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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the All-City Gorilla Monsoon. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- This adaptable ape showed great capacity for many styles of riding.
- Riders felt that the Gorilla rolled equally well with slicks or knobblies.
- Built tough, this rig was resilient and easily toted large loads.
- This silverback’s geometry proved aggressive enough for singletrack.
- Sparkling Green Fade and subtle Orange Fade colors dazzled.
- With slick tires on tarmac, some owners kept up with road cycling friends.
- Reportedly, this hefty ape climbs like a famished panther.
- The integrated dropper seat-post was a bonus on singletrack.
- The 612 Chromoly steel frame was solid and comfortable.
- A rust-inhibitive (E.D.) coating provided monsoon-proof protection.
- Wide Salsa Cowchipper handlebars were comfortable and handled well.
- Thru-axles ensured a stiff ride and made changing wheels easy.
- Mounts for three bottle-cages were appreciated.
- A stable front-end proved suitable for gravel and confident on descents.
- All-City’s finish was delectable, with a bi-plane fork and shaped bosses.
- A 73MM bottom-bracket allowed fitting of MTB cranks and fat tire clearance.
8 reasons not to buy
- At 28 lbs, one reviewer found the Gorilla somewhat slow to accelerate.
- An owner that loved their rig, said that wheel bearings wore out in 9 months.
- Many buyers swapped out the 2.4” WTB Riddlers for more all-purpose tires.
- An expert said chainstays could be more ‘tucked’, for quicker acceleration.
- Some trekkers found a 36t chainring a little too big for loaded bikepacking.
- One reviewer said the WTB wheelset was heavy and underspecced.
- The non-tapered head-tube limited fork upgrade options.
- A couple of reviewers found the Hayes CX disc brakes noisy and difficult to adjust.