Frame Weight: 6.9lbs
Bike weight (as tested): 29.60 lbs
BB height (measured): 12.75 inches
Wheelbase (measured): 44.19 inches
Rear shock: Manitou Swinger 3-way air
Rear travel: 4.5″
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Reviews of the Astrix Monk:
Rider/Reviewer: Francis Cebedo
- this bike is well suited for fast, rough descents
- Climbing is surprisingly descent. The proprietary linkage stabilizes rear suspension quite well
- great value frame
- ample rear tire clearance
- frame is a bit heavy
- the bike is not very agile on tight singletrack
- Manitou rear shock is not in the same league as the Fox shocks in terms of tunability and providing a stable platform
This bike descended well. The steeper it got, the better the bike felt. Jumps and obstacles were handled with ease as well. The Monk seemed ready for a bigger front fork. It begged for a Fox 120mm fork more than the other test bikes we rode.
Going through tight, twisty singletrack was not this bike’s forté. The heavy frame and squishy suspension slowed the bike down a tad.
This was not the climbing goat of the group. However, the Astrix was quite alright pedaling uphill even though it looks like a monopivot that’s going to bob a lot. By some design magic the rear suspension stabilizes quite well under pedaling.
Fundamentally the Monk is a good performer. And the bike is made even more attractive by its price.
Rider/Reviewer: Karl Etzel
Cush. Rear end feels very linear – does not feel like the shock stiffens up as it compresses. Nothing remarkable one way or other about this bike. Finish was competent. A good value at the $1100 MSRP quoted on their website. Handling was well behaved; if the Avid brakes had not kept locking up the wheel on me I might have enjoyed pushing this bike more on the fine Santa Cruz descents.
Rider/Reviewer: Nick Thelen
After I got over my initial “mind spasm” I got in the groove of the climb in…nothin’ hard – just a nice gradual buff ST (singletrack) into the hills. First impression – “Whoa!”…not too sluggish on the climb. I was expecting a “fight the tide” feeling rolling on such big wheels. The Astrix looked pretty good, acted OK and overall left me with a “so what” kind of attitude…not sold on the FS 29er’s yet.
Then we flip through a section twisty ST…now I can see what this bike will do! And again, not so stimulated. The bike overall handled average and the suspension was “bouncy”…left me aching for more….my initial excitement is abating….until switch time.
Rider/Reviewer: Kevin Kirkhart
The Astrix Monk aka the holy rollin’ heavyweight. This is the bike I thought I would hate. Come on, It’s a high-pivot porker that bobs more than a two dollar whore, but looks can be deceiving. This bike is a couch. The suspension is pluuussh, but in a good way. With advent of platform shocks, this beast can be easily tuned to your liking. Granted you won’t be standing and sprinting for the podium, but you can sit and spin to full squishiness bliss. By the time I swung a leg over the Monk I was a little fatigued, so when the pedaling began I was cursing’ this yatch. The handling felt like I needed a suicide knob to get this trucker to turn. That said, this bike has a decidedly relaxed feel. And with me being of weak thigh and the Monks full figure, I was reserved to sit and pedal square to the top of the hill. Which was actually pretty decent once I got into a good rhythm. Then came the payoff – the dark and dank downhill of the Devil. The Astrix Monk is “totally awsome” going down off-cambered tight and twisty stuff that would give ya lots of “pucker potential”. It’s definitely a solidly built frame that looks good in an understated way. You definitely get your money’s worth. The Monk would be a blessing in Downieville.
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