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Old 09-27-08, 09:13 PM
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karate monkey complete ss

anyone else amazingly stoked on this? ive been wanting a ss mtb and just read surly will be producing the karate monkey complete in 09 as a ss. just wondering what the pricepoint will be. assuming around 900 like the crosscheck. seriously made my night.
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Old 09-27-08, 09:55 PM
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There are lots of complete steel SS mtb's at or just below that price range. Why the Surly? They haven't changed geo on that bike in years and it's not the lightest. (Or have they?) Just wondering.

Check out this forum if you haven't already: https://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=46

Plenty to look at there, for sure.
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Old 09-27-08, 10:06 PM
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i really enjoy the versatility of the karate monkey, ya know? i like what surly is all about as a company. down to earth dudes that enjoy riding, beer, and wool. karate monkey...buy it complete as a ss, but you have the options to run it geared, rigid or suspended, v brakes or disk, 26 or 29"

i dont know, weight isnt an issue and the options are great in the long run. i honestly just miss riding trails.

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I have one, and love it.
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I also own a karate monkey with a fixed 29er set up and it is one of the funnest bikes I've ever owned..I can't wait for the first snow this year..
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Old 09-30-08, 12:40 PM
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Just read the entry on the Surly Blog about this.

"The KM and Big Dummy will be added as complete bikes (the KM as rigid single speed in both red and black), both utilizing our fine Mr. Whirly crankset."

Jeebus. Well, I guess I know what my bike purchase will be in '09.
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Originally Posted by the pope View Post
There are lots of complete steel SS mtb's at or just below that price range. Why the Surly? They haven't changed geo on that bike in years and it's not the lightest. (Or have they?) Just wondering.
They're suppose to change the geometry?
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Originally Posted by Mtbnomore View Post
"The KM and Big Dummy will be added as complete bikes (the KM as rigid single speed in both red and black), both utilizing our fine Mr. Whirly crankset."
Sounds 'spensive.
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Old 09-30-08, 06:59 PM
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I'm also building a 29er karate monkey fixed gear bike, it's not going to be a mountain bike though, simply an urban/road bike with bullhorns and 28x2.4 slicks

What's yours alfiegee?
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Old 09-30-08, 07:23 PM
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what kind of rims are you dudes using on fixed 29ers?
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Not fixed, but I have some Salsa Delgago Cross. they have the Delgado disc, or Delgado race which don't have machined sidewalls and are pretty sweet. They are decently narrow, you could probably put 1.5in on them.
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Tangential, but the reason why I ask is I am trying to turn my commuter into a fixed gear via the W.I. ENO hub. There is a local guy selling a ENO + Deep V and I am trying to rationalize that for my needs with a 700x35c+ tire.
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i personally like the salsa selma if your going for a single 29'er, but wont be out till 09
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Originally Posted by the pope View Post
Why the Surly? They haven't changed geo on that bike in years
Why would they change the geometry? Geometry isn't a fashion thing. BTW, they gave the downtube more clearance in 2007 for suspension forks that came out after the Monkey first hit the market.

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what kind of rims are you dudes using on fixed 29ers?
Salsa Delgado Cross
Velocity Blunt
Sun CR18

W/ the Mr. Whirly crank I'm sure the price will be a bit more than other similar steel framed complete SS bikes, but those cranks look nice and give you a lot of options.
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for rims I believe I'm rockin salsa delago's laced to surly's..


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I like the Blunts and have some Halo Freedom Discs on my Monocog 29er. 2.35" Schwalbe big apples make my bike feel like a tall bike.

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How does a disc brake work with the track ends? is the caliper mount adjustable or do you just have to make sure your chain is the correct length to "center" the disc in the caliper?
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The caliper mounts are slots rather that holes so it's possible to move the caliper along the full length of the dropout/track end.
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
Tangential, but the reason why I ask is I am trying to turn my commuter into a fixed gear via the W.I. ENO hub. There is a local guy selling a ENO + Deep V and I am trying to rationalize that for my needs with a 700x35c+ tire.
The Deep V rim is probably around 15-16mm wide on the inside, so Sheldon says you should be fine with a 35c...

I run a Delgado Cross on the front of my Steamroller with a 1.75" tire on it (non-stock fork). It's amazing.
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I put together a fixed gear Karate Monkey as my winter bike.

I have found over the past few winters that anything that CAN freeze solid WILL.

I ride this bike sometimes in the summer with Schwalbe Big Apple (3.25") tires, and in the winter with Nokian 294 studded tires.

What a hoot.

I love it.
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