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    Lets see some KM drop bar builds!

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    I swap a drop bar, and the OE fork for a MTB suss fork and MTB bars = 2 two bikes in one. It has had mud gaurds and rear rack but now sports MTB `Crud Catchers`

    March 2nd; Karate Monkey Drop bar 29er Pt2 026 by coastkid71, on Flickr


    Drop bar Karate Monkey; 44 miler loop 044 by coastkid71, on Flickr

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    Some words and pics on a blog post;
    coastrider: Surly Karate Monkey Update; another update!

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    Not mine, but one of the sexiest Karate Monkey's I've ever seen...

    Mountain bikers who don't road ride have no legs...
    Road riders who don't mountain bike have no soul...

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    With my long legs and short torso it always felt top tube too long head tube too short.


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    From a few years ago, setup as a 3x9 w/ Midge bars. I definitely like the concept of a drop bar mtb, but was never able to get the bars up high enough and the reach was just a bit too long for me to be comfortable doing much serious off-roading.

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    The last two posts pretty much sums up my brief experience. That HT is just too short to get the bars up high. You end up using 80mm of spacers and/or high-rise stem. They "look" cool, but not a set up I could get used to. I'd get a Fargo if you're looking for a dropbar MTB. Or maybe even Straggler/CC

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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    The last two posts pretty much sums up my brief experience. That HT is just too short to get the bars up high. You end up using 80mm of spacers and/or high-rise stem. They "look" cool, but not a set up I could get used to. I'd get a Fargo if you're looking for a dropbar MTB. Or maybe even Straggler/CC
    Agreed - a bike that is designed to run drops is the way to go. I actually would love to get my hands on a Singular Gryphon:

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    ^ Alright, now I'm going to add non-KM content too.

    A couple of weeks ago I switched my Kona Unit from a Midge:


    To a Woodchipper:


    I'm still using my 35deg stem, but it's really improved the reach.

    (sorry for going off-brand, but since a couple of people have already mentioned the reach/height issue, and the Woodchipper really is an improvement)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmes View Post
    Agreed - a bike that is designed to run drops is the way to go. I actually would love to get my hands on a Singular Gryphon:
    I would like a Gryphon as well, especially since the new ones offer so much clearance. But I just can't do the set screw EBB. Wish they would do away with that and go with something like a Niner or Bushnell, or simply, just sliders/track ends.

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    I owned a Fargo and thought it was awful to be honest, designed for being laden with luggage using it unladen it was a bone jarring ride, and for 500 UK sterilng for the frameset way over priced compared to the same ride experiance from a 180 On One Pompino or Inbred 29er
    Fargo?- "Go-Far away from me" is what another ex owner said of the Fargo too.

    Deft the most overated, and overpriced frameset i ever bought,
    But deft the best marketed concept bike of recent years- better marketed than Gravel Grinding! - which is what we have all been doing anyway for years offroad!

    The Monkey works fine on a 70mm x 25mm rise stem on Woodchippers,
    Why you would want anything higher on drops is beyond me,
    It`s a responsive, comforable, and afordable priced frame that can also be swapped about in it`s build, it ticks many owners boxes,

    But each to their own
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post

    The Monkey works fine on a 70mm x 25mm rise stem on Woodchippers,
    Why you would want anything higher on drops is beyond me...
    Guess the same reason why we all have different sized bikes with various geo and components?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    I would like a Gryphon as well, especially since the new ones offer so much clearance. But I just can't do the set screw EBB. Wish they would do away with that and go with something like a Niner or Bushnell, or simply, just sliders/track ends.
    Why is that? I have the Gryphon and think the EBB is great! Track ends suck for SS MTB in comparison. I haven't experienced any creaking if that's what you're worried about. It's pretty great to be able to take off your rear wheel and put it back on quickly with out worrying about whether or not it's in the same position, rotor rub, etc.

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