Hot on the heels of the release of Surly’s Midnight Special, All-City Cycles has launched the Gorilla Monsoon, a drop bar bike with fat tires that go well beyond the boundaries of ‘road plus.’
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All-City Gorilla Monsoon highlights
- Designed around 27.5×2.4in tires
- 4130 steel frameset
- Front and rear thru-axles
- Dropper seatpost compatible
- $1,999 complete / $850 frameset (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
- Available in April
According to all-knowing Wikipedia, Gorilla Monsoon was the ring name of super-heavyweight WWF wrestler Robert James Marella. Outlandish names are All-City’s forte, and this moniker seems fitting for a drop bar bike designed to run 27×2.4in mountain bike tires.
If that’s bigger than you’ve bargained for, the frame can also fit more reasonable rubber with some changes to geometry.
Switching to 47mm-wide 650b tires will lower the bottom bracket, which the company notes would be good for riders using the Gorilla Monsoon for loaded touring.
Before I delve any further into the details, let’s pause and ask who and what is this bike for?
“We’ve taken the capabilities of our famed ‘cross bikes and built a monster. Our most densely featured bike ever, fully hitting everything on our checklist for a steed that can take us far into the unknown in comfort, style and elegance. Want to do mixed pavement and single track rides? Put in long days off road? Do some fire road touring? Camping? Ride across the continent? No problem,” All-City writes on its website.
Features that point to the Gorilla Monsoon’s off-road bias include a port for an internally routed dropper along with the use of a 30.9mm diameter seatpost. This bike also sports a front 100x15mm thru-axle, rather than the 100x12mm thru-axle used on most road and gravel bikes.
The complete bike features a hodgepodge of components. The drivetrain consists of SRAM Apex 1 shift/brake levers, a 36t chainring mounted to a FSA Comet crankset, and an Apex 1 rear derailleur that shifts across a SunRace 11-42t cassette.
Stopping power comes from Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors.
As for the rolling stock, the Gorilla Monsoon gets its monster-cross credentials from 27.5×2.4in WTB Ridler TCS tires mounted to WTB STP i25 rims on Novatec hubs.
The Gorilla Monsoon will be available in April. Visit allcitycycles.com for more information.