Well, with cycling the Timber trail behind me and a short bike ride around Kai iwi lakes, I must say that the Surly Karate Monkey is a blast. I have been riding it as a rigid, but as winter and the Whangarei Glenbervie trails beckon, I have put the capable Rockshox Reba up front.
Glenbervie bike trails are all hand built and with that comes the raw feeling that you don’t get in the Bike parks. Exposed roots, dips, off camber corners and the trees close to the tracks edges. The Rockshox will take away the arm pump that I have experienced with the rigid bike and make the riding more relaxed for me.
I have also added some riser bars from Easton, which gives me a better riding position. I like the comfort of the higher riding position as I get older. I will see how these changes to the bike make a positive impact to my cycling experience.