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    Karate Monkey with drop bar

    I am thinking about switching to a drop bar and would like to know if those of you that have made the switch enjoy your drops?

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    I ran dirt drops on my KM for awhile. I liked them quite a bit, but was not able to get them high enough to be comfortable for any serious technical riding. I have thought about picking up a Voodoo Nakisi stem (which is super high rise and short reach) and trying some dirt drops again on my KM.

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    Didn't work out for me, top tube too long, head tube too short.

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    I think you would likely need to ride a frame that is a size smaller than what you would ideally ride, and get a really tall, short-reach stem. One-One makes some cool dirt drops. look on this forum for Shiggy's posts about dirt drops, he's a believer. there are some threads about "monster cross" bikes that might be helpful. also look around on 63xc.com--The Offroad Fixed Gear Site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I think you would likely need to ride a frame that is a size smaller than what you would ideally ride, and get a really tall, short-reach stem. One-One makes some cool dirt drops. look on this forum for Shiggy's posts about dirt drops, he's a believer. there are some threads about "monster cross" bikes that might be helpful. also look around on 63xc.com--The Offroad Fixed Gear Site.
    What he said. I ran the One-One Midge bars (which are now on a gravel grinder) with a Salsa stem. This was a fun setup, but again, reach was a bit too long and the drops were not high enough to be comfortable for extended technical riding (my back would get pretty sore).

    Karate Monkey with drop bar-midgemonkey1.jpg

    If you have a 'normal' size Monkey, you could try running the Voodoo Nakisi stem - pretty spendy though:

    Universal Cycles -- Voodoo Nakisi Dirt Drop Stem

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    Sorry for the wait - hope it's not too late ...

    Fellow MTBR member cousinmosquito has done this and it's worked well for him.

    Check out his blog, starting here ... Jeff's Bike Blog: Karate Monkey first impressions


    I tried it myself with a KM but it didn't work out because my needs for frame geometry and what I could achieve with the KM sizing would not handle in a way I find tolerable/acceptable.
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

    ... and cookies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO View Post
    Sorry for the wait - hope it's not too late ...

    Fellow MTBR member cousinmosquito has done this and it's worked well for him.

    Check out his blog, starting here ... Jeff's Bike Blog: Karate Monkey first impressions



    I tried it myself with a KM but it didn't work out because my needs for frame geometry and what I could achieve with the KM sizing would not handle in a way I find tolerable/acceptable.
    Theres a lot more recent stuff on this link : )
    Jeff's Bike Blog: karate monkey

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    Karate Monkey with drop bar-img_20130319_084744.jpg

    Worked well for gravel grinding, but in no way were the road drops wide enough to be able to ride tech dirt. It is a much more fun bike with flat bars.

    Karate Monkey with drop bar-img_20130314_125445.jpg

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