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    Thanks for the report, only thing holding me back is the cost, that's it - $120 for the tyre and $135 is the lowest I've found a RH for, then you have to add in a hub. If things improve this year, for sure I'll be getting myself a RH built front wheel with Knard for the Monkey, but right now I've just spent about $1k in misc "small" parts trying to fix up all my bikes.

    I'm running a 2.4" Ardent in the back right now on a Flow and I have a full finger knuckle space (about5/8") between the top of the tyre and any point in the stays, so think that despite not needing it a Knard might even fit in the Prime, well outback at least

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    Alright. Spent 7.5 hrs on a 36 mile, 3,790 ft elev ride today. First time on the Knard. A-MAZE-ING. Seriously, this thing lays so far over in the corners it's ridiculous. I never would've thought a 36 mile ride, fully rigid in my 30's would have ever, ever sounded like a good idea. Well I'm home now and feeling great. I attribute a lot of that to the extra squish I had up front today

    I was running a Panaracer Rampage 2.35 before the Knard. It was set-up ghetto/split tubeless as well as the rear. They were sweet, but I was itching for more float.
    The added cush CANNOT be overlooked. I rode a 7.5 hr ride today with 3,790' of elev and I think I would've been seriously abused if it weren't for the Knard. It is really that good. It's wild to experience the "basic tread" pattern in the real world. Pattern/Knob shape doesn't matter as much when the footprint is so HUGE

    Fact of the matter is, the tire was $120 from my LBS. That is seriously hard to swallow for a guy who isn't exactly 'rollin in it' as far was money is concerned. With a few recent events that have occurred, I decided it was time.
    After today, I couldn't be more satisfied.
    If you own a Karate Monkey, Ogre, etc.. I cannot see the downfall to running the Knard up front. FWIW

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post

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    Re: Let's see your KM builds

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    Yessir. Broke in the Knard with a Heil-Hall-Oscar Blues ride :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Yessir. Broke in the Knard with a Heil-Hall-Oscar Blues ride :thumbup:
    I rode Heil / Picture Rock on my full suspension Salsa yesterday and my hands are still rattling. That's a hardcore test for the Knard! Cheers.

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    Some Knard-age in the recent 'blizzard' we had on the Front Range. It plays nice in the snow
    Running 7~8 psi in 6"+ fresh snow

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    Homegrown -

    What rear tire are you using? Does the Knard create a big enough path through the snow for the rear wheel to follow?

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    I found this thread this morning and scrolled through all 28 pages. There are some really nice looking KMs here.

    Resting at home:
    Let's see your KM builds-km1.jpg
    Riding at Fort Ord:
    Let's see your KM builds-km2.jpg

    Current specs:
    Thomson stem & seatpost, old Scott thermoplastic/carbon bar, Oury grips, Avid Speed Dial 7 levers, Avid BB7 brakes (stock) Sette Lynx seat, Ritchey Comp headset (stock), Salsa seatpost clamp & 32 chainring & guard, Rennen Design 18 cog, Vuelta ZeroLite Pro wheels, WTB Exiwolf 2.3 tires (stock), Shimano Deore(?) 175 cranks w/ octalink bottom bracket, SRAM chain, Crank Brothers Candy pedals, Tacx Tao cage, green alloy bolts, Tuggnut.

    I have the stock wheels with Surly hubs and Salsa Delgado rims if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keevohn View Post
    Homegrown -

    What rear tire are you using? Does the Knard create a big enough path through the snow for the rear wheel to follow?
    Running a Rampage 2.35 on a 38mm rim.
    The Knard definetly helps to clear a path for the rear tire. Still some 'digging' in by the smaller tire, but far better than without the Knard. The idea behind getting the Knard was to do exactly that, clear a path for the rear.

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    My KM has been pulling snow duty a lot
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    2013 Karate Monkey
    Full Shimano XT
    DT240/Stan's Arch 29er Wheels (centerlock)
    Chris King Headset and BB
    Niner Flat Top Carbon handlebars
    Thomson Stem/Post/Clamp
    Selle Italia SL Saddle
    Extras: King bottle cage, CB Eggbeater 2 pedals


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    Hey Addam,
    Ho many Monkey you have now?
    The last time I saw was red one if I'm not mistaken
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    Has anyone tried a longer rigid for on the KM? How'd it work out for you?

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    Haven't tried a longer rigid, but did do a 120mm Minute and it was nice. Future plan for mine is a 500mm A2C rigid, just trying to narrow down to which one, as well, some are as heavy as a sus fork TBH, so thinking might as well do that instead and have options.
    Quote Originally Posted by sandman012 View Post
    Has anyone tried a longer rigid for on the KM? How'd it work out for you?
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    Well, here's my rigid Monkey with some recent NukeProof upgrades Got the bar first and liked the colour and needed a new rear hub and could get both F&R for the cost of the Pro2 EVO I was looking at, so decided to go with them and match things up - Going with the National colours of Blue, Yellow/Gold and Black.

    Current build as follows....Shimano LX M580 crank w/ 36/22 SLX rings, shifters & derailleurs, SRAM PG990 cassette, HOPE Mono Mini F&R with 160mm rotors (will be upgrading front to 180mm), NukeProof Generator hubs laced to a Alex TD17 on the rear and WTB SpeedDisc for the front (for now, will be going to wider rims soon), 760mm Warhead NukeProof bar, 90mm/6* stem, generic post, Ergon GS1 grips and my oldest saddle, an 8 year old WTB RocketV.

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    ^ In keeping with the blue theme

    Recently found a deal that was literally too good to pass up, so now I own 2 monkeys
    Better paint condition, newer year, dwntube gusset. Blue

    Here she is on some 'urban singletrack'

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    I was riding 2 back to back. Do you find a difference in the ride? The newer one for me is sharper and happy to take off, the older one much more planted............

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    Current build
    KM 20 inch Frame
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    CK headset / Ti Crown race / Aluminum top cap bolt / carbon fiber headset spacers
    Easton composite riser bar / Specialized lock on grips
    Thomson stem with ti bolts
    Thomson masterpiece Seat post with ti bolts / Salsa lip lock seat binder with ti bolt
    WTB Laser V team Ti saddle
    Sram X0 carbon cranks with MRP 32T Bling Ring Ti bolts / KMC X8 8 spd chain
    White Industries 21T freewheel
    Stans Arch EX 29er rims / DT double butted spokes surly hubs / tubeless Panaracer Rampage
    Time ATAC XS pedals
    Avid BB7 brakes with TI bolts / Avid Black Ops levers.
    Black Nylon bolts for rack braze ons and water bottle mounts.
    Salsa Ti front skewer.
    De badged with no decals.
    24.35 Lbs.
    I am 220 pound masher and the KM takes it all. A super Fun bike to ride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Knard on stock KM fork. Just picked up today
    mounted on a Kris Holm freeride rim. Nice-n-plump

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    had the same idea for a while for my fixed km.

    btw, love the campstove green. by far my favorite km color ever.
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    Has anybody tried a Rabbit Hole wheelset with 2.4 tires on their KM yet?

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    I dig the safety scissors blue... A friend just did one this color with some gold bits (hubs, headset, chainring, brake housing, grips) looks sweet!

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    Hmm ok not sure I posted in this thread before.

    After getting this fork put on I started to feel like I was riding a nascar, so I got drunk and took off all the stickers I could, except for the 'natch' one on the downtube. Now it looks a lot like the bike I had in a dream a while back. Hoping a non-unicrown steel fork will get it all the way there.

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    King headset
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    Arch EX's laced to DT swiss 240 centerlock hubs - SS bolt-on out back
    Conti X-king 2.2's (feel more like 2.0's)
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    Hoping to get first trail ride on that fork tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse View Post
    Hmm ok not sure I posted in this thread before.

    After getting this fork put on I started to feel like I was riding a nascar, so I got drunk and took off all the stickers I could, except for the 'natch' one on the downtube. Now it looks a lot like the bike I had in a dream a while back. Hoping a non-unicrown steel fork will get it all the way there.

    Hoping to get first trail ride on that fork tonight.
    Non-unicrown fork = segmented fork. BTW, Walt from Waltworks can hook you up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumbee1 View Post
    Non-unicrown fork = segmented fork. BTW, Walt from Waltworks can hook you up
    He has been on the case for a few weeks now
    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse View Post
    He has been on the case for a few weeks now
    You will NOT be disappointed. I am a HUGE fan.

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    Let's see your KM builds

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