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Not like this is news, but damn this 29er climbs like a goat. Took my KM out for its maiden voyage and was thouroughly impressed with its stability, speed and climbing. It just doesn't lose traction on the slopes. Another thing I noticed was that I could start hits from a dead stop and have no trouble at all on steep, short grades. I would have immediately jumped off the bike and walked these areas before.
Also its stable as hell, I can lean waaaaaaaaaaay over on tight single track and no skipping around in ruts. Nice bike, great fun.

Thanks for all the info on the board that helped me make a decision on bike/wheels/tires. ;)

Happy thanksgiving.
 

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I put a Thudbuster on my Monkey last night and damn...... its like a whole new bike. All the benefits of rigid and SS but now its so smooooth! Best purchase of 05 for me.
 

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I agree. Actually I believe that 29ers in general climb really well - I'm talking about steep, traction challenging climbs - they just seem to 'stick'. This is accentuated further on the KM, with the rear wheel tucked under the seat. I've owned two 29ers and I've felt it on both of them so I don't believe it's imagined or a placebo effect. :D
 

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I put a Thudbuster on my Monkey last night and damn...... its like a whole new bike. All the benefits of rigid and SS but now its so smooooth! Best purchase of 05 for me.
Nice upgrade! :cool:

The Thud does change the ride and take enough of the edge off to utter "damn". :D I'm running the Thud along with a set of ExiWolf's on my KM as well to dampen the ride with the rigid fork. I like that set up.

Since my knee surgery is taking place on Monday and I will be out of cycling for a while following that - I'm trying to grab as much riding in as I can this week in hopes that my knee will heal faster - or at least not totally atrophy. I went out yesterday with the 2 dogs in 57 degree temperatures and had a blast on the KM riding in fall conditions. We saw 7 wild turkeys, about 3 deer and of course the dogs found plenty of squirrels to chase through the forest.

Today, Thanksgiving AM, it's dropped to about 20 degrees with the arctic blast that blew in last night, but I'm heading out for a pre-turkey ride with the critters again. Gotta break out the Gore-Tex for today's temps...

BB

Photo of the KM loaded up this AM and ready to take out to the trailhead....
 

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You mean, you have 2 dogs, saw 7 wild turkeys and 4 deer, but came home with none? Good job! wild life is there to be left in the wild. Hunters need to be hunted. Just my opinion as a city kid.

Good luck with the surgery!

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I agree. Actually I believe that 29ers in general climb really well - I'm talking about steep, traction challenging climbs - they just seem to 'stick'. This is accentuated further on the KM, with the rear wheel tucked under the seat. I've owned two 29ers and I've felt it on both of them so I don't believe it's imagined or a placebo effect. :D
A big difference is on steep climbs I can stay out of the saddle on the Monkey. World of difference for a lightweight like myself.
 

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So, what tires are you running on that goat? (tire discussians never get old)
Maxxis Ignitors for now. Have an Exiwolf on the way for the front just to see if it helps.
Salsa Delgado/XT wheels from QWH.
Chris King Headset (Breast Cancer Pink even though my grandmother in law said my bike now looks "gay", but hey gotta support the BC research)
Everyting else is crap.
 

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You mean, you have 2 dogs, saw 7 wild turkeys and 4 deer, but came home with none? Good job! wild life is there to be left in the wild. Hunters need to be hunted. Just my opinion as a city kid.

Good luck with the surgery!

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The problem is that the critters taste SO much better. Hunters are pretty tough, especially the old ones. Happy Thanksgiving. It's turkey on my table today.
 

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You mean, you have 2 dogs, saw 7 wild turkeys and 4 deer, but came home with none? Good job! wild life is there to be left in the wild. Hunters need to be hunted. Just my opinion as a city kid.

Good luck with the surgery!

J
Yes, we left all wildlife in the wild as we simply enjoy seeing it and being out there with it on our rides. The labrador retrievers I own are trained house dogs who happen to enjoy mountain biking with me and have yet to actually catch even a squirrel. :cool:

BB (former pheasant and duck hunter turned city kid)
 

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Hey BB good luck on the operation! I am running Exi's as well but have been thinking of trying a Ignitor up front with a Fast Track rear (when they become vailable).

Is the crud cover on the post worth it?
 
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thudbuster, way to go

gotz to agree with the thudbuster gig. I've used one for about 3 years straight. initially i used it for 24hr solo racing, then i did about 1.5yrs living without residence, roaming Big Sur, etc, and used the thudbuster with bob trailer, etc. the whole time. I've yet to take it apart. so my new rig has the newer version on it. I dig the Surly gig. good luck on the surgery. of all the therapies avail to re-hab a knee, cycling has proven to be a good one.
peace.....d
 

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Hey BB good luck on the operation! I am running Exi's as well but have been thinking of trying a Ignitor up front with a Fast Track rear (when they become vailable).

Is the crud cover on the post worth it?
I don't know about "worth it". A Crudbuster came with all of my Thuds so I have a few of them in a drawer. Since I ride in mud more often than I would like to due to local conditions including lots of rain, I just leave it on there. Not sure if it actually protects enough to enhance any performance of the Thud.

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I had a TB Jim Hat

but took it off. Like other neoprene covers that cover moving parts (eg dampers) they trap dirt and moisture. Just give the TB a shot with the hose when it gets mudded/salted up.
 

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gotz to agree with the thudbuster gig. I've used one for about 3 years straight. initially i used it for 24hr solo racing, then i did about 1.5yrs living without residence, roaming Big Sur, etc, and used the thudbuster with bob trailer, etc. the whole time. I've yet to take it apart. so my new rig has the newer version on it. I dig the Surly gig. good luck on the surgery. of all the therapies avail to re-hab a knee, cycling has proven to be a good one.
peace.....d
Wow, a vagabond for 1 1/2 years pulling a Bob Trailer! I bet you have plenty of memories and stories to tell relating to that experience. Your new Surly and Thud looks like a fun set up. I don't think my knees could pedal such a beast before or even after surgery. :D

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1.5yrs only working 5days in a row, then taking 9 days off, was definately a paradise of sorts. Mostly I was ridding from Monterey down to San Luis Obispo, and up and around the top of Big Sur. sometimes i'd do a bunch of ridding and then once i figured out where i liked to be, i'd mostly just go there, hang out, and do some day rides, hang out read books, etc.
i still day dream about returning to that life, but it got lonely after awhile. Im getting close to wanting to go do some 2-4 day trips tho.
 

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1.5yrs only working 5days in a row, then taking 9 days off, was definately a paradise of sorts. Mostly I was ridding from Monterey down to San Luis Obispo, and up and around the top of Big Sur. sometimes i'd do a bunch of ridding and then once i figured out where i liked to be, i'd mostly just go there, hang out, and do some day rides, hang out read books, etc.
i still day dream about returning to that life, but it got lonely after awhile. Im getting close to wanting to go do some 2-4 day trips tho.
Sounds like fun. Riding, reading, hanging out and enjoying the absolute natural beauty of Big Sur. At least you had your 1 1/2 years of nomadic freedom on your days off when you did. I'm sure you can budget or plan for some vacation time to take a couple of 2-4 day trips per year to satisfy your desires. If not, some overnight out and backs to your favorite digs certainly will keep you mentally fresh and stimulated by Big Sur's beauty.

Of course, life keeps adding on layers of responsibility as we age, i.e. spouse, children, bills, career, etc... . Hey, I'm usually tickled pink to get a 2 hour ride in between all of life's responsibilities...

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I love mine.

<img src="https://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-10/867718/331052377-KMi9.JPG" >

Even better with new wheels! Climbs like a freakin goat!
 
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