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Old 02-28-06, 01:05 AM   #1
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YAWSFT [Yet Another Which Surly Frame Thread]

I'm looking to build up a new bike, and can't quite decide which type of frame/bike will best suit what I have in mind. I had it narrowed down to a surly cross check. It seems like the ideal all-in-one bike for what I want. Singlespeed/fixed gear, room for biggish tires and fenders, mounts for racks. I want a bike that will vary roles between one-gear commuter, multi-geared day trips and touring, trail riding, and urban assault. From what I've read and seen, I think the CC will be able to handle all these styles fine.
But then I started looking at surly's karate monkey. Seems like a similar concept bike, made to be versatile. The key difference being the CC has more of a road geometry, while the KM is based off mountain bike geometry. Any thoughts/experiences on touring with the KM? Does it take a rack/fenders? How well does a CC do for urban assault?
I've been riding track and older road frames for a while now, so I'm more used to that geometry. But that might be better reason to get a bike with greater variation from what I currently ride. So I'm just not quite sure which style bike would better satisfy what I'm looking for (and more than likely which type of bike I go with will influence the type of riding I do). I think I'm more likely to go with the CC, but since I'm not quite ready to purchase yet, I thought I'd hear what others think about the matter.
Thanks, and enjoy the ride!
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Old 02-28-06, 01:37 AM   #2
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I have a KM but i don't use it for touring,I use it for trailing, mud rides & sometimes commuting.Nice ride.
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check this site out for more info on km and cc's......

http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=111
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Old 02-28-06, 05:55 PM   #4
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I've got a Karate Monkey that's currently set up as a citified road bike - I like it a lot more than the Soma Doublecross that previously filled that slot.

I like the cross-check a lot too, though.
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