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    New KM Owner

    Just picked this up today. This is also my first SS rigid 29er purchase.
    I replaced the saddle and grips so far, and I am sure there will be much more to come...
    Can't wait to hit the trail!
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    nice bike....I love it

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    that's sweet....i've been waiting for an 18" frame to come in stock. just bought an ogre a couple months back, now it needs a friend.

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    nice setup!
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    Took my first ride today and other than the stock 33 x 17 being waaaaay too tall of a gear for me, it was a great first ride!
    I am thinking 32 x 20 immediately, and the possibility of a front fork down the road a little bit...

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    Nice pic! I too am a new KM owner, about 1 month. I just switched to 32x20 from 32x18 and for the time being the 32x20 is perfect. I LOVE my KM and haven't ridden my 26 FS but twice since getting the KM.

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    Added a White Bashguard today, and will definitely be going with the 32 x 20 and probably a new Reba Fork (White of course) as soon as the funds allow.
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    simply and sweet...

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    ARay and Sngtrkwr, what kind of trails/elevation gain are you tackling with this rig? I ask because I still have the 33x17 stock gearing and have been riding for about a year (CO). Was my first SS so I didn't know what to expect. There is walking involved (duh) but I'm considering an 18 or 19. Do you find yourself wishing for that taller gear on flattish terrain, or is it a good trade to be able to climb more/walk less?

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    Hey Scout,

    I am riding in MA and my trails are flat to short, punchy anaerobic hills so I wanted to be able to ride all the hills and not walk at all. I give up a little speed on the flats with the 32x20 but it was a good trade off to be able to ride more of the hills. I don't race and my rides are for enjoyment and exercise. I have done some riding in CO and you must have some stout legs to be riding your terrain in a 33x17!

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    Scout, I ride in PA, where each trail system is completely different from the next, but everything I ride is very hilly,rocky and the climbs are mostly pretty steep. The stock gearing was near impossible to ride anything here except for some dirt roads, so I am switching it out to a White Industries 20T freewheel (coming in tomorrow hopefully) I also just put my new Reba RLT on last night, too, what a difference, love it...
    I am a brand new SS owner and bought this bike to give it a try while my brand new Stumpy Carbon Comp 29er is in for warranty (blew out the fork). Fox takes so long that I knew I needed to purchase another bike...Sad but true, and my LBS does not offer loaners either.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, always looking for opinions on what those have found to be their "magic gear". It's a fun bike nevertheless. I've kept mine rigid thus far but will likely add some suspension at some point.

    So you are a fan of the RLT on that frame?

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    I love the RLT on this frame... Pics to come!

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    Fork installed! Can't wait to hit the trail!
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