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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Older KM owner here. 29x3 will fit in the back? Hmmm. Running front der, fender and rack, that might need to change I'm guessing.
    on the new km frame. sorry i forgot that.

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    On my road bikes I adjust the caliper brakes so as the wheel spins and stops you can tell it's not binding because it starts slowly rotating in the other direction for a bit before completely coming to a stop.

    I can't seem to quite get there with my disc brakes on the Krampus. I've never owned a bike with disc brakes before... is this an unreasonable expectation? If not, any tips on getting this adjusted just so?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbiker View Post
    This is my skinny Krampus. I bought the frame used and swapped all the parts over from my Karate Monkey. I like the way the Krampus handles much better. I plan to build some real plus wheels, upgrade the fork, and will probably have to go 1x.

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    Quoting myself here for context.

    I am toying with the idea of buying a new Krampus. I have a Manitou Magnum fork on order. My plan was to put the fork on the Krampus, build up a new set of wheels (Rabbit hole rims, boost front hub to fit the fork, 135 rear hub), go to 1x (new crank, cassette, maybe new rear derailleur and shifter). Adding up the total, I think I could sell what I have and buy the new Krampus for about the same total cost. The new frame is marginally different (longer, lower, etc). I like the idea of that. The downside is that the stock build on the new Krampus isn't the highest end. It's serviceable, but what I have now is a little better.

    Any thoughts?

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    Took my custom Krampus on her maiden voyage yesterday. She seems quite happy in Colorado. What a magnificent machine. Surly nailed it. Climbs and descends great and is fast, nimble and, yes, fun!

    It's my first plus bike coming off of a light cross-country single speed with a squishy fork. After taking demo rides on the Woodsmoke and Karate Monkey it confirmed the Krampus. I ordered the frame without having ridden one off road and couldn't be happier with my choice.

    The Woodsmoke 29+ was a blast but I don't trust press fit bottom brackets. Also, I was expending a lot of energy keeping the front tire planted on steep climbs. Other renters left some alarming dings in the carbon frame.

    The KM was great too. I just wanted more rollover and don't feel like I sacrificed much of anything in nimbleness.

    Build kit:

    Sram X1 crank
    Absoluteblack 30T oval chainring 3mm boost offset
    Sram X1 shifter/GX derailleur
    TRP Spyke brakes 180/180
    WTB Ranger tires
    Stan's Baron wheels
    e*thirteen 9-44-tooth cassette
    WTB Volt Pro saddle
    Crank Brothers Highline dropper post
    Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedals

    Not that I really care, but it came in under 28 pounds. (size medium)

    One odd part about the build. I'm presently running a 725 mm carbon handlebar and 70 mm stem, which was sitting around in the parts bin. I don't know if I'm sold on the super-wide bars but may settle on 750 mm. Surprisingly, I didn't feel like I was missing much leverage with the narrower bar and it certainly came in handy when negotiating trees.

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    Looking great! Any plans to add a suspension fork?

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    No, not on planning on adding a suspension fork just yet. I'm having a lot of fun riding it as is. Singlespeeding taught me to choose efficient lines and maintain momentum, so I'm going to see how far I can push a rigid frame. Love the simplicity and reliability. The Karate Monkey I rode had a Yari fork, Reverb dropper and Dirt Wizard tires. It was a real trail beast but harder to pedal uphill, probably because of the heavy tires... more than anything.

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