New to this forum, but a 10+ year lover/rider of monster cross bikes (40-45mm tires, dirt drops) and also the admin of Monstercross News on FB.
Here is a pic of one of the monstercross bikes I've had over the years and the only one with gears. Soma june bug dirt drops set up fr riding in the hooks and Bruce Gordon Rock n Roads...the OG gravel tire!
I'm in Colorado Springs and started riding monster cross bikes 10 years ago and followed Matt Chester way back in the day when he came up with the concept. I don't just ride gravel, I like riding local single track as well so hence why I like monster cross bikes. I do have a dedicated gravel bike in the quiver though over the last 4 years, but tend to build those more as road bikes with big tires gearing/positioning wise for pure road/gravel road riding.
Below is a pic of my single speed custom monstercros bike. This frame is getting rebuilt as I was in a hit and run this last june. But this was my primary bike I used daily for errands, going out at night to dinner/drinks, long rides, and urban single track exploring. This bike also has Soma Junebugs as well as Soma Cazaderros in 42. Frame is a custom Tessier Cycles made to my spec.