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    My Monkey

    Just finished a couple of days ago, got a few rides in and I'm so stoked!

    The build -

    I purchased a 16" complete and added some extras
    -HandSpun rear Hope Pro 2 w/ Stan's Flow rim.
    -Ringle ZuZu's
    Salsa Moto Ace Bell Lap bars
    -CaneCreek Drop V levers
    -SRAM PG980 9-speed 11-32 cassette
    -SRAM X.9 Trigger 9-speed rear
    -SRAM XO rear der.
    -Pauls ChainKeeper
    -Schwalbe Big Apple's 29x2.35







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    Quote Originally Posted by ErvSpanks
    Just finished a couple of days ago, got a few rides in and I'm so stoked!

    The build -

    I purchased a 16" complete and added some extras
    -HandSpun rear Hope Pro 2 w/ Stan's Flow rim.
    -Ringle ZuZu's
    Salsa Moto Ace Bell Lap bars
    -CaneCreek Drop V levers
    -SRAM PG980 9-speed 11-32 cassette
    -SRAM X.9 Trigger 9-speed rear
    -SRAM XO rear der.
    -Pauls ChainKeeper
    -Schwalbe Big Apple's 29x2.35








    I love how the smaller frames seem to have the perfect geo for drop bars. I have a 20" and tried it, but is was just too low (large inseam = high saddle). Just love the look of a beefed up dropbar bike like this one! Have fun!

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    Question for new Monkey Owners:

    For the new XL frames (with the frame brace), what is the center to center measurement on the seat tube? Measured to the top tube, not the top of the brace.

    I'm trying to get a picture of how this would compare to my previous bikes.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by renovator
    Green light Go, are those the flat Carnegie bars, and just for interest why upside down? Thinking of getting one so would be interested in your feedback
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    No, they are the inverted version, misshipped from my CRC order. I wanted a little rise and the only difference between the riser version and drop version was the orientation of the decal so I kept it and all is well, upside down graphics and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    No, they are the inverted version, misshipped from my CRC order. I wanted a little rise and the only difference between the riser version and drop version was the orientation of the decal so I kept it and all is well, upside down graphics and all.
    Thanks, appreciate the feedback

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    It only took a year

    After hunting high and low, insulting the guys at Surly and moving half way across the world (literally) here is my Monkey... One year after I decided I had to have one.
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    Bought this one used with a custom paint job and with some nice metallic flecks that can be seen in the sunlight. Green CK's laced to Arch rims, green ck headset, green ano bottlecage, green pulley wheels on the r. der, and a few more green parts on the way. I just added the biokork grips and really dig them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Beautiful bike! Please do post more pics!

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    The Combat Monkey 1.0

    Assembling the beast in my hotel room in NC (before I deployed):



    Don’t drink and ride, ride... then drink!



    Here it is on the maiden voyage in beautiful Parwan Province, Afghanistan.

    You can just see the snow-capped peaks of the Hindu Kush Mountains in the distance, peeking of the top of the "hill" in the background
    The barbed wire and "mines" sign are legit.

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    Very nice, Squid! Roll safe!

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    shouldn't it be "Niners"?

    go easy and post more pics

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    I picked this up last friday in Ventura, CA from an old surfer named Fred for $350. I had been under the impression that I wanted a large frame but after riding this medium I realized that the stand over height on the large could have been catastrophic. I swore to myself that I was going to leave this as is for a while and just ride it but, the stem was all wrong, the seat sucks and I don't like the bars. I do want to switch to discs but that can wait until i figure which rims I want. I love riding it, it transports me back to being 11 and riding a BMX bike all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppp View Post
    Beautiful bike! Please do post more pics!
    Thanks, the ever evolving KM...


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    20" KM black/no decals
    Alfine hub
    BB7 brakes
    Specialized Tubeless w/Stans Rims and special sauce
    Rockshox Recon TK Gold Fork
    WTB Saddle
    Mr Wirley
    Chris King headset
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgeworker View Post
    20" KM black/no decals
    Alfine hub
    BB7 brakes
    Specialized Tubeless w/Stans Rims and special sauce
    Rockshox Recon TK Gold Fork
    WTB Saddle
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    So nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgeworker View Post
    20" KM black/no decals
    Alfine hub
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    Specialized Tubeless w/Stans Rims and special sauce
    Rockshox Recon TK Gold Fork
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    nicely done

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    Thanks guys. It was a single speed rigid that was being ignored (by me). This config will help save my 53yo knees for freeheel skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgeworker View Post
    This config will help save my 53yo knees for freeheel skiing.
    Picked that up this past season. I'm hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    Picked that up this past season. I'm hooked.
    I figured someone would respond to that. Yeah, been doing it for 12 yrs & it's highly addictive. Lot's of parallels between mountain biking and skiing - good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgeworker View Post
    I figured someone would respond to that. Yeah, been doing it for 12 yrs & it's highly addictive. Lot's of parallels between mountain biking and skiing - good stuff!

    Yup! Been on the snow my whole life, was at one point a really good snowboarder, re-picked up skiing after a ~10yr hiatus, re-hooked, then decided to give freeheeling a shot, re-hooked again. Makes me feel like a total beginner. Amazing and freeing feeling after having been locked in for so many years. I went opposite spectrum too, skiing really soft boots/bindings, and narrow skis. Wicked fun.

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    Funny. I went hardcore telemark 7 years ago. I've had a blast doing it and still love it, but the last couple of years I got into more ski mountaineering stuff and lines with longer approaches. Now the ski quiver is 3 telemark 2 dynafit. Unfortunately freeheel gear has a long ways to go for torsional rigidity and lightweight. Otherwise I would never have gone halfway to the dark side.

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    Fret not. There are far too many ways to have fun sliding down/up mountains to limit one's self to just one way.

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    Even with NTN? I run switchbacks and T1's. Rockered skis are the bomb. When I ride my Pugsley I get the same sensation & feedback as I get with my fat skis. Ride/ski on!!

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    Back to the KM. Took it out for my first real hard 29er ride and came away really impressed. This bike is going to see alot of use. Sorry Pugs.

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    [QUOTE=edgeworker;8190106]20" KM black/no decals
    Alfine hub
    BB7 brakes
    Specialized Tubeless w/Stans Rims and special sauce
    Rockshox Recon TK Gold Fork
    WTB Saddle
    Mr Wirley
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    Looks good, you'll love the Alfine. Make sure your axle nuts are good and tight. I have had my rear wheel move foward on hard climbs and make my chain loose causing the chain to jump.
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    [QUOTE=Jvan_wert;8202793]
    Quote Originally Posted by edgeworker View Post
    20" KM black/no decals
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    Specialized Tubeless w/Stans Rims and special sauce
    Rockshox Recon TK Gold Fork
    WTB Saddle
    Mr Wirley
    Chris King headset
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    Looks good, you'll love the Alfine. Make sure your axle nuts are good and tight. I have had my rear wheel move foward on hard climbs and make my chain loose causing the chain to jump.
    I welded up one of the holes on a tuggnut and resized it to fit the alfine axle. Took me less than a half an hour and works great.

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    Since I love it so much, I'll post it in here too.

    -2006 (I think, bought it used, thats what the seller told me) Small Black frame.
    -In the pics its rigid, and I rand it that way for a while, but as my primary trail toy, it needed squish so...

    -2010 Rock Shox Reba Race 29er 80mm Fork w.remote lockout
    -Bontrager Isis cranks
    -Ritchy comp headset, stem and bars
    -Ergon bio corck grips
    -WTB power V saddle
    -Surly Post and clamp
    -Shimano M775 Hydraulic Disc's
    -Sram X9 shifters and rear derailleur.
    - Sun Ringle Equilizer rims, DT hardware, DMR Revolver hubs
    -Geax Saguaro 29x2.3 tires

    Sure I spent a lot I guess, but I don't care. This was my graduation present to myself, and I've been enjoying every minute on this bike, I love it!

    Right after I finished it: (SO SHINY!)


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    I love the Surly Pacer decal on the KM. After I get my Monkey powercoated, I was planning on doing the same thing. I am looking for a more vintage look with chrome parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumbee1 View Post
    I love the Surly Pacer decal on the KM. After I get my Monkey powercoated, I was planning on doing the same thing. I am looking for a more vintage look with chrome parts.
    Thanks! I was just browsing on Surly's webpage looking at other surly stuff because I like my monkey so much. I saw that sticker set, and said "you know what, that would be different and look pretty badass" so I bought a set, and a cog and singulator for my SS
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    I also have to say, I love this thread. There are some setups on monkeys here that I never would have thought of. I love how customizable this thing is. It's like the Honda Civic of bikes!
    -Eric
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    street version of my KM

    Back in late winter I got a pair of big apples for my monkey and put them on for about a month while it was wet in the woods. Well yesterday the big apples made their way into the big apple for a nice ride. My wife and I did the 33 mile greenway trail around manhatten towing two of our kids on tag alongs. I had my 8 year old son on the back of the monkey. We had a great day touring the city. west side of the greenway along the hudson is really nice and gets lots of use. the east side of the trail up through harlem is not as nice and was less crowded than the west side. On the east side the trail dumps you off onto a street at a bunch of points for a good stretch.

    this is my third full year of riding my KM and I still love it. most of the time it is in the woods on singletrack or rail trail, but it is fun riding with my kids around town too. recently I did some upgrades. I spent 70 bucks on a WI freewheel and really dig the quality and the sound it makes. reminds me of fishing when the drag goes out on a spinning reel. I had replaced the shimano freewheel last fall with another shimano and could not get it to stop creaking no matter how much I oiled it, so I got the WI freewheel. should have done that last fall....I also replaced the brake cables with jagwire cables and noticed a little smoother action on the bb7 speed dial levers. And just before the trip to the big city I put on a pair of ergon gp1 grips and really like them. very comfortable on the hands and they really do reduce hand cramping and discomfort. hope you enjoy the shot of my urban assault vehicle in the wilds of the big city.
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    2011 Monkey 22"

    ;-)
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    What can I say, this place has ruined me So many great Surly's, so little time

    Would four Surly's be too many...

    Regards.

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    Not too many. One for every mood!

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    1X9 setup for cabin loops in AZ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    Not too many. One for every mood!
    I'm highly considering buying another KM and putting racks on it and road bars for a ute bike of sorts. It's either that or a Salsa fargo, thats what I'd like for my next 2 wheeler
    -Eric
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    18" 2011 KM on Halo's with a Surly fixed/disc hub.
    17/21 Dingle cog on the tread on side
    and a 15t Velosolo bolt on cog on the disc side.
    32/28 rings up front.












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    I love it, Bee!

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    thanks Vault I hope to have some video after tomorrow

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    Km ss

    Just got my KM built up. It rides like a dream come true.
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    Very nice looking build Mr Bee enjoy the ride.

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    Here's a clip from my buddies cell cam, I'm creeping the rocks in 28/21

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    That's awesome, Mr Bee!

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    Nice video.

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    KM bikepacking
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    Just a couple of questions for all the KM owners.

    1. The new large Monkey dimensions match the Paragon that I'm currently riding, except for the standover. I'm 5'9" with about a 32.5-33" inseam. Am I going to have problems with the 32" standover on the large?

    2. Surly's website mentions that the new frames have the rear rack posts moved above the disc tabs so that a rider could mount a rear rack without interfering with a rear disc brake. Has anyone built up one of these new frames yet and happens to have pics they could post?

    3. Has anyone put a Salsa Fargo fork on a KM frame yet? I'm trying to put together a bikepacking bike with as many rack options as possible to replace the gen 1 Fargo that I have now.

    Thanks.
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    2011 rack mount location

    Joe-
    the answer to question 2-
    running 160mm rotors.
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    Nice KM!

    Quote Originally Posted by Westrider7 View Post


    This is the only material possession I own that someone will have to pry from my cold dead hands.
    I like your bike and its parking spot. Sidewinder is one of my favs!

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    Just finished this week. Shake down ride was fun. Nice having gears again. About to head out for a longer, tougher ride.
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    One more. Didn't like these bars on my MonoCog, still don't like them. Gotta get ready.
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    My Kommuter Monkey

    Just built this beauty up last night...





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    Quote Originally Posted by messofzero View Post


    18" km frame
    waltworks fork
    bb7 + cheapo v-brake
    deore hubs laced to delgados
    brooks pro
    titec j-bars w/ esi chunkies
    truvativ firex cranks
    time pedals
    gearing is 33x19 free or 17 tomicog fixed
    nevegals

    my favorite mtb ive owned, and currently the only one i own.
    Yay, wakefield.
    Get it unlocked.

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    Nice commuter. Commuting on my xl misfit right now and looking for a lg Km to swap parts over.
    Lg misfit for single track, xl a little to stretched. Long legs, short torso. I was wondering what size
    is your KM

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    Let's see your KM builds-karate-monkey-001.jpg







    simple but functional!

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    Now rolling with Kris Holm 47mm rims on Hope Pro 2 evo hubs,
    pressures down to 25 psi today and could go even lower without much worry of a pinch flat, soon be time to refit the rigid fork for winter


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    One from the trail

    Green Gulch from the Eastern side of the Rocky Mtn front west of Choteau Mt. Getting close to the summit. These are my bear detectors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post
    Now rolling with Kris Holm 47mm rims on Hope Pro 2 evo hubs,
    pressures down to 25 psi today and could go even lower without much worry of a pinch flat, soon be time to refit the rigid fork for winter
    That looks about as fat as you can get on a 29er!

    Tell us about that rear fender, is it mounted to the brake bosses? Custom?

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    There is room for 2.55 WTB weirwolfs with these rims,
    the rear fender is made by Decathlon, and it does mount on the canti mounts and is quick release, you can find it here, Rs499:
    The best multi-brand bicycle store in Bangalore
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post
    There is room for 2.55 WTB weirwolfs with these rims,
    the rear fender is made by Decathlon, and it does mount on the canti mounts and is quick release, you can find it here, Rs499:
    The best multi-brand bicycle store in Bangalore
    Well, if I ever get to Bangalore, I'll be be sure to pick one up!

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    Got my KM back in July. Initially built it up as a SS, then fixed, then SS and now geared. Really love the bike, just needs fatter tires. It's seen trails on the West Coast, Mid West and now the East Coast. Been changing out handlebars left and right to find the best match for this rig, and currently trying platorm pedals on it for fun and to possibly help with a foot problem I've been having. Love the fact that no matter what I do to the bike, it always seems to ride well. Just getting it dialed in for my riding style.
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    Sweet!

    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    Got my KM back in July. Initially built it up as a SS, then fixed, then SS and now geared. Really love the bike, just needs fatter tires. It's seen trails on the West Coast, Mid West and now the East Coast. Been changing out handlebars left and right to find the best match for this rig, and currently trying platorm pedals on it for fun and to possibly help with a foot problem I've been having. Love the fact that no matter what I do to the bike, it always seems to ride well. Just getting it dialed in for my riding style.
    I hope to have a similar bike built up within a year. I just sold my mountain bike to build up my ideal road bike since I have no time to ride trails right now. My Surly Pacer has me falling for the Karate Monkey. This is exactly how I'd do it. Well Done!

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    mokey's are dope. I think it's the most fun bike they make. Pug's are fun, but only for winter/mud season imo. Mokneys are fun year round!
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    Have a Grey KM (18") on the way as well. The blacks were sold out at the distributor, but the grey is so lively. Looking to run this bike primarily as a commuter (gears/discs), but wanted the added versatility. Will be trying to fit some fenders and hydro brake lines, so really like the 2011 changes (trip guides, new seat stay eyelets).

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    More monkey-shots

    Here are some Monkey-shots of my rig in various incarnations. Its hard to stop mucking with a bike like this. The main reason I got it was as a cheap way into 29ers, with so many options, canti's, SS, disc compatibility etc. Its a 16 inch, which can be very limiting for things like cable routing, fitting in bottles, frame bags etc but overall I love it. Can't keep off it. Current version has aero bars on it for some high speed gravel munching with the CX tires back on it.

    Oh dear, how sad : (
    I spent 20mins in my smoko time preparing a post, but I don't have enough cred on the forum. Oh well. Lets see if this is regarded as a link. Plenty of images on my blog here of the monkey if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrampBredo View Post
    I actually bought my KM with the intention of gearing it and turning it into a road bike. That was a mistake, It was way too much fun off road and I ended up buying a CC too.

    The CC has a better set of braze-ons than the KM, and the KM can't take a rack when you're running discs. I think the CC would be better suited to touring on the road/dirt roads because of this. Also keep in mind the KM is designed around fat knobbies. Shortly after I bought mine, I tried a taller gear and a set of 700x25 slicks. It felt awkwardly low to the ground and I kept striking the pedals in corners.

    There is some overlap, but the KM is a mountain bike. Have you looked at the Troll (more braze-ons for touring, but little wheels) or one of the Salsa bikes like the Fargo?
    My 16 inch karate monkey use discs and a freeload rack at the same time freeload.co.nz
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post
    Now rolling with Kris Holm 47mm rims on Hope Pro 2 evo hubs,
    pressures down to 25 psi today and could go even lower without much worry of a pinch flat, soon be time to refit the rigid fork for winter

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    Ok, here they are. Will try again. My next trick will be to do some TTing on it. I just need to see if road tires will fit on MTB rims. I have built some modified aero bars for hi-speed blasts on the gravel and I am amazed at how good they feel.





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    nice pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hooker_47 View Post
    Just a couple of questions for all the KM owners.

    2. Surly's website mentions that the new frames have the rear rack posts moved above the disc tabs so that a rider could mount a rear rack without interfering with a rear disc brake. Has anyone built up one of these new frames yet and happens to have pics they could post?

    Thanks.
    Anybody try a rack off the new mounts yet? I'm wondering what will be the best option to a) keep the rack close to top of the tire (ie not too high), and b) far enough back to keep heelstrikes to a minimum.

    Surly did good to move it away from disc caliper, but in the process, they moved it closer to rider and higher. Perhaps a rack designed around a 26" bike would be best??

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    Try one of these, a freeload rack. I took these photos 10 mins ago.
    This is last years model though (Karate Monkey). Will take way more hammering than a normal rack and you can put it on a fully or even on the front fork, of a fully.

    It comes with three sizes for the chrome struts, and the plastic clamps move up and down the alloy tube for fine tuning the position. I have seen them on all sorts of bikes from 29ers to 26ers. This is just with my CX tires on.







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    I know this is a build thread, but I figured I might as well post a recent ride shot of my KM. Only one photo, so probably wouldn't start an entire thread of my own with it.

    This was about 10 miles in on a 25 mile adventure through the Dismal Swamp Wildlife refuge. It's a huge place, and really gives you a taste of what true wilderness feels like. This isn't a place you go to ride gnarly singletrack. It's a place you go to spend a lot of time on the bike and to explore without seeing anyone for a few hours. Few people come here to my knowledge, and they seldomly venture very far down the roads from the parking areas. The forest roads steadily change from relatively maintained to not really looking much like a road at all. Some areas were flooded with hub deep water. Had to slowly creep through that stuff. We also had to manage our way through a section with fallen trees that had ivy all over. Pulled our bikes through a hole in the debris probably created by an animal of some sort. Not your average "mountain bike" ride, but a great adventure not far from my current location. The KM seriously is a great adventure bike.
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    post more pics of this ride.
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    More Please!

    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    I know this is a build thread, but I figured I might as well post a recent ride shot of my KM. Only one photo, so probably wouldn't start an entire thread of my own with it.

    This was about 10 miles in on a 25 mile adventure through the Dismal Swamp Wildlife refuge. It's a huge place, and really gives you a taste of what true wilderness feels like. This isn't a place you go to ride gnarly singletrack. It's a place you go to spend a lot of time on the bike and to explore without seeing anyone for a few hours. Few people come here to my knowledge, and they seldomly venture very far down the roads from the parking areas. The forest roads steadily change from relatively maintained to not really looking much like a road at all. Some areas were flooded with hub deep water. Had to slowly creep through that stuff. We also had to manage our way through a section with fallen trees that had ivy all over. Pulled our bikes through a hole in the debris probably created by an animal of some sort. Not your average "mountain bike" ride, but a great adventure not far from my current location. The KM seriously is a great adventure bike.
    Please put up more pictures if you have em.

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    Sounds like an awesome trip to Great Dismal. Its on my short list for a canoe trip, but I never thought about riding there. I bet the new Moonlander would rock in the swampy terrain.

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    Thanks for the comments on the swamp ride. I really wish I had documented the ride better, but I'll be back out there soon and will be sure to take more photos of the terrain. Most people (even on bikes) don't seem to venture out far enough to see the less "maintained" areas which are a lot more fun to explore. My riding partner was on a touring bike with a very low BB and 32mm slicks. His feet were getting wet, but he made it through.

    I won't be a complete tease though. Here's a shot of another adventure on the KM. This was about as far as I could get on an increasingly sandy road, not far from the atlantic. With some of the riding I do, I could seriously use a pugs or a moonlander. I'm trying to figure out a better tire set up for the KM to make it a bit more suitable for sand and swampy riding. Can't complain really though, it's a great bike. Did a mostly paved ride on it this morning to explore some very short trails near by, and it wasn't much slower than my road bike (which is being sold at this point, because I ride my KM so much).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    Thanks for the comments on the swamp ride. I really wish I had documented the ride better, but I'll be back out there soon and will be sure to take more photos of the terrain. Most people (even on bikes) don't seem to venture out far enough to see the less "maintained" areas which are a lot more fun to explore. My riding partner was on a touring bike with a very low BB and 32mm slicks. His feet were getting wet, but he made it through.

    I won't be a complete tease though. Here's a shot of another adventure on the KM. This was about as far as I could get on an increasingly sandy road, not far from the atlantic. With some of the riding I do, I could seriously use a pugs or a moonlander. I'm trying to figure out a better tire set up for the KM to make it a bit more suitable for sand and swampy riding. Can't complain really though, it's a great bike. Did a mostly paved ride on it this morning to explore some very short trails near by, and it wasn't much slower than my road bike (which is being sold at this point, because I ride my KM so much).
    Need a Pugs for this road!^^^^^ (-:

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    I'l post a current pic of my Monkey with some wild pottery that I found trailside.
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    hi speed monkey : )

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    Another commuter monkey

    Got this built up last week and been having a blast getting to and from work. Will try some knobbies on her down the road. Such a versatile bike!


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    Very nice. Looks good in grey too.

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    Absolutely awesome! What kind of speeds are you getting on the road?


    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Got this built up last week and been having a blast getting to and from work. Will try some knobbies on her down the road. Such a versatile bike!


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    More monkey thoughts

    No problem doing mid 30's kph on the flats with this setup. Still, not nearly as fast as the Troll I saw yesterday, however it did have an electric kit on the front wheel. Blur of Orange!

    As an aside - others running shimano hydro calipers should know that you can't slam the rear all the way fwd w/o caliper-rotor interference. I had to space mine out, and now use the monkey nuts (though likely didn't need to go that far back).

    Other thing to note on front derailleurs - there's no reason to run a bottom swing model now that the Trip Guides have resulted in a top-pull situation. You'll see the OE spec for the Ogre & Troll complete bikes is top swing and that's what I've gone with. With top swing, you move the derailleur away from the bottle cage. Yes, you loose tire clearance, but since they went top pull - this was inevitable (ie top pull (not dual pull), bottom swing derailleur rare/non existent).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    ...This isn't a place you go to ride gnarly singletrack. It's a place you go to spend a lot of time on the bike and to explore without seeing anyone for a few hours. Few people come here to my knowledge, and they seldomly venture very far down the roads from the parking areas.
    Awesome. I enjoy that sort of exploring way more than I think I would bombing down a ski slope repeatedly.

    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    The KM seriously is a great adventure bike.
    That's how I'll be using mine once it gets built up, although I think the new Ogre (when it comes out) will be even better...

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    For all you 16" sm KM owners out there; is anyone here running a 175mm crankset on their bikes? If so, what size tires are you using and how is the toe/wheel overlap?

    This is pretty much the deal breaker for me on what size I should get, either to 16 or 18. Surly recommends that the 16 run a 170mm and the 18 run a 175mm. I think I am in between sizes, but I most definitely need a 175mm crankset, I ran a 170 for a season and it felt too unnatural for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cousinmosquito View Post
    hi speed monkey : )
    This is insanely awesome!

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    That is one trick Surly.

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    ISLANDER: Where did you get those fenders? What are they called? Right now, I'm working with X-Blade and Shock-Blade fenders. Yours offer more coverage.

    EDIT: I ride a 22" frame, but I guess that wouldn't make any difference. I tried the 29er Cascadia fenders, but the front derailleur and disc brakes precluded installation on the rear wheel.

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    Monkey fenders

    They're the Sodapop fenders from Portland Design Works. Keep in mind that the coverage comes at a price - I have a decent amount of toe overlap on the front fender, and the rear flexes quite a bit when I drop off curbs etc., resulting in the seat-stay clip coming loose. Not a big deal for some, but I like the bike to be quiet over the rough stuff. Tip-ties would interfere with my FD cable, so I've gone to a seat-post mounted fender. The silence in golden and the coverage is enough.

    Waiting for Schwalbe to release the Mondial tyres (replacement for the Marathon XR) to give this bike a little higher bb than the 700x28s provide, and a set or Nobby Nics to finish off this do-all machine.

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    Thank you for your kind reply. :-)

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    My KM

    Scored a 2010 cheap on Salt Lake Craigslist and had it shipped to Tokyo. Had a blast during the build and at 20 psi who needs suspension with those Big Apples? Bike hauls ass and will be a fun commuter folks! Before and after pics attached
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    I am off the 26" wheels and onto this now:





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    Very clean looking build. Enjoy it!

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    Black and beautiful
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    Quote Originally Posted by walli77jp View Post
    Black and beautiful
    Extremely sexy build!

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    I am seriously considering selling my Spearfish frame to fund a fat front KM. It would have the 2x10 XT drivetrain and a Reba SL for the warmer months and fat front set-up for the beach/winter. Anyone running an Ardent 2.4 on the rear? I think this will be my tire of choice for the rear, if not that the 2.35 Nobby Nic. Either one will be mounted tubeless on a Flow.
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    A fat front with a Nate and I can promise you will sell the sus fork and use it all year. I use a Ardent up front and a WWLT out back but I see a lot of people use Ardent on the rear with fat front setups around here (MN).
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    Quote Originally Posted by walli77jp View Post
    Black and beautiful
    loving that black and brown scheme

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    Just put this together

    I spent ages trying to find a used brown one, finally bit the bullet and bought new, my first new frame.
    First ride today, brill...........really chuffed.

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