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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
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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
    Alfine hub
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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
    -Eric
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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.

    Stephen.

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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!

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    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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