Not so long ago, my intentions were to sell my Kona Coiler, and use the money towards a Salsa El Mariachi, a full rigid 29er 1×9. After some serious thought, the Coiler is staying. I started thinking of some of the epic rides planned for this summer, and the thought of having a full suspension bike for these rides sounded very appealing. Additionally, not dropping $1,500 an yet another bike also sounded appealing.
The latest plan, which is already in motion, is to put the Coiler on a diet. I also wanted to upgrade my Kona Kula at the same time. The following parts were purchased: Mavic Crossride wheel set, light weight high volume tires (WTB Weirwolf 2.5, WTB Mutano Raptor 2.4), and a pair of Crank Brothers Smarty pedals.
I just finished installing the new wheel set on the Kula. The old wheel set will go on the Coiler, saving almost a pound of weight. Rotating mass…the best kind of weight to lose!
The Coiler will get the Smarty pedals and the WTB tires. I swapped the Coiler’s Race Face Diabolus stem for the On One stem I got from Brian. This saved a 1/4 lb! The Diabolus Stem looks cool, but is made for riders with more courage than I have. The Diabolus stem found a home on my Kona Scab (Yeah, I like Konas!). A new fork is planned for the Coiler when funds allow. After the fork is purchased, I’ll still be about $1,000 below the purchase price of a new bike. I’m shopping the sales!
Tomorrow will be the first ride on the Mavic Crossrides. Stay tuned for a full analysis.