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    Quote Originally Posted by kenley&co View Post
    That looks dope what's your parts build on it?
    Thanks.


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    Fox 32 CTD 100mm
    Full XT drivetrain, 220/180 rotors
    Hope ceramic BB
    Easton Arc 24 with Hope Evo4 pro hubs
    Maxxis Minion DH 29x2.5
    Race face carbon bars
    Easton carbon seat post
    Kore DH stem
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    That's a great looking bike oloug.

    Is 100mm the recommended sus fork length?

    Also, is it just me, or is the tubing fatter on the new KM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Kirkwood View Post
    That's a great looking bike oloug.

    Is 100mm the recommended sus fork length?

    Also, is it just me, or is the tubing fatter on the new KM?
    Not sure what the recommended length is but I rode this rigid with 27.5 x 3 tires and the 100mm with 29x2.5. completely transforms it. Head tubing is beefier I believe (1.5 taper) , not sure about top/bottom or chainstay.

    I've been riding my knolly chilcotin while waiting for the frame to arrive and this thing is just as fun, if not more fun on descents. Obviously the big stuff is easier with the knolly but the KM has perfect geometry. Was afraid what it would ride like with 100mm but I suggest everyone with a KM give it a whirl.

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    Thanks Oloug.

    I just checked another website and the rigid KM fork is 100mm sagged suspension corrected. Looks like the BB is already pretty high with the rigid fork so I think 100mm forks may be the way to go.

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    Let's see your KM builds-img_20170814_134820507rs.jpg
    Hope BB and pro4 hubs laced to arc45s
    WTB Trail boss/Ranger 3.0 combo
    Turbine cranks with AB oval 30
    Podium pedals
    GX 11 spd w/ kmc chain
    SLX brakes w/ icetech rotors
    Transfer 150 post w/ wolftooth lever
    Lynx dt saddle
    Easton Haven 35 bar and stem w/ ergon grips
    CC 40 series
    Fox Elite 34 on the way and it's done other then possibly a frame bag in the near future
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    KM '17 new bike finished

    Let's see your KM builds-20902237_164052760825436_7260840546887794688_n.jpg
    Main components:
    • 2017 Surly Karate Monkey frameset size XL
    • SRAM NX groupset
    • Shimano XT brakes with 180mm rotors
    • Custom wheels: SLX hubs and Ryde Edge 40mm rims
    • 3.0" Schwalbe Nobby Nick, PS back, TS front


    What a bike, love it

    Let's see your KM builds-cfxfpksygxas8rdkqr9ybbxbo9mq-iakyzkjutwl7i8-2048x1536.jpg
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    Regards,

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    I am trying to choose between a new KM and a Krampus. I wonder, if the new KM will take 29x3 tyres (as I have seen on MTBR) what advantage if any the Krampus may have?

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    Hi Timo this a real nice build, mine will be a cousin in a few weeks time just waiting for the Sram parts to arrive.

    How is the ride?

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi Timo this a real nice build, mine will be a cousin in a few weeks time just waiting for the Sram parts to arrive.

    How is the ride?

    OZ.
    Lots of fun to ride, rails corners with bucket loads of grip. Easy to wheely, very playful, like a big BMX

    Still have to get used to not having any suspension but because the frontwheel is so easy to lift a little extra work makes roots and logs pretty easy to cope with. Tyre pressure is important, too hard and the bike bounces like a ball and too soft and you slam the rim into roots. Think I found the right pressure now, again: loads of grip...also very helpful when attacking small, steep climbs.

    So yeah, love it. Hope yours will be ready soon!
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    Let's see your KM builds

    The latest incarnation of my monkey:



    I tossed a set of butted Jones bars on, and am back on a set of 29" hoops (arch mk3) with the 3.0 ranger up front and 2.3 ikon out back.
    I love this bike.
    I've passed on 2 new versions. I can't get over how much more stout the current gen is. I can't help but think that it's such a stiffer ride, and not nearly as comfy as the OG.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    Just laid down some hard earned for a frameset.
    Parts are coming off another bike to make the most overkill bikepacker ever

    Yellow Frame
    Jones Bar
    Turq King hubs/BB/Headset
    Derby Rims
    Guide R Brakes
    Gold SRAM Eagle XX1
    Next SL cranks


    Will be built up hopefully by next Thursday!! Can't wait!

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    Sounds sweet! Curious to see how you like the way the jones bars feel because I'm thinking of throwing some on myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarthMci View Post
    Just laid down some hard earned for a frameset.
    Parts are coming off another bike to make the most overkill bikepacker ever

    Yellow Frame
    Jones Bar
    Turq King hubs/BB/Headset
    Derby Rims
    Guide R Brakes
    Gold SRAM Eagle XX1
    Next SL cranks


    Will be built up hopefully by next Thursday!! Can't wait!
    Sounds great. Where'd you find a yellow frameset? Word is frames are only going to be available in black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbiker View Post
    Sounds great. Where'd you find a yellow frameset? Word is frames are only going to be available in black.
    I'm in Australia.
    Was planning on getting a black one, but need an XL and they only had Yellow framesets left.
    Didn't think the turq parts would look any good with the yellow until I dropped the front wheel in a yellow fork at the shop. Looks

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenley&co View Post
    Sounds sweet! Curious to see how you like the way the jones bars feel because I'm thinking of throwing some on myself
    if only there was a recent poster you could ask...

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    Haha I see your jones bars but it's a different geometry so I figured that might change things...and from your post and I can tell that you are enjoying the jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by omiTimo View Post
    Lots of fun to ride, rails corners with bucket loads of grip. Easy to wheely, very playful, like a big BMX

    Still have to get used to not having any suspension but because the frontwheel is so easy to lift a little extra work makes roots and logs pretty easy to cope with. Tyre pressure is important, to hard and the bike bounces like a ball and too soft and you slam the rim into roots. Think I found the right pressure now, again: loads of grip...also very helpful when attacking small, steep climbs.

    So yeah, love it. Hope yours will be ready soon!
    Thanks mate, sounds promising I have a fat bike so the whole tyre pressure thing is so important. Seems like I am in for a fun ride.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarthMci View Post
    I'm in Australia.
    Was planning on getting a black one, but need an XL and they only had Yellow framesets left.
    Didn't think the turq parts would look any good with the yellow until I dropped the front wheel in a yellow fork at the shop. Looks
    Hi guys, yep for some reason we are special down here in OZ, I ordered a frame expecting a black one, only to find a truck yellow one when I went into my LBS.

    Garth we are going to have a very similar build, I have Jones bars on my Troll and love them. On the Monkey they will be higher and should be even better. I would not cut your steerer tube until you try the bars out. My Troll set up is a little low, Jones recommends the bars and seat should be level.

    Hope to have mine in a week or so, post up some images of yours when you get done.

    OZ.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi guys, yep for some reason we are special down here in OZ, I ordered a frame expecting a black one, only to find a truck yellow one when I went into my LBS.

    Garth we are going to have a very similar build, I have Jones bars on my Troll and love them. On the Monkey they will be higher and should be even better. I would not cut your steerer tube until you try the bars out. My Troll set up is a little low, Jones recommends the bars and seat should be level.

    Hope to have mine in a week or so, post up some images of yours when you get done.

    OZ.
    Jones bars are coming off a Bombtrack Beyond, so have had a bit of ride time with them already. Stupidly bought a Medium beyond, and was waaaay too small for me, hence the new XL KM.

    Just need to decide if I'm going use the rigid fork or the pike off my other bike.
    Look forward to comparing shots!
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    Just dropped past the shop as the frame turned up early.
    Not quite built yet, but looking pretty good so far.




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    Hi Garth, thats looking very blinded out, not a Parramatta Eels fan are you?

    My frame is rolling on its wheels and the Jones bar is on just waiting go the Eagle GX to arrive.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi Garth, thats looking very blinded out, not a Parramatta Eels fan are you?

    My frame is rolling on its wheels and the Jones bar is on just waiting go the Eagle GX to arrive.

    OZ.
    Dear god no, don't follow and footy. I ride bikes because I don't play well with others

    Yeah, way more blinged than I would probably build it normally, but had an insurance decision in my favour so had some spare bits off that bike!

    I've got everything crossed that the boost adapters turn up so it's ready to ride Thursday!

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    Hi Garth, you will be out and about before me

    Cannot wait to see it rolling and here your impressions.

    OZ.

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    Let's see your KM builds

    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi Garth, you will be out and about before me

    Cannot wait to see it rolling and here your impressions.

    OZ.
    Adapters are still somewhere in the air between Tokyo and Sydney! I'm hope they deliver tomorrow, but don't like my chances currently.
    Bike should still be built, but not rideable

    Will post photos regardless.

    Where abouts are you?

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    Just wondering what the smallest 27.5 tires anyone has run on the new KM. . .

    27.5x2.2-4 works? Has anyone done it? BB height is obviously a concern, but it doesn't seem like it would be silly low. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarthMci View Post
    Adapters are still somewhere in the air between Tokyo and Sydney! I'm hope they deliver tomorrow, but don't like my chances currently.
    Bike should still be built, but not rideable

    Will post photos regardless.

    Where abouts are you?
    Hi mate i'am up Newcastle way, you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi mate i'am up Newcastle way, you ?
    Sydney. Getting the bike from Summit Cycles.

    No sign of the parts yet though!

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    Got it! Looks rad, am heading off for a ride now. (It's 7pm and dark in Sydney)

    The parts I needed to put the rigid fork, and thus plus tires on, didn't show up in time so have the pike on there for now.










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    Quote Originally Posted by GarthMci View Post
    Got it! Looks rad
    It sure does!!!

    Gosh, I think you've inspired me to change things up a bit with my monkey... and possibly add gears!

    Enjoy the new rig, mate!

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    Hi mate looks great, trying to convince myself not to get a suspension fork or a dropper post, this is not helpful

    Hope it rides as good as it looks.

    No news today from my LBS.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangdang View Post
    It sure does!!!

    Gosh, I think you've inspired me to change things up a bit with my monkey... and possibly add gears!

    Enjoy the new rig, mate!
    Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi mate looks great, trying to convince myself not to get a suspension fork or a dropper post, this is not helpful

    Hope it rides as good as it looks.

    No news today from my LBS.

    OZ.
    Was a lot of fun with the pike on there, but a bit odd riding it with Jones bars, Would have been way more fun with a flat bar.
    Also found I barely used the dropper, so will leave it for a bit and might swap it out for something lighter in the future.

    Bike is 13kg at the moment. Would probably be under 12 with rigid fork and no dropper

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    Finally joined the club with an older First Gen Monkey. Currently set up 29+ with a Knard up front and a Fat-B-Nimble on the back with minimal clearance. Dinglespeed with a 32 front and 17/19 rear, had to work pretty hard on the climbs coming from 32/22 gearing on my Redline!
    Fun ride for sure, but will likely convert to drop bar set-up and some lighter wheels/tires to make it a bit more nimble..

    Regardless, stoked to be here!

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    Lost count on how many times it was rebuilt, here is the latest. With Krampus, one of Moonies and 1x1 doing full time SS duties - gears went on KM. And I finally retired 2.4 Ardents, 2017 Schwalbe Nobby Nics, 29x2.6 took their place. Currently mounted on duallys with toobs, measure about 2.5 actual



    Pretty OK clearance, would be better of wheel moved back a little bit (right now have monkey nuts installed

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    Fabulous looking bike the older Monkey.... every time I see it I think of picking up one of the older frames before they are all gone. They just look 'right'.

    Mr Mongol - What year frame is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by omiTimo View Post
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    • SRAM NX groupset
    • Shimano XT brakes with 180mm rotors
    • Custom wheels: SLX hubs and Ryde Edge 40mm rims
    • 3.0" Schwalbe Nobby Nick, PS back, TS front


    What a bike, love it

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    What headset is this?

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    Thank you! I don't remember exact year, whatever the year it was when it was Battleship Grey and Safety Scissors Blue, disc only, no cantis. Probably mid 2000s.
    yeah, I Love this bike. Bought brand spanking new as frameset, rode for a while and stupidly sold. Several years later tracked down the buyer (thanks God for pinkbike) and bought it back, actually paid more but no regrets.
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    I know how to shave my legs but MTBs are foreign to me.

    Okay, I am a confused roadie so forgive me for whatever sensibilities I offend, lines I cross, and dumb sh!t I am about to say. I built my last 2 road bikes so I figured I would be bold and branch out. Go figure stuff is different. I bought a KM frame and some bits. I also have parts laying around and I hoped to part together a bike with what I have around the house/salvaged. I started messing around and clearly my apex 42t is too large and I need a 32t. The axel also appears too short for the bb. As of right now my questions are

    1. With a gxp BB (optional 1mm spacers) and boost wheels what is an ideal 1x crankset? SrAM NX? My hub is std shm/sram 11sp. Just from looking at it I am going to say the axle/spindle is too short on my apex so I am assuming I will need a different crankset.

    2. Can I use my apex road 1x rear derailleur and cassette 11/42?

    3. Any tire recommendations for an all around gravel, bike packing, adventure bike with stans mk3 flow wheels.



    As of right now I have
    New KM Frame
    GXP 73mm BB
    CowChipper Bars
    Sram Apex 1x Road complete group w/post mount hyd brakes 11/42 cassette (I have IS adapters)
    a handful of old stems, a set of boost wheels,saddles and the little bs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenley&co View Post
    What headset is this?
    Cane creek 40
    Regards,

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    Medium 29", converted to B+.

    Scraper 45mm rims. 2.4 Riddler rear, 2.8 TrailBlazer front. They are huge with the 45 rims.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Let's see your KM builds-km3.jpg  

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    That bike looks totally sweet.What is the chainline and number of teeth on the chainring. I wrote to Surly if I could use my Mr. Whirly SS cranks on the new frame. Apparently, it only work will give me 50 or 58 mm chainline. With the King SS hub I can have a 55. This whole boost thing is killing me.
    And I am wondering does the frame come with a plug for the covert dropper hole?

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    That build looks just awesome. I am contemplating a 2017 model, but the one thing holding me back is losing most of the curve in that seat tube. That bend is iconic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eselsweg View Post
    That build looks just awesome. I am contemplating a 2017 model, but the one thing holding me back is losing most of the curve in that seat tube. That bend is iconic.
    Thanks. I'm still messing with bar placement, but other than that, it's pretty much set. I agree about the seat tube ... I like the look too for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eselsweg View Post
    And I am wondering does the frame come with a plug for the covert dropper hole?
    Not sure, maybe I lost mine but it wasn't in there when I unpacked my frameset. Does Surly have them as spares? Anyone?
    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by eselsweg View Post
    That bike looks totally sweet.What is the chainline and number of teeth on the chainring. I wrote to Surly if I could use my Mr. Whirly SS cranks on the new frame. Apparently, it only work will give me 50 or 58 mm chainline. With the King SS hub I can have a 55. This whole boost thing is killing me.
    And I am wondering does the frame come with a plug for the covert dropper hole?
    Yup, comes with two. One for no dropper and another for when you have a cable going through.
    Neither exactly waterproof, but will keep most of the junk out

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    Here is the old/new to me arrival:
    2015 Black SS M size.Let's see your KM builds-km1.jpg

    Getting ready to convert to 1x10.

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    Nice, but why clutter it up???

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    New Monkey build...

    Hi everyone, this ones been a while coming, I had hinted about it weeks ago but now its here. The Farley opened my eyes to fat tyres and for when I head east from my place towards the coast full fat rules.

    West of my place is the Watagans National Park, covered with hills and fire roads and trails just waiting to be explored. The Farley would be capable no doubt, but I have about 40 kms to ride before I hit the park proper. And the roads and trails in the park don't need a full fat bike.

    Also reading up on bike packing help sway me into thinking of getting a Plus bike for such adventures. Thats my reasoning and the story I sold myself to buy a new bike

    So here it is a Surly Karate Monkey...

    Let's see your KM builds-dsc00745.jpg

    Built up from a frame by my LBS with my dream list of components, thats the reason it has taken a little while to arrive. I was going full Shimano XT group set then Sram dropped Eagle GX at a comparable price. The range of a 12 speed set up was ideal for this bike so I just had to wait a few months for it to arrive in OZ.

    Let's see your KM builds-dsc00769.jpg

    Eagle GX allowed me to run a 32 tooth chainring, better for the road sections of my planned rides. With the 10-50 out back its all the range I need after a quick test ride last night.

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    A few of my other favourite parts complete the build, XT brakes, Jones H-Bars, Crank Bros Stamp pedals, and Brooks Cambium C17 Carved saddle. Running on Easton ARC Plus 40 mm rims with Hope Hubs and WTB Ranger 3.0 tyres.

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    A few bags I have and some cage mounts to be added but for now its off for a test adventure.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi everyone, this ones been a while coming, I had hinted about it weeks ago but now its here. The Farley opened my eyes to fat tyres and for when I head east from my place towards the coast full fat rules.

    West of my place is the Watagans National Park, covered with hills and fire roads and trails just waiting to be explored. The Farley would be capable no doubt, but I have about 40 kms to ride before I hit the park proper. And the roads and trails in the park don't need a full fat bike.

    Also reading up on bike packing help sway me into thinking of getting a Plus bike for such adventures. Thats my reasoning and the story I sold myself to buy a new bike

    So here it is a Surly Karate Monkey...

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    Built up from a frame by my LBS with my dream list of components, thats the reason it has taken a little while to arrive. I was going full Shimano XT group set then Sram dropped Eagle GX at a comparable price. The range of a 12 speed set up was ideal for this bike so I just had to wait a few months for it to arrive in OZ.

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    Eagle GX allowed me to run a 32 tooth chainring, better for the road sections of my planned rides. With the 10-50 out back its all the range I need after a quick test ride last night.

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    A few of my other favourite parts complete the build, XT brakes, Jones H-Bars, Crank Bros Stamp pedals, and Brooks Cambium C17 Carved saddle. Running on Easton ARC Plus 40 mm rims with Hope Hubs and WTB Ranger 3.0 tyres.

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    A few bags I have and some cage mounts to be added but for now its off for a test adventure.

    OZ.
    Niiiiiice.
    Hope you enjoy it!

    Took mine for a spin tonight for the first time with the rigid for and 3” rubber. Was a shitload of fun!

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    This is mine now

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    Thanks Garth, almost twins I agree on the plus tyres I was really surprised how well they handled the trails in Glenrock.

    Have fun.

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    New Monkey out and about...

    Hi everyone a few photos from my first ride on the Monkey. I was expecting it to ride fire roads well, what I was not expecting is how well it rides single track. It turns in well and changes direction just thinking about it. And the plus tyres just eat trail for breakfast. Such a fun bike.

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    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi everyone a few photos from my first ride on the Monkey. I was expecting it to ride fire roads well, what I was not expecting is how well it rides single track. It turns in well and changes direction just thinking about it. And the plus tyres just eat trail for breakfast. Such a fun bike.

    OZ.
    Looking great!

    Got mine all packed for a 3day bike packing trip from Katoomba to Wollongong.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GarthMci View Post
    Looking great!

    Got mine all packed for a 3day bike packing trip from Katoomba to Wollongong.

    Looks great, have fun! What framebag is that?
    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by omiTimo View Post
    Looks great, have fun! What framebag is that?
    They’re custom made by a guy in Australia called BikeBagDude.
    https://www.bikebagdude.com/

    You send him a pattern of your frame and he makes it to fit. He’s made plenty for friends of mine and they just work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarthMci View Post
    Looking great!

    Got mine all packed for a 3day bike packing trip from Katoomba to Wollongong.

    Hi mate that looks super nice, I was looking at the ortlieb seat bag,how do you find it? The new smaller one coming out next year has got me thinking it might be a better size.

    OZ.

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    Here is my Ops. A few tweaks from the complete build spec.


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    Let's see your KM builds-beetljd.jpg

    End of september, still lovely weather for a ride
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    fat,single,and ready to mingle...

    likes long walks down gravel roads and fine pastries...

    measurements 32/17/19 29x2.5

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    Hi Hamster, I am sure you rode the miles to easily pay off the cake

    Nice Monkey I wish the trails and roads around here allowed me to run a single or a dingle speed. and no its to late for me to H.T.F.U

    OZ.

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    Uncle?

    Some of us like bikes, some like cars.

    Out and about today and I found a Monkeys Uncle

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    OZ.

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    aw c'mon,im 52 and still ride...and enjoy....single speed...and im not over here smoking lance armstrongs toe nail clippings or anything...but then again not having a car i get to ride every day...

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    Hi Hampster, no car for me either and recently the wrong side of fifty.

    32x 50 on the Eagle is what I need off road

    Had a single speed when the kids were little, fine on the bike paths any trail rides quickly became hikes.

    OZ.

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    lol,you're not trying hard enough if you dont have to get off and push every once and a while...ive had plenty of rides where i ended up pushing the bike more than i rode it...but then again i have been places only very silly people would take a bike...

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    [QUOTE=hamsterspam;13362562]lol,you're not trying hard enough if you dont have to get off and push every once and a while...

    Um I have Eagle now and I still have to get off and push

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Some of us like bikes, some like cars.

    Out and about today and I found a Monkeys Uncle

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    OZ.
    Loving both of those rigs.
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    Um I have Eagle now and I still have to get off and push
    That's bullshit. You should get your money back.
    Do it however you want to do it. You don't owe anyone an explanation.

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    LOL, I am eagerly waiting for the new Sram Phoenix Drive train.

    Thats when some one comes out to ride up the hills for you

    OZ.

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    i was foolish enough to think that simply practicing climbing would make it easier! im not far off of 1/2 a million feet of climbing over the last couple of years and it still sucks and if anything ive gotten slower!

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    The older I am, the faster I was....
    (Motorcycle crowd motto).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi mate that looks super nice, I was looking at the ortlieb seat bag,how do you find it? The new smaller one coming out next year has got me thinking it might be a better size.

    OZ.
    The Ortlieb went well over the weekend. only packed about half full and held pretty steady when carving up the singletrack sections of the Six Foot Track.
    It does have a minimum amount you can have in it in order to still have the straps have some tension. So if you're thinking of just putting little bits in it then the smaller one might be better.
    That being said, if I ever need to carry smaller amounts, I'll just stick it in the frame bag instead. I'll only use the ortlieb when I have lots to carry

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    More evidence this bike rips. This was punching down a fire trail at about 40kmh fully loaded. (


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    All dolled up in her commuter attire. Going to be part commuter, part gravel bike, part bikepacking, part trail bike. Still need a name for her.

    Let's see your KM builds-km.jpg

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    Finished mine. At least for some time :-)Let's see your KM builds-img_20171005_075513.jpg

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    Now we're talking, this bike definitely wakes up with some lighter tires and I bought the medium for the fit with the drop bars which is spot on.
    I have the dinglespeed all set up with 34/17 vs 32/19, nice ratios but still warrants some pushing up the steeper sections. It's all good, I'll get stronger again over the winter and this rig is fun enough to make it worth the climbs!

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