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    New Frame Questions

    I'm saving up for a new frame and I am unsure of what to get. My choices are between the Surly Karate Monkey and a Matt Chester Utilitiman. I like the 29" wheel choices and I plan to ride SS so I don't need all the extra stuff on the Karate Monkey. Plus, I like the idea of a ti frame (I'm going to run rigid).

    My question is should I go for the Karate Monkey or save up for the Matt Chester? I really like the look of the MC and the idea of getting a custom frame made by hand.

    Another thing to add is this is going to take me a long time to build up anyways regardless of the frame I choose.

    Thank you!

    KavuBiker

    PS: Since I know that MC does surf this board, can you get a Ti fork with the Utilitiman?

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    I don't think Matt makes Ti forks, or at least he used to not. He might be willing to make you a 29er SS, just go to his web site and shoot him an email or a phone call. Real nice guy. In my humble opinion, the MC is a much better bike...Ti vs Steel...its a no-brainer...you should save your money and get what you really want the first time. Remember, as a rule of thumb, custom ordering has a waiting period of at least 8 weeks, so order accordingly.

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    If you know your desired geo

    then go for it. If not, cheap may be the way to until you figure it out.

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    Wait for the TI bike. I love my KM but after getting my TI Planet Cross this fall it is my tubing of choice. I am saving my pennies for a TI ss right now.

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    Thanks everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by cross4
    Wait for the TI bike. I love my KM but after getting my TI Planet Cross this fall it is my tubing of choice. I am saving my pennies for a TI ss right now.
    I have an idea of what I like in a bike geo-wise. I'm partial to Fisher-type geometry (absolutely love the old Fisher hardtails).

    Also, since I want to run rigid, it just seemed like a better choice to get Ti...not to mention that it will last a lot longer than the Monkey.

    I'll have to talk to Matt.

    Anyone have any suggestions for reasonably priced ti rigid forks?

    Thanks!

    KavuBiker

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