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    New KM - just built

    Hey Guys and Dolls,

    I just finished building my KM. Just as luck would have it - I'm sick as a dog so no first ride yet.

    Here's the build specs:

    20'' (L) skid mark brown Karate Monkey w/ matching fork
    RaceFace Dues headset
    Bontrager Mustang 32H rims w/ XT Disk hubs & 14/15/15 DT spokes
    WTB MotoRaptor tires F/R
    X.9 Shifters
    X.9 R. der
    PC59 chain
    SRAM 990 34T cass
    XT cranks
    LX F. der
    EA70 Monkey Bar
    Avid SD7 rear brake rear
    Avid 185mm mech disk front
    Avid Ti something or other levers
    Thomson stem
    Nashbar seat post
    Koobi Zenon saddle
    Salsa q/r seat binder
    Salsa PepperJack grips
    Time ATAC pedals

    Things that will change:

    cut excess off steerer - after a few rides
    new saddle - my koobi's just don't last so I might try the new specialized
    R-E-B-A - I'm getting one, no really I am
    new ATACs - currently using a 'take-off' from an out of comission bike
    spokes - spocalc failed me - I need 2mm longer for a perfect build - OK for now
    Old Man Mountain rear rack - this is my bike-packing bike!! Adventure, baby.
    Panniers

    I'm wishing for good things from this bike. She needs to be reliable. I'm planning on extended trips into the wilderness (over 2 weeks) so I hope she's up to it.

    Thanks for all the help.

    C.
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    Cool!

    Nice looking bike. I was skeptical about the skidmark brown when they announced it, but now I like the look. Enjoy your new ride!

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    One thing missing

    Mud and lot's of it. That's a sweet looking bike, thanks for the pix.

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    Great bike!

    All this talk of new bikes and custom frames and Rigs is great fun and is exciting, but I still just love the Monkey (I am starting to sound like a broken record on here)

    Ride it alot -

    LP

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    sweet mocha java brown!

    frame looks great. congrats.
    how tall are you? i am trying to decide if the 20" frame will fit me properly...

    why no rear disc? (i ask this all the time )
    Spinning and Grinning...

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    Cool

    How tall are you? I am 6' 4" and trying to determine the correct size KM to purchase.

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    Sweet setup! I'm working on selling my two bikes to build up a KM for bikepacking, commuting, and riding. The skid mark is sweet.

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    desmo,
    Sorry, I meant to reply, but his the edit buttom some of you post got lost.

    20" can be made to work wish a long stem I'm sure, but with the XL there, just ingore the L. XL with 110mm stem is oh so nice! I'm 6'4", ride my XL with 120m and 11º, oh no, 140mm and H-bar now. On the 20" you'll probably never get an H to work. Hope this helps!
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    Thanks for the nice comments.

    Size questions:

    I'm 6'1'' w/ 33 inseam. I guessed on the size (tried a medium and x-large) but I think it fits well. The stem is 100mm which might be a tad short for regular riding but the upright position should be good for touring.

    And I'm not running a disk rear because of the rear rack. Old Man Mountain racks are supposed to be disk brake compatible. In a normal situation their racks mount to the V-brake mounts and the hub via a long skewer device. However, the KM has horizontal drops which may be problematic so they recommend running their racks attached to the rack eyelets instead of the hub. They claim it *should* clear a disk brake caliper but I'm not convinced. So I went with the V-brake to be safe and got disk hubs just in case.

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    Smart decision!

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega
    Thanks for the nice comments.

    Size questions:

    I'm 6'1'' w/ 33 inseam. I guessed on the size (tried a medium and x-large) but I think it fits well. The stem is 100mm which might be a tad short for regular riding but the upright position should be good for touring.

    And I'm not running a disk rear because of the rear rack. Old Man Mountain racks are supposed to be disk brake compatible. In a normal situation their racks mount to the V-brake mounts and the hub via a long skewer device. However, the KM has horizontal drops which may be problematic so they recommend running their racks attached to the rack eyelets instead of the hub. They claim it *should* clear a disk brake caliper but I'm not convinced. So I went with the V-brake to be safe and got disk hubs just in case.
    I guess 20" is the way to go for me. Thanks!

    Ah-Ha! now that makes total sense about the rear V; and super smart of you to get a disc hub so the switch over will be a no brainer if the racks are clearing the caliper. Old Man Mt are some sweet racks. they should handle everything you can manage to throw at them!
    Spinning and Grinning...

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    what's the aprox total cost of that set-up? Ball-park me.

    thanks,

    -M
    Last edited by wolfy; 01-14-2005 at 12:01 PM. Reason: I missspelled ball-park and couldn't live with it...
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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    desmo,
    Sorry, I meant to reply, but his the edit buttom some of you post got lost.

    20" can be made to work wish a long stem I'm sure, but with the XL there, just ingore the L. XL with 110mm stem is oh so nice! I'm 6'4", ride my XL with 120m and 11º, oh no, 140mm and H-bar now. On the 20" you'll probably never get an H to work. Hope this helps!
    Thanks, sounds like a XL .

    I will place my order. I would like to use Magura Marta Disc brakes. Any problems running these with a geared KM?

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    Thanks everyone

    I guess a XL would be fit better for a 6' 4".

    Any recommendations for wheels? I am thinking of using AM Classic or Mavic Speedcity.

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    I'm guessing between 1400-1800 depending on how good you are at finding deals vs buying retail. My pricing was different so I can't give you an exact price. It may not be 'bling' but every part (excluding the seatpost) is quality. Tack on an exta ~400+ for a Reba.

    For reference, Excel cycles had a similar nearly full XT bike they would sell me for $1650ish. Ooops - that's for the medium they have in-stock. Add 10% more for a large w/ their current build. A tad over $1800. I have nicer misc parts - they have a full new XT drivetrain and integrated shifters (no pedals). Hope this helps.

    I may 'up' my estimate.

    <a href='http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=Karate+Monkey+w%2D2004+ XT+Disc&vendorCode=Surly&major=2&minor=1'>Excels KM</a>
    Last edited by Carl Mega; 01-14-2005 at 12:36 PM.

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