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    From about a week ago. Also where the did some "trail work" and created a four foot Single track.

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    I took some inspiration from fxdwhl and YoungerNow. Another fixie-monkey is born! I love how versatile this bike is....its been singlespeed, drop bars, geared, rigid, suspended forked, disk, calipered, road, trail, race, commuter.....and on and on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    I took some inspiration from fxdwhl and YoungerNow. Another fixie-monkey is born! I love how versatile this bike is....its been singlespeed, drop bars, geared, rigid, suspended forked, disk, calipered, road, trail, race, commuter.....and on and on...

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    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_SoQ7WQjmEh...7-1-09+002.jpg


    Set up for RAGBRAI. I'll add 2 small panniers and be riding self contained for the week.

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    LOL, self contained is the only way to ride RAGBRAI. Can't help but chuckle at all the guys on stick bikes who seem to think it's a race! One big rolling party gotta love it!

    happy trails...

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    bringing it back

    I freakin love my bike.

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    I camped not too much further than my first post above (with the snow). Nice day.

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    im looking forward to spring and summers lighter evenings riding the local trails...get the big wheels rolling

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    Updated with purple blingy stuff and a Ti seatpost - this is now my only MTB

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    Heres mine...
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    is that the origin8 Off road (OR) bar? or jsut standard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    is that the origin8 Off road (OR) bar? or jsut standard...
    Asked me?
    On my KM its an On One Mary Bar.

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    haha ya... sorry I see those and I go right into thinking origin 8... not that I can't see the "on-one" logo... sorry about that ... looks good all the same
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    Here's my Monkey.


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    Mine at lunch in Wisconsin last Monday (I think)

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    18" km frame
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    bb7 + cheapo v-brake
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    titec j-bars w/ esi chunkies
    truvativ firex cranks
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    gearing is 33x19 free or 17 tomicog fixed
    nevegals

    my favorite mtb ive owned, and currently the only one i own.

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    I love this thread! My Karate Monkey is my favorite bike. Every time I open this thread I want to leave my office and ride. Here is an updated photo of mine.


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    Here's mine - an '09 complete that I've tweaked into a 1x9 for the summer. Built up a new rear wheel on an XT disc hub that I got for free (used another Delgado rim). Pulled set of old Suntour thumbies off a junked mtn bike. I've run it with Midge bars which I like quite a bit, will probably go back to those eventually. Not sure if I will ever drop the $$ for a decent suspension fork, I am a cheap bastage.
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    Holmes - looks like a great place to ride the KM!
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    Thanks - that was taken up at the Soapstone Prairie natural area, about an hour north of Ft. Collins CO. Really mellow single track / double track / ranch roads - very rigid bike friendly.

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    Just sharing...


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    Finally got motivated and built one up. Lovin it so far, real dirt time will follow in the next couple weeks, as soon as the RAGBRAI rush ends in Sioux City and I can get out of the shop!

    happy trails...

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    My monkey continues to evolve. Put the Midge bars back on it, got a set of LX cranks for cheap, now running it as a 3x9. As I discovered front derailleurs on the KM are kinda finicky - picked up an old LX FD (M571 old style recommended by Surly) for 10 bucks to fix it up.

    Went up Old Flowers Road west of Ft. Collins over the weekend - couple of tough climbs, the granny gear was definitely welcome, and the big ring came in handy on the long dirt road descent back to the car.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmes
    As I discovered front derailleurs on the KM are kinda finicky - picked up an old LX FD (M571 old style recommended by Surly) for 10 bucks to fix it up.
    Did the same - but when I built up my KM I recognized that a new SLX front derailleur did a very good job. They seem to be different to other Shimano front derailleurs

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    For those of you with KM's that are not suspension corrected....what length fork did you get, and was there any offset?

    edit: I heard back from Surly that the original KMs were suspension corrected, but later models had the downtube adjusted to fit the crown of suspension forks.
    Last edited by huevos; 07-23-2010 at 09:29 AM.

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    Stock KM fork and lovin it!!!!

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    Here mine.... It already has changed from 3 x 9 to single to 1 x 9... I love how easy this bike is to change
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsullivan
    Here mine.... It already has changed from 3 x 9 to single to 1 x 9... I love how easy this bike is to change
    How do you like the Drake? 80mm? I think about picking one of these up every time they go on sale.

    Nice build

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    heres my KM with bike packing gear...





    full set up here; http://coastkid.blogspot.com/2010/07/packed-to-go.html

    and a film...

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    The Drake feels good for a lower cost fork.... Yes it is 80mm.. If you come across one on sale grab it. It does the job required. Really helps on a rougher decent
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71
    heres my KM with bike packing gear...

    Why don't you use a carrier and bikebags?
    I won't like it, if I cannot see the front wheel...

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    hi there, with a bike packing set up alot of wieght is cental to the BB- stove,pot and food mostly, with a rack there is something else to break and traveling light all the room isnt really needed withthe frame bag,
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    KM2x2

    Here's my new ride.
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    This is the only material possession I own that someone will have to pry from my cold dead hands.

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    Posted a couple of times allready but hey
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty W.
    Here's my new ride.
    Looking good

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    KM at Coyote Ridge

    I decided that Midge Bars (at least with the setup on my KM) were a bit too hard on my lower back for off-roading, so I reluctantly swapped them out for a set of H-Bars (w/ Paul Thumbies). Seriously funky looking but oh-so-comfy. And Paul Thumbies are a *great* way to go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Westrider7


    This is the only material possession I own that someone will have to pry from my cold dead hands.

    Looking sweet!

    Okay, question for those listening. Some are using the Tugnutt chain tensioner with their SS setups and some are not. What's the thinking when setting up SS on the Monkey - is the Tugnutt needed or not?

    BB (thinking about trying SS on my KM...... )

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    regarding tuggnut

    Bruce,


    I run my KM as a single speed exclusively. I tried it as a 1x9. It works great but I don't care for gears.

    I use a chain tug (not a tuggnut but one from an On-One Inbred) on the drive side. I find that this really helps in a couple of ways.

    - it allows you to quickly re-align the wheel and ensure that it's square. install the drive side with the tug, adjust the non-drive side until there's no disc brake rub and....

    - I use it for both the quick release wheel and bolt on wheel that have seen use on the KM. I do so for the reason listed above.

    - You can get away with no tug if you use a bolt on rear but I always found that I had slippage with just a quick release wheel.

    One very nice aspect of the tugnutt is the spacer that comes with it. It ensures that if you use a quick release, the axle/skewer is lined up and doesn't have any slop . For this reason, I think you should have one if you plan to use a QR skewer.

    I hope that helps.

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    Here's mine on the CT last year near Hotel Draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Looking sweet!

    Okay, question for those listening. Some are using the Tugnutt chain tensioner with their SS setups and some are not. What's the thinking when setting up SS on the Monkey - is the Tugnutt needed or not?

    BB (thinking about trying SS on my KM...... )
    I use two (one on each side) on mine but could get away without it b/c I use bolt on hubs. That being said, I find it makes centering the wheel easier for me (and I'm a closet Type A which must have symmetry). They are not WW approved so don't hesitate to use some Redline tugs, etc.

    If I had QR hubs - I'd definitely use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Okay, question for those listening. Some are using the Tugnutt chain tensioner with their SS setups and some are not. What's the thinking when setting up SS on the Monkey - is the Tugnutt needed or not?
    Tugnut is probably not necessary with a standard SS. I use two on mine, as I'm running a 2x2 setup - dos freewheel in back, two chainwheels in front. The tugnuts make it easier to line everything up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    I use two (one on each side) on mine but could get away without it b/c I use bolt on hubs. That being said, I find it makes centering the wheel easier for me (and I'm a closet Type A which must have symmetry). They are not WW approved so don't hesitate to use some Redline tugs, etc.

    If I had QR hubs - I'd definitely use them.
    Thanks guys. Looks like I will order a Tuggnut today (and a proper chain).

    My experiment at the moment is just using my regular QR hub/wheel converted with one of the Gusset SS conversion kits to get an idea and some trail time with a SS. The kit came with a 16 and an 18T cog. I put the 16T on with a 29T chainring to get me close to the gear inch de facto starting standard of 52.

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    Here's a pic of my KM:



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    Allready posted this bike but in the spirit of what the monkey is all about ( changeabilty ),here it is after trip to Mawson Trail in South Australia
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Thanks guys. Looks like I will order a Tuggnut today (and a proper chain).

    My experiment at the moment is just using my regular QR hub/wheel converted with one of the Gusset SS conversion kits to get an idea and some trail time with a SS. The kit came with a 16 and an 18T cog. I put the 16T on with a 29T chainring to get me close to the gear inch de facto starting standard of 52.

    BB
    You've had that KM for how long and you're just now setting it up single!

    I had never calculated it out before, but most of the guys I know running singles in DSM are running a 34-17 or 18. According to the calculator that's 52-55. Sounds like you're doing it right

    Have fun and let us know how you like it with one gear.

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    My Geared' 18" Red KM, dropping the triple crank soon, going 1x9 in a week or two.

    Couple of days after completion - had WTB Exiwolf 2.3 wirebead, horrible front tire btw.



    1 month later after a dozen+ hours on fire roads and some light singletrack, changed to Maxxis ardent 2.25 tires, broke and replaced a derailer. But one hell of a great bike!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ianick
    You've had that KM for how long and you're just now setting it up single!
    Yup. Bought it in 2003 and just now giving one gear a whirl. Perfect for my dog walks at the moment (just using a QR as my "tensioner"). Once the Tuggnut arrives, I'll take it out on the dirt.

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