April 6, 2017 at 10:52 am #816049
Looks like no one has made the thread yet this year, so here it is.
Just finished with my bike last night. Will have to wait for some better weather to take a proper photo, but this is view I had sitting on my couch after putting away the tools at midnight.
Attachments:April 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm #816053
Damn that’s a fine ass!April 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm #816055April 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm #816057April 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm #816059
They are WTB i35’s with bonty xr4 2.4’s. Lots of volume now but I’m looking forward to trying the 29 x 2.6 stuff on there.April 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm #816060
That’s a lot of rim. 2.6s should be nice on there.
I can’t remember, 120mm fork?April 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm #816061
Yeah, that’s the oneApril 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm #816063
We should totally do a bike swap one night after you get those 2.6s. I’ve got a 140mm on the front.
Anyway, who else got a new Kona??April 7, 2017 at 10:53 am #816073
Some nice rides here lads!
I kinda got the TI bug this season, bit over plastic bike at the moment.
For the spring I picked an Advocate Cycles Hayduke TI and a Lynskey GR250 TI. Both have been pretty sick and seen lots of trail already.
I’m now looking at either a TI drop-bar 29 or TI 29+ frame. I’ve loved my Pivot Les Fat but want a narrower q-factor. The Suzi-Q and Otso are nice but I would prefer TI. Here are few I’m looking at.
April 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm #816074
I’m going to have to claim credit for starting the Honzo partyApril 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm #816078
@fastimes Hot damn, you’ve got a serious ( and radical ) habit. That hayduke looks awesome – kinda had my eye on that for a while. I’ve also got an Alu RSD Sergeant which currently has 3.8s on it, but I’m gonna get some 2.8 Minion/Rekon on their for the dirt season. Nice to another bike to mess around on.
@micah356 I think I started the steel hardtail party, haha, but yeah, you definitely get some credit for my new honzo. Kinda wish I had just bought one in the first place, but glad for the time on the Chromag. I had piles on fun on that bike, and certain aspects of the ride I’ll miss.April 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm #816079
@jcitizen the Rekon is a sick tire. Fast, light and all the traction you need. One of my favorite setups at the moment. I bought Ikons but haven’t tried them yet as these are so awesome.
And yeah, that Hayduke rips. Such a fun bike. Been riding it with 29 X2.35″ as well.April 7, 2017 at 10:07 pm #816080
I had about a week or so of riding this puppy in the fall before things got too greasy. Can’t wait for things to actually dry out around here in the next week or two!April 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm #816081
@fasttimes it’s funny, the first time I saw the Rekon I thought it looked like the perfect Don tire. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it seems to be getting good real world reviews. I’d love to try a 27.5 2.6 version.
@shortcuttomoncton that bike is looking sweet! And the luddite in my appreciates the top choice but not top price DT alu rims & XT stuff. The money was spent where it really mattered (to me). Is that a stock build?April 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm #816083
Completely stock except for some Xpedo pedals I jammed on! It’s the SB5 XT build in their Turq carbon layup – I got a pretty insane deal on that model and it perfectly matched my budget, and it’s nice to get bumped up to the Factory suspension. Figured I would slowly upgrade a few things starting next year – maybe wider wheels and something like those 2.6 tires people are raving about? The XT 11sp cassette is pretty heavy, but the bike is already super light so I don’t really feel much pull to spend big money there. I came from an 11-sp XTR 9000 shifter, XT 8000 derailleur and SRAM X1 cassette mashup, and I must say that the all-XT experience is even better so far.
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