It’s easy to say I have too many bikes but since leaving the industry full time and my amount of review bikes really rolling in I needed to slim down the stable. One of these targeted weight loss areas was my mountain bikes. Five months ago I had a 29er hardtail geared, singlespeed, 26″ full suspension (x2), 26″ single speed, 26″ hardtail geared and numerous frames not built. Back in the fall when I started riding again I knew I wanted to get back to riding a single speed mountain bike pretty exclusively, atleast for what personally I owned and abused.
Going with what I had in the garage I started with a Surly Karate Monkey frameset (MSRP: $465.) Next was wheels, I had found a good deal about two years ago on clearance Bontrager Rhythm wheels (my cost : $100.) The other details:
- Frame : Surly Karate Monkey (heavy)
- Bontrager Rhythm Wheelset
- Bontrager XDX Tires (Take off customers bike who didn’t want them = $30)
- Avid BB7
- Origin8 Space Bar
- Race Face Stem (used at swap meet: $5)
- Shimano Deore cranks
- Thompson Seatpost
- Fizik Vesta Saddle
- Ergon GP-1 Grips
The Surly Karate Monkey is a great frame to start your 29er life on, it can be single speed or geared, disc or v-brake. Plus, the price you can’t beat . Without breaking the bank I got this single speed 29er to 23.15 lbs. If I went tubeless and changed out some parts I’m sure I could get it closer to 21 lbs!