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    NBD: 2019 Kona Unit

    So I bought this on Friday.



    I'd been thinking about a winter commuter for a while , as road salt, dirt and subzero temperatures wreak havoc on the drivetrain of my cyclocross. So I found this (barely) used Kona Unit with some upgraded parts for sale and thought I 'd go for it.

    Impressions so far is that it's a really fun bike - the ride is very smooth due to the big wheels, it's not heavy either despite its steel frame. I still need to add some things to it, e.g. proper mudguards - commuting in the fall/winter without those is dirty business. I also might need to get a longer seat post, and perhaps change the gear ratio a bit. So far I haven't run into a hill here that feels heavy with this gear ratio, while the top speed is a bit limited. I'll probably wait until we get some snow to decide what to do about that.
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    Nice! Enjoy it!

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    Highly recommend a dropper post. Not that expensive a pretty easy install and will make the bike way more fun if you hit some trails in the summer. Very cool bike.

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    Nice! Straaaavvvvvaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Nice! Enjoy it!

    STRAAVAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Nice! Straaaavvvvvaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
    Thanks.

    My latest few commutes on Strava have been with this

    Riding to work with the Kona is a few minutes slower than on my cyclocross, but because it's mostly gravel (and in parts very uneven gravel) it still does pretty well.


    Quote Originally Posted by bulletbass man View Post
    Highly recommend a dropper post. Not that expensive a pretty easy install and will make the bike way more fun if you hit some trails in the summer. Very cool bike.
    I'll have to look into the dropper post. I'm pretty sure I have to change the current one, because it's a few cm too short.

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    I'm also just now noticing it's single speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    I'm also just now noticing it's single speed.

    Yep, that is one of the main reasons I bought this - maximum simplicity for winter cycling.

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