Good morrow good friend and loyal fan of Team Seagal. If you know anything about anything then you know we love the hell out of Kona bicycles. It became too much for me, Nico Toscani, to handle watching a 26" wheeled Poo-Brown 2006 Kona Unit just wallow around the TC-MAN with nobody paying it any attention. One day a few months back I got a crazy idea (after lurking and reading through the various threads in this forum over at mtbr.com) and I formulated a plan to take the beautiful Deddaccai steel bicycle into my possession.
I invested in this bike's future- it really needed a head start in order to compete with all the other Unit's. My Unit received a new set of medium-sized wheels. Take a look, everything fits very nicely into the frame with zero modification. The tires are made by Panaracer and designed by this guy. I am running the 2.3 Neo-Moto tire in the front and the 2.1 Quasi-Moto tire in the rear. The wheelset was expertly produced by Wes McLaren, M.D. using Velocity Blunt rims, Sapim Race Spokes and XTR center-lock disc hubs.
The bike climbs so well, it has to be because of the insane-short 16.5" chainstays. I also really feel that the wheels and tires deliver just as much great traction as my 29er.
My next thoughts for the bike are some pretty cool ones. As it stands now with pedals and cages the bike weighs in at 23 lbs even. I am currently running the stock Kona Project 2 steel fork, axle to crown length is 410mm. The 480 gram Ritchey / Trigon carbon fork has the same dimensions! It is full carbon including steerer, dropouts, and disc mounts - amazing. An equally amazing upgrade might be a set of race wheels built up on Stan's 380 gram ZTR Rims. Awww man, I think I would really like that. In fact, Energor would be quite proud of me. On the other hand, Mrs. Toscani might be liable to hold a 29er auction to fund all of this...
So far the bike has been shown the trails at Council Bluff, Greensfelder, and of course several laps at Chubb. Let me assure you, all is well. Thank you for your time, I hope to see you all on some firm off-road surfaces very soon. Lets hope that the only poo-brown we see will be under my legs and not splatered all over the trail!