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Mine is a first gen 2003 model. It's on its third color.

I currently have two other customs in the stable.

KM still gets 80% of my mtb mileage.

Weird.



Just a fun bike!

LP
 
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lanpope said:
Mine is a first gen 2003 model. It's on its third color.

I currently have two other customs in the stable.

KM still gets 80% of my mtb mileage.

Weird.

Just a fun bike!

LP
LP, you said it....just a fun bike. I'm not at 80% overall, but close. I'm glad I'm not the only one, too. 3 customs in my garage, and two surlys (KM and PUG). Between the two surlys, they get well over half my hours yearly. Orange is also a 2003 variety, but still kickin' on it's second color. I keep telling myself I owe this one a race.
 

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i like your bikes.....but monkeys should be doodoo brown :D

i have those same brake levers michiganclyde. i've used them on several bikes through the years. just seem so much more solid than many levers available today.
 

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i don't own a custom, but bought a rig earlyier this year. the karate monkey is still getting used more for riding, although the rig does see all the racing duties.

 

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lanpope said:
Mine is a first gen 2003 model. It's on its third color.

I currently have two other customs in the stable.

KM still gets 80% of my mtb mileage.

Weird.



Just a fun bike!

LP
lanpope
That red looks like the color I would like to paint my SS, do you have a RL number ?
 

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Yeah, I'll never get rid of it either..........

Here's a shot of mine from late last winter just before I tore it down for an overhaul. (I still haven't completed it yet!) I have often thought about repainting this a different color, but I can't bring myself to do it just yet.

After 4 winters worth of salt, grime, and wetness I'm impressed that it's in as good of shape as it is, but it was time to get it torn down and have new parts installed where necessary. I'll be gathering parts in the spring and getting it back up and running again, but for now I will be riding other bikes until that day comes. (Custom Pofahl SS and a custom Badger)

It's got a special place in my stable since it was the first 29"er I ever had and I've had some great adventures on it. I'm looking forwards to many more.
 

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Sold mine when I bought my Rig back in 05. I wish I would have kept it but I didn't really need it at the time. Now the Rig is hanging out in a box and Mary is getting all the riding. There is just something about Surly that says once you own one, you should always have one. I should have kept it for a monstercross project. Don't ever get rid of your monkey.
 

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Me Too...

Lance, you and I have a bit in common. I ended up with a custom a lot like yours, but I still love my Surly. I am thinking about ordering up a second KM in a larger size!

This KM is my first 29er...and one of the first 29ers I ever saw. A friend bought it and sold it to me in 2003...I am not sure how long he owned it prior to selling it to me, but it has to be one of the early models.





Oh, that is my custom in the background...
 

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lanpope said:
Mine is a first gen 2003 model. It's on its third color.

I currently have two other customs in the stable.

KM still gets 80% of my mtb mileage.

Weird.



Just a fun bike!

LP
I think it would have been cheaper if I had repainted mine 10X rather the quest I went on last year to get my size XL boat anchor to become a geared sub 24 pound bike.:cool:

I'd probably go candy apple red or stealth black if I ever did a repaint. In the meantime, the old campstove green has now entered its 5th year for me and I ride this bike a lot - both off road and on the paved bike trail for my endurance training. I've still got plenty of love for my KM.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/799639788/" title="KMTubeless by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1157/799639788_b4d03f36e6_o.jpg" width="507" height="478" alt="KMTubeless" /></a>
 

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Funny, I didn't see who the OP was until I clicked on the thread. I don't own a Karate Monkey Lance, but so far I love the ChiTi copy of your KM I bought from you last year. I wound up building it up rigid with a Jones bar and carbon fork and it's my favorite bike to ride, period. It got lots more miles than my custom Strong hardtail or my custom Vicious Cycles Groover by far. We'll see how the newly built El Comandante stands up to it. It does make me wonder if I'd been missing something all along...
 

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call me the oddball ( you wont be the first) but i bought a km on lanpopes advice several years ago. it actually turned me off to 29ers. one year later i tried again witha different frame and became a convert.
so chalk up one to not liking the karate monkey, but i do love my QUIRING CUSTOM TI enough that i sold all my other mtbs.
on a side note, lp seek out a bike buyers 12 step program
 

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No custom here...

Though the Surly stacks up right next to the $$$$ Leviathan. Horses for courses.



Mine recently got resurrected, and after going through many permutations this year, has settled back into classic status. So, so much fun.
 

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Well, I still love mine. It was the one that finally made me sing the praises of 29ers and this is the bike I want to ride most right now. I plan on adding a SS and an FS in the future to replace the 26ers I have, but the KM will stay what it is, the swiss army knife of 29ers and will have a place in my garage for some time to come.
 

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lanpope
That red looks like the color I would like to paint my SS, do you have a RL number ?
Thanks. I have no idea what the actual name/color of the powder is. The guy just had that in the gun when I got there so he stripped my frame and threw it in the batch for $60.

Sort of a rough job, but it looks fine for what it is.

LP
 

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... but so far I love the ChiTi copy of your KM I bought from you last year. I wound up building it up rigid with a Jones bar and carbon fork and it's my favorite bike to ride, period. It got lots more miles than my custom Strong hardtail or my custom Vicious Cycles Groover by far...
I'm so glad to hear that frame is still going strong. I did my first solo 12 hour on that bike and I had a blast. I am seriously considering having an EXACT copy of that bike built from a local builder. Glad your loving it and it is holding together for you! For what I paid for that thing...I beat it has more miles/dollar of almost any bike on the board between the two of us.

XACD Post 12 hour '05 (a buddy rode the trusty KM when his bike crapped out in that race)
 

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on a side note, lp seek out a bike buyers 12 step program
Like you have room to talk....;)

PS...Pictures of that Quiring would be nice!

LP

When you coming back to Chatt? Riding is GREAT right now!
 

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I still love mine,its been built fixed,SS,1x9,rigid & squishy.this bike has seen more differnt
build over the years.and still looks great paint is in amazing condiiton.Right now its back
rigid SS as it should be i think.Every time i think somthing else may be better i ride
it again & say nope.It does share riding time with my new voodoo canzo.But my monkey
has a special place in my heart.This pic was yesterday.:thumbsup:
 

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That a RST M-29 on the front o that classic?


If so, whaddya say about the ride?

I've got one that I've been contemplating mounting to my KM.
Yep. RST 80mm. The canti posts, the low buy in $$, and the reports here made up my mind for me.

Well, I never rode the bike rigid, so I can't compare it to the Surly fork, but it turns well and does not feel floppy or slow or too quick, etc. Really tracks well, I am 190 or so and I can't notice it flexing around like the Reba I tried on other bikes.

As far as plushness, I think it is adequate, but not great. Granted, the last sus fork I had been riding was a 140mm Lefty, so that is kinda unfair. Still, on a recent 4 hour ride in Utah, It felt like I was losing compliance like stiction was getting worse. Not sure, but I think I need to shoot some grease in the ports. I have the needle gun, but no shop carries M-Prep around me. I have been coating some light fork oil on the stanchion tubes, pumping the fork and then wiping it clean, but that I imagine just hits the dust seals more than anything.

I am getting the travel out of it (based on my calibrated zip tie), so it could be the grease thing or it could be I am expecting too much out of 80mm. I run about 70lbs of air and have tried between 50 and 100. At 50 it rode too far into its travel and 100 was a bit lacking in sag but still pretty good.

I imagine it is still breaking in and I am still playing with the settings a bit.

The customer service has been great so far for RST. It came with a botched up shock pump and they sent me a new one no problem. I have had lots of compliments on how good looking the fork is, but I did 'transfer' the big decals to my decorated workstand!
 

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I have the RST on my voodoo,was having the same problems you described.There is very
little if any lube out of the box! Just lube it and it makes a huge difference.I took mine apart to lube & snoop around.did some travel mods and it works pretty good.
 
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