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  1. #1
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    Anyone using KM for endurance racing?

    Thinkin about building a Karate Monkey, rigid, geared, for endurance racing....anyone else doing this type of racing on this frame? Specifically focusing on the Butte 50/100 in Montana.

  2. #2
    lord of my world
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    Yes, I raced mine for 5 seasons in races between 16-62 miles and loved it. I would suggest a suspension fork though, the stock fork is stiff!

  3. #3
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    Jan 2007
    I used mine for my first 24 hour race (4 man team). It wasn't a bad bike for the area I'm in (Iowa). Mine has also seen a few thousand gravel miles, including a DK200 finish.

  4. #4
    Monkey Junkie
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    Other than the fork being super stiff, it will be fine. I haven't done any endurance racing, but plenty of long trail and mixed terrain rides on my KM. I'd definitely get a suspension fork, or a less stiff rigid fork though. I didn't want to admit that this was a problem for me at first, but after putting many miles on the bike I won't deny it.

  5. #5
    wants a taco
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    I have read one a couple blogs where guys have used a KM for the tour divide with good results.
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