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    Karate monkey vs. Krampus

    What are the differences.? I can't tell much difference between the 2 by looking at the specifications and pictures online. Unfortunately LBS has none in stock....special order only so cannot take a real look.....

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    The karate monkey can only fit a 2.8 tire in frame so that is the Panaracer nimble as a max. Since it's speced for 29" wheels the BB is lower. Also chainstays are shorter because of sliding dropouts.
    I run the monkey all the way down to CX wheels which would not happen with the krampus. But the krampus can run true 3" tires in frame. The geo is slightly different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OilcanRacer View Post
    The karate monkey can only fit a 2.8 tire in frame so that is the Panaracer nimble as a max. Since it's speced for 29" wheels the BB is lower. Also chainstays are shorter because of sliding dropouts.
    I run the monkey all the way down to CX wheels which would not happen with the krampus. But the krampus can run true 3" tires in frame. The geo is slightly different.
    I guess the question becomes is .2" that much more? 2.8" is a pretty big tire.
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    I think your 2.8 spec is in a 27.5?
    Surly says max tire size is 2.5 29er on the monkey.
    So it's more like 2.5 vs 3.0 on the krampus.

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    I run a 27.5 x 3” chronical in my KM with plenty of clearance. That’s on a rim with 35mm internal

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    Yep 3 inch tyre on the Monkey is no problem.

    Karate monkey vs. Krampus-img_2040.jpg

    As for the differences the new Monkey is very close to the Krampus, never ridden 29+ so I cannot say which is better but I am loving the whole + idea.

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    Which one would be better for a dedicated 29er trail bike application? I have a Wednesday w/bluto that I love but would dig something to set up with 29”s and more travel. (ala Honzo)

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    I own both the purple KM and the red Krampus.

    They are similar in some respects. However, they ride very differently.

    I like the Krampus for trail riding more. The BB drop is greater. The TT feels a bit shorter. The rear center is a bit longer. To me, if feels more stable.

    The KM has less BB drop, and a shorter rear end. I do not like how it rides on trails, so I made it my town bike. I still can;t really get along with the fit, though.

    Both are size large with stock forks. Gnot boost works great. Both bikes are stiff and heavy...durable and smooth though.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badgermtb View Post
    I own both the purple KM and the red Krampus.

    They are similar in some respects. However, they ride very differently.

    I like the Krampus for trail riding more. The BB drop is greater. The TT feels a bit shorter. The rear center is a bit longer. To me, if feels more stable.

    The KM has less BB drop, and a shorter rear end. I do not like how it rides on trails, so I made it my town bike. I still can;t really get along with the fit, though.

    Both are size large with stock forks. Gnot boost works great. Both bikes are stiff and heavy...durable and smooth though.

    Hope this helps.
    Do you know if there's a weight difference between the two frames?

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