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    Karate Monkey vs Cross Check

    Two different, but similar riders in size and riding style

    Two different, but similar frames in terms of geometry.

    Two different, but remarkably similar solutions to the problem of a rugged commuter that is not above hitting a little single track.

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    Of course my bike is the ugly, dirty one, as usual.

    This was not planned, the bikes simply evolved to their current form over a couple years.
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    You are the poster children for the Surly frankenbike philosophy. Well done ;-)

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    I personally think you f'ed up both bikes.
    Are you trying to make 2 of the same bike?
    The cross check needs a drop bar and the fenders and the skinnier rims/tires.
    The monkey gets the fatter tires and no fenders. Straight bar. Or single speed that one with a j-bar.

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    I want to add a Travelers Check to my fleet. Love the versatility.

    What size is that Cross Check? Head tube is longer on those....I bet it rides the trail with a bit more 'lively' feel too - not that the KM is dull or anything. I'd love to try a CC set up SS w/ drops and 42mm tires on a good piece of single track.
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    I like the CC. What size and type are the tires? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3snowboards
    I personally think you f'ed up both bikes.
    You're certainly welcome to your strong opinion. You might want to keep an open mind. The beauty of these bikes is that they can be frankenbikes to whatever use the owner needs.

    Like this

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    or this

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    or this

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    or this

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    or this

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KMHXIz1xyYv48e_f3Y__NQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_krWgAPsu4g0/Sa9CtsXkx6I/AAAAAAAAF9o/FRaUdNHOqvQ/s800/IMG_0612.JPG" /></a>

    In their current form they are optimized to go pretty fast on roads, dirt roads, and occasional singletrack. Fun they are. My Monkey has held its current configuration for over a year, so I am fairly set on it at this point.

    I don't know what tires are on the CC. The are pretty beefy 42s with slick center tread and aggressive side knobs

    The CC is a little more nimble and the front end is a little lighter with the top tube being about an inch shorter and subsequently a shorter WB. These frames actually ride sorta similar in these set ups.
    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    [QUOTE=Enel]You're certainly welcome to your strong opinion. You might want to keep an open mind. The beauty of these bikes is that they can be frankenbikes to whatever use the owner needs.

    Like this



    sweet pic series...I sold the crosscheck to help fund a new Kona...but, you just inspired me to take the ol' 1x1 frame off the hook in the basement and build it out with my spare 'cross wheels, maybe that moustache bar off my garage floor. ;-) good times...

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