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    ... and if we just ... Karate Monkey frame questions...

    Can you remove the disc tabs on the Karate Monkey without damaging the frame? I don't want to do anything to destroy it, I just want to clean up the bike (remove the derailleur tab, disc tab, and other mounts). Just curious!

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    no

    nope, they are part of the frame. I guess I don't know of any frame that you can remove the disc tabs.

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    wait

    couldn't you dremel 'em off, if you were careful? Not saying the aftermath would look pretty or anything. A framebuilder could prob also do it, but I'm not saying this would be cheap. I guess what I'm saying is that it IS possible, just may not be a realistic option. If the original question was, does the frame have removable d/o and tabs, then the answer is no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    couldn't you dremel 'em off, if you were careful? Not saying the aftermath would look pretty or anything. A framebuilder could prob also do it, but I'm not saying this would be cheap. I guess what I'm saying is that it IS possible, just may not be a realistic option. If the original question was, does the frame have removable d/o and tabs, then the answer is no.

    Ok, my original question wasn't asking if the frame had removable dropouts - what I meant was could you dremel them off? I know I could get some touch up paint so I'm not worried about that, just wondering if it could be done without permanently damaging the frame (structurally). I am going to make this bike a fixie, so I don't need/want the rear disc tabs on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KavuBiker
    Ok, my original question wasn't asking if the frame had removable dropouts - what I meant was could you dremel them off? I know I could get some touch up paint so I'm not worried about that, just wondering if it could be done without permanently damaging the frame (structurally). I am going to make this bike a fixie, so I don't need/want the rear disc tabs on there.

    Thank you!

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    sorry, I guess I misunderstood the question. I thought you'd want to slap them back on some day. I don't see why you couldn't dremmel them off without any structural problems, same with the rear der hanger. These aren't great photos of the disc mounts, but they are all I've got right now.

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    Sure, but why?...

    Quote Originally Posted by KavuBiker
    Can you remove the disc tabs on the Karate Monkey without damaging the frame? I don't want to do anything to destroy it, I just want to clean up the bike (remove the derailleur tab, disc tab, and other mounts). Just curious!

    Thank you!

    KavuBiker
    just for that "clean" look? Okay, understood, but in doing so you'll limit the bike to vee-brakes and strict SS (not a problem there) and thus a limited audience should you ever sell the Monk. Really, the biggest draw of the KM to begin with, other than that it's a sweet deal, is its versatility.

    If you don't ever plan on selling (and who does?) and won't be interested in discs, no biggie, of course, dremel away. Just be sure to touch up the dremelled areas to preclude rust.

    Now that I think about it, that derailleur hanger is kinda fugly just hanging there...
    "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!'' -- Henri Desgrange, from an article in L'Equipe

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    Yeah, I don't like how it looks...

    Quote Originally Posted by iconoclaSSt
    just for that "clean" look? Okay, understood, but in doing so you'll limit the bike to vee-brakes and strict SS (not a problem there) and thus a limited audience should you ever sell the Monk. Really, the biggest draw of the KM to begin with, other than that it's a sweet deal, is its versatility.

    If you don't ever plan on selling (and who does?) and won't be interested in discs, no biggie, of course, dremel away. Just be sure to touch up the dremelled areas to preclude rust.

    Now that I think about it, that derailleur hanger is kinda fugly just hanging there...
    I'm making this bike a dedicated SS and I'm running fixed/free in back, so I wanna just get rid of the disc mounts. I think it will look really clean with just the track ends.

    I'm not planning on ever really selling this bike, just want to have fun with it. Thanks for the info!

    KavuBiker

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    yeah, it can be done...

    I have one, and I got rid of all shift cable hangers, deraileur hanger, fender eyelets, and canti mounts....oh, and the lawyer tabs on the fork....Home Depot has a green spray paint that is identical..

    Quote Originally Posted by KavuBiker
    I'm making this bike a dedicated SS and I'm running fixed/free in back, so I wanna just get rid of the disc mounts. I think it will look really clean with just the track ends.

    I'm not planning on ever really selling this bike, just want to have fun with it. Thanks for the info!

    KavuBiker

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    perfect!

    Quote Originally Posted by donkey
    I have one, and I got rid of all shift cable hangers, deraileur hanger, fender eyelets, and canti mounts....oh, and the lawyer tabs on the fork....Home Depot has a green spray paint that is identical..
    I plan to remove the shift cable hangars, disc tabs, der. hangar and the fender eyelets. Plan to keep the fork disc mount and the canti mounts in back (dunno if I'll use 'em).

    Thanks man!

    KavuBiker

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