Reviewed: Monolith Fat Bike by The Fattie Godfther

Brand: State Bicycle Co.
Product: Monolith Fat Bike
Price:  $499 (w/ Free Shipping)
Reviewer: Chewey AKA The Fattie Godfather

Just entering into my second week of commuting on the Monolith, I've logged about 135 + miles. My commute is 5 or so miles each way on mostly paved bike trails and roads. I also spent an entire Sunday using it to haul my loaded-down Burly trailer (that was the 35+ mile day).

When I received the Monolith, I had just spent 10 days racing a SS fat bike in Arizona at SSAZ and 24 HR of Old Pueblo. I was super excited to get out on this bike after seeing so many of the State single speed's running around Tempe. As I assembled the bike, I got even more excited. It's well made, Good choice of components, and a sharp paint job, coaster brake. Oh and it comes with a fucking bell! What little there was to assemble went quick and easy.
First Ride
I had a hockey game the day I got the bike so a 4 mile break-in ride should be perfect. Its mostly pavement but enough dirt to get the feel. Everything was cool except the gear ratio and tire pressure. Remember, I had been on a different SS fat bike for 10 days. So, after hockey (and a stop at the watering hole), I spun her home. Ok on the first ride but missing something.
 
Second Ride
I swapped the 22t out for an 18t and added about 5 psi to each tire. Spun around the neighborhood. Now, I like! Tomorrow will start the test. For the next week, I rode to work every day. I settled into the pace that the gearing gave me and enjoyed the ride. No shifting problems and no squealing brakes; just a nice cruise to work on an unseasonably warm Minnesota winter.
Third Ride
Now it's Sunday morning and time for our weekly coffee ride. We don't ride to a coffee shop and meet. We pick a spot in the city and all meet with our favorite coffees to be brewed on the spots. As I load my trailer with water, coffee pot, coffee, and cook stove, I decide "What the hell? It's time to really test his beast out.". I hook the trailer up to the Monolith and head out for a 10 mile ride to the meeting spot. What a joy! A little windy and cool but still a joy to be out and this bike preforming as I had hoped it would. After a stop at a watering hole ( this bike has a problem, I fear), it was back home to reload and head out for the second part of this day's ride: to hockey and then to a bonfire. Same trailer, larger load this time: same results (including the watering hole). The late night cruise home was perfect. Clear skies full of stars and a perfect ride under me.
 
Fourth Ride
Well, we are back in snow. 10+ inches fell the other night. How did it handle ? Very well! The ride home from work was a blast. Jumped off the trail from time to time to see how it handled the snow (again very well). It actually went through the fresh snow better than I would have given the bike credit for.
 
Thanks to the State Bicycle Co. guys for giving me a chance to test this baby out! I am now a proud owner.
 
Chewey is a 58 years young and a long time fat bike lifer, also known as "The Fattie Godfather" in the tight-knit Midwest fat bike community. Chewey has been commuting since they invented pedals and has raced single-speed all over the world, conquered 24 hour racing, gravel racing, fat bike competitive racing, bike camping, and is a master bar hopper. If it’s an event on two wheels, there's a pretty good chance Chewey has done it.

1 Comment

craig
craig

May 29, 2015

i want to kno wthis bik eever challenge against fat bike call gravity ???actually cost 300 dollars for it as brand new .would any body who is expert on any fatbike companies would like to comments thanks

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