Thursday, February 20, 2014


Well it's the cold of winter and I don't know about you guys but when I'm stuck in the deep of winter I start to hallucinate. I found myself today remembering that in just a few months I will be shredding big mountains, climbing aspen filled groves, I am drooling on my keyboard just at the though of it right now. It has me reminded of how well my old 160mm suspended Kona Coil Air handled the varied terrain I encountered. When I moved to CT and found the bike heavy overkill for CT riding I decided to sell it and missed big bikes ever since. So when I start to dream up something nice and new to add to my fleet something comes to mind. NOT something wrapped in carbon, NOT 27.5 or 29" wheels, NOT something with loud ass ratcheting hubs, not some multi colored blinged out thinga ma bobber. What comes to mind is the Knolly Chilcotin, it's a beast of a bike offering all I need in one package. I can only imagine the excitement and joy this thing in my life could bring, 160mm+ is about what I want for travel, the rest of the package is glorious. So I need about 4500$, that's a ton of money obviously, there are obviously way too many priorities to dig deep into my pockets and buy such a rig but for now I need to warp the universe to set my plans high. For now, my 130mm Kona Tanuki will have to do, I look forward to getting it back moving when we arrive back in Utah. Things are going thru my head about it actually, I would love to put a stiffer wheelset on there, also would like to get a new fork so I could run 15 or 20mm front axle. Also the brakes need attention, the Elixir 3's were great for East Coast riding, but after my first ride in Utah they have been howling and under powered since. Wheels, fork, and brakes.......... Something to think about when I get to budget 500$ to do what I please with the tax return. Time to start finding used lightly stuff I guess. Soon I will buy whatever I want but for now I am happy with what I got and as long as its moving me up the hill on one gear or 10, suspension or no suspension, I just want to be riding :)

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