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    Decided to treat myself to a 2014 Kona Unit.

    I’d asked about the 2013 a couple of weeks but decided to go for the 2014 instead.

    It’s raw with Cyan tint. looks beter in the flesh than on the Kona website.

    I’m swapping the cranks over to my SLX ones, and I’ll change the brakes too. Ordered some valves and tape to go tubeless.

    And I’ll be running less than 35psi minimum on the sidewall, will I die?!

    Let’s see yours then!

    Rogan Josh
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    Ha, pathetic, anyone care to explain how I post a pic from Flickr?

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    Like that …. Have you weighed it ?? Reckon the frame merits a bit of upgrading 🙂

    spooky_b329
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    There is a share button that will give you the url. paste it here.

    Rogan Josh
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    Oh does that mean you can see it?!

    Na not weighed it yet, will do though.

    Unit frame
    Kinesis carbon tapered forks
    Thomson stem and post
    Crank bros flat bars
    Bontrager ti saddle
    Deore crank and bb
    Surly cog
    Hope chainring
    Hope pro3 hubs with 719 rims
    Elixir 1 brakes

    Waiting on the king headset.

    Need some wider flat bars, suggestions? And also a set of higher volume tyres, nics or ardents I think. How are the ardents on yours?

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    Sorry rogan josh I meant the op 🙂

    Rogan Josh
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    Ye sorry plus one I got that just now, I thought you were the op. I’m still trying to post a pic of mine haha.

    duntstick
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    Rogan Josh, you just need the one lot of http://

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    Yours looks sweet too !!! Would love to know the weight of yours too.. I see the 2014 is reynolds 520 chromoly.. What is the tubing on yours ?

    You need to copy/paste the bbc code for pic to appear rather than a link 🙂

    Rogan Josh
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    Do I just paste the URL here, or use the IMG button and paste it there? Do I leave the http first?

    shifter
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    Edit: pardon me, just being a smartass.

    Nice bike and garage Josh.

    Rogan Josh
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    Cheers all, that was getting emotional. Breadcrumb, looks nice. I’d be interested to know of weight differences as yours has posher metal!

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    Not ridden it yet to say anything about the Ardents, they look to have my kind of tread pattern though.

    I haven’t weighed it yet either, I’ve knocked 200g by swapping the cranks over, probably due to losing the bash mostly I’d say.

    I do like the look of the 13 Unit, the 2014 comes in 17″ which fits me better.

    RJ- how do you find the carbon forks compared to the P2s?

    Rogan Josh
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    Ye I’ve got some conti mountain king 2.2 on at the moment that I had lying around at home but I hated them when I used them, I’ve ridden over loughrigg in Ambleside hundreds of times without a puncture and had three in two rides there when I used them first! Probably gonna get some ardents.

    Can’t comment on the fork yet im afraid, still waiting for my headset to arrive. I just swapped them straight up when I bought the frameset and sold the p2s on here unused.

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    Often admired that one whilst lurking!

    How do you find the bb7s? My mates got a bit seized during the puffer, kind of puts me off.

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    they are Formula R1’s not BB7’s

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    Rogan Josh- what gearing have you gone for? I ride mainly around Keswick so pretty similar terrain.

    I’ve not done any SSing for a few weeks now, its gonna be hard work for its first time out

    Rogan Josh
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    32×19, what about yours?

    I’ve never had a ss before! Converted my hardtail for a bit a while back and rode 32×16 which I found pretty hard in the lakes, so I think 32×19 will be a bit easier. The bars I’ve got on at the moment are only 680mm so think ill need wider for all the cranking!

    td75
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    2008 Unit, love it!

    td75
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    hopefully this should work,


    Ansteys Cove Coastal Path 2 by Tim Dart, on Flickr

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    Quantocks 6/7/09 by Simon J Taylor, on Flickr

    More here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonjohntaylor/sets/72157618828936686/

    Good to see the badge on Vortex’s bike now 🙂

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    Vortexracing- I thought the red part was in adjuster, sorry. I blame my tiny phone screen.

    Rogan Josh- Its stock with 32:18, I ran the same ratio on my Kula but that was 26″. I was toying with a higher ratio so I’ll see how I get on.

    All kept rigid do far, no one fancied sticking a suspension fork on one?

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    All kept rigid do far, no one fancied sticking a suspension fork on one?

    In the olden days of boing:

    Hayfield 25/5/09 by Simon J Taylor, on Flickr

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    Took my Unit for its first blast on Saturday. Thought I’d take it somewhere I know well so just headed up to Whinlatter, rode really nice. Gearing is a little harder but rolls well on the swoopy bits so I’ll persevere with 32:18 for now.

    Ardents felt really good so converted to tubeless, bonus that the rims come ready fitted with proper tape.

    Think I’ll need some chunky grips for my spade-like hands though.

    EDIT: Rogan Josh- It was just under 27lb with SLX chainset (no bash) and Hayes Strokers.

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    My 2014 Fat Fronted Unit 🙂

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    Alright, it’s not a Unit, but it’s not a million miles different, 520 tubes and even the same colour as Rorschach’s’is is.

    edit – now with flat bars and that bottle got bounced out of the cage somewhere too.

    Rogan Josh
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    image by vartyjosh, on Flickr

    Finished now, and it’s mint.

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    Looks great – Where did you get the tan/skinwall Ardents?

    Rogan Josh
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    Few places have them think they’ve been doin them a while, I was gonna get black but they were out of stock, pretty glad now!

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    If you don’t mind me asking … where did yours come from?

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    Oh ‘unit’ units… Doh

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    RJ- looks good, really like the skin wall tyres, can they be run tubeless? Have you got in dirty yet?

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