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    Surly Karate Monkey 1X9 build

    Suspension fork coming soon after a year of riding without one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman012 View Post
    Has anyone tried a longer rigid for on the KM? How'd it work out for you?
    Can't say that I've tried it yet, but I'd love to hear if anyone has tried a Krampus fork on a KM??? I like the idea of slackening out the angles a bit while adding some more room for super fat tires up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBIkid View Post
    Can't say that I've tried it yet, but I'd love to hear if anyone has tried a Krampus fork on a KM??? I like the idea of slackening out the angles a bit while adding some more room for super fat tires up front.
    That would be neat to see, even with a regular 29er wheel and tire up front. The Knard in a regular KM fork already slackens the geometry a slight amount, IMO I think a Krampus fork and Knard tire may be a bit too much for a KM, but hey, just my thoughts. I still want to see somebody run a Rabbit Hole wheelset with 29x2.4 tires in their KM!

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    2013 Karate Monkey

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    Let's see your KM builds

    Added 100mm Reba and swapped out the gears. With this fork, the 18" feels plenty big, but nimble.Let's see your KM builds-imageuploadedbytapatalk1364620985.302675.jpg

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    Finally got the monkey in the 25lb range. I swapped out the 3 speed for a Halo hub laced to a WTB i23 and with the matching front wheel and carbon bar I'm hoping for under 25.

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    My stiffy monkey

    My new karate monkey frame build up. 180mm rear 200mm front rotors tonight. Going to "shave" all unused "protrusions" ... cable guides, derailleur hanger, fender mounts ... etc. Then I'm complete ... for a while.

    2012 22" battleship gray frame
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    Paul WORD & FHUB hubs, Love levers
    Middleburn ISIS crank
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    White ENO 18T freewheel
    Avid BB7 brakes ... HS1 rotors (200mm front .. 180mmr rear)
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Vassago Odis fork
    Sun Rhyno Lite rims
    Conti 29x2.4 Mountain King tires
    All Stainless/Ti bolts (only Ti because sometimes easier to find)

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    Quote Originally Posted by iphilrive View Post
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    Nice pic layout.

    EDIT: and nice bike, obviously.

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    after awhile... now she is single speed, Surly Karate Monkey 2011

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    2006 medium KM in skid mark brown with a blue fork on route. Yes! Gonna have to swap parts from another bike to get this one runnin'. S'ok, it's only a 26er. lol
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    YES! YESYESYYYYYES!

    Still screwin' around with it. Might get pics up tonight ... maybe.
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

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    Got my new fork on

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    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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    Let's see your KM builds



    I was going to upgrade this guy further. But I am on a buying sabbatical until next year. I am happy with the build so that's good.

    KM frame and fork
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    Next years plans are for a carbon bar (too many choices), either a Thomson Masterpiece seat post or a KCNC Ti Pro Lite seat post, White Industries Ti hubs/Stan's NoTubes Arch EXs, new saddle of sorts... Probably a good fitting too because I move too much on the saddle and I can't get comfortable on longer rides. I stand up a lot to stretch my back. There has gotta be a solution.


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    1x9 edition

    Updated to a SLX 1x9 setup with 31t NSB spiderless ring, Paul Chainkeeper (31.8), Enduro GXP bb and 11-34 cassette. Wanted gears for Chariot hauling on top of my coastal single track. The KM is up for anything, so the swap was easy.

    I've had 1x10 on other bikes, (11-36) and I think this 1x9 setup with 31t ring hits the sweet spot for cheap and useful range.

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    Heres my Monkey the day after the NZ National singlespeed champs in Rotorua. It was awesome with the Knard on the front. I was running 15 psi on Sun Ringle Equaliser 25 rims with absolutley no issues.
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    Let's see your KM builds

    Interesting setup. That Knard tire looks awesome. No issue with toe overlap on such a huge tire?


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    No issues at all, I think riding around my work garage I might have touched my toe once, but its not a problem on tight trails thats for sure.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    Hmmm... Probably rides smooth too. Nice. I think if fitted with the new Rabbit Hole rims that would be even better. But, it's good to know you can use a pretty standard rim with that tire.


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    Yeah it was pretty cheap to do for me as the fork has plenty of clearance, even with canti studs and I didnt have to buy a rabbit hole rim. I am sure it would measure a bit wider with the rabbit hole too. Its not light tho. About 1.3 kgs for the 27tpi wire bead tire.

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    I've never used a woodchipper but I thought it'd be redundant on a singke speed.

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    I'd been wondering that myself but was pleasantly surprised. Its the wider version of the bar. I have them set quite hi. There wasn't crap-loads of climbing, unlike the the worlds course in Rotorua had, and I had a good gear, 32-18. Honestly the Wood chippers felt great. I did accidently climb the big hill from the worlds course the next day and it was no problem on the woodchippers.

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    I guess I don't understand drops. I thought the goal was to have a better position for pounding out speed, which doesn't seem relevant on SS.

    The solution is obvious: I should get some woodchippers!

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    I did a 6 hr teams race in the weekend and rode three different bikes, my Singular Kite Single Speed cyclo cross bike, the Karate Monkey with 2x10 drive train and a Transition Transam 29er hard tail with big hit fork and wide bars shorty stem etc. The Monkey was fastest, then the CXer, then the Transam. Dont start with drops, you wont want to change back !

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    Ka-rampus Monkey

    I put a Krampus fork on my 2012 KM. Less flex under braking than the stock fork (I'm a clyde). With the slacker HT (71 vs 72) and 2.4 tires front and rear, I'm still getting used to how much crap the bike can rip through. No more slicing-and-dicing like with the stock fork and XC tires...Just barrel through stuff.

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    Old and New

    Old pics when new. New Pics when old. Broke seatpost, frame, and handlebars. Wore out freewheels and tires. Paul hubs and levers still work flawlessly. WI trials freewheel, Brooks saddle, Mary Bars, and Thompson seatpost all great upgrades. My first rides with the Rabbit Hole and Knard yesterday were awesome.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    Can the KM support a front derailleur? What specs?


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    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Can the KM support a front derailleur? What specs?


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    Yep - current frames are 28.6mm clamp, top pull. Older frames are bottom pull. If you run the wheel all the way forward in the drop-outs there can be clearance issues with larger tires so it may require using spacers to move the wheel back a bit.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    You guys feel like it better to ride a size down for the KM? I the the stretched out feeling and am thinking about picking one up but don't know f any around to try ride.


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    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmes View Post
    Yep - current frames are 28.6mm clamp, top pull. Older frames are bottom pull. If you run the wheel all the way forward in the drop-outs there can be clearance issues with larger tires so it may require using spacers to move the wheel back a bit.
    I just went 1x10 on mine and when I tried to remove the Nuts it was No Bueno! I'm running a Nobby Nic tubeless on a Flow rim. In the forward most position there was maybe 3mm clearance. I know that I am able to flex the frame/wheel enough to get a rub, but my biggest concern was tweaking a wheel or breaking a spoke. I just kept the nuts in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewrench View Post
    I just went 1x10 on mine and when I tried to remove the Nuts it was No Bueno! I'm running a Nobby Nic tubeless on a Flow rim. In the forward most position there was maybe 3mm clearance. I know that I am able to flex the frame/wheel enough to get a rub, but my biggest concern was tweaking a wheel or breaking a spoke. I just kept the nuts in place.
    Yeah - I was running an Ardent 2.4 on a Blunt rim and was getting some rub due to frame flex when I stood up and hammered it.

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    I'm feeling like the Monkey would be best set up a a SS. So I will ride it as a 1x10 for a while until I can pick up another frame and then it will prob sit for a little, til I pick up another set of wheels. My Misfit gets the most play these days, so I'm not in any real hurry. Would like to have a 25lb geared HT W/ front squish bike around in case the mood strikes, but I do ride rigid SS 97% of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewrench View Post
    I'm feeling like the Monkey would be best set up a a SS.
    Yeah, that's the conclusion I came to after having my KM setup every which way. I prefer riding it full rigid, but as rocky as our local trails are I will probably go back to a squishy front end.

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    Karate Krampus

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    @spinsir.. Nice setup! Love that Knard.

    on a different note.. I've got some paid spam


    Karate Monkey by jstewse, on Flickr

    Large 2010 frame with a 2012 fork, plus some otherstuff if you want it.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    A muddy ride on father's day...
    Love this bike as ever😃

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    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Karate Monkey 2.0

    Just finished building my second KM. 1st was an 04 in Camp Stove green, bought used a few years ago.

    Maiden voyage was today. Sorry, no pics of bike post-mud.






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    New to me 2011 Monkey. Frame used but most of the stuff on it is new, he built it up as a geared ride and had a better wheelset. But even the frame looks good so I'm happy. First shakedown ride this evening. I am excited!
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    My KM 2011, size 16Let's see your KM builds-1002123_314207922048992_831741430_n.jpg

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    HELP! me find an 18" KM with rim brake posts! I'm not 100% a disc-convert yet, and want the option. Also happen to have a pair of Motolites that would be siiiiiick on a KM. But these frames are hard to find (pre 2012?), been 2 months of no luck.

    ALSO, has anyone stripped their Surly and clear powdercoated it? Do the welds look good enough to show off? My poo-brown Check needs a makeover.

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    This dude might ship..Campstove green too.Surly Karate Monkey Frame - Medium - Camp Stove Green

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    I have one(posted above), where are you located? PM me for what you're looking for a what you want to pay, I have a stock black SS KM that is an 18" and I should be on a 16", although currently I am willing to live with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstews View Post
    This dude might ship..Campstove green too.Surly Karate Monkey Frame - Medium - Camp Stove Green
    Thats me, I sent you an email already but we should be able to work something out.

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    Dudes, thanks! Frame's on its way, from TheSlowSSer.
    I'll put photos up once the build's done! Or maybe sooner-
    Camp stove green looks sick but thinking about stripping paint and clear powdercoating?...

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    I know the guy who originally owned the campstove green Surly! One of the coolest bike dudes and best mechanics I've ever met. I'm sure that frame has been on many awesome journeys with many more to come! I'd leave the paint as-is.

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    Here's mine. Built it up this spring. Then put on my susp fork later in the summer to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylan570 View Post
    Here's mine. Built it up this spring. Then put on my susp fork later in the summer to try it out.
    Would you mind giving a compare/contrast on your build rigid vs. suspension? Looks like a 100mm Fox on there?
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Another New KM Build

    Put this together for the wife a couple of months back. She's loves it with Big Apples on it! Plenty of squish, she says lol
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    Final incarnation of my KM aka Angry Monkey. No mud pics as I clean it after every ride:



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    Quote Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
    Final incarnation of my KM aka Angry Monkey. No mud pics as I clean it after every ride:
    Nice looking KM. Care to share the build specs?

    Latest iteration of my KM - swapped out rigid carbon fork for a 100mm Reba RL w/PopLoc remote lever.

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    Thanks!

    Halo rims on Halo hubs
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    Azonic stem, CaneCreek headset
    Shimano cable housing, BB7s 160mm front and back
    RaceFace Resolve cranks and BB, 32x19 (was 20 but it takes me sometime to get to closest trail so switched to 19 at the back for now)
    Wellgo MG-1 pedals
    RaceFace XC post with Brooks Champion B17
    Water bottle holders - generic from local coop
    Sits at around 27 lbs - Halo's spin forever and bomb proof but are heavy
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