Mountain Biking

A Teeny, Tiny 29ie: Surly Karate Monkey Build –

How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye to a perfectly functional bike? Clearly, there are many things to consider, including whether the bike might be holding the rider back from progressing their skills, confidence, or fitness. That was the case for our daughter who was riding her Mom’s Trek 8000 hardtail, purchased in 2003. Seventeen years is a pretty good run for a mountain bike, but following two seasons of Little Bellas and a recent growth spurt, it was time to move on.

The goal for this build was to put together a fairly capable yet kid-proof bike, with neutral geometry and reasonably-priced parts. Sure, I’m the editor for a major mountain bike publication, but I’m also a Dad, so I wanted a bike that I wouldn’t be wrenching on all the time and one that could eventually be passed down to the little brother. Even Mom should be able to ride the bike once all the kids have outgrown it.

The frame