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Karate monkey build - rims?sfrider
Jun 4, 2003 4:52 PM
I am building a Surly Karate Monkey up as a geared cross bike and need advice on wheels. I would like to have the option of easily converting this bike to a 29" mountain bike and/or a singlespeed eventually. I am going with mtb disc hubs and am not sure what rims to use. Can I use rims made specifically for 29" mountain bikes with cyclocross tires? That would be a nice option so I would have the option to convert it to a 29" mtb. Or should I use standard 700c road rims, maybe a touring rim? Any advice would help.

Also, if anyone has a Karate Monkey - I would love to hear how you have it built and any pics. Thanks
Jun 4, 2003 8:06 PM
There are a bunch of KM owners over on the 29incher board over at

As for rims I know Mavic T520 touring rims are a popular choice along with Salsa Delgados if you're a little lighter on stuff...
thanks, didn't get much response over theresfrider
Jun 4, 2003 9:59 PM
thanks for the advice on the rims.
Salsa has what you wantjm3
Jun 4, 2003 8:40 PM
Their Delgado cross rim can be used either way. I saw some yesterday for the first time and they're well built. A little heavy but not bad. 23mm width means you can mount cross or 29 inch mtb tires. I'm going to build some and then go the notubes route with cross tires within the next few weeks.
re: Karate monkey build - rims?ralbert
Jun 5, 2003 4:17 AM
I ride MA3'a on my Vicious 29er. Love them. I ride in Philly on the pretty rocky Wissahickon trails (if that helps at all) and haven't had to true them yet. they're narrowish, but i have 2.1 nanos on there and no threat of them rolling off yet (knock on steel...).

Can't really go wrong in terms of weight--big wheels are big wheels--i also now have a rear wheel with the Van Dessel extra extra rims, which is in theory a much heavier rim, and i really don't notice much difference, and i'm single speeding full time.

happy riding--i LOVE my 29er and look forward to throwing on some 35mm's for cross season.

Jun 5, 2003 6:20 AM
Schhhweeeet bike. Looks sick.
That's a hot bikeluvmybike
Jun 5, 2003 9:40 AM
no really! schweeeet is right. that thing makes me drool
re: Karate monkey build - rims?pdg60
Jun 5, 2003 6:50 AM
I built up my KM as a singlespeed to be used as my primary commuter and 'cross pit bike. Have only commuted on it to date and it is awesome! I don't like to get off of it.

Specs (FWIW)
KM frame/fork
Titec Hellbent XC bars
Titec stem
Titec Ti. seatpost
WTB saddle
Race Face Taper Lock BB
Cook Bros. "E" crank 36t
ACS freewheel 18t (until I can swing a White Industries)
Sram chain
Titec Alium pedals
Paul's love levers
Avid Mechanical disc brakes
Paul's WORD disc hub and Fhub
Alex TD17 rims (highly recommended; can't be beat for the price IMO and I've built alot of wheels)
IRC Mythos CX Slick 700x40's (nice tires)
Salsa Q/R's and grips
DT Swiss DB spokes and black brass nips

Tried to post a pic but can't (maybe 'cuz I am on work computer). I will post one from home soon.

Again, the Alex rims can be had on the cheap. Very nice looking and disc specific, build up very easily, and not too much of a weight penalty.

The KM is fast becoming my favorite bike and I've got one of each (road, cross, MTB, winter beater, blah, blah, blah).

Good luck on the build. Keep us posted.

Link to some KM pics...pdg60
Jun 5, 2003 8:58 AM
mine is the fourth from the top. Not a good photo but you get an idea here of what people are doing.

nice pics! alex rims?sfrider
Jun 5, 2003 9:25 AM
thanks for the pics. I will look into the Alex rims, how cheap are they? Where did you get yours?
nice pics! alex rims?pdg60
Jun 6, 2003 6:14 AM
I got mine for $12 each but that was w/my shop discount. has them for right around $25.