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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    What did it cost to build your Karate Monkey?

    I'm just wondering how much it cost to build up your KM. The LBS has one hanging in his shop and said that he would make a smokin' deal. I like the idea of 29 inchers and the versitility of the frame ie: single speed, rigid, hard tail, or with gears if I want. I have 4 bikes already and I am trying to justify a new steed. I guess that a new the frame is about $400 so I'm trying to figure how much the other parts of the build would be.

    Thanks, Stave Frew.

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    Well, depending on how hard you look...

    If you have the time and patience, you can build one off ebay pretty cheap, given you'll have to or want to buy a few things new.

    I had a SS drivetrain and brakes, along with a post, bars and levers, so I had a head start.

    I scored a used spot SS disk hub off ebay for ~$45, used a REAL disk front, ordered up some salsa Delgados and spokes, and I was there. Found a WTB GG headset and BB off eBay (less than $40 total) and some new tires at the local shop.

    All told, I have about $700 in mine. Building it up as a SS, I would guess that a pretty decent setup would get you out less than $1000 for the whole thing. There are lots of parts on eBay, not sure of your comfort level assembling things, but there's tons out there cheap. It also depends if you're talking about a SS or geared setup too.


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