Finally got out on a bicycle since my return from Chile. What to ride? Gravel of course. On the Karate Monkey. This bike was made to be a gravel eating bike. As one who has logged some miles on 700c (38) and 26" wheeled bikes on gravel, I can say that these 29 X 2.3 are the best I've ridden on the gravel yet. mmmm what fun.