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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.
    Enjoy the ride!

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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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    Shimano Alfine 8speed
    Shimano Dynamo front hub
    Supernova e3 triple light

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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
    Brooks swift saddle
    Thomson Elite post, collar, stem
    Easton EA70 straight bars
    Paul WORD & FHUB hubs, Love levers
    Middleburn ISIS crank
    Surely 32T chainring
    SKF BB
    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
    Shimano Alfine 8speed
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    Supernova e3 triple light
    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
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

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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
    Chris King Headset
    Octalink/Salsa crankset
    Shimano SLX Dyna-Sys and Shadow+
    Stan's NoTubes Arch Wheelset
    SWorks Purgatory 2.3s

    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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