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    Say hello to my little Monkey.

    I found myself in need of a new commuter, so I test rode some bikes and found the Karate Monkey to my liking. As we speak, tons of bits are on the way to my LBS, but for now a little Monkey porn:


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    That's a beautiful rockgarden ornament! Hello, Monkey!

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    LOL, thank you, never thought of it that way. It does improve the view!
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    If that Monkey is half the bike my cross-check is you are in for a really good time. Enjoy the ride., and post pics when it's done.

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    Mini-monkey is pretty awesome but hard to pedal without wheels. Whatcha got for wheels

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    Frame Saver(tm) the hell out of it right now while it's easy.

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    Dude, let's get the low down on that awesome frame! Does the wavey design of the chain stay server as a passive shock absorber? How much does it weight? Price range you paid! When you'll have it ready etc! More details please (drool)

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    Hey Dead Extra #2, I just saw on another thread that you are going for an internal hub. Is it for this Karate Monkey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk
    Frame Saver(tm) the hell out of it right now while it's easy.
    That is a good idea. I forgot all about that, it is my first build. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by vrKelley
    Mini-monkey is pretty awesome but hard to pedal without wheels. Whatcha got for wheels
    I'm building some Velocity aeroheads, Nexus 8 speed in rear.

    As for the details....here is a link: http://www.surlybikes.com/karatemonkey.html

    I should have most of the parts this week. I'll post a write-up and pics when it finished.
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    That is a good idea. I forgot all about that, it is my first build.
    I forgot when I recently did my build up with a Nexus 8 and a CrossCheck. It was a little tough squirting that stuff into every little drainage holes I could find. I looked at you pictures and thought to myself, "Why didn't I do that at that stage?"

    Extra tip: Carry two stubby 15mm wrenches (I got mine at Sears) and tire fixes won't be too much trouble. Practice removing the rear wheel at home in good light a few times so it won't be a pain when out on the road.

    I hope you enjoy it. I'm liking mine so far.

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    You have no wheels on that thing... nor a saddle..

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    Is it wrong that I was thinking to myself "Let it be a Karate Monkey, Let it be a Karate Monkey" as I was clicking the thread title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    You have no wheels on that thing... nor a saddle..
    Remember these? Same idea.........

    Last edited by Dead Extra #2; 06-08-06 at 06:21 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrkelley
    Does the wavey design of the chain stay server as a passive shock absorber?
    I don't know about the wavey chain stay, but from what I gather the wavey seat tube serves like the indentation on a TT bike; it enables the rear wheel to be "closer". My question is; for a commuter bike, wouldn't that cause heel clearance issues for carrying panniers?
    Good night...and good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by banzai_f16
    I don't know about the wavey chain stay, but from what I gather the wavey seat tube serves like the indentation on a TT bike; it enables the rear wheel to be "closer". My question is; for a commuter bike, wouldn't that cause heel clearance issues for carrying panniers?
    For a majority of commuters, front panniers suffices...

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    I've been using a commuter pannier on one of these racks on my monkey, which makes chainstay length unimportant to heel strike:

    http://www.outdoorsportz.com/BGPAKAG...ml?051602-6628
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    That is very sweet. Now I want one. Can you put drop bars and brifters on that thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cromulent
    That is very sweet. Now I want one. Can you put drop bars and brifters on that thing?
    Yup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Extra #2
    Yup.
    Oh cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Extra #2
    I'm building some Velocity aeroheads, Nexus 8 speed in rear.
    I've got a Nexus-8 equipped Monkey I built up a couple months ago. I like it a lot. I've been using it to do a little commuting this week while waiting for some replacement spokes on my other commuter.

    I've got Salsa Delgado rims on it with 47 tires - fat and round.

    Aaaand... a basket on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjkeen
    I've got a Nexus-8 equipped Monkey I built up a couple months ago. I like it a lot. I've been using it to do a little commuting this week while waiting for some replacement spokes on my other commuter.

    I've got Salsa Delgado rims on it with 47 tires - fat and round.

    Aaaand... a basket on the front.
    What kind of bars did you go with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cromulent
    That is very sweet. Now I want one. Can you put drop bars and brifters on that thing?
    Yessir, but make sure to use a short stem. The tt is pretty long since it's designed for a flat bar.

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