Salty Dog Cyclery
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The Karate Monkey was one of the first production 29ers. It put the 29? platform in front of a lot of people at a price within reach of many a bike nerd. Since then 29-inch has become a full-blown category, with entire bike companies dedicated to the platform. 29? wheels offer some benefits over the old standard 26? wheels. They deliver increased traction, smooth out terrain, carry inertia and generally fit tall riders better than 26?. The Karate Monkey helped set the standard for 29er geometry. Its rear wheel is tucked in, keeping it nimble and maneuverable. The bottom bracket height maintains ground clearance while remaining low enough to ensure stability. The toptube slopes, keeping the headtube up for good fit and to allow the use of an 80mm suspension fork, while supplying good standover clearance for your little friend.
The frame and fork are made of custom designed Surly CroMoly steel and delivers a resilient, lively ride, yet its durable too. The horizontal rear-loading rear dropouts have a derailleur hanger, so you can run derailleurs or single ring and cog drivetrains. Singlespeed it, make it a fixed gear or run an internal geared hub. It runs disc brakes, and has clearance for rotors up to 200mm. Tires up to 2.5? will fit. Bitchin. Curving trails through tightly-packed trees, negotiating rock ledges on mountain sides, pounding out back roads, or just pointing it into the underbrush, the Karate Monkey is willing, ready and able. Its a trail bike for going that direction, whatever that direction might be.
FrameKarate Monkey, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded
ForkKarate Monkey, Suspension-corrected (80mm), tapered and butted straight blade, 4130 CroMoly. 51mm IS disc mount
Seatpost clampSurly Stainless, 30.0mm
CranksetTruVativ FireX 1.1 , 33t w/ guard
Cog or CassetteSurly Stainless, 17t. 3/32?
ChainKMC X8, Yep, it's a chain
HeadsetCane Creek 40, 1-1/8? threadless. Black
BrakesHayes MX5-Expert, Cable actuated. 180mm front & 160mm rear rotors
Brake LeversAvid FR-5, Black
StemH.L., 31.8mm bar clamp. Aluminum. 4-bolt face. Black
HandlebarAnswer Pro Taper, 16" 720mm width. 18-22" 780mm. Black
SaddleVelo VL-2155, Steel rails. Black vinyl. Feels pretty o.k.
SeatpostKalloy SP-342, 27.2mm. 350mm. Black
HubsShimano Deore M525 , 32 Disc
RimsAlex XD Lite, 32h Black
SpokesDT Swiss Champion, 14g. Black
TiresMaxxis Ardent, 29 x 2.4?. Black
Frame Size Stem Length Stem Angle Handlebar Width Crank Length
Small 80 7 720 170
Medium 90 7 780 175
Large 100 7 780 175
xLarge 110 7 780 175