Whilst walking the halls of Eurobike, it doesn’t take long to be swept up in all of the carbon fibre full suspension plus e-bike wizardry that dominates most exhibitors display stands. Everyone wants to have the most cutting-edge designs on show, and the more exotic and lightweight, the better. So when you come past the Surly Bikes booth, it’s a highly refreshing experience.
Known for their range of no-bullshit steel framed rigid bikes, Surly offer a distinctive range of mountain bikes, off-road touring bikes, commuters and cyclocross bikes, amongst things like rims, tyres and cockpit components. Despite their relatively simplistic appearances, Surly has a knack for producing genre-bending bikes that often end up creating their very own niches. Take the original Pugsley, which kicked off the fat bike movement. Or the Karate Monkey, which was one of the very first 29er mountain bikes on the market.
For 2017, the Karate Monkey returns to the fore with a new frame and fork that have been redesigned with updated geometry, along with new dropouts that offer additional wheelsize versatility. We reported on the news of the new Surly Karate Monkey last month, but we had a chance to see one up close during Eurobike 2016.