I’ll hold off on a full blown review of this bike until the end of the summer so I can do it justice. Here is the build list for my Krampus for those who enjoy geeking out on such things.
- medium frame [ST = 16.75″ Eff TT = 24″] & Krampus fork
- sparkly bass boat green
- Race Face Evolve 100m 6 deg stem
- Race Face Atlas AM bar [730mm 6 deg rise 9 deg sweep]
- FSA Orbit Z headset
- Ergon grips
- Alfine 11 shifter
- Shimano SLX brakes [180mm/160mm]
- Thompson Elite seatpost
- Brooks B17 saddle
- Shimano Deore cranks w/ 32T Race Face chainring
- NRG Slabalanche pedals
- SRAM 9 speed chain
- Stan’s Flows rim + Hope Pro2 hub
- Stan’s Flow rim = Alfine 11 IGH
- Surly Knard 120 tpi tires + 29 x 1.75″/2.5″ tubes
- weight = 31.5lbs
The medium framed Krampus has a long TT and short ST. That makes swinging a leg over the bike easy, but limits the size of framebag you can fit inside. I’m used to MTBs with less standover clearance [like my Pugsley] and I’ve never injured my man bits. ;) I debated getting the large frame and using an 80mm stem to get a bigger frame triangle, but I decided the trade off of a longer wheelbase wasn’t worth it for our tight forest trails.
This is essentially the build kit from my On One Scandal 29er MTB transplanted to the Krampus. Surly very wisely didn’t go off the deep end with an obscure frame standard that would require parts nobody had on hand. Instead they made sure that if you have a 29er MTB you can swap your parts over to a Krampus and get rolling.
The main changes for the Krampus were a wider set of 710mm Race Face bars and a longer stem to dial in the fit. Even though the 650mm bars I used on the Scandal felt fine on it as soon as I sat on the Krampus I knew I wanted wider bars on this bike. The 730mm wide bars feel perfect.
The Stan’s Flow rims have an internal width of 22.5mm. They aren’t an ideal match for Surly’s 3.0″ wide Knard tire, but they are paid for and in my garage so I’m going to use them. So far they’ve been fine. I’m running tubes for now, but will switch to tubeless down the road when I move to some wider Rabbit Hole rims.