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    Your chain stays on without a chain keeper?
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    Bought an MRP 1x the other day. Haven't had the time to put it on. Maybe this weekend before i hit the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyakko View Post
    Bought an MRP 1x the other day. Haven't had the time to put it on. Maybe this weekend before i hit the trails.
    Yeah, I would. I ran without a keeper for a bit, and it was the most frustrating experience in the world.
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    Tonight's progress.

    Wheels need cleaning!
    Crank cost $89. Red chaining bolts, $30. Perplexing.
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    And done. Very smooth build.
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    looks good... but whats up with the texture on the top tube?
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    looks good... but whats up with the texture on the top tube?
    Transparent electrical tape... wrapped the top tube two places where the bike hangs on my car hitch rack. Also on the chainstay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    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??
    I'm running a 16" frame and tried to mount a surly rack this weekend. If I use the rack mounts above the disks, the rack hits the back of my thighs. I'm ordering the longer upper rods, about 2" longer, to see if that works. Even if I could mount the rack on the drop out tabs, it would still be hitting my legs. Hoping the longer rods will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerBergschreck View Post
    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
    hi DerBergschreck, I ordered a 20" KM (ETA half April ) and a double SLX crank M665. Do you think a SLX FD M667 Down Swing Dual Pull will fit?
    Did you add the monkey nuts to give clearance to your SLX derailleur?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikefj View Post
    opps wrong spot
    Hey Mate!
    What is your fork travel?
    I'm considering to put some suspension fork on my Monkey,
    Just to ease up a bit on my tiring body
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madbike View Post
    hi DerBergschreck, I ordered a 20" KM (ETA half April ) and a double SLX crank M665. Do you think a SLX FD M667 Down Swing Dual Pull will fit?
    Did you add the monkey nuts to give clearance to your SLX derailleur?

    Thank you
    hey, no replies.... ok! I will go single speed!

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    Picked up my Cross Check's new brother last night.



    I tore a ligament in my thumb, so I'm not sure how long it'll be before I can REALLY ride it, but I did 5 miles of paved trails on it last night and it rides great.

    My Cross Check is a 54, but I opted for the 16" Monkey just because I like having a smaller bike on the trails. I kinda like the feel of it.... like a big BMX bike.

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    I really like the cable mounting solutions on the newer monkey a lot, kinda wish I had a newer year frame. Looks much better the way you have it setup
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    updated some stuff on my KM.

    New Chromag Fubars and post clamp. Put Ignitors on it now, the way this bike feels is now perfect. My quest for the perfect XC bike has been achieved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathansmith68 View Post
    At first glance, I assumed that those were Big Apples. I don't believe that I am familiar with that model ("Super Moto").
    jonathan, there are like big apples without the protective belts and extra weight. Perform better than I thought they would on hard packed surfaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    My quest for the perfect XC bike has been achieved.
    I agree. The bike is too damn good. I have pretty much ridden this bike exclusively since I built it. I have been thinking of getting one of those G2 offset forks set to 80mm for swapping out when doing more back country type stuff. I am currently playing with the concept of the dingle because I have been riding my bike to work and the trails near my house to help me get in shape for endurance races I have been planning to do this season. I have been doing this really in the most bobo of fashions and carrying the longer chain and link in my saddle bag for the swap. I think that I'll be ordering a 36t ring to mate up with the 16t back there.


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    I'm thinking of swapping cogs when I start racing this summer. Might drop down to a 32/17 for racing. I'm at 32/19 right now.
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    Snapped some pics of the big wheel with it's new setup in it's natural habitat, da woodz.


    after the ride, it was kinda mucky in spots, but it looks good dirty...
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    Just finished putting it together today
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    I hope you're going to do something about that front brake cable!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    I hope you're going to do something about that front brake cable!!
    Yeah, I need to get some more zip ties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prattcm View Post
    Yeah, I need to get some more zip ties.
    I'd just hate to see someone lose a brake cable!
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    Just sharing additional pics..



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    Here's mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGrr View Post
    Here's mine.
    Hi CGrr, please, is your bar a ONONE Fleegle? if yes, how do you feel?
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    It is an On One Fleegle and so far I like it.
    With my old bars after longer rides I would end up with the outside part of my palm near the wrist resting on the bar which would put my hand to sleep.
    The longest ride I've done with the Fleegle so far is about 20 miles so I can't comment on that problem but it feels like my hands just fall right into place.
    These are my first bars with more back sweep than usual so I can't compare with the Mary bars or other bars of this type

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGrr View Post
    It is an On One Fleegle and so far I like it.
    With my old bars after longer rides I would end up with the outside part of my palm near the wrist resting on the bar which would put my hand to sleep.
    The longest ride I've done with the Fleegle so far is about 20 miles so I can't comment on that problem but it feels like my hands just fall right into place.
    These are my first bars with more back sweep than usual so I can't compare with the Mary bars or other bars of this type
    thanks alot, I just ordered a Fleegle because it is so wide and it seems it puts the hands in a more natural position than a standard sweep bar. After some hours of riding on a straight bar I end up with using almost only the bar ends..

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    First ride shots... just need to shorten the brake lines and it's finished!


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    Wow, that thing is sexy
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    Drop barred small monkey with 2x9

    Drop barred small monkey with 2x9
    Just got a top-pull 2x CX70 derailleur for it which is mint.
    Running 34 and 22 rings steel rings. Old style 5 bolt with LX square tapered cranks.




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    1x10 monkey

    its a fun ride.
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    my single speed monkey

    nice and simple
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    16" 2010 frame.
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    2010, bought my 1st Monkey...





    ...loved it but i had a rough time financially sometime last year, needed money...had quite a few bikes at that time so i had to sell the least used/versatile. With a heavy heart, i sold the monkey.

    2012, after going full circle (?)...XC HT>XC FS>AM FS>AM HT>Ti>CF>WW>& so on...i'm back to my love of steel bikes. My 2nd Surly Karate Monkey, just in time for my birthday.






    The only thing missing is some dirt on it. Can't wait to hit the trails this weekend!
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    oh my god, nice bike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. cheer

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    Lovely KM.
    The black one is a 16 and the new one 18"?

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    hello all... really nice bikes...
    i''m new with surly, my frame just arrived it's KM 2012 16", can't wait to build...

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    just had a blast this afternoon/late AM on my monkey. Still one of the most entertaining bikes to ride I've ever been on.
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    Km

    Just put gears on it and like it better this way.
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    Custom built back in April
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    How much do you guys like your rigid KM's with gears vs. rigid singlespeed?

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    i run 1x9. because I'm pansy and live in BC where there is a lot of uphil pedaling. I love my km with gears. I've ran ss and it's good, but for me gears are needed.

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    @shackleton47

    your bike setup looks good!

    what's the size of your frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shackleton47 View Post
    Custom built back in April
    shackleton, very nice monkey!
    I also have a slx double crank I'm using as single at the moment, mainly flat around here
    please, which model of front der do you use? any rubbing issue?
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by madbike View Post
    shackleton, very nice monkey!
    I also have a slx double crank I'm using as single at the moment, mainly flat around here
    please, which model of front der do you use? any rubbing issue?
    thanks
    Thanks..I used a SLX FD.Some rub...none more then any other bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bb1mina View Post
    @shackleton47

    your bike setup looks good!

    what's the size of your frame?
    Size 16..I'm 5'-9" and I had the bike fit for me.Made a huge difference having that done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    How much do you guys like your rigid KM's with gears vs. rigid singlespeed?
    I've ridden every other configuration of my KM. Rigid with gears, squish with gears, squish with SS.

    However, Rigid SS changed my life on this bike. most fun way to ride it hands down.
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    thanks man

    got a size small ogre for my 14-year old son who's 5'5" and still growing

    i might get a new karate monkey for myself by the end of the year, love the battleship gray color

    i'm presently using a black 2009 monkey

    thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    How much do you guys like your rigid KM's with gears vs. rigid singlespeed?
    SS

    Moving to Colorado this summer. Since there are no sustained climbs here in Florida, I know it will be a rude awakening based on my two previous SS excursions across colorful CO. I could easily throw 5-6 cogs on my SS hub if I need to add some gears and my spare MRP 1.X guide for an endurance event or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shackleton47 View Post
    Custom built back in April
    shackleton47, nice KM ...

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    Here's my brand new Monkey just picked up Friday: Bontrager RXL Saddle, Shark Fin Bashguard, Specialized Lockons...Reba RLT (White) Fork on order and a new 32 x 20 and I should be all set for a while
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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Ray View Post
    Here's my brand new Monkey just picked up Friday: Bontrager RXL Saddle, Shark Fin Bashguard, Specialized Lockons...Reba RLT (White) Fork on order and a new 32 x 20 and I should be all set for a while
    I'm liking the look of this build a lot. Almost all black components looks mean. You'll have to let us know what you think about your KM with the Reba fork on it, I'm considering doing the same thing but haven't pulled the trigger on it yet. I'm assuming you'll use the all-travel spacer kit to set it up so it's 80mm travel, correct?

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    Haven't posted an update since I built up the bicycle back in November/December. My coworker, Guitar Ted, sold me a Velocity Blunt/XT hubs/DT Swiss spokes wheelset at a screaming deal which I have set-up tubeless with some Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4"s. I shaved off close to a pound going from the stock Salsa Delgado rims/Surly hubs and WTB Exiwolf tires. I love this bike.

    Also attached is a crappy, over-exposed, cell-phone pic from riding on the single-track by the Cedar River here in Cedar Falls, IA.
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    I've been riding the KM almost as much as my Cross Check these days. Moving from Indianapolis to Boulder next week, so I'm considering a new drivetrain.

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    If you're thinking about a new drive train - an IGH on a Karate Monkey is a pretty sweet ride IMHO




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wryknow View Post
    If you're thinking about a new drive train - an IGH on a Karate Monkey is a pretty sweet ride IMHO


    AWESOME!!!!!! best setup, if not SS, IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathansmith68 View Post
    I'm liking the look of this build a lot. Almost all black components looks mean. You'll have to let us know what you think about your KM with the Reba fork on it, I'm considering doing the same thing but haven't pulled the trigger on it yet. I'm assuming you'll use the all-travel spacer kit to set it up so it's 80mm travel, correct?
    Fork should be in tomorrow and my new White 20T Freewheel. Can't wait! I am going with the Factory 100mm travel setting first and will see how it goes. Thomson Stem and Post to come as well as tubeless. I put 30 miles on this thing over the weekend and love it... What brand new Carbon Stumpy Comp 29er F/S that is still in the shop for warranty service???

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    Ok. I've spent some time with my new KM and have ridden it at my favorite local trails ranging from fast, smooth hardpack to rocky, hilly east coast goodness.
    This bike is quite capable and a lot of fun.
    Flow rims
    Hope hubs
    Ardent 2.4 on the front
    Bontrager 29.3 on the rear
    Avid mechanicals and levers
    Easton Monkey Bars
    Truvativ Stylo cranks
    Surly chainring and cog

    I tried the On One Fleegle bars for a little while and I initially liked them but eventually went back to my riser bars.
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    new experiment: Origin 8 Gary II bars with a tall Salsa stem.

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    You're crazy, throw those damn cogs on there and at least enjoy all those big climbs a little better and easier, heck even throw on another ring upfront for even more fun

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo View Post
    SS

    Moving to Colorado this summer. Since there are no sustained climbs here in Florida, I know it will be a rude awakening based on my two previous SS excursions across colorful CO. I could easily throw 5-6 cogs on my SS hub if I need to add some gears and my spare MRP 1.X guide for an endurance event or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    You're crazy, throw those damn cogs on there and at least enjoy all those big climbs a little better and easier, heck even throw on another ring upfront for even more fun
    Nope. That would be quitting before quitting is warranted! I think gears would be in order for something like the Monarch Crest, 401 or the like, something where I will want to ride long hours.

    From my front door, I will be able to pedal about a mile to the Santa Fe trail, then about 4 miles up to the Falcon Trail. I can get about 23 miles total if I do an out and back assuming one loop of Falcon ( ~13 miles). Still well within SS range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo View Post
    Nope. That would be quitting before quitting is warranted! I think gears would be in order for something like the Monarch Crest, 401 or the like, something where I will want to ride long hours.

    From my front door, I will be able to pedal about a mile to the Santa Fe trail, then about 4 miles up to the Falcon Trail. I can get about 23 miles total if I do an out and back assuming one loop of Falcon ( ~13 miles). Still well within SS range.
    Lucky bastard! You show that trail who's boss. (P.S. I want pics of trail damn it! )

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    Where about in CO is that, not familiar with those trail names. I rode mainly around Ft. Collins and Loveland when I visited and a bit out in Gunnison, so rode the 401, Monarch Crest, Hartmans Rocks and a lot of the trails around FC and LL. Can't imagine not having gears for any of those places I rode Maybe it's that I dislaike having to chose just one gear that is maybe only appropriate for 25-50% of a ride and have to either spin like a hamster on crack or mash/walk.

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo View Post
    Nope. That would be quitting before quitting is warranted! I think gears would be in order for something like the Monarch Crest, 401 or the like, something where I will want to ride long hours.

    From my front door, I will be able to pedal about a mile to the Santa Fe trail, then about 4 miles up to the Falcon Trail. I can get about 23 miles total if I do an out and back assuming one loop of Falcon ( ~13 miles). Still well within SS range.
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    Just built this black one up. Intended use is commuting and bombing around the neighborhood. Most parts came off my jabber. The b-ship grey one in the background is my girl's bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by evhwanabe View Post
    Just built this black one up. Intended use is commuting and bombing around the neighborhood. Most parts came off my jabber. The b-ship grey one in the background is my girl's bike.

    Nice! Mine is currently built very similar for the same purposes. However, next faze will be SS CX mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo View Post
    SS

    Moving to Colorado this summer. Since there are no sustained climbs here in Florida, I know it will be a rude awakening based on my two previous SS excursions across colorful CO. I could easily throw 5-6 cogs on my SS hub if I need to add some gears and my spare MRP 1.X guide for an endurance event or two.
    Congrats on your move to the mountains!!!

    I see an AM 29"er in your very near future.

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    Colorado is bumpier than Indiana, so I found a good deal on a Reba and have been loving it.


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    Had my Monkey for a week now and can't stay off it! Stock freewheel got swapped for a 20t which seems to be perfect for my local trails. Also put some Race Face Atlas bars on. Love the ability to really torque the bike put of the saddle on short steep climbs. Riding rigid has gone better than I thought it would. No plans to put a new fork on for the seeable future.

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    I too have the schwalbe big apples...love'em...even on hard pack they're great.

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    My Monkey gets tinkered with far too often, and threads like this just encourage it more.

    Mine briefly had cross tires on it, but they didn't feel "right."

    This bike basically pulls commuting, road riding and hopefully touring duty at some point. I decided to try mustache bars with full gears to see how it road. Was a lot of work getting it set up, but it feels good. Did a 30+ mile ride on it yesterday, and enjoyed having those extra hand positions. The big apples are so overkill, but also ride so nice.
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    Dropped a few photos in the rigid 29er on technical terrain thread in 29er sub forum.

    A downhill racing Monkey at this years MacAvalanche mountain race in Scotland.

    When you turn up to slay a mountain on one of these you don't have to wait long to wash it off as everyone else will be scared of you and be feeling not so manly when they need 8" discs and 8" travel to ride downhill

    2011 Monkey, with Dia compe MX2 v-brakes and levers, Gore sealed brake cable set, Dia compe headset (burst it) bars stem, cranks taken from a SX trail. The wheels are on-one track clinchers, tougher than you would think (killed the front bearings) but after doing a SSEC, a SSUK and now the MacAvalanche only need some new bearings.

    Tyres are Hans Dampf 2.35 evo's ran at 35psi rear and 30psi front, no flats which was nice.
    Seat post is 25.4 Thomson shimmed to fit and a Gusset saddle, pedals are DMR V 12, bit broken from racing up the road at Fort William but still going. And a crud catcher on the down tube.
    Monkeys work allright on mountains.
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    still learning my way round here.
    Photos above.
    Bike washing after group C's race run.
    Going up on the chairlift (only Glencoe and Fort William have bike carrying chair lifts over here)
    Pushing up the mountain to the start line. Not nice with a 25lb bike even worse with a 40+ DH bike.
    The start line, 5 minute rest then cartwheel back down through the snow, rocks, mud, bogs, wheel swallowing holes didn't come last !

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    Love that DH monkey, you probably got some looks.

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    quite a few double takes as i rode round the carpark.

    Did get clearance to race first, the event team quite liked the idea as it would put some of the fancy bike brigade in check.
    They are used to me in Scotland now so most riders aren't too fazed by it, it was epic fun, Marquee Hire Scotland,Mountain Bike Race,Triathlon,Sportive,Duathlon*Home like to keep things a bit laid back, would have been better if i had a Pug or Lander to keep me company.....maybe next year.

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    Some cleaner shots from last year when it was new and shiny.

    Running a 120 spaced rear hub so used the Gusset chain tugs in board as spacers, 16t shimano freewheel and a 16t fixed for when the freewheel lets go.

    Of course it's not so new and shiny now, when i find them again i have some photos of last years mudfest aka SSUK2011.
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    Have you ever tried a Fat Front on your Monkey? I think that would work well for what you seem to like to put your Monkey through and the weight wouldn't be much of an issue on the gravity stuff, but loads of float and suspension to help smoooth things out a bit.


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    quite a few double takes as i rode round the carpark.

    Did get clearance to race first, the event team quite liked the idea as it would put some of the fancy bike brigade in check.
    They are used to me in Scotland now so most riders aren't too fazed by it, it was epic fun, Marquee Hire Scotland,Mountain Bike Race,Triathlon,Sportive,Duathlon*Home like to keep things a bit laid back, would have been better if i had a Pug or Lander to keep me company.....maybe next year.
    One day your life will flash before your eyes, will it be worth watching??

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    costed it out, and a serious amount of money to go half fat, and all the fat bikers reckon you should go full fat or not bother.
    Tyres about £100, front wheel maybe £150, then about £80 for the fork, then a disc brake.....a Nate would have been nice with the Hans Dampf....
    Looked into it but can't really justify the cost and would really want to try one out first, partly why i have v-brakes, i already had the wheelset from a hack bike so the 2011 Monkey frame set and V's was the cheapest way to get going, only £30 for front&rear brakes, now with cartridge pads, going to roll them until i wear out the rims or fold the wheels whichever comes first.

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    Love the DH Monkey! Very capable bike love seeing people push limits.

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    lots of fun for sure specially with that V-brakes
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Found some more Monkey shots

    The v-brake thing, i managed to go from canti's straight to disc's, i missed the whole v-brake thing out. They are really cheap, i was on a tight budget, they work really well, apart from obvious flaws of rim wear, real fast pad wear in gritty granite highland bog mud, and the buckled wheel rubbing (so far not that yet), after killing the original pads off and switching to cartridge pads, there is better performance to the soft squishy stock pads.

    Have seen it mentioned in old chatter, how many pro-xc racers would still use V's if there sponsors let them ? granted disc brakes have moved on a lot and weights have come down now days. Granted disc's are better, but if your on a budget then they worked very well for me and i am not in a mad rush to buy a proper disc ready 29er freehub wheelset.
    Carefull set up, bit more looking after, but impressed with V's, way better than canti's

    The pictures from SSUK2011, was 4x4mile laps, dropped to 3 laps because of real bad weather. 12 miles....easy.....one of the first riders to the bikes, Le-mans start, then couldn't find my bike, around 80m and behind a hedge from where i left it, SS events seem to be a real lottery if you attempt to try and race ! by the time i found it, over 100 riders have gone, i am trying to get past others bike searching and cluttering the track, it's muddy, real muddy being stuck in traffic you can't wind up to speed to get the tyres shedding mud, you get going then stall as someone goes down, stop go stop go stop go, the race for me is over, the get to the bike first get a clear first lap save energy is blown. Strangely i did do 3 laps and got DFL out of the few that managed all 3, most bailed after 1. (lap 3 was a mistake, about a mile in i blew up badly from the extra work of sticky mud)
    Piccy 1 pre race clean monkey, 34x18 gear, WTB Bronson 2.2 tyres which did cope well with the mud if you could get some speed up they cleared well.
    Piccy 2 post race muddy monkey
    Piccy 3 more close up.
    Piccy 4 sleeping arrangements.
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    Kind of cool sleeping accommodations you got there
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Yep hip flask in easy reach

    I miss my old 4x4 toyota estate car, tiny little suzuki swift now, fuel prices are high in the UK so little cars that do 50+mpg at normal motorway speeds (cough cough ahem) are for me from now on.

    Also bike security as bike theft is getting silly over here, park up go to the toilet and your bike may well not be on the rack where you left it 5mins ago in the service station car park.

    The added bonus of car sleeping is when it gets cold, fire up the engine turn the heating on and the sound system, don't get that with a tent.

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    Let's see your KM builds-imageuploadedbytapatalk1341373012.841814.jpg here's latest iteration of my KM build outside local donut shop.... Mmmm Voodoo DonutLet's see your KM builds-imageuploadedbytapatalk1341373086.870493.jpg

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    You know when the ride is good,
    Pictures are only taken at the parking lot after a sweet ride
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    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Shot a little video of my ride the other day.

    Surly Karate Monkey- Betasso Preserve - YouTube



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    Kind of a long shot, but any chance anyone with an 18" Monkey frame would want to trade for a 16"? FRame is in great shape. I'm in Boulder, CO


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    Went on a super fun ride today. Lots of rock rolls, drop offs, and roots. Kinda like riding out west, but with the wonderful backdrop of Lake superior. The KM looks so at home....

    -Eric
    Keeping the hardtail dream alive, one ride at a time.

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    Built for battle.

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    My Monkey 2011...
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    I've been wondering what the Battleship Grey looks like all chromed out as I have the KM in the same color and blacked mine out. Looks awesome!

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    brdpkns & dominikusbw

    are those size 16 karate monkey frames?

    nice setup...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bb1mina View Post
    brdpkns & dominikusbw

    are those size 16 karate monkey frames?

    nice setup...
    Yes, mine is a 16. Although, I really wish I would have gotten an 18.

    😔

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    Quote Originally Posted by my2hands View Post
    I've been wondering what the Battleship Grey looks like all chromed out as I have the KM in the same color and blacked mine out. Looks awesome!
    hi my2hands... thanks...
    I think the combination of blacked the Battleship Grey looks dashing but I want a little soft and shiny

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    Quote Originally Posted by bb1mina View Post
    brdpkns & dominikusbw

    are those size 16 karate monkey frames?

    nice setup...
    yes, my bike is also a size 16, my height 5 7 "and was fitted with a size 16 combined with a 90mm stem and straight seatpost

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    more details on my karate monkey...

    Last edited by dominikusbw; 07-23-2012 at 07:47 PM.

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    thanks for your replies

    i'm 5'5" and currently use a size 16 older version KM (where the top tube is not as sloping as the new version), combined with a 100mm stem and torsion 1x1 bar, fits me perfectly

    i was thinking of getting the size 18 new version KM so the top tube will still look the same as my older but smaller size 16 KM, and just compensate with a shorter stem, maybe a 50-70mm stem

    care to share your thoughts?
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    I like old school bling

    Quote Originally Posted by dominikusbw View Post
    hi my2hands... thanks...
    I think the combination of blacked the Battleship Grey looks dashing but I want a little soft and shiny
    Yep, both of my other bikes are shiny...the black Cross Check...and the Green Kelly Ro Sham Bo, so I decided that I would go all black with the Karate Monkey with red Chris King headset and red leather bar wrap. I'll post pics tonight after work of the "fleet."

    For what it's worth, I am 6'1" and have the 16 inch frame. I love it...but I have drop bars and super long seatpost. It's as comfortable as my Cross Check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bb1mina View Post
    thanks for your replies

    i'm 5'5" and currently use a size 16 older version KM (where the top tube is not as sloping as the new version), combined with a 100mm stem and torsion 1x1 bar, fits me perfectly

    i was thinking of getting the size 18 new version KM so the top tube will still look the same as my older but smaller size 16 KM, and just compensate with a shorter stem, maybe a 50-70mm stem

    care to share your thoughts?
    hi bb1mina...

    I think your height is matched with the frame size you are now 16 , of course you can use a size 18 in combination with a shorter stem as you say with 1x1 torsion bar but I think you'll feel differently when controlling the bike and feel flexibility of your bicycle front fork, shorter stem will feel more stiff than the longer stem and sensitivity in diverting your KM will also be different.

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