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    Karate Monkey: Chuck Taylor of Modern Mt Bikes?

    The KM is having a good long run, and when thinking about it, I couldn't think of a peer in the "Chuck Taylor" of mt bikes category. I know, like we need another 'category', but since the 29er era got going, this seems like the one constant. How do you guys see it?

    I'd go a step further and give same nod to the Cross Check. A cx staple if there ever was one.

    If not, name the bike. If you work for surly, I'd love to hear some round numbers on how many KM's are in the wild....

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    Never thought of this, but it makes sense! I think I'd call the 1x1 the Chuck Taylor of bikes IMO only because its been around longer and I seem to see more of them around. The 1x1 is also a bit more "legendary" since it is Surly's first bike. It's weird to think about this, now I'm thinking of 'Chuck Taylors' for other brands and disciplines of cycling!

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    in my country, when you say converse, it almost always refers to chuck taylors

    when you come to think about it, surly can be likened to converse

    and, true to the meaning of the word, they are doing the opposite of what most bike companies are doing, going back to basic steel when most companies are using aluminum and carbon fiber

    chuck taylor= 1x1 or karate monkey?

    you can't go wrong with either

    as for me, i don't want to be too choosy, so i got both

    biker boy

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