Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall Project: Kona Unit...

 I got a little antsy-in-my-pantsy's and started to get my newer Kona Unit built-up and ready to roll. I almost succeeded, but lacked enough brake cable housing to get the rear mechanical disc brake connected. That's not all bad, and if you read THIS you know you don't really need a rear brake anyway.
Still anxious to get out on this beast, and not truly knowing what the hell I was going to do with it, I started dabbling into my parts bin to get something going. My initial thoughts were Monster Cross or Commuter. Now that I have this puppy together and have taken her out for a spin, I am thinking I need a second wheel set - I'm rolling with Street Machine/Back-up Single Speed.
Here is the build for those who are into that sort of thing:
  • 2011 Kona Unit, Size Large Single Speed frame w/ Sliding Drops
  • Thomson Elite Layback post, silver
  • Thomson Elite Stem, 110 x 6, Black
  • Chris King Headset, silver
  • White Brothers Rock Solid Carbon 29er Fork
  • WTB Rocket V Team, Ti railed saddle
  • Kona Clamp
  • Yeti Lock-on Grips
  • Real anodized Blue Levers
  • On One Mary Bar (flipped)
  • Race Face Forged Turbine cranks
  • Spot Bash Ring
  • Surly 34t Chainring
  • Surly 16t Cog
  • Sram 8-speed chain
  • Bontrager Race Lite Wheels w/DT Swiss Hubs
  • Schwable Big Apple 29 x  2.35 Slicks
  • Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake(s)
  • Welgo Flats

The ride is fun, feels great on the pavement and I'll be able to haul around the little Pirates on the Trail-a-bike or Burley Trailer with ease. For now I might remove the rear brake and lever. I don't think I need it, especially once I have The Manimal build-up the Phil Wood hub I have to eventually make this into a fixie. I also have thoughts of putting some skinny knobbies on and trying a few CX races. Hmm...choices.

One thing I will add: The Schwable Big Apples are awesome and fun urban tires, however they suck-balls on loose dirt singletrack...just sayin'.