I tried Crank Bros on my old 29er and since they didn't have them in stock when I did my ins. claim, I went Shimano XT. I really like the control on the XT's.
I got a little burnt out this season so I did what any other road biker would do- get a 29er
Last time I had one of these I broke my leg... Reaaaaally need to find some mtn shoes and pedals. Haven't got to truly take it out yet. This thing is like a stiff road bike on the dirt, super responsive.
Odd question...have you ever had a chance to loosen the seat post clamp to move your seat post? I installed my Thomson and there was zero friction holding the post and it will pretty much drop all the way down if you let go before tightening the clamp. I've never had a frame like this and the LBS is telling me it is normal. Curious if I have an out of spec frame or if they are all like that. I'm worried about seat post slipping when I start riding.
So after an introduction into the "All-Mountain" segment last year and a quick season on my previous bike, I was itching for a new 29er bike, especially one that fit me right, as the Transition TransAM ended up feeling too small for me @ 6'4". Just a quick ride around the neighborhood tonight on the Honzo and things are looking great this season.
- 2012 Kona Honzo frame, 20 Long
- 2012 Fox 34 Talas 29 140/110 FIT RLC
- Cane Creek 40 headset cups
- Sun Ringle Charger Expert wheelset, sans stickers
- 2.4 Maxxis Ardent / 2.25 Maxxis Ardent, tubeless, Stans sealant
- Shimano SLX M665 brakes 203/180mm rotors
- Shimano SLX M665 crank
- Shimano XT M770 BB
- e.13 Guidering 32T
- Shimano SLX M662 GS rear derailleur
- Shimano HG-61 12-36 cassette
- Shimano SLX M660 Rapidfire shifter
- MRP Lopes SL chainguide
- Chromag Fubars OSX, 780mm wide, 25mm rise
- ODI Oury lock-on grips
- Thomson X4 50mm stem
- 2012 Rockshox Reverb 420x125mm post
- WTB Deva SLT saddle
- Point1 Racing Podium pedals
- Chromag QR seat clamp
- Chromag QR rear wheel skewer
Under 30 lbs would have been nice, but the last minute component changes were so worth it IMO (the Fox 34 and the Reverb post). And it's still lighter than my previous bike, so it's all good!
Last edited by eurospek.; 05-05-2012 at 09:12 PM.
2005 SAAB 9-2X AERO Arctic Silver 4eat | COBB Stage 2 Protuned
My Ventana, I've had it since late 07, custom built by CompetitiveCyclist, I haven't rode it as much as I should have since, but now I live in Okinawa and there is fantastic riding here, so I am getting my ass back into it, and abusing this bike properly now....
Happy bike by volksron, on Flickr
Okinawa mud by volksron, on Flickr
as for the superlight compared to other fs it still feels comfortable hitting roots and rocks, but i have way less pedal bob than my buddy with a trek fuel ex9. i tried the cannondale rz120(3) and scott spark70-60-50. they were all nice, but didn't feel 'special' to me. to me the superlight is a proven design that climbs like a hardtail and deals with roots and obstacles like a fs.
i also am mainly xc / singletrack, but now wouldn't mind adding in a little more downhill to the mix.
What chain ring is that? ^^^
The cut-out areas are usually behind the crank arms, and the solid areas are at 3 & 9 o'clock for bashing off rocks & logs.
anyway, that thing should fly!
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Ahhhh...you know I didn't even pay attention to the cut outs on the CR until you said something. I'll rotate it just to be safe. Thank you!
CR is a 34t RaceFace single: