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    Breaking Karate Monkeys

    So, I have a problem.

    Every 3 years or so, a Karate Monkey frame pops a wed on me or yields.

    So, what's tougher than a Karate Monkey in the value price range.

    Also, In the non-value range, are Foundry cycles as "tough" as they portray them to be?

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    It would depend on your size, weight and use of the bike.

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    Hard to imagine breaking that. How about an Instigator?
    1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 Stumpjumpers. 1995 Waterford 1200, 1999 Waterford RSE, plus a garage full of steel frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi View Post
    Foundry cycles as "tough" as they portray them to be?
    they have a 10 year no-hassle warranty.
    "Knowledge is good." ~ Emil Faber

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    It must be a 29er to match my parts. I can build a new rear wheel if it's 12mm.

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    "Knowledge is good." ~ Emil Faber

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    Does Surly deny the warranties?
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    They have fulfilled the warranty in the past. This time they deemed it crash damage and have me a discount.

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    I've been riding a Foundry Auger for over a year and the bike is as tough as nails. I just bought a Broadaxe and it is precise and has all day comfort. It'll be a heck of a lot lighter and resilient than the KM. The warranty also helps the sale.

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    I have rode mine since I bought it used in 2006. Frame is still kicking. About to get a FS trail bike (my first new mountain bike!) and I will convert the KM to a cruiser/touring/family bike.

    In addition I am a bit of a clyde. At 6'6" I was about 260 when I got it but have been at sub 200 for a long time now. Frame is steady!

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    How about a Canfield Nimble 9
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    will, got any pics of the failure?... is this the newer style frames with the lower TT?

    sorry no help here...
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