Holy cowâ€¦ have I been lazy, Iâ€™d promise to post more often but then I might later be accused of being a liar.
In any caseâ€¦ I got some new wheels. A Kona Kula 2-9 I have yet to ride it more than 100 yards but Iâ€™m going to take it to MtB Oregon in 2 days. Should be interesting. Iâ€™ll bring my Monocog 29er along which has proved to be an awesome bike. The Kona weighs in at 25.5 lbs which is not super light for a hard tail but is the lightest bike Iâ€™ve ever owned.
Over the last 6 months Iâ€™ve become a huge believer in the 29â€³ wheels, on the Monocog 29er Iâ€™ve conquered trails which previously I felt challenged on riding a 5â€³ travel bike. The Kula 2-9 adds a few things the MC lacked. Primarily the Reba forkâ€¦ The rigid fork on the Monocog has really taken itâ€™s toll on my hands and wrists. Hopefully the 85mm of travel on the Reba will alleviate this issue.
The Kula 2-9 also has sliding drop outs. This allows me to use quick release tires, reducing the weight of my rear hub and speeding up tire changes. finallyâ€¦ I have the option to go geary or SS. After 6 months of Singlespeed Iâ€™m not sure I want to go back to geared. Singlespeeding is just plain fun. Iâ€™m of split minds about this though, on the one hand I love to challenge myself to ride everything and when Iâ€™m single speeding I just have to admit that there are sections that are too steep and walk them. Also, on long steeper hills Iâ€™ll be able to spin up them. Butâ€¦ single speeding is so fun. I guess weâ€™ll see how this plays out. Iâ€™m already looking at dropping down to 1Ã—9 from the 3Ã—9 I currently have.