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    Kona Unit Build

    Well, finally got around to building my bike. Finished my wheels a week ago and just got my frame and fork back from the shop where they installed my crown race and headset cups. Here she is after an application of framesaver. Today I am cutting the steerer and wondering if I should install the cranks first so I can get a better feel for everything. I will try to add more pics as it progresses.

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    Love my 2012 Kona Unit. Had her for about a month now, also was a custom build. Here she is on my local 30km loop. And yes, those are zebra in the background!
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    Nice!!

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    hey guys what are your bikes' weights? I got a stock '12 about a month ago also...

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    I'm selling my 10 cadabra and a 10 unit and having a 12 unit built by my LBS, hopefully by the weekend.

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    The orange looks awesome!!!
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    Well, I decided to do it right and ordered a metric torque wrench. Next week the build should get back underway...

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    All that's left is to install my chain and brakes, then tighten everything good:


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    OP: Very nice - really looks "put together."

    Part spec please!

    What made you chose a Unit to build from scratch?

    What trails is it designed for?
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    I had the guys at Queen City Cycles build one for me,gonna get it dirty this weekend.
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    Kona Unit Build-imageuploadedbytapatalk1332371086.728492.jpghere it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryder1 View Post
    OP: Very nice - really looks "put together."

    Part spec please!

    What made you chose a Unit to build from scratch?

    What trails is it designed for?
    Thanks man! I decided that I wanted to build my bike from the frame up, and just decided on the Unit after almost committing to a Jabberwocky. I decided I wanted to buy the parts I wanted and go all out. It's designed for XC trails, but I will take it almost anywhere (here in Austin TX) like I did with my hardrock. I just took it around the block for a test ride and it rides really nice. A couple times there was a pop when I mashed down hard on the pedals. Not sure what was up with that. I'll have to keep my eyes/ears on that. I'm 6'3" and about 215lbs and it fits good.

    Specs:

    2012 Kona Unit Frame (20") and P2 fork
    Chris King Threadless headset
    Truvativ Stylo Stem 5°-100mm
    Truvativ Stylo Bars
    ODI Rogue grips
    Avid Dial 7 levers
    Jagwire cables
    Avid BB7 calipers
    Avid 185mm disc in front
    Avid 160mm disc in back
    Thomson seatpost collar
    Thomson seatpost
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    Truvativ Stylo 1.1 SS crankset 175mm
    Shimano M520 pedals
    KMC X8 chain
    ZTR Flow 36h 29er rims
    WTB Bronson 2.2" tires (tubeless)
    DT Competition spokes
    Chris King 36h SS ISO disc hub in back
    Chris King 36h ISO disc hub in front
    Salsa quick release in front

    Here are some pics, click for a bigger version:

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    Quote Originally Posted by campdog View Post
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    Now that's a Unit I'd ride. Looks great with the Kashima and orange frame!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccs1676 View Post
    A couple times there was a pop when I mashed down hard on the pedals. Not sure what was up with that.
    Yeah, I had that happen on my first 5-10 Unit rides. It hasn't happened since, but I"d like to know what caused it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ccs1676 View Post
    Specs:

    2012 Kona Unit Frame (20") and P2 fork
    Chris King Threadless headset
    Truvativ Stylo Stem 5°-100mm
    Truvativ Stylo Bars
    ODI Rogue grips
    Avid Dial 7 levers
    Jagwire cables
    Avid BB7 calipers
    Avid 185mm disc in front
    Avid 160mm disc in back
    Thomson seatpost collar
    Thomson seatpost
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    Truvativ Stylo 1.1 SS crankset 175mm
    Shimano M520 pedals
    KMC X8 chain
    ZTR Flow 36h 29er rims
    WTB Bronson 2.2" tires (tubeless)
    DT Competition spokes
    Chris King 36h SS ISO disc hub in back
    Chris King 36h ISO disc hub in front
    Salsa quick release in front

    Here are some pics, click for a bigger version:
    Very pretty. Thanks for posting the pics. It's is a classic "enthusiast" rig IMO: steel frameset, top notch wheels, quality components, SS, rigid. My Unit also has King SS hubs, Flow rims, and Stylo 1.1 cranks. Well done.
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    Thank you sir, I'm excited to take her out on her first date!

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    Looking very good. I ride mine mainly on cross country and mild trails with small drops, rocky descents and ascents. The rigid fork definitely ups the technicality of any trail.

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    I recently picked up a stock unit. I absolutely love mine. I ride mainly loose gravel trails, firebreaks, some technical stuff, altnough I have to admit that cobblestone streets and a rigid fork are not a pleasant combination. Love your unit though, she looks great and will be a lot of fun to ride.

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    can a 2012 owner please tell me which sized seatpost clamp the frame takes? (27.2 post but what is the diameter of the seat tube)?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by allrachet View Post
    can a 2012 owner please tell me which sized seatpost clamp the frame takes? (27.2 post but what is the diameter of the seat tube)?

    thanks
    2011 Unit takes a 30.0. I'd assumed 2012 is the same. Hope sells a 30.0 QR with non-tool micro adjust (although its bulky and fugly compared to Salsa's QR tool micro adjust).
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    I just got back from my LBS and ordered a 12 Unit. Cant wait to rip it up on this beast. This will be my first 29", first SS and second full rigid (other than my 9 zero 7).

    Ill post back after a couple of rides.
    up to 5 bikes again, well 9 if you count the entire family...

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    can anyone confirm the collar/clamp size for me?

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    my 2012 just showed up, and i can confirm 30.0mm seat collar clamp.
    up to 5 bikes again, well 9 if you count the entire family...

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    you jerks.

    this thread is gonna make me poorer.

    I want one so bad!

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    ok thanks for the confirmation
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    Been luvin it
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    What are the most important upgrades to the Unit, in Unit owners opinions? About to buy one and have a couple benji's left-over to spend on components, including a recon fork... I think. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Camino View Post
    What are the most important upgrades to the Unit, in Unit owners opinions? About to buy one and have a couple benji's left-over to spend on components, including a recon fork... I think. Thanks!
    After getting some rides in, I'd get my fit dialed in by replacing any necessary cockpit parts: grips, bar, stem, saddle, and pedals. And change the rear cog's size if necessary. Beyond that, I'd get a fatter front tire and look into tubeless options.
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    upgrades

    I've swapped out a number of the parts on my '11 Unit. Not sure whats on the '12 but the FSA BB on mine was shelled after about 150mi. I replaced the BB and cranks with an e-thirteen. Also replaced the bar, stem, pedals, post, and just yesterday went to Geax Mezcal tires.

    I love this bike, and I will be replacing the fork with a Niner carbon in the next few weeks. Also have a Groovy Luv Handle bar on order to try the backsweep.

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    Update: been riding the unit daily around the hood and nearby hike/bike trail. Took it on some singletrack one time before realizing I am gonna need some squish. I don't think my headset/arms will endure it. Besides that, it's been a pleasure to ride. I highly recommend one if you are still considering various SS frames. No complaints at all.

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    VERY nice!
    I bought a leftover UNIT almost 2yrs ago, '06-'07? Purple frame.
    Love this bike, so much I bought a 2011 frame and built it up geared!
    I'll put up some pics when my post count is high nuff....
    Too soon old-Too late smart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie_S View Post
    I've swapped out a number of the parts on my '11 Unit. Not sure whats on the '12 but the FSA BB on mine was shelled after about 150mi. I replaced the BB and cranks with an e-thirteen. Also replaced the bar, stem, pedals, post, and just yesterday went to Geax Mezcal tires.

    I love this bike, and I will be replacing the fork with a Niner carbon in the next few weeks. Also have a Groovy Luv Handle bar on order to try the backsweep.
    AWESOME upgrade!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie_S View Post
    I will be replacing the fork with a Niner carbon in the next few weeks.
    I'd like to hear your impression of the stock fork versus Niner's carbon fork. Have you replaced the stock one yet?
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    Did anybody get a weight the '12 unit frame only?
    thanks

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    not yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryder1 View Post
    I'd like to hear your impression of the stock fork versus Niner's carbon fork. Have you replaced the stock one yet?
    Sorry, been away for a while. Haven't done this upgrade yet, all of my spare $$ has gone to purchasing parts for my Raijin build that is the project this year.

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    Does anyone have info on tire clearance in the rear? Have a Hans dampf on a salsa gordo that needs to find a new home.

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    In the process of building a Unit right now, Waiting on a wheelset from Stans, I should have the bike Wednesday and will post some pics then. For now, here are the specs:

    2012 Kona Unit (19")
    P2 Fork
    Kris King Threadless
    Race Face Turbine Stem (6 deg 100mm)
    Race Face Turbine Flat and Wide Bars (700mm 5 deg sweep) These things are crazy wide!
    Ergon GS2 grips (the ones with bar end extensions built in)
    Hope Pro X2 Evo brakes
    Aligator I-Wave 160mm rotors
    Race Face Turbine seatpost
    Selle Italia Flite Gel Titanio saddle with Troy Lee eyeball graphics
    Race face Atlas Free Ride/ DH cranks (175mm 6mm chainline adjustment) these have four rows of bearings (same bearings as the xc) and are very stiff should be a very durable bb for singlespeed
    Race Face single ring (36T)
    Crank Bros Egg Beater 2 pedals
    KMC Z chain
    Im getting an 18, 20 and 22 t haven't decided on the gear yet
    Hope Pro 2 bolt on singlespeed rear hub, QR disc front
    double butted spokes
    Stans ZTR Arch rims
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires (tubeless setup 2.2")

    Can't wait to get it on the trail!

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    I recently finish the build of my 2012 Kona Unit, rigid singlespeed for some time it's a geared HT now. Loving it




    I regret white grips and saddle so I put the black ones in again

    Please excuse my poor English
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    Sorry for no pic, my post count is not high enough.

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    Fer83,

    What made you go with a fully geared setup? I have the hope singlespeed rear hub, and have toyed with the idea of getting a 10 speed spider from sram, that way I could run 1x6, and have a little extra speed going down. It would be the equivalent gearing of the middle ring, and the six smallest rear cogs.

    Also, I have noticed that with the 36 x 20 gears I'm running, I have to run an extremely long chainstay length to get proper chain tension. Does anyone know of a good geaing for the Units to have a short chainstay? Mine is a 19"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooliopoof View Post
    Also, I have noticed that with the 36 x 20 gears I'm running, I have to run an extremely long chainstay length to get proper chain tension. Does anyone know of a good geaing for the Units to have a short chainstay? Mine is a 19"
    All the frame sizes should have the same chainstay range (17.1 - 17.7).

    32X19 is what I'm running. An online chainstay calculator indicated it would be 17.1, so I initially ran 32X20 for 2-3 rides to stretch the chain a hair, then shortened it a link, prayed, and 32X19 barely fit.

    Try this link: http://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php - kind of confusing until you figure out how it works, but has worked for me.
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    I think I read 32x21 is the magic gear for the unit, but I'm not 100% sure about this

    I go fully geared because it adds to the do it all capabilities of the bike. Suspension fork and dropper seatpost added for the same reason. I love this bike, it's fast on flowy trails, loves to take little air on everything, climbs well, descend with confidence and takes cornes like anything I have ever ridden. Really really good fun. Since I was a llittle boy I want to have a hardtail made by Kona, now that I have it I cannot be happier

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    Actually, this is a better link.

    http://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php...ey=Stay_length

    Nice app.
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    I didn't even think about the possibility of the chain stretching enough initially to remove a link, I'm going to try that before I change any gearing. I went with a 36 up front because the larger diameter rings lead to less tension in the chain and make it last longer. In BMX racing, you have tons of torque. All of the street riders use around a 25 x 9, but the racers snap chains with that gearing, so they use 44 x 16 which is essentially the same gearing with less chain wear.

    My history with bmx is why I chose singlespeed and rigid. If you have a hard time getting up a hill, stand up and man up. Anyway, you can't really go fast downhill on any xc geometry bike, even the FS type because of the hunched over position and steep headtubes. These factors lead to a very unstable descent. Unless you are a hardcore racer or fearless that is.

    Food for thought.

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    I am looking at building a Unit as well, but going for a 1x10 set-up. Owner of the frame says it can go either SS or geared. Is this correct? Also, the frame looks like it has a tapered headset, is this truly a Big Unit? The Kona badge on the front isn't a sticker, it is a 3D metal badge? Help, I don't want to make a mistake with this 16" frame before I buy it!!! Thanks!

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    The steel frame is the Unit, the aluminum the big unit.

    Unit does not have tapered head tube and comes with singlespeed dropouts only, but kona offers a geared dropout with a deraileur hanger. You probably have to go through a kona dealer or ebay to get it though. I know someone that has gotten one, through a kona dealer though. There is also a thread somewhere on this site where someone adapted the singlespeed dropouts for a unit to accept a replacable der. hanger. It would take some tools and skill though.

    Big unit has a tapered headtube, is alum. and comes with a geared hanger if purchased as a complete bike. I don't know if the big unit is available as a frameset, but all big units come geared. They do have sliding dropouts though.

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    ten.

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    Here she is

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    cooliopoof, thanks for the feedback. The ebay seller says this is a scandium Big Unit frame (black or dark brown) that is set up for SS, but can accept the rear derailleur hanger for gears. Is that hanger hard to find? Does this sound legit?

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    The scanadium is just an alloying element for aluminum. haven't ridden the big unit frame so I can't comment on it's geometry. but the steel units are very planted and great on climbs. They are more xc oriented than all mountainy. They are harder than most to wheelie and jump, but that's not what they're meant for.

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    Just got a '12 Unit complete for pretty good price. Felt way more jarring than my 26 rigid bike at first, but I am slowly getting it set up how I like it.
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    The grips are crap. I wrapped them in bar tape like I have started to do on my other bikes and it helps a ton. Added bar ends as well.

    I believe the stock fork is stiffer than hell compared to the surly fork on my 26er.....may have to change that at some point.

    I already ordered a new rear wheel with full cassette to run gears. SS is cool, but not for where I ride. Too much flat, and too big hills. This bike is going to be for gravel, adventuring, and winter training. I was able to get the geared dropout put on when I bought it, as the shop had one lying around.

    I am 5-11 and got a 19" but I am still working on matching the position on my other bike. Swapped out for a 90mm stem, but that seems to long. This morning I put on a 70mm from another bike and will try that tonight. May need riser bars to get the bars level with the seat how I want them.

    Converted to ghetto tubeless with gorilla tape. The Speedisc rims seem made for this. Bead on the Ignitors is nice and snug to the bottom of the rim. Aired up and holding well so far.

    So far the ride is great. Also my first 29er and it just ROLLS once you get it going. Love it.

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    So what do one of these bad boy Units weigh? And how about a stock unit?
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    mine was 27lbs 3 oz. With pedals. If I were to do it again i think I would buy a frame and build it up. Every part on it is pretty crap. Besides the brakes everything is going to get replaced I think eventually. I was too impatient though. Dumb me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Train View Post
    mine was 27lbs 3 oz. With pedals. If I were to do it again i think I would buy a frame and build it up. Every part on it is pretty crap. Besides the brakes everything is going to get replaced I think eventually. I was too impatient though. Dumb me.
    Ahh. That's the info I was looking for. I've got a Nashbar SS 29er that I've upgraded with carbon fork, post and handlebar, Bicycle Wheel Warehouse Pure Wheels, and some other nice tidbits.Its got a very good frame and went from 27.5 lbs to 24 with the upgrades.

    I've spent about $900 on it altogether, and I think that's a better bike than a Unit for $1000 that has a bunch of crap parts on it that will need to be replaced... and sometime later, I can always buy a Unit frame and build it up with all those good parts... he heh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGABIGD View Post
    I've spent about $900 on it altogether, and I think that's a better bike than a Unit for $1000 that has a bunch of crap parts on it that will need to be replaced... and sometime later, I can always buy a Unit frame and build it up with all those good parts... he heh.
    The Nashbar is a bit of a bargain, but if I remember correctly the rear brake is mounted to the frame so when you slide the wheel backwards or forwards to adjust for chain length the brake caliper and disk doesn't always line up right. On the Unit the rear brake is on a bracket that moves with the wheel hub when you adjust, keeping the disc and caliper aligned and also negates the problem of the hub moving when you brake hard..

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    ^ Yes, there's some truth to what you said, but I think my Surly tuggnut keeps the wheel where its supposed to be. Also, I purposely got a wheel with an xt hub as the skewer has more clamping power than other skewers. So far, I've had no problems.. And I weigh 255.
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    Ohh, and you can view the Surly tiggnut in my gallery. Its a beautiful and thick piece of machined stainless.
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    No way that Nashbar bike is a nicer bike. In any way. You don't have to replace anything on the Unit. Each piece on the Unit is good to go. Plus it looks way better IMO.
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    "So what do one of these bad boy Units weigh? And how about a stock unit?"

    My 19" unit with the p2 fork, tubeless setup, and downhill cranks sits at 23lb 10oz. And I still need to cut the seatpost and steerer tube. With a singlespeed setup, light wheels are where you will save the most weight. you are already lighter using a rigid fork and lacking gears and derailleur and extra chain length.

    If I switched to carbon bars, seatpost, fork, and a lighter crank it could easily be 22lb.

    I am looking at switching the fork to a reba rl29 airshock so that I will be more hard charging on the way down. It will bring the weight up to 24.5-25 which is a great weight for a bike with a steel frame.

    Weight is not the only factor either. These frames both suck up vibration, and have a very stiff pedal platform. I have ridden some of the earlier carbon road frames that felt like the bottom bracket was attached to the frame with rubber, and with as stiff of a crank as I have, at 195lbs there is no noticeable flex in the bb. I think it is because of the boxed in design of the chainstay/ bb connection. Switching from a 26" alu hardtail, I would never buy a hardtail made of alu again, the ride is too harsh.

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    Having a hard time getting my riding position correct on my Unit. It matches my other bike by the seat-to-bars distance and height, but just feels weird still. Not sure if it is the bars, or what....like I am too far forward, which can't be because the measurements are the same...!? Any ideas? Running a 70mm stem on a 19" frame with the stock bars. All my other bikes are risers not flat bars, but the position is the same so it shouldn't matter. WTF!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Train View Post
    Having a hard time getting my riding position correct on my Unit. It matches my other bike by the seat-to-bars distance and height, but just feels weird still. Not sure if it is the bars, or what....like I am too far forward, which can't be because the measurements are the same...!? Any ideas? Running a 70mm stem on a 19" frame with the stock bars. All my other bikes are risers not flat bars, but the position is the same so it shouldn't matter. WTF!?
    Wider bars than your other bikes? Steeper seat tube angle? What are your other bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Train View Post
    Having a hard time getting my riding position correct on my Unit. It matches my other bike by the seat-to-bars distance and height, but just feels weird still. Not sure if it is the bars, or what....like I am too far forward, which can't be because the measurements are the same...!? Any ideas? Running a 70mm stem on a 19" frame with the stock bars. All my other bikes are risers not flat bars, but the position is the same so it shouldn't matter. WTF!?
    Sometimes it's the small things. I couldn't quite stretch out when standing and mashing on my 19" Unit (I'm 6'1"). I swapped the standard bar to an Easton with about and inch of rise (EA30 high rise) and it made a world of difference. I'm really surprised it made that much of a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    I couldn't quite stretch out when standing and mashing on my 19" Unit (I'm 6'1"). I swapped the standard bar to an Easton with about and inch of rise (EA30 high rise) and it made a world of difference.
    I totally agree. Dialing in that stand-and-mash body position is IMO the most critical thing about riding SS. Before I put a high-rise stem on my Unit, I was crouched over, causing wasted core energy, and not allowing my weight to fall naturally onto the pedals and rear wheel. When you get more erect and start dancing on the pedals, SS feels like cheating (well, until it gets really steep). Comfy, too.
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    The RavX shorty bar ends make a big difference when you're sitting as well as standing on the pedals.
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    Got my fit issue resolved by going to the shop and swapping out the 19 for an 18. Feels right. It didn't before when I test rode it, but it's hard to tell in 5 minutes of parking lot shredding....Just a bit tighter, and just feels right. Wasn't stoked on the bike before, but now, it is totally great. Spot on. Funny how a small change can have such a big perceived effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Train View Post
    Got my fit issue resolved by going to the shop and swapping out the 19 for an 18. Feels right. It didn't before when I test rode it, but it's hard to tell in 5 minutes of parking lot shredding....Just a bit tighter, and just feels right. Wasn't stoked on the bike before, but now, it is totally great. Spot on. Funny how a small change can have such a big perceived effect.
    Great to hear. I got my Unit on the net because I couldn't find a local dealer, took a chance and ordered the 19" and after swapping the bars it fits like a glove. It's a really fun bike once it's dialed in.

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    Same here with fitting, I should be on 16" but went with 18" for longer wheelbase, changed to shorter stem and it's pretty comfortable. The only downside is, due to long wheelbase, I can't do a wheelie even if my life depended on it.
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    32:22 on the inside for doubletrack/singletrack

    A mishmash of parts, but a pretty fun ride!


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    I've got a Nashbar SS 29ER highly modified with carbon fork, bar, and seatpoat, excellent BWW wheels and a few other goodies. This bike hauls a## and is very stout.. Weight is 24.5 right now. Would it be of benefit for me to pop for the Unit frame for $539 plus prob about $100 to get it built properly by my LBS or just keep the machine the way it is? i.e. What benefit would I get with the Kona frame?

    All the components on the Nashbar are top-notch that would be put on the Unit so it would for sure be a bad-ass build.
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    Seatpost for Unit is 27.2 mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpits View Post
    my 2012 just showed up, and i can confirm 30.0mm seat collar clamp.
    I just pulled the trigger on an order for a 2012 closeout frame/fork.

    Can somebody confirm, 27.2 post and 30.0 collar?

    I'm pretty stoked, I've always wanted to have a Kona, and this will be my first orange bike since the Bontrager Race I was riding back in the mid-90s.

    Woo hoo!

    EDIT: One other thing, is the frame suspension-corrected for a 100 or 120 (4 or 5 inch) fork? I plan to run it rigid at least for a while, but wonder what squishy fork it would take if I decided to go that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    I just pulled the trigger on an order for a 2012 closeout frame/fork.

    Can somebody confirm, 27.2 post and 30.0 collar?

    I'm pretty stoked, I've always wanted to have a Kona, and this will be my first orange bike since the Bontrager Race I was riding back in the mid-90s.

    Woo hoo!

    EDIT: One other thing, is the frame suspension-corrected for a 100 or 120 (4 or 5 inch) fork? I plan to run it rigid at least for a while, but wonder what squishy fork it would take if I decided to go that way.
    Congrats.

    Yep, 27.2/30.0

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    I just bought a 2012 18" Unit

    [QUOTE=ccs1676;9127554]Thanks man! I decided that I wanted to build my bike from the frame up, and just decided on the Unit after almost committing to a Jabberwocky. I decided I wanted to buy the parts I wanted and go all out. It's designed for XC trails, but I will take it almost anywhere (here in Austin TX) like I did with my hardrock. I just took it around the block for a test ride and it rides really nice. A couple times there was a pop when I mashed down hard on the pedals. Not sure what was up with that. I'll have to keep my eyes/ears on that. I'm 6'3" and about 215lbs and it fits good.

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    2012 Kona Unit Frame (20") and P2 fork
    Chris King Threadless headset
    Truvativ Stylo Stem 5°-100mm
    Truvativ Stylo Bars
    ODI Rogue grips
    Avid Dial 7 levers
    Jagwire cables
    Avid BB7 calipers
    Avid 185mm disc in front
    Avid 160mm disc in back
    Thomson seatpost collar
    Thomson seatpost
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    Truvativ Stylo 1.1 SS crankset 175mm
    Shimano M520 pedals
    KMC X8 chain
    ZTR Flow 36h 29er rims
    WTB Bronson 2.2" tires (tubeless)
    DT Competition spokes
    Chris King 36h SS ISO disc hub in back
    Chris King 36h ISO disc hub in front
    Salsa quick release in front




    One answer I can't find, doesn't help that my bike isn't here yet. Exactly which Chris King model did you install?
    Thank you,
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    what I ride

    15 months ago my rig was a SIR9 matched to a 100mm fork but I craved to get back to rigid. The SIR9's angles were too steep for me, so, after much research, I found a '11 Unit on eBay, swapped a bunch of parts over, and splurged on a Niner carbon fork. I couldn't be happier. Here's the spec and two pics from my last ride.

    '11 Unit 20"
    Niner carbon fork
    King SS hubs w/fun bolts and DT spokes
    Flow rims tubeless w/tape
    Ardent 2.4 EXO + Ikon 2.2 EXO
    Stylo 1.1 OCT 180mm 32t
    King 19t cog
    KMC Z610HX chain
    XTR M985 pedals
    Eriksen 420mm 27.2 ti layback brushed post
    Fizik Gobi ti saddle(1st gen.)
    Hope post QR
    2008 M775 XT brakes 160/160
    2011 Monkeylite DH 710mm hi rise bar
    Easton 20d stem 100mm
    ESI chunky grips
    Origin8 headset
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    Here's mine, got her first dust coating today

    2012 20" Unit Frame + P2 Fork
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Ordinary black shimano hubs laced to Bontrager dusters
    Hone Crank
    Surly 33 ring, Surly 21 sprocket
    RaceFace Evolve post
    Salsa stem and bars
    Ergon grips w/the teeny little bar ends
    Specialized Eskar tires front/rear (rear is beat)
    Avid BB7 brakes/XTR V-brake levers
    Fun!

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    Kona Unit

    I bought a closeout 2012 18" Unit and have been using the money I saved to help swap components. Here are the changes I've made: Haven't quite gotten the gearing where I want it but hopefully the 33 21 combo will be good.

    Answer ProTaper 720AM 2" rise carbon bars
    Crank Brothers Iodine 2 stem
    Oury lock-on grips
    Hope headset spacers
    Hope seatpost collar
    Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 setback seatpost
    Crank Bros Mallet 2 pedals
    Rear cog stock 18t, also have a 20t not sure of the maker and a Surly 21t
    Ordered and soon to receive an E*13 33t chain ring
    Ordering Niner carbon fork in the next week.
    Once the existing headset and or bb shell out I'll upgrade them too.

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    Here's mine

    XTR cranks and brakes - with alfine 8 IGH, will soon replace carbon forks with White Brothers suspension.


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    2011 unit front derailleur

    does anyone know type and size front derailleur that would work with 3x9 sram x7 shifters
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    So far I've put on a truvativ noir carbon bar, esi chunky grips, 110 mm truvativ stem and switched t0 a 34t chain ring, xt pedals and some kenda karma's. Pro carbon fork and a wheelset change are the plan over the winter.

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    Made some changes over time to mine:

    Pugsley fork up front:



    With a Reba:



    And finally with a Carbon Carver Bikes Fork up front:


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    2014 v. 2013

    Can anyone speak to whether the new geometry of the 2014 unit significantly affects the handling v. the 2013 unit. The 2013 18" has wheelbase of 1105mm at the shortest setting with an ETT of 595mm. The 2014 17" wheelbase is listed at only 1090 while the ETT is 597mm. There is no 18" in 2014 re the unit.

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    Friendly bump.

    Anymore builds to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjx View Post
    Friendly bump.

    Anymore builds to share?
    Far too much orange in this thread: My unit enjoying northern AZ singletrack:

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    We should really make this a consolidated Unit thread (like for the KM and other surlys), instead of new threads for every year. Anyway...

    Here's my 2011, looking a lot like McG's old one:



    I'd been running a midge dirtdrop since last fall and liking it quite a bit, but last weekend I swapped to a woodchipper and am thinking it might be a winner.

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    Unit #2

    Nice 2011's guys. i just picked up one myself! I bought and built up a 2013 frame/fork and I love it so much I just had to have another. This one was sitting for a couple of years at my LBS. Can't believe no one bought it. Got a good deal and the lifetime frame warranty too. Going to throw some bags on this one and maybe do some camping. I love the matte white color...

    Edit: I added a rack for some grocery runs. It's a Blackburn Central rack which can be mounted on the axle with an OMM style longer skewer. And attached up top to a Salsa rack lock. Plenty of tire clearance, seems solid so far.

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    Here is one to share:
    2013 Unit Frame (large 19in) w/
    -Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, QR15
    -Stan's ArchEX rims on DT Swiss hubs
    -1x9 Xtr drivetrain with RaceFace Turbine Cranks and RF narrow-wide 30t
    -RF Turbine stem (90mm) w/ Diety BlackLabel low-rise (cut to 730mm)
    -BB7 discs with 180mm upfront
    -Ergon saddle on carbon post
    -Some extra orange bling here and there, ie Salsa seatpost clamp.

    This thing rips the steep n' deep country here in N. Georgia. It's set-up kinda like a "Honzo Lite" in concept. The 120 fork with the 48mm offset gives it about a 67 degree head angle that is perfect to still climb like a goat, but rip on the downs. I haven't been this happy with a ride in a long while. It is definitely built specific for the tight, twisty, rooty and step trails of the SE. Here's pics:Kona Unit Build-unit1.jpgKona Unit Build-unit2.jpgKona Unit Build-unit3.jpg

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    2006 26'r

    light weight & a plush front end.what more could you want?
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    2011 Unit Medium Frame
    Syntace Vector Carbon Handlebar 680mm with 12D sweep
    Truvativ AKA 70mm stem
    ODI Rogue grips
    Chris King Headset Red
    Niner Rigid Carbon Fork White
    Magura MT-2 Brakes
    Stans Crest Rims Laced to Hope 2 Pro EVO Hubs (Pewter), DT Swiss spokes
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO 2.35 F 2.25 R set up tubeless
    Modified XTR 960 Cranks Polished Silver
    Blackspire Chain Ring
    KMC Z610HX Chain
    Thompson Elite Seatpost Zero Setback
    Candy Crank Bros Pedals White
    Stock WTB saddle
    Forrmula 18T Cog

    About 22 lbs.

    Upgrades on the horizon:
    Miss the wider bar and will probably upgrade the 680 to a 740mm Syntace Bar and cut it down to 710-720.
    May also upgrade the stem to a Syntace 60mm Force 109.
    Change to cog to a Surly steel cog

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    17 inch unit frame
    p2 forks (would like some 100mm manitou tower pros)
    slx cranks
    1x10 with deore clutch mech
    11-36 casette
    30t blackspire mono veloce ring (much better than raceface narrow wide btw)
    50mm easton stem
    crank bros sage 780mm bars
    gravity dropper
    sdg I-beam fx saddle
    superstar 29r wheels with switch hubs
    9mm f and 10mm r superstar thru axles

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    2010 20" Unit.
    Funn Fatboy 750mm bars.
    Fizik Gobi seat.
    Absolute Black oval narrow wide 32t chain ring with 20t Surly cog.
    Candy 2's.

    First ride since getting it.



    Want some suspension now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    <s>2010</s> 20" Unit.
    2011

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    Ah ha.

    I bought it as a 2010 19".
    It measures as 20" and has 180mm cranks, so I can believe the year being wrong too.
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    Ice Tech rotors and Specialized Fasttrak Control 29x2.0 tyres and it's now 11.8kg

    Rotors didn't do much, but the tyres did indeed.

    Under 12kg! Most excellent!

    Next would be <10kg which is a bit less economically viable.

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    Gone back to BB7's temporarily and had to change out the rear 160mm IceTech rotor for a standard one. The BB7 inner pad arm his the alloy spider of the rotor. With the mechanical brakes, the bike is now above 12kg

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    2013 Unit - final build spec for awhile

    Recently added:
    - Fox Float 80mm fork
    - Crankbrothers Cobalt 11 carbon bars
    - Crankbrothers Cobalt 3 seatpost
    - Shimano XT cranks
    - Niner 32T single speed chainring
    - Cane Creek 40 Series ZS44 headset
    - Easton EA70XC wheelset

    Now for some pics:
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    Kona Unit Build

    Just added some WTB i23's from a 2015 Unit. Not the lightest, but 23mm and tubeless goes a long way.

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    Did my first ever race on a single speed today. A 2hr XC. Soaking wet and muddy as the drought broke. Great fun
    Could only be improved by front suspension (was a little rocky on the downhill single track)...
    Oh, and more horse power.
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    I don’t usually post, but get inspiration from browsing the forums. Hope this helps.

    2014 Kona Unit (Medium) - 32x18 right now – 21’ish lbs

    Niner RDO fork
    ZTR Crest wheels – SS/trials rear hub
    Easton EC70 720mm bar
    Easton EA70 70mm stem
    XT cranks – Blackspire Mono Veloce 32T ring
    Surly 18T cog
    SLX brakes
    Truvativ T30 carbon post
    Selle Italia SLP XP saddle
    Cranks Brothers pedals
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