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    This SS Thing Is Gonna Cost Me $$

    Well, I rode a SS for the first time on single track last night, and I must say I had a lot of fun. Although my technique was sloppy coming off a FS 29er (Banshee Prime) and fat bike w/ 4.8" tires, I think this would be a great way to add a little spice to the stable. It was quiet, and very crisp, and the 32/18 gearing seems about right (except for the few steep/short climbs). I really had to think a lot more to negotiate roots/rocks, and to climb hills with rocks/roots.

    The Karate Monkey rides great!! In the past I have had an N9 which I liked, but found to be a bit harsh on my back. The Karate Monkey w/ Blunt 35 w/ 2.4" Purg/2.25" NN really felt a lot more smooth on the roots/rocks. I did have to remember to relax my hands and arms over the rough stuff, and to actually get my fat a$$ off the saddle too. Talk about a change in cardio! My legs burn a lot more than my lungs did on the climbs. I have actually told my cousin about this, as his heart murmur has caused issues for him w/ biking. I figured he could benifit from this?

    My ADD has kicked in big time, and I am ready to start ordering parts NOW! There are a few things I don't like about the current components, that I plan on changing out. But for now I will ride it like I stole it.

    My upgrade (wish) list.
    Brakes: BB7 (I hate BB7) Want: Shimmy XT
    Wheels: Surly Hubs/Blunt 35 (which I will keep for road (hookworms) Want: Chris King/Blunt 35 w/ Fun Bolts
    Tires: 2.4" Purg 2.25" NN Want: 2.4" Ardents
    Fork: Surly Want: Ritchey Or Carver w/ 15mm TA
    Crank: Holzfelter Want: SLX
    Pedals: Flat Want: SPD

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    welcome to the club!

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    Yup, start saving. Once the bug hits it seems parts shopping is all you do when not riding. I am on ebay and craigslist like it's my job!

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    Why not an SS fattie?


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    Quote Originally Posted by racefit View Post
    Why not an SS fattie?
    That would be a cool idea too!

    Now I need a bunch of parts for the KM, and another bike!

    I can't wait until the wife hears this....she will be soooo happy for me!

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    It's just a matter of time before you spend as much on a SS as others do on a FS. Enjoy!!!!

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    Nice bike, trail looks fun too

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie View Post
    It's just a matter of time before you spend as much on a SS as others do on a FS. Enjoy!!!!
    I was going to disagree, but that's just my denial talking.

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    ...and then one day you walk into your garage and you realize you have an aluminum, steel, and a carbon SS just because you cant make up your mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjmtb1 View Post
    ...and then one day you walk into your garage and you realize you have an aluminum, steel, and a carbon SS just because you cant make up your mind.
    LOL, I know someone JUST like that.
    Bikes, lots'o bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjmtb1 View Post
    ...and then one day you walk into your garage and you realize you have an aluminum, steel, and a carbon SS just because you cant make up your mind.
    No love for the Ti, eh?

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    This SS Thing Is Gonna Cost Me $$-2015-ss-build-resize.jpgDefinitely must consider a rigid 29er Ti SS.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_chrome View Post
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    Magic gear, eh?
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    This SS Thing Is Gonna Cost Me $$-imag0157.jpgThis SS Thing Is Gonna Cost Me $$-imag0147.jpgJoshhan, that's actually not the latest / greatest picture of my bike; I added a shorter stem and an oval chainring - will ride tomorrow if the rain doesn't close the trails down.......
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    that carver fork is legit, Ive been riding mine belligerently since it was release, but to be honest - it'd be better to spend more and get the new Enve fork!! That fork blows all other rigid forks out of the water in my opinion

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    I bet they are nice but for $625...they better f'ing be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    I bet they are nice but for $625...they better f'ing be.
    That is almost 3x what I paid for the Karate Monkey. Where can I get one? haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    No love for the Ti, eh?
    Man... I got to stop somewhere. But PLEASE don't temp me. I want to stay married.

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    Anyone have a Rec for an old frame to start with for one of these for a build that can be had for reasonably cheap? I'd love to build one myself. Would be fine with a 26er of course


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Brakes: BB7 (I hate BB7) Want: Shimmy XT
    Just out of curiosity -- how come you're not a fan of the BB7? Having real problems with them myself, so thinking about get new brakes/rotors.

    Oh, and lovely Surly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jocke View Post
    Just out of curiosity -- how come you're not a fan of the BB7? Having real problems with them myself, so thinking about get new brakes/rotors.

    Oh, and lovely Surly!
    I know there are a lot of people who love them, and a lot who don't. I am one who doesn't, and this is because the don't hold adjustment well, and rub my rotors a lot more than either my Hope or cheapie Shimano Deores. I have to dial back the pads on the BB7 a lot further than my other brakes to keep them from rubbing, as they don't hold the pads nearly as tight, allowing them to not be parallel to the rotor.

    I am guessing w/ TRP releasing more of their product mainstream, BB7 will only be found on the lowest end builds, and be GONE within a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I know there are a lot of people who love them, and a lot who don't. I am one who doesn't, and this is because the don't hold adjustment well, and rub my rotors a lot more than either my Hope or cheapie Shimano Deores. I have to dial back the pads on the BB7 a lot further than my other brakes to keep them from rubbing, as they don't hold the pads nearly as tight, allowing them to not be parallel to the rotor.

    I am guessing w/ TRP releasing more of their product mainstream, BB7 will only be found on the lowest end builds, and be GONE within a few years.
    Yeah, I'm definitely on your team on this question. Can't get the pads not to rub or the rotors not to howl, so I'm on the fence here; to get a whole new brake system altogether or just try new rotors to see if they work better.

    Thanks for the reply.

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