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    Karate Monkey a la Cross-Check

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    My 18" Karate Monkey will be out of duty a little due to the lack of wheels, so I am guessing if I could build her with some road wheels, full geared and drop bars some kind of Cross-Check, of course the use will be just to train on paved roads.
    Rise bars and single speed are also choices I have in mind.
    What do you guys think about?
    As I previously said this setup will be for a limited time till I get new wheel and the mighty KM backs to the woods.
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    Any one ??
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    I don't have one, but drop bar KM's are out there. Just google 'drop bar karate monkey' for some pics & advice. The geo might be a little off, but it works for some. I'm guessing the bigger problem will be the spacing of the rear hub with a set of road wheels - 130 wheel vs 135 frame. I don't know if you can squeeze it down that far without issues - maybe others do and will chime in. Will also need a plan for brakes. Good luck & post pics if this works!

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    Thanks Zappa but I had a very hard day and when I was thinking in the possibilities to build the KM my first requirement was use spare parts only and I just realized that I do not have the shifter and brake levers for the drop bar so no DB for me.
    In the other hand I almost sure that I have an Ultegra wheel that fit the rear end of the KM I will check tomorrow and let you know.
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    I ran my Monkey as a drop bar bike for a while... I used a 35 degree 90mm stem and the bars still didn't feel right...

    Some people can do this comfortably... so I would still give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    I ran my Monkey as a drop bar bike for a while... I used a 35 degree 90mm stem and the bars still didn't feel right...

    Some people can do this comfortably... so I would still give it a shot.
    Thanks a lot but as I said I do not have the parts I need for the DB to be install and since is not a permanent build I will forgot the whole theme, I will post the end result when I get there
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    as frankzappa said, road hubs are spaced differently (130 vs mtb 135mm), but, you can use a longer axle and try adding spacers on the non-drive side to make it 135mm, then re-dish accordingly

    as for brakes, you can use the old reliable V-brakes, since 700c rims are essentially the same diameter as 29er rims, so the V brake post position will still be the same

    one potential problem is bottom bracket height; using thinner tires like what you use for road wheels will effectively lower the bb height, raising the potential for pedal strikes if you are not careful
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