So, today I'm going to just detail the build here and there are some interesting pieces on this bike. Some old and some new. So, let's go here.....
- Frame & Fork: 2003 Karate Monkey in Campstove Green
- Wheels: Early 00's non-disc XTR hubs laced to Salsa Delgado cross rims.
- Tires: Bruce Gordon Rock & Road w/tubes.
- Crankset: TruVativ Stylo SS & bottom bracket w/ 32T ring
- Rear Cog: Boone Titanium 18T with a Boone Ti spacer mixed in with some other random spacers.
- Chain: Some random 8 speed SRAM thing.
- Seat Post: FSA SLK 27.2mm
- Saddle: Velo Orange leather
- Seat Post Clamp: Random black ano deal.
- Head Set: 1996 Race Face in turquoise ano
- Stem: Dimension 30° rise with Cane Creek plastic spacers.
- Handlebar: Soma Fab Gator Bar
- Levers & Brakes: Tektro
- Misc: Surly Tugnut, Salsa Cycles bar tape, Shimano clipless pedals, Velocity Bottle Trap, no-name front skewer, Salsa Cycles rear skewer, Niner Bikes YAWYD with a Coca-Cola cap.
|These were often used on early Karate Monkeys for rims since "real" 29"er rims did not exist in '03!|
|Non-disc XTR hubs, a random SS spacer or two mixed in with a Boone Ti spacer and Boone Ti cog|
|Soma Gator Bar: Quite possibly the weirdest off road drop bar ever. The extensions fit mtb controls!|
|I removed the original head badge, (which I still have), and put this sticker on which says, "All sorts of weirdos ride Surlys"|
The seat post was convenient, but may get replaced. I don't know what I will/might get, but the thought of a titanium post is there. Same thing with the saddle. It is an unknown entity for me, as this is the first Velo Orange saddle I will have tried.
The skin wall tire look isn't everyone's cup of tea, but with the black anodized components, I think it looks great. The crank set may get replaced by a black White Industries unit so I can get back to my preferred for gravel 38T ring. I'll try this for a while then play around with some ideas for alternatives.
This will be the bike I plan to ride for this years Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational, since this year will be a recap of the first GTDRI and this bike is the one I used back then. So, there will probably be a lot of tweaking and test riding going on with this bike soon. It's good to finally have it back up and running once again!