Nearly Solstice Ride

Nearly Solstice Ride

7:00 pm 6/20/15

Meet at the corner of Court and Church in Hastings
24 MIle BR Course

Socializing and refreshments afterward at Waldorf
Self-supported; bring what you need

Front and Rear Lights Required

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Cool Around the Shop

We’ve had some interesting Konas in the shop recently and managed to take a few typically blurry pictures.

First up is a customer’s Hei Hei Deluxe. Carbon frame. Carbon rear triangle. Fox CTD suspension. 120mm of travel up front, 100mm out back. Tubeless rims and tires. SLX drivetrain. This is a splendid bike, one that I try to snag when I’m at Kona’s HQ each year. This is a very confidence-inspiring, capable bike. Mucho fun.

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Fantastic graphics this year.
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Carbon rear triangle. Tubeless ready.
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Fox shock and geometry data.
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Swoopy carbon. Good colors.
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View from the front.

Next up is a Big Unit, Kona’s aluminum 29er hard tail frame set. Nice bits include a SRAM X1 drivetrain, Reba fork, Roam 40 wheels, Syncros cockpit and Maxxis tires. Very nice.

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Very black bike.
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Kona’s digging the decal on the down tube this year. The chrome on black works really well to these eyes, eyes that belong to a human that wore a KISS t-shirt is sixth grade.
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X1 isn’t as light as its brothers, but it’s more black! And more affordable. Nice stuff, for sure. Also note sliding dropouts for single-speeding.
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SRAM Roam wheels are quite nice. The 30 pictured here is UST compatible.

The Kapu caught my eye immediately. Reynolds 853 frame. Wonderful paint. Steel fork. 700×28 tires. It’s not as oddly light as the Eclipse was, but a steel frame with fatter tires sure makes sense for our frost-heaved roads.

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Classic look. Terrific graphics.

 

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View from the front. Note the wider tire and 853 sticker.
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105 drivetrain. Mavic wheels.
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Very attractive steel fork.

Tools of the Trade

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Bearing press? Yeah, we’ve got a bearing press and a heaping helping of adapters for different bearing sizes.
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Gratuitous picture of an honest-to-goodness cigar box that once housed cigars. Now it contains other stuff.
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Excruciatingly expensive digital torque wrench used to attain proper torque on many a fastener.
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A nice assortment of headset and fork tools and adapters with the digital Mititoyo caliper Dad gave me many years ago.
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Sometimes it’s nice to know how much something weighs. To the gram.

Pretty Pictures

One day our friend Amber came by with a metric ton of camera equipment, some sheets and a husband/helper to take pictures of a few of our bikes. I thought it might be a nice change from the typical blurry iPhone photos for which this site is infamous. Like El Guapo.

Speaking of El Guapo, we’ll start with the Guru CR.901, Guru’s top o’ the line triathlon bike. Dressed up with Chorus 11 and some HED aero wheels, it’s a beautiful bike that shifts extremely well and rides like a race car.

Guru's finest tri bike, the CR.901
Guru’s finest tri bike, the CR.901
Custom geometry. Custom paint.
Custom geometry. Custom paint.
Campy Chorus 11, just because.
Campy Chorus 11, just because.
Lovely bike. Very purpose-built.
Lovely bike. Very purpose-built.

The Scale 930 is Scott’s “entry” carbon hard tail 29er. Things are very nice for 2013 — Schwalbe tires, SRAM 2×10 drivetrain and a Fox fork compliment proven frame geometry and carbon manufacturing techniques.

Scale 930, Scott's entry carbon 29er
Scale 930, Scott’s entry carbon 29er
SRAM 2x10 drivetrain
SRAM 2×10 drivetrain
Just another day at the office.
Just another day at the office.
Very light. Very crisp. Terrific place from which to observe nature.
Very light. Very crisp. Terrific place from which to observe nature.

The Scale’s dual-suspension brother, the Spark 950. This guy has an XT/SLX drivetrain, a lightweight aluminum frame, a Fox fork and the innovative Twinloc lever that adjusts the fork and shock lockout simultaneously. Very clever. Very fun.

Scott Spark 950
Scott Spark 950
Aluminum frame, Shimano drivetrain. Fox fork.
Aluminum frame, Shimano drivetrain. Fox fork.
The base of the shock is attached to an eccentric which allows the BB height of the bike to be adjusted.
The base of the shock is attached to an eccentric which allows the BB height of the bike to be adjusted.
This lever partially and fully locks out the fork and short.
This lever partially and fully locks out the fork and short.

The Jamis Nemesis, an aluminum-framed 650B mountain bike. When a 29 is too much and a 26 is not quite enough. This is a cool bike: SRAM drivetrain, X-Fusion Velvet fork, good tires and sharp handling.

The Jamis Nemesis.
The Jamis Nemesis.
650B fun in aluminum with a SRAM drivetrain.
650B fun in aluminum with a SRAM drivetrain.
Nice cockpit with Ritchey comonents.
Nice cockpit with Ritchey comonents.
A X-Fusion Velvet fork. It's as much fun to ride as it is to say.
A X-Fusion Velvet fork. It’s as much fun to ride as it is to say.

The Scott CR-1 Pro has a lot to offer. Very light and comfortable with good looks to boot. While an actual racing bike, the CR-1 was designed to take some of the “oh my goodness this bike is far too stiff” -ness out of the equation. Great geometry. Smooth ride.

The very nice Scott CR-1 Pro.
The very nice Scott CR-1 Pro.
Ultegra drivetrain. Yum.
Ultegra drivetrain. Yum.
The Ultegra crank provides fantastic front shifting.
The Ultegra crank provides fantastic front shifting.
The rear triangle featuring Scotts SDS -- shock damping system. -- for a smooth ride.
The rear triangle featuring Scotts SDS — shock damping system. — for a smooth ride.