More reasons I want a Krampus

Photo from the excellent Fat-bike.com.

Interbike is over, so Surly released the full geometry of the Krampus.  And it looks good.

2006 18″ Karate Monkey 2007 large Leviathan (3″, w/100mm suspension fork) 2011 17″ Mukluk 2013 medium Krampus
Eff TT*

23.6

23.8

23.6

24

Standover*

32.5

29.7

29.44

31.5

HTA

71.5

70

70

69.5

STA

73

72

73

72.5

BB drop*

2.7

1.1

2.48

2.4

CS length*

17

18.1

17.9

17.6

Wheelbase*

41.9

44.2

43.78

43.9

* in inches

The Mukluk has proven to be my favorite bike ever, not that I’ve had many.  All the ones from the last six years are listed above, and my assessment that the Muk rides like a rigid, fat Lev with a lower BB is borne out in the numbers.  The Lev occasionally felt long and clumsy, but my style adapted to it and ever since the Monkey has felt a bit nervous.  While it’s impossible to disentangle the overwhelming influence of fat tires on the Muk’s ride, it has comfirmed that a longer bike, with a BB a bit higher than the Monkey might well be ideal.

I had a feeling it would, but the numbers confirm that I want a Krampus.  Maybe in the spring.  For the moment such things will take a back seat to ski gear and fatbiking.

The Moloko bars and, especially, Krampus t-shirt are good too.

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2 thoughts on “More reasons I want a Krampus

  1. Oh great, another trend. Just like those fatbikes 😉

    No, but for real, that looks sweet. I’ve been eyeing one too. Wish it wouldn’t take a year or two for Salsa to make a lighter weight version.

  2. Only real place it would have would be to replace the Monkey, and given how little riding I’ve done this year that’s not a sensical allocation of resources. But I’ll be watching what happens closely.

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