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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
    Dirty Skid Mark Brown
    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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    brooks b17
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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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    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/q_Jz7_-FDuq2tTQHVgTiMQ?authkey=XhwPsddvpfE&feat=embedwebs ite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_A06QdYL6xw8/SYo70hjhvNI/AAAAAAAAEu0/udMQYnZsj7M/s800/DSCI0002.JPG" /></a>

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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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    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-nQ4GAJthhPwaCBZ1R6ayQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_HzEdNDlKo3g/SZ9wiFbh-PI/AAAAAAAABwY/Lyj2eUWMh2c/s400/IMG_0101_large.jpg" /></a>

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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.

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/wFvgJ5vSUj92j9-V3w_aiA?authkey=Gv1sRgCPHLvrud9oOOXg&feat=embedweb site"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_A06QdYL6xw8/Sd6yLjaBTAI/AAAAAAAAFAk/P9n_-8JNIjc/s400/DSCI0005.JPG" /></a>

    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.
    2 x 8
    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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    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

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    Nice looks similar to mine

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    Some great builds here - thanks for sharing...

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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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