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Old 01-16-2019, 06:03 PM
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All-City Gorilla Monsoon

Sold my Peg since I never rode it and always default to riding my mountain bike. But I knew I needed something that resembled a roadie for a training ride after the rains when the trails are closed or for the occasional fondo. Lo and behold this guy popped up on Pinkbike for a smoking deal. “Rarely ridden” and “with less than 70 miles” were advertised. After some back and forth this beast made its way from Georgia to California. Just had a break in the rains and got it out for a quick shake down fit adjustment ride. Got the cockpit set up just right and all I can say is it fits really well. What drew me to the GM was it’s versatility (and cool paint reminiscent of Fat City). Custom built this thing can handle 27.5 tires up to 2.4 knobbies or 700x42’s. Handled very much like a road bike while cornering but let’s face it. At 23 lbs this ain’t no light weight. But the wheels are super light and the tires are reasonable given their size so the git up and go is pretty impressive.

Anyway I’m excited to ride it and that’s all I care about. Here are the details of the build:

Frame- All City Gorilla Monsoon size large
Fork- bi-plane crown steel fork
Group- SRAM Force 1
Wheels- Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX 650b
Tires- Panaracer Gravel King SK 27.5x1.90
Cranks- White Industry M30
Post and stem- Thomson Elite X4 100 0 degree.
Bars- Salsa Cowbells

I’ll probably make a couple of changes. First, I may get a stem with some negative drop since I’m so used to a road bike’s aesthetic. Feel a like I’m obsessing over it a bit since the fit is fine with the 0 degree stem BUT...

Also thinking about throwing on some Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1 tires as they’re about 100 grams lighter and fatter than the Panaracers.

Anyway thanks for looking!

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Old 01-16-2019, 06:11 PM
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These bikes look super versatile, and seem perfect for fire road climbing and such across LA - about the only way I actually "mountain bike" these days. Baller build, too!
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:03 PM
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Those Gorilla Monsoons look like they can really handle anything that is thrown at them. Looks like a great build, have fun!
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:52 PM
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Finally someone builds one of these things up proper! Nice bike
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:43 AM
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I do like that frame look.

Funny, as two weekends ago I put my 650bx2.1" TB's back on, along with a new zero degree stem (trying to get the stem angle to match the top tube). Can go lower -ride position wise- but now I'm looking around for -2/-3 stems!
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:15 PM
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All-City Gorilla Monsoon

A couple of recent modifications. New shoes for the beast. Enve g27’s with Compass Switchback Hill’s. Man those tires are fat.

Also swapped out my stem for a 3T Aptos Team stem. Waiting on my 3T Superghiaia bars.

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Old 03-08-2019, 12:43 PM
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Looking super fun. I would love one of these with flat bars.
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:10 PM
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A couple of recent modifications. New shoes for the beast. Enve g27’s with Compass Switchback Hill’s. Man those tires are fat.

Also swapped out my stem for a 3T Aptos Team stem. Waiting on my 3T Superghiaia bars.

Looks great!

My son just bought one of these from a local shop and got a great deal.

That's fun news for me, as it means I have another bike to ride.

I definitely prefer this color scheme versus the new one.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:35 PM
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Looks great!

My son just bought one of these from a local shop and got a great deal.

That's fun news for me, as it means I have another bike to ride.

I definitely prefer this color scheme versus the new one.
I agree on the color. The faded green metallic looks cool but the orange reminds me of the early days of mountain biking ala Fat City. I'm hooked. Enjoy that rig!
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