Yet another steel 29er hardtail
1st ride conclusions:
Despite what people will tell you about 29ers, it didn’t feel like a 26″ full-suss (not that I expected it to), and it went around corners fine. It even left the ground a couple of times. It cruised the flat very quickly and climbed surprisingly well too.
Despite wide bars being all trendy and stuff, 800mm is just silly, even when you’re my size. I feel they slowed the handling down too much and made everything feel a bit stretched. I’m gonna chop 50mm off which should improve the bike character (so I reckon). The knuckles on my left hand are also quite sore.
I had a lot of fun on it, and that’s the point, isn’t it?Posted 4 years agoPacemanSubscriber
800mm is a very wide bar!! 750mm will be just fine and save any more knuckle bashing episodes!
I’m hoping the whole “feels like a 26er” rumour-mill has almost stopped now. 29ers aren’t a new fad anymore and they ride like a 29er whether you like it or not (this is a good thing!). Personally I think they make a great alternative to compliment a 26er in the shed.
Loving your new bike, looks like the perfect woodland singletrack slayer. I’ve also built up a Charge Cooker 29er hardtail recently and have been very pleased with it.
Enjoy!!Posted 4 years ago
also it appears you seem to be running one of those new ‘folding’ chainrings
It’s a new fitness aid that forces you to keep it in the big-ring for some uphill gurning. They’re really easy to fit. All you do is buy a second-hand chainset and forget to check if the bolts are done up before you fit it.
Oops.Posted 4 years ago
I got the frame from a shop in Glasgow called Cycle-Lane (cos they did it on 6 months interest free for me). I don’t see why any Kona dealer couldn’t sort one though.
Chopped the bars down to 750mm and it’s a different bike. Feels planted and solid now, but really chuckable when I want it to be. One of the issues I’ve always had with 26″ bikes is that I feel really ‘perched’ and unstable. Geometry of bigger wheels seems to really suit me as I feel like I’m a lot more ‘inside’ the bike, so a lot more confident. Does that make sense?Posted 4 years ago
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