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    Let's see your KM builds

    I'm about ready to order my Dark Black Karate Monkey frame and have been building it up on paper. I couldn't find any one thread with a lot of KM pictures on it, so if you don't mind post up some pics so I can get some ideas. Descriptions too if you want.

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    Dirty Skid Mark Brown
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    ^ wow, that's a beauty! I dislike my boring black frame and I miss my fat 2.35 rampages but this is my current winter commuter, it rocks hard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by surlywhore
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    Very Nice Is that a 16" frame? Love the color; mine is pearl-coffee.

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    Pitch Black 18" frame
    Surly Hubs (fixed gear)
    BB7 disc brakes
    RotoR cranks
    Echo Trials flat bar (29" wide)
    Dangerboy levers
    PurelyCustom HS spacer, top cap and valve caps.

    I liked the "coffee metallic", but couldn't get past the name of skid mark brown
    Husker Blu is a good color, but if I was buying now, I'd probably go with Chum Red - but then I'd have to figure out a non-red accent color for it.

    PS: I started with a standard SRAM 3x9 drivetrain - then added a Lefty, all of which is now on my FS29er.
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    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    22" black beauty

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    Very nice!

    Greenlightgo - is that a Mary bar, or a Fleegle?

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    Raceface crank
    lx, xt, xtr mix of parts
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    new wheels on order from mikesee (tax refund by by)
    extra set of wheels with Big Apples for running paved paths

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    Quote Originally Posted by wh1tesurly ss
    Greenlightgo - is that a Mary bar, or a Fleegle?
    Neither - Titec J-bar. I previously spent about 10 months on my rigid Monocog Flight with a Titec H-bar. My wife has that bar now so I went for the new J-bar since I had the right length Thomson X4 stem in my spare parts bin. I didn't need the rise either.

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    kmx


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    Karate-Kommuter

    Mine's the POS behind it, but I really like this singlespeed commuter I saw last week.
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    Here's a pic of my medium KM. I stripped it down and repainted it before ever building it up. A few things have changed since this picture was taken when I got it in 2005, but I think it's still a god picture.
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    the g2 fork @ 100mm is SWEET but i still need to play with the bar/stem combo... it's not pretty but considering i've got less then $700 into the entire rig it's amazing...




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    Sweet,Donalson!!!
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    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/FN5-ch3-LNYx5ZPi1Sd3nQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCPHLvrud9oOOXg&feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_A06QdYL6xw8/SePpGEp_EZI/AAAAAAAAFBU/U44IusCfb4g/s800/DSCI0010.JPG" /></a>

    The details have changed, but the frame remains the same. I'm particularly (re)psyched on the fun of such a great frame. So I'll indulge myself in the details:

    18" brown frame
    UN-54 BB, 165mm 94 bcd Race Face DH cranks, 30t ring
    Surly hubs, 32h, DT Swiss comps, Mustang front rim, Open Pro rear, 18t Eno freewheel.
    XDX front, Nano rear. Tubeless.
    90mm Thomson X4, 800mm Kore bar, old Avid levers, small Ergon GP1s.
    BB7 front, Tektro Oryx rear.
    Thomson post, saddle soon to be a Gobi XM.

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    It's a great, great bike.

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    Its seen many, many builds. Touring, ss, mountain bike, commuter, road bike.
    It is currently in spring snow-slush meltout town mode.
    Nokian studs switched out yesterday for the exi's.
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    what rims are those?... and I WANT GROOVY LUV
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    The rims are old 44mm 29er snowcats - unavailable now.
    The bars are Ti from www.speedwaycyclesak.com
    Speedway also has similar (& much better) 50mm 29er rims in stock

    Greenlightgo - the frame bag is Epic Designs - It what puts my bread on the table
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    Post Shake-down ride changes.
    Went back to the KM fork - handling is much more intuitive than with the Jamis Exile fork. Looks better too -






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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
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    Went back to the KM fork - handling is much more intuitive than with the Jamis Exile fork. Looks better too -


    I agree- I keep waffling between 1x9 and SS on mine, but I wish Salsa offered the cro-moto grande with rim-brake studs. The KM fork is pretty, well, rigid Nice ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearbait
    Its seen many, many builds. Touring, ss, mountain bike, commuter, road bike.
    It is currently in spring snow-slush meltout town mode.
    Nokian studs switched out yesterday for the exi's.
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    Nice bag - would like to know more about it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    The KM fork is pretty, well, rigid
    True - but it fits right in with the KM personality and purpose. IMO - it enhances a fat rim/tire setup and I don't experience any brake chatter, I was a bit spooked the first time I saw my taper bladed rigid fork on the Monocog Flight flex back during hard braking .
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    I went for another ride last night. The bike rode great. I need a longer stem with a bit of rise to it now though. The steerer tube on the KM for was cut pretty short by the previous owner who used this bike in the regional Root 66 XC race series.

    Also some higher volume tires would be a nice add on as well. A fun ride again though - real fun. So nice to have trails so close to home for those "crap I got home later than I expected" post work rides.

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    got my 18"chum red monkey finish today,rims and tyres are halo freedom & twinrail,parts are 97 XT/LX and hope from an old school cannondale/new build i had built but hardly used.will be 2x9 and lose the big ring when i get a bashring,semi slicks for 50-60 mile days in summer with some easy trails and knobblys on for winter mudplugging,
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    LX mechs,shifters,07 two way
    hope pro2 hubs,halo freedom rims,halo twinrail tyres
    cheap but waggle free suspension post
    sdg seat,to be replaced with a brooks pro ti when i can afford it!
    hope 90mm stem,fsa 50mm bars,ergon grips
    basicly the same build as my pugsley started out though i hope to eventully fit a alfine rear hub and dynamo front hub
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    Mine

    Sort of just realized I've owned this bike longer than any (of many) others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    I went for another ride last night. The bike rode great. I need a longer stem with a bit of rise to it now though. The steerer tube on the KM for was cut pretty short by the previous owner who used this bike in the regional Root 66 XC race series.

    Also some higher volume tires would be a nice add on as well. A fun ride again though - real fun. So nice to have trails so close to home for those "crap I got home later than I expected" post work rides.
    I got some intel that the 2.4 Ardent will be ready by Interbike.
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    I picked up some Weirwolf 2.55s from CB2 and installed them.

    I was a little bit dissapointed in their size once mounted up to my Syncros rims. I thought they'd be wider. They are however pretty "tall" and should be nice. I haven't found out yet because we've been besieged by rain here in CT all week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    I picked up some Weirwolf 2.55s from CB2 and installed them.

    I was a little bit dissapointed in their size once mounted up to my Syncros rims. I thought they'd be wider. They are however pretty "tall" and should be nice. I haven't found out yet because we've been besieged by rain here in CT all week.
    I get 60mm casing width on my Gordos, my bet is your around 57-58. FWIW, Nano is a hair over 55, close enough to call it 56 on the Gordo in the rear. WW front and Nano rear is a classic combo - wish I would have picked up a Nano much sooner in my 29er riding. I managed to score a new pair (still on the cards) for $15.50 on Ebay (yes, including shipping). More than enough tire front and rear for South Florida.
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    We need Coastkid to edit his post so this thread isn't streched out a mile wide any longer.

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    ...are all his pics showing up next to each other or what?... my screen has no problems with it...
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    yeah on my screen they stretch across rather than down.

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    IE or firefox?
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    The latest incarnation of my singlespeed commuter..


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    Got me to 7th place in the race today Always fun to see everyone out there on their mega-$$$ rigs with their bright day-glo jerseys.

    Only changes right now from the picture are M540 pedals and a geax suargo front tire. The close-ratio ultegra cassette is fun. My thinking is, if SSers can push 32-20 combos, then surely I can push a 27t.
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    Love the bike top tube a little shore so I will be changing to a thomson setback post

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    Here is mine. I just picked it up from a fellow forumite.



    For some reason I like this one

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    All right, here's a silly question, but I have to ask and see what everyone's doing..............How do you run the derailleur cables along the DT - do you run them around the opposite side to the shifter and cross them or Do you run them on the same side as shifters and run them straight?? What position do you have the plastic cable guide under the BB in - close to the center or off to the drive side??

    I have to ask, 'cause no matter what I do I cannot get my KM to shift cleanly through the cassette Doesn't matter what cassette - 25-12/105, 34-11XT, 34-11 PG990 or when I changed shifters out to new LX shifters or new XT RD. It drives me bonkers that no matter what I do I either get some delay around middle of the cassette either shifting up or down depending on if I add or release cable tension

    FYI I run my cables on the same side as the shifters and straight along the DT, no crossing.
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    Just finished my Monkey Build. Replacing my GT Peace 9r.
    Med Black Karate Monkey
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    Avid bb7 185 ft, 160 r.
    Weirwolf lt front tire, nano rear.
    My fav- my hand polished Endless 20t cog

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    Nice looks similar to mine

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    Some great builds here - thanks for sharing...

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    current fixed incarnation. getting hit by a car has sidelined my dirt miles lately but i'm slowly coming around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strangerthanmilhouse
    Just finished my Monkey Build. Replacing my GT Peace 9r.
    Med Black Karate Monkey
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    I9 classic rear hub on Bonty Duster rim
    32t Hone cranks and BB
    Avid bb7 185 ft, 160 r.
    Weirwolf lt front tire, nano rear.
    My fav- my hand polished Endless 20t cog


    Nice bike, now we've got to go get it dirty on Heartbreak!!!!!

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    Love this thread and gives me inspiration for my build. I was contemplating between the KM and Jabberwocky, but this has convinced me to go KM. Chum Bucket Red, please! I'm going to transfer all the parts from the Monocog and sell that frame.

    fxdwhl - I always admire people that go fixed off-road. I have a fixed road bike, but I don't think I'll ever brave going fixed in the woods. Nice bike, BTW.

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    I got my Monkey to build into a snow bike:



    That's the original build -- fixed gear with Surly hubs, and Kris Holm rims. I ran it SS for a while as well.

    Then late last year I built a new wheelset with Gordo Rims, Hope hubs, and Racing Ralph 2.4s. I used the nearly-dishless SS version of the rear hub, and stuck the carrier portion of an XT cassette on there, along with one more cog to make a 1x6 drivetrain. I could easily go back to fixed-gear with a drilled cog, or SS with a splined one.

    Something about this bike just invites me to play with its configuration. I think it might get turned into a monstercrosser/drop bar MTB soon. I've got most of the required parts sitting around already...

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    From about a week ago. Also where the did some "trail work" and created a four foot Single track.

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    I took some inspiration from fxdwhl and YoungerNow. Another fixie-monkey is born! I love how versatile this bike is....its been singlespeed, drop bars, geared, rigid, suspended forked, disk, calipered, road, trail, race, commuter.....and on and on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    I took some inspiration from fxdwhl and YoungerNow. Another fixie-monkey is born! I love how versatile this bike is....its been singlespeed, drop bars, geared, rigid, suspended forked, disk, calipered, road, trail, race, commuter.....and on and on...

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    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_SoQ7WQjmEh...7-1-09+002.jpg


    Set up for RAGBRAI. I'll add 2 small panniers and be riding self contained for the week.

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    LOL, self contained is the only way to ride RAGBRAI. Can't help but chuckle at all the guys on stick bikes who seem to think it's a race! One big rolling party gotta love it!

    happy trails...

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    bringing it back

    I freakin love my bike.

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    I camped not too much further than my first post above (with the snow). Nice day.

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    im looking forward to spring and summers lighter evenings riding the local trails...get the big wheels rolling

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    Updated with purple blingy stuff and a Ti seatpost - this is now my only MTB

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    Heres mine...
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    is that the origin8 Off road (OR) bar? or jsut standard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    is that the origin8 Off road (OR) bar? or jsut standard...
    Asked me?
    On my KM its an On One Mary Bar.

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    haha ya... sorry I see those and I go right into thinking origin 8... not that I can't see the "on-one" logo... sorry about that ... looks good all the same
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    Here's my Monkey.


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    Mine at lunch in Wisconsin last Monday (I think)

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    18" km frame
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    my favorite mtb ive owned, and currently the only one i own.

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    I love this thread! My Karate Monkey is my favorite bike. Every time I open this thread I want to leave my office and ride. Here is an updated photo of mine.


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    Here's mine - an '09 complete that I've tweaked into a 1x9 for the summer. Built up a new rear wheel on an XT disc hub that I got for free (used another Delgado rim). Pulled set of old Suntour thumbies off a junked mtn bike. I've run it with Midge bars which I like quite a bit, will probably go back to those eventually. Not sure if I will ever drop the $$ for a decent suspension fork, I am a cheap bastage.
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    Holmes - looks like a great place to ride the KM!
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    Thanks - that was taken up at the Soapstone Prairie natural area, about an hour north of Ft. Collins CO. Really mellow single track / double track / ranch roads - very rigid bike friendly.

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    Just sharing...


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    Finally got motivated and built one up. Lovin it so far, real dirt time will follow in the next couple weeks, as soon as the RAGBRAI rush ends in Sioux City and I can get out of the shop!

    happy trails...

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    My monkey continues to evolve. Put the Midge bars back on it, got a set of LX cranks for cheap, now running it as a 3x9. As I discovered front derailleurs on the KM are kinda finicky - picked up an old LX FD (M571 old style recommended by Surly) for 10 bucks to fix it up.

    Went up Old Flowers Road west of Ft. Collins over the weekend - couple of tough climbs, the granny gear was definitely welcome, and the big ring came in handy on the long dirt road descent back to the car.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmes
    As I discovered front derailleurs on the KM are kinda finicky - picked up an old LX FD (M571 old style recommended by Surly) for 10 bucks to fix it up.
    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

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    For those of you with KM's that are not suspension corrected....what length fork did you get, and was there any offset?

    edit: I heard back from Surly that the original KMs were suspension corrected, but later models had the downtube adjusted to fit the crown of suspension forks.
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    Stock KM fork and lovin it!!!!

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    Here mine.... It already has changed from 3 x 9 to single to 1 x 9... I love how easy this bike is to change

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsullivan
    Here mine.... It already has changed from 3 x 9 to single to 1 x 9... I love how easy this bike is to change
    How do you like the Drake? 80mm? I think about picking one of these up every time they go on sale.

    Nice build

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    heres my KM with bike packing gear...





    full set up here; http://coastkid.blogspot.com/2010/07/packed-to-go.html

    and a film...

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    The Drake feels good for a lower cost fork.... Yes it is 80mm.. If you come across one on sale grab it. It does the job required. Really helps on a rougher decent

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71
    heres my KM with bike packing gear...

    Why don't you use a carrier and bikebags?
    I won't like it, if I cannot see the front wheel...

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    hi there, with a bike packing set up alot of wieght is cental to the BB- stove,pot and food mostly, with a rack there is something else to break and traveling light all the room isnt really needed withthe frame bag,
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    KM2x2

    Here's my new ride.
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    This is the only material possession I own that someone will have to pry from my cold dead hands.

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    Posted a couple of times allready but hey
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty W.
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    Looking good

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    KM at Coyote Ridge

    I decided that Midge Bars (at least with the setup on my KM) were a bit too hard on my lower back for off-roading, so I reluctantly swapped them out for a set of H-Bars (w/ Paul Thumbies). Seriously funky looking but oh-so-comfy. And Paul Thumbies are a *great* way to go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Westrider7


    This is the only material possession I own that someone will have to pry from my cold dead hands.

    Looking sweet!

    Okay, question for those listening. Some are using the Tugnutt chain tensioner with their SS setups and some are not. What's the thinking when setting up SS on the Monkey - is the Tugnutt needed or not?

    BB (thinking about trying SS on my KM...... )

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    regarding tuggnut

    Bruce,


    I run my KM as a single speed exclusively. I tried it as a 1x9. It works great but I don't care for gears.

    I use a chain tug (not a tuggnut but one from an On-One Inbred) on the drive side. I find that this really helps in a couple of ways.

    - it allows you to quickly re-align the wheel and ensure that it's square. install the drive side with the tug, adjust the non-drive side until there's no disc brake rub and....

    - I use it for both the quick release wheel and bolt on wheel that have seen use on the KM. I do so for the reason listed above.

    - You can get away with no tug if you use a bolt on rear but I always found that I had slippage with just a quick release wheel.

    One very nice aspect of the tugnutt is the spacer that comes with it. It ensures that if you use a quick release, the axle/skewer is lined up and doesn't have any slop . For this reason, I think you should have one if you plan to use a QR skewer.

    I hope that helps.

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    Here's mine on the CT last year near Hotel Draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Looking sweet!

    Okay, question for those listening. Some are using the Tugnutt chain tensioner with their SS setups and some are not. What's the thinking when setting up SS on the Monkey - is the Tugnutt needed or not?

    BB (thinking about trying SS on my KM...... )
    I use two (one on each side) on mine but could get away without it b/c I use bolt on hubs. That being said, I find it makes centering the wheel easier for me (and I'm a closet Type A which must have symmetry). They are not WW approved so don't hesitate to use some Redline tugs, etc.

    If I had QR hubs - I'd definitely use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Okay, question for those listening. Some are using the Tugnutt chain tensioner with their SS setups and some are not. What's the thinking when setting up SS on the Monkey - is the Tugnutt needed or not?
    Tugnut is probably not necessary with a standard SS. I use two on mine, as I'm running a 2x2 setup - dos freewheel in back, two chainwheels in front. The tugnuts make it easier to line everything up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    I use two (one on each side) on mine but could get away without it b/c I use bolt on hubs. That being said, I find it makes centering the wheel easier for me (and I'm a closet Type A which must have symmetry). They are not WW approved so don't hesitate to use some Redline tugs, etc.

    If I had QR hubs - I'd definitely use them.
    Thanks guys. Looks like I will order a Tuggnut today (and a proper chain).

    My experiment at the moment is just using my regular QR hub/wheel converted with one of the Gusset SS conversion kits to get an idea and some trail time with a SS. The kit came with a 16 and an 18T cog. I put the 16T on with a 29T chainring to get me close to the gear inch de facto starting standard of 52.

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    Here's a pic of my KM:



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    Allready posted this bike but in the spirit of what the monkey is all about ( changeabilty ),here it is after trip to Mawson Trail in South Australia
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Thanks guys. Looks like I will order a Tuggnut today (and a proper chain).

    My experiment at the moment is just using my regular QR hub/wheel converted with one of the Gusset SS conversion kits to get an idea and some trail time with a SS. The kit came with a 16 and an 18T cog. I put the 16T on with a 29T chainring to get me close to the gear inch de facto starting standard of 52.

    BB
    You've had that KM for how long and you're just now setting it up single!

    I had never calculated it out before, but most of the guys I know running singles in DSM are running a 34-17 or 18. According to the calculator that's 52-55. Sounds like you're doing it right

    Have fun and let us know how you like it with one gear.

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    My Geared' 18" Red KM, dropping the triple crank soon, going 1x9 in a week or two.

    Couple of days after completion - had WTB Exiwolf 2.3 wirebead, horrible front tire btw.



    1 month later after a dozen+ hours on fire roads and some light singletrack, changed to Maxxis ardent 2.25 tires, broke and replaced a derailer. But one hell of a great bike!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ianick
    You've had that KM for how long and you're just now setting it up single!
    Yup. Bought it in 2003 and just now giving one gear a whirl. Perfect for my dog walks at the moment (just using a QR as my "tensioner"). Once the Tuggnut arrives, I'll take it out on the dirt.

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