charlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Just got a honky tonk frame and built it up with 105 and American classic wheels.Posted 6 years ago
Lovely looking frameset
23 pounds all in.
It ain’t 853 but it’s a very capable road frame.
I am quite in love with it.
Was at Evans today browsing bikes for my planned roadish bike purchase.
They had a few decent deals in – Fuji CX, Kona CX, a couple of Kona roads bikes as well as a few Treks that fitted my needs.
They also had the this
Which seems a bargain – is it though? Any opinion on it?
And just for kicks this.
What would it be like as an everyday commuter?Posted 6 years ago
I narrowed it down to the Honky Tonk 2010 and the Specialized Allez 2011
What brought me to my decision was:
-I wasn’t fussed about carbon parts, carbon forks seem more of a liability in the long run (to me at least)
-should manage some winter riding as long as it gets dried after
-should take guards without any aggro and racks if I ever need to
-weight is not hugely different and fitness can sometimes compensate for [some] weight differences
-didn’t think I needed the more race orientated geometry
-big reduction in price
-good reviews reviews on the such as the bikeradar one
-I like the retro look of it
The Kona seems more versatile to me and bloomin good value, one would be hard pushed to build a similar bike for 550
If you want to be at the front of a club ride or races then the Kona is probably the wrong bike
(don’t get me wrong the Allez looks great and I prob would of got it if I wanted a more racy build or perhaps a Giant Defy or Cube)Posted 6 years ago
Nah its not heavy.. see below 2010 Honky Tonk against 2011 Spec Allez
If you can trust these numbers its not a huge difference (bearing in mind also the Allez is more racy).. and eventually you might change the wheels on the HT…
Weight 24lb (24 pounds = 10.88kg)
Weight Approx. 22.31lbs (10.12kg) for the 52cm Size.Posted 6 years ago
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