Velo Bella-Kona Ride

Putting it into perspective

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Queen's Maiden Voyage


I think I can finish two laps now.

Thanks to my new Kona King Supreme (painted up like a Queen Kikapuu).

As anyone who knows me knows, I love my steel mtb hardtail. So much so, that although other mountain bikes have come my way, my hardtail has been my main mtb for over 5 years now.

But along came the Queen.

And one lap on the Sea Otter course was enough to convince me. I had so much fun on my ride that I wasn't ready for it to be over. I wish it would stop raining so I could ride it here on my local trails after work (hurray time change!!)

2.5" of travel in the rear was just enough to soak up the bumps and chatter. I was bombing down the center instead of tiptoeing across the best lines. And the Fox RP3 rear shock has this cool on the fly adjustment thing so I could lock it out on the paved or fireroad climbs, or open it halfway for those bumby climbs. I could stand on this bike and it felt just as solid under pedaling as my hardtail.

In addition, this bike handles very well. After a few miles I found that sweet spot of where to lean and felt almost as agressive in the turns as I do on my hardtail. I found that I could be even more aggressive on bumby turns because I could stay seated. I think I gapped my fiance on one of those turns. And I know I gapped him on the firebomb descents. Neener neener neeener.

Overall, for a course like Sea Otter, this bike rocked. I feel a little better about having to do two laps now that I have a bike that will allow me to go faster and save energy. ........And look good.

Installing the new SRAM X-O shifters

SRAM X-O rear derailleur and Easton XC wheels

Fox RP3 shock and cool bella graphics

Kula Primo (above) waits its turn. The Queen built up lighter than my steel hardtail with the following components:

Easton 70 Seatpost and Stem
Easton Monkeylite SL bar
Easton XC One Wheels
Avid BB7 Brakes

Crankbrother Eggbeater pedals
Chris King Headset

SRAM XO Shiters and derailleurs
Fox 80X Fork
Schwalbe Jimmy tires


At 11:45 AM, Blogger PAB said...

I want one! (for road riding, that is. Two days of Bob's backroads and my back is killing me...)

BTW,I think this may be the first official use of the term "fiance".

Definitley the first use of "gapped my fiance".


At 12:52 PM, Blogger ginmtb said...

I noticed that too (the fiance thing). Now when will Olaf use it...

Dang nice lookin' bike! What was the total weight?

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I dunno

Our scale is Michael with his arms outstretched and with one item in one hand and another in the other hand.

not exactly science

but, by that scale, this bike is lighter than my steelman by .46667 pounds.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Chico Cyclist said...

Okay, it's official - I want that bike! And I think Lori does too. That thing is SWEET!!

At 12:19 AM, Blogger ginmtb said...

You guys don't know the bathroom scale trick? Step on it carrying your bike, note weight. Then step on it sans bike, note weight. Then the difference is how much the bike weighs. I know, math is tough, but who wants to buy an expensive scale to weigh a bike?

Of course, the whole weight thing is for weenies anyhow so who really cares?


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