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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.
    ride natty ride

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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.
    2009 - Devinci Remix SL3
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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.
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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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