It is no secret that bicycle companies are looking for more sales in what industry analysts all agree is a “flat market’ for sales growth. That means that sometimes we see some strange marketing ideas and things are not quite what they are presented to be in a ploy to scratch up more sales. Typical road bikes being marketed as “gravel” bikes, for instance, are one of the most common tactics we see. In this case, however, Brodie seems to be hitting a lot closer to the mark and are truly presenting something different with their 2015 “Monster”.
The Monster ticks off a lot of boxes for the gravel/back road cyclists with things like sliding drop outs, which obviously can make the bike single speed compatible. However; considering the amount of snapped derailleurs I’ve witnessed in gravel events, it is a feature that may just save a race for someone, or simply get you out of a jam. The chain stays aren’t too long, (Range from 425mm to 450mm with the slider), and there is room for bigger tires. (40mm stock) While many don’t want or need that big of a tire, it should be apparent that mounting skinnier rubber is possible and that gives you copious amounts of room for things like fenders and mud.
The Monster has a rather shocking 69° head tube angle, which is something you don’t see everyday in a bike aimed at all-road travel, but we’re curious to know how that might work out on a chunky gravel road. Beyond that, the Monster seems to be a well spec’ed, versatile bike in the vein of Surly’s Straggler and even comes in a rich purple hue, similar to that bike. The steel frame may put off a few with the weight, (Brodie claims 27lbs), but for the enthusiast gravel/back road rider, the toughness of steel is often prized over weight. Brodie offers this bike at a MSRP of $1799.00 and you can check it out along with the rest of the Brodie Bikes line up here: Brodie Bikes for 2015
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