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    New question here. Should I buy this KM frame (and start this build)?

    Hi guys -

    A KM frame has come up for sale locally for a very reasonable price, it's from 2011 but in new condition. It's my size and in Battleship Grey.

    Uses would basically be local trails and light off-road touring/bikepacking.

    I notice that the stock build was 1x1 - I would probably want a 1x9/10/11 on it. Is it practical to build it up as such? I notice the frame doesn't have a lot of provisions for running cables, only along the top tube. Is there enough space there for the rear brake cable and for the rear mech?

    Cheers

    Ben

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    Silly question to ask on this board....of course you should by it.

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    Yes, of course you should buy it - your size and all.
    I have that frame in battleship grey and I had it 1x, 3x9 and rohloff. Currently it is back to SS. It has provisions to run all the cables you need for 1x build
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    1x11 at some point:
    Should I buy this KM frame (and start this build)?-km-1x11.jpg


    Current state as SS
    Should I buy this KM frame (and start this build)?-current-ss-36x22.jpg

    When I was buying mine I really wanted safety scissors blue and battleship grey was "meh" option for me. My LBS tried but blue frames were sold out and I wanted KM really bad so I settled for BG and now I think it is one of the best colors for older KMs. I actually sold mine at some point and than bought it back couple of years later. Selling was a stupid move but I am happy I was able to buy it back
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    I'd agree too. Buy it quick! Ok, mine is an Ops so geared and with a sus fork but I ended up using mine for a lot more than what I intended to use it for so I reckon you'll be out on it more than planned!

    Pics once you've got it please...

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    Cheers guys. Just waiting for the seller to get back to me!

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    Incoming! Now gotta think about how to build this up.

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    Awesome! Congrats! Don't forget to post pics!

    Do you have any plans? SS or gears? What parts do you already have?
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    Thanks!

    I'm really not sure. At first, I thought 1x11, but now I'm not so sure. The idea is to ride it around local trails, and the area I live in is very flat. Maybe 1x1 is enough.

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    You can always put gears on later! Make sure to hit Singlespeed - Mtbr.com for ideas! SS is fun!
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    I think it would be, but not having any gears sounds kind of limiting to me.

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    Does it have v-brake studs ? the frames lost the studs 2011-2012 and went disc only.

    Ran mine 1x1 for years, it is now 1x9 with discs.
    Cable run was down the top tube with a stop on the seat tube for a front mech.

    Frames came with a device called "Monkey Nuts" this was a small bolt on spacer for the drop outs as some large tyres could foul the front mech so the spacer made sure this couldn't happen.

    Very competent framesets, Surly started beefing up later models the older skinny tubed frames are very plesant to ride and you get the steel-is-real vibe when you push them on the trials

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    Looks like the fork does have v-brake studs. Does that make a difference?

    In other news, it's finally been dispatched and is on the way to me.

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    Vbrake studs give you even more options for your monkey. It truly is a wonderful, multi setup mt bike!

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    I'm tempted to run it as a single speed. Around Berlin the terrain is very flat, and I intend to use it as a trails bike in the local forests. Maybe I can run it geared in the future.

    Anyone have any suggestions for gearing?

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