I'm an experienced cyclist with a background in long distance hiking and a love for Surly who wants to start bringing those 3 things together.
I'm on my second Surly, the Snotrocket. Its a Crosscheck turned tourer doing commuting duty. I've taken it on gravel, forest roads, and some mellow singletrack but I've never done any "real" mountain biking.
I want to get a mountain bike so I can cover more ground more easily when I'm in the woods. I plan on riding the Continental Divide trail by 2017 and need something that will be capable, simple, and reliable. At the same time I want something that's going to be fun to rip around on, on the weekends.
I'm thinking Krampus or Karate Monkey Ops. The 29+ has the advantage on the fine sugar sand we have all over the place out here from the beaches to the upland sand-hills. When I hit the gnarlier back-country stuff it will be nice to have that little extra squish without extra moving parts. I also like that the stock build is pretty close to what I'm looking for and a good platform to modify from. Also its a sexy green that would look great next to my Snotrocket.
The Karate Monkey Ops would be a pretty sweet bike too. The MDS would make for an easy belt drive mod for the eventual Rohloff Gates setup but at the same time would be ready to rip some singletrack right out of the box. The see through orange is pretty damn sick too.
I'm pretty sure the Krampus is my bike but what do you all think?
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