- quick and agile. the angles are good and the ride sweet & sultry. as a brother who has run steel for many years ... i forgot what it's like to have a tight little alyu-minnie-um frame underneath you.
it jumps, squirrel-like.
- light ... this bike weighs under 18 pounds, i think. that's pretty much the weeniest i've ever been. the majority of the poundage comes off the fork - one of the Easton carbon mono-cocks.
combined with the alu frame-age ... this makes for a very, very stiff and chattery ride. I can feel the difference pretty significant on the washboards ... bumpatanutza.
. . .but, is there a bit of snappage in my future?
even at the flyweights ... i break lots of stuff.
fingers crossed, yo.
- ca-lore ~ baby, i'm tellin' you ... nobody will be missin' me streaking through the darkened forest. as Sabine says, that shit is road construction orange.
- orange bike, yellow tufos, shit eating grin.
fashion police will be setting tazers to "puree"
- too small and too big at the same time.
I'm a firm believer that you fit a bike from the ass forward. For me, I'm a dude who digs a seat angle of 71 degrees. Not a stock option for those in the know. And so, as g-nome noted, the saddle is slammed mo' den legal on this Kona because the seattube angle is quite a bit steeper than my preferred.
Once I get the ass set up to generates the power right and true ... then I move on to the upper body. As da'PAB will attest, I like to have an upper body much more compact than most riders. I like my hands in close and my arms bent and relaxed ... able to absorb loads of shockage and ergonomic to support my huge noggin (the ego balloon).
Unfortunado ... the top tube is where things go haywire on stock bikes. On the new Kona ... the top tube, even on a 52cm frame design ... is still way out there. And so, I'm running a 90mm stem that could easily be an 80mm. Bummer.
But, more shytey is that on the 52cm they run a very, very short head tube. Yeah, yeah ... this is utter snoresville gab for most all ... but, I'm fat and happy from food and brew at the moment and feel like tapping out some unedited bikegeekblather.
anywho ~ with the nubby design of the head tube ... that means i've got to throw on 45 spacers to get my bars up high enough to ride my ride.
... on a carbon fork, yo.
And what's more ... that nubber head tube and slightly sloping geometry = no triangle to speak of.
ok ~ enough dork speak. I've got to pen somethin' mo' poetic in the next couple days or go mad.
MAD I TELL YOU!