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The rig is finally ready to go. Here are some shots and a run down on the bike hardware. Ill post the gear soon.
Kona Sutra

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I put 100 miles on her since Monday and so far, so, so good.

This is a Kona Sutra frame built up all freak show : ) The thought is, that once in Colorado, Ill be able to swap tires, handlebars, and the stem so I can ride this on the Great Divide.

Its definitely possible. I’m going to take it mountain biking again this weekend. The other option, is to find a mountain bike out there and ship this thing ahead. Or……

Find a 29er mountain bike frame, and throw these parts on it. Actually, I built it this way so I could build up a legit mountain bike when I get back anyway. Heres what I built the Kona up with:

Chris King headset (only part I saved from my mountain bike)

Selle Italia Flite Gel Saddle

Dura Ace down tube shifters

Cane Creek levers

Avid BB7 disc brakes

XT rr derail/ 105 ft derail

11/32 rr cassette

50/34 compact double

Race Face Cadence Cranks (Yes, Race Face makes road cranks now! These came from a tech in Canada. The compact double 170 50/34’s were sold out everywhere)

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Shimano 424 spd pedals (So i can ride with sandles sometimes)

Velocity 36 spoke unmachined Deep V rims (indestructible and perfect for a second life on my fixed gear)

xt hubs

DT swiss Double butted spokes

and….. Shwalbe Marathon Supreme 32mm tires (These also came from a tech in Canada somewhere)

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The frame is a real beater. On the scale, with racks and fenders the built bike weighs in at 30.2lbs! I felt every pound of it my first ride and the thought of taking my single speed Lemond crossed my mind. However, this morning at 5:00am on its third ride I was pushing 25mph on the thing with a big smile. Loaded up, the rig will weigh in around 100lbs : )

The racks are an Old Man Mountain Sherpa in the rear and an Ultimate Low Rider in the front. The Old Man Mountain was the only way to go. Their as burly as the Surly Nice Racks, but can clear disc brakes because they mount to custom QR skewers! And the fenders are Planet Bike Cascadias, also chosen because they come with spacers to clear the discs.

As for panniers, Ortlieb Whitelines! Bright, conspicuous, and they match the white line on the side of the road which also matches the bar tape, which dosnt match the yellow seat, which matches the yellow line in the middle of the road : )

The Ortliebs pack a total of 3966.6 cubic inches. Thats a small/medium size expedition hiking pack. I’ve done two weeks hiking on 4000 cubic inches and that was way more than enough space. The orange bag is a 1800 cu/in CamelBak that fits a 4 litre dromedary. That will either get strapped to the top of the rear rack or shipped out for when we do the Great Divide. I definitely wont be riding with front panniers in the woods and maybe not even with the rears.

Kona Sutra

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Kona Sutra

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fantastic have good trip you thought of every detail, but then, you always know what you are doing GOOD LUCK!

Comment by Omi Appel

HEY VINCENT!.. good luck on the trip. it sounds like a blast.. i cant wait to hear stories.. have fun! mucho love

Comment by Giselle

Hi Vincent: Well, you and John are well on your way and you have certainly gotton very far across this big country. Omi keeps telling me that you have a “wonder lust” and I think I am coming to understand what that actually means as your stories keep coming in from the journey. Thanks for the calls and the regular updates. When I look at the map of the US, I find it hard to believe that a bike is what is moving your from one town to the next. It is simply amazing! Kansas is next and I hope your experiences will fill in my motion picture knowledge of the state. Of course, it is one of favorite films (The Wizard of Oz). It looks like big terrain looms ahead as you get to the end of Kansas and the leg of your journey that will take you through Colorado, Utah, Nevada and ultimately California. Stay in shape, rest, eat, enjoy the people you are meeting and the company of your good buddy–John.

Love, Mom

Comment by Mom




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