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    New question here. 2011 Surly Karate Monkey for $1000? Or 2013 Kona Unit for 1000?

    Hi Everyone,

    I realize that there are plenty of threads comparing other years' models of these bikes, but my LBS is offering me a 2011 karate monkey for $1000 flat and from what I've read that would be a great deal. Besides the fact that the 2013 Kona Unit (also offered for $1000) looks nicer and newer, would the Monkey be the better deal?

    I test rode the Unit the other day and liked it a lot, but I havnt been able to test a Monkey and have heard that they are endless fun. I CAN'T DECIDE!!!

    Any advice or experience is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    What are the specs on the Surly? I just saw a 2013 Surly KM, which is much i proved over the 2011, for only 399 brand new frame and fork. For a singlespeed, it better have some nice parts on it for 1000
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    there aren't huge differences between the two. if you like how the kona rides better, go for that one. if they ride equally as nice, then i would go with the kona since it's newer.

    if price is an issue, see if they would sell the 2009 surly for less- that's a 4 year old bike i'm sure they don't want sitting around their shop for much longer.

    regardless, they are both nice, simple 29er singlespeeds. enjoy!
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    I thought the MSRP on the KM complete was right around $1000? That doesn't strike me as a good deal on an older bike.
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