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    Karate Monkey = fun

    That's the only word to describe the KM. I just got my frame Saturday, swapped everything over from the old Sir9. I am impressed with the clean welds and workmanship of the frame. It rides well and is just plan fun. I believe I'll have the monkey for quite some time.

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    That's awesome!

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    Just ordered my complete bike today. Got the light sky blue can't wait to see it and better yet ride it.

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    I'm sure you will - the simplicity of Surlys is a huge part of their staying power.
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    Karate Monkey = fun

    x2. Having so much fun on my KM (w/100mm Reba) that I ditched the much more expensive FS 29er. Shore rides, gravel bikepacker, Chariot hauler, commuter ... name it, this bike delivers.

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    i've got a rigid ogre, km geared + suspension, and a rigid km ss. they're all fun and cheaper than a custom.

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    I love mine. How does it compare to the Sir?

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    I have had my monkey for almost 5 years. ss and rigid, built up by LBS. I love this bike! it is my only mtb and I ride it all over. last summer i bought a cheap wheelset that I put big apples on and now in less than 5 min I can swap wheels out and cruise with my kids or do street rides. I have been pulling my daugher on a tag along on quite a few excursions and while it is sometimes a challenge with her on to do some hills (34x18) when I say "pedal!" she pedals and we haven't had to walk yet! I go back and forth on my handlebar choice - started out with standard riser bars, then went a couple years on carnegie bars with GP1 ergon grips, and this spring I went back to the riser bars with some new oury grips. I feel a little more agressive, like I am in attack mode, with the riser bars, but I get a little hand fatigue. I love all the things this bike does! I have a pacer that I do road rides on and that is a great ride as well, but if I ever have to go to one bike, it would be the KM without a doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSlowSSer View Post
    I love mine. How does it compare to the Sir?
    We've be getting nailed with rain, so I haven't gotten to ride much. My Sir was a gen 1. I don't feel I could fairly compare them at this time. I sold the Sir back to the guy I bought it from, with an agreement that I get first dibs if he decides to sell it again. That says something about the Sir. I'll post up a comparison after I get more time on the KM.

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    I've been searching online for a good place to pickup a KM frameset any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sh00tz View Post
    I've been searching online for a good place to pickup a KM frameset any suggestions?
    Usually, bicycle outfitters indy (Google it) has good sales. You can save 15% by typing in the coupon code on the left side of the screen on their main webpage.

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    Karate Monkey = fun

    I got mine for about 400 at universal with 15 percent coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I got mine for about 400 at universal with 15 percent coupon.
    Forgot about them. Great company. They have a brick&mortar here, so I usually go through another company to avoid taxes.

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    Built from a Salsa Fargo that just rattled me senseless on trails!, This is my 2nd KM after my first red frame Monkey that i sold to fund a Fargo build. Way more happy with the new Monkey with its dropped top tube and more springy frame, its a weapon on singletrack!

    plan it...build it....ride it...love it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    x2. Having so much fun on my KM (w/100mm Reba) that I ditched the much more expensive FS 29er. Shore rides, gravel bikepacker, Chariot hauler, commuter ... name it, this bike delivers.
    A Monkey with a suspension fork is not a real Monkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerBergschreck View Post
    A Monkey with a suspension fork is not a real Monkey.
    One of the dumbest comments I've read in a while. My KM is rigid, but couldn't care less if someone decides to put on a choppered up 140mm fork up front, or a Pug fork with 4.8" tires, or 1x11 drivetrain. That's the beauty of the Karate Monkey--versatility. The fact that you're dictating how a Monkey should be built is what takes away from the true essence of The Monkey.

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    Yep... It is islander`s bike, to do what he wants with it. I had a 100mm fork for a while on my first KM, was perfect for what i was doing at the time with the bike...

    What is a real Monkey? what you want it to be, just like any bike you build...
    plan it...build it....ride it...love it....
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    Damn all of you!....Now I need a Monkey.
    "You don't need a lighter bike, you need bigger muscles"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zuk88 View Post
    Damn all of you!....Now I need a Monkey.
    I'd say a monkey is a good compliment to your trucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post
    Built from a Salsa Fargo that just rattled me senseless on trails!, This is my 2nd KM after my first red frame Monkey that i sold to fund a Fargo build. Way more happy with the new Monkey with its dropped top tube and more springy frame, its a weapon on singletrack!
    coastkid - didn't check out the vid until now. Nice work!

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    pavement fun

    my favorite bike in urban mode
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    I just got one too, man what a good time!
    Karate Monkey = fun-image.jpg

    Stock at this point. Rode 3 rides of 20 miles each last week since I got it. Geared slightly to the side of spin on paved, it was perfect on the sidetrack. Even got my first flat, so I had reason to take that back tire off and align the tire script with the stem(yes, I know it is wrong in the pic!) and shorten the chain by one link to get the wheelbase tight. I like it!
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    I have not gotten to ride mine in a month. Today was the first time it hasn't rained in forever. Forgot what the sun looked like.

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    Just went on a 20 miler last night. Still love how this bike rides compared to bikes that are 2 to 3 times the cost in my garage. You cannot buy a better bang/buck frame than the KM.

    I just wish they would've stuck with canti-brake option on the new models. (I'm old school).

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    Finally got to ride some single track. I added a Tugnut, which is a great design. This is what a great mountain bike should be. I only wished they added a spot for a third bottle cage under the down tube.

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