…=-)