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    Does such a bike exist? (maybe the ultimate commuter?)

    I am envisioning a new commuter bike for myself and I can't find a frame like this. I basically want a Karate Monkey but 26" instead of 700c (29"). I want long-ish chain stays for a rack and panniers. Horizontal dropouts with a derailer hanger. Front suspension. Braze-ons for racks and fenders. Front suspension, hard tail of course. Room for 2.25" tires. Steel.

    I basically want the same as my old Rock Hopper (http://rykoala.org/ryko/fixedgear.html) has, but with front suspension. The roads I ride on are getting progressively worse and worse. I also want to be able to ride fixed most of the season but be able to go 24 speed if I wish, for longer rides and trail riding.

    Its too bad there's no Karate Monkey in 26", it would do everything. Its just that I already have all the wheels I need in 26", including a set of Nokian studded tires, so I'm already invested heavily in that. I don't want to have to go buy everything all over again in 700c, that would be very expensive.

    Does anybody have any suggestions for such a beast as this?

    Thanks!!!

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    Fortunately, exactly what you want does exist: Kona Explosif (frame only, or complete bike) >> konaworld.com. Only possible problem might be chainstay length??

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    Hmmm I'm looking into it right now. Thanks for the tip! I'd have never have found that.

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    Do not go for suspension ... trust me on that one.
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    Yeah, maybe I should just go for bigger tires... maybe its the 1.25" tires that are not soaking up the bumps. Maybe I'll just buy some 1.5" tires or something. The more I look at frames, the less it looks like I'll find one without going custom. It would be cheaper to just go buy a cheap mountain bike and a bob trailer in the summer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rykoala
    Yeah, maybe I should just go for bigger tires... maybe its the 1.25" tires that are not soaking up the bumps. Maybe I'll just buy some 1.5" tires or something.
    1.5" tyres aren't going to make a perceivable difference. Forget about the suspension and get yourself some of these:

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    Well I have a pair of 2x2.125" slick tires that would do the same thing, but they won't fit my fork with the fenders on. Maybe I should swap to a different for with more clearance. *sigh*.

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    I have a Gary Fisher Zebrano Hybrid .... it worked well till I got fixed on, well , fixed

    Time to fix this one too, unless someone else wants it
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    My Thorn Nomad has those stats, 26", longish stays (45cm), braze-ons for racks, you can put a suspension fork if you want. as for tire clearance, i've got 1.9s on mine and i think i could go bit fatter, but haven't tried yet. Mine has vert dropout, but there's a horizontal option. sjscycles.com in england, or check out the bruce gordon blt in 26", but i think his is only vert dropout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bokes
    My Thorn Nomad has those stats, 26", longish stays (45cm), braze-ons for racks, you can put a suspension fork if you want. as for tire clearance, i've got 1.9s on mine and i think i could go bit fatter, but haven't tried yet. Mine has vert dropout, but there's a horizontal option. sjscycles.com in england, or check out the bruce gordon blt in 26", but i think his is only vert dropout.
    That is a cool frame!

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