Brodie Bikes Introduces The “Monster” For 2015

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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”.

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2015 Brodie “Monster” (Image courtesy of Brodie Bikes)

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

Note: Information and images for this post provided by Brodie Bikes.

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7 Responses to Brodie Bikes Introduces The “Monster” For 2015

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    ayjaydee December 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    This is touted as a gravel bike and you fail to note a 12 inch high bottom bracket? After all your talk of the need for lower brackets?

    • Guitar Ted
      Guitar Ted December 8, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      I said, and I quote, “The Monster ticks off a lot of boxes for the gravel/back road cyclists…” I didn’t say “all the boxes”.

      Big difference there, right? Still, it has a BB drop within the range of typical so called “gravel bikes” on the market,(I checked my mounted Nano 40 as a reference against their stated spec), so yes- it isn’t what I would prefer or recommend there, but it by no means is out of the ordinary either.

      So, I would agree there still is a ways to go to reach optimum values in terms of geometry for this, (or many other), gravel bikes, but it still “ticks a lot of the boxes’. Okay?

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      chilliwacked December 10, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      If you look at geo charts on the website, I think the Monster shares its frame with a couple of mtn bikes.

      I really like the stainless steel Woolf, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be so spendy!

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    ayjaydee December 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

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    pollymath December 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Slap on a flatbar and an MTB crank and race some XC MTB or singletrack, heck this look like it could handle 60mm travel fork.

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    Joel July 23, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    How well would this bike perform as a daily commuter (average about 70 miles a week) and for bikepacking?


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