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Krampus Komplete

January 25, 2013

krampus 091

30 degrees and sleeting.

The perfect weather for the Surly Krampus’s maiden voyage.

krampus 089

Cobbled together with trickle down parts from my Niner, it felt like a bike should: sure-footed, fast, and fun.

krampus 090

Surprisingly confident on wet bridges, rocks, and roots, even after the wet turned icy.

krampus 048

By far the most playful bike that I’ve ridden in the fat, or pseudo-fat, category.

Build spec (for all the fellow bike dorks out there):

– Krampus frame, Rabbit Hole rims, 29×3 Knard tires, of course.

– DMR hubs; reasonably cheap, light enough, and, most importantly, adaptable.

– Tires set up tubeless using the method seen on While Out Riding (

– X9 rear shifter and derailleur (plain old, Type 1, 10sp)

– LX triple crank with single Race Face 32t ring

– BB mount MRP 1x chainguide

– Avid Juicy 7 brakes

– Headset: Cane Creek ZS44 top/EC44 bottom with crown race adapter for easier fork swaps.

***With bars, stem, seatpost, grips, pedals: 28 lbs. on the nose

10 Comments leave one →
  1. KeviChe permalink
    January 25, 2013 11:57 pm

    What size frame?

    • January 26, 2013 9:21 am

      Size small.

      • KeviChe permalink
        January 26, 2013 12:19 pm

        Looks awesome, my setup would be almost the same. I think I would need a Medium size frame. How tall are you?

      • January 26, 2013 12:36 pm

        I’m 5’8″ with stumpy limbs, so I usually ride a small.

        The Krampus in particular has an extra long top tube, so I’m running a straight seatpost and a 75mm stem.

  2. January 26, 2013 12:46 am

    What’s this crown race adapter you speak of? Never heard.

    • January 26, 2013 9:26 am

      It’s a crown race that fits on to a 30mm crown (straight 1 1/8″ steer tube) that works with the oversized bearing in the lower headset cup.

  3. mikE permalink
    January 26, 2013 1:29 am

    “easier fork swaps” , does that mean you could put a tapered fork in there?

  4. January 26, 2013 3:49 am

    Is that a medium frame? Thanks! Looks like fun!

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