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    upgrade recommendations

    I have a stock 2010 Kona Unit that I absolutely love. Thinking about adding some upgrades but don't know where to start. What parts do you recommend upgrading first? I'm looking for something that will actually make a difference in the ride.

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    Simple bike, so I would have to say a nice set of wheels would be my first choice.

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    Here is mine for ideas...





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    Quote Originally Posted by phenotype View Post
    I have a stock 2010 Kona Unit that I absolutely love. Thinking about adding some upgrades but don't know where to start. What parts do you recommend upgrading first? I'm looking for something that will actually make a difference in the ride.
    What do you feel could be better? Wheels, tires, bar, and saddle should be considered. And maybe shoes - I love my Specialized clipless shoes (stiff and comfy).

    Here's my '11 Unit: Niner carbon fork, Origin8 Space OR2 bar, Easton EA90 100X10 31.8 stem, Origin8 headset, King SS hubs, Stan's Flow rims, Ardent 2.25/Crossmark 2.1 tubeless, '08 XT M775 160/160 brakes, Eriksen 420/27.2 ti post, Fizik Gobi Wing Flex saddle, Stylo OCT 1.1 180mm 32t cranks, King 20t steel cog, KMC Z610HX 3/32 chain, XTR pedals.

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    26" wheels. Or 650b. You are pissing away your life.

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    I would buy a new wheelset. Rotational weight is where you should be concerned about losing weight.

    You bought a great bike at a great price point. No reason to throw tons of money at it. Sure you could knock a pound or more off of it but it might cost half as much as you paid for your bike.


    Quote Originally Posted by phenotype View Post
    I have a stock 2010 Kona Unit that I absolutely love. Thinking about adding some upgrades but don't know where to start. What parts do you recommend upgrading first? I'm looking for something that will actually make a difference in the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmallsol View Post
    Here is mine for ideas...




    Nice bike. Like you I added a longer stem and the niner flat top bar with a Specialized road seat that looks like the Selle you have. I stayed rigid with a niner carbon fork, not worth the money over the p2. An easton carbon seat post and lighter tires. Next year I will do some stan wheels and go tubless.

    For a start the carbon bar and a good tire pressure gauge made the most difference in a softer ride.
    2011 Kona unit with some carbon.

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    actually, I bought the frame la carte and built it up from there. Ebay for the win.

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    some stans wheels and tubeless will blow your mind

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    I have been toying with the idea of going tubeless. Does it really seem to make a difference, considering the ability to run lower pressures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth View Post
    26" wheels. Or 650b. You are pissing away your life.
    You got that MCF 29 built up yet??

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    You got that MCF 29 built up yet??
    Nope, currently ****ing up the wheelbuild. I'm hoping it'll be done by the end of the week, so I can give it a test ride somewhere pretty.

    Can't post it here cause it is going to be a 2x10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phenotype View Post
    I have been toying with the idea of going tubeless. Does it really seem to make a difference, considering the ability to run lower pressures?
    It makes a huge difference, especially when running a rigid fork. Tubeless combined with a high volume front tire like a Rampage 2.34, Nobby Nic 2.4, Nevegal 2.4, etc, this allows you to run silly low pressure for a nice ride.

    I just picked up a Unit last week. I'll be ordering a set of Stan's within the next couple of weeks. I've already installed a Ramage 2.35 up front. Improvement over the Ignitor as being able to run a lower pressure with the rigid fork. I also replaced the flat bar for a riser carbon bar, and ordered some Ergon grips for it. Other than that, I might go for a slightly longer stem (90mm might be a tad short), but other than that, I'll end up putting a Niner carbon fork on it come spring.

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    How much of improvement with a carbon fork as far as anti shock properties
    does it really make a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonecrow View Post
    How much of improvement with a carbon fork as far as anti shock properties
    does it really make a big difference.
    With the Niner - better on small hits but worse on big hits. If you hit it straight on( same direction as fork legs) there is no give, very harsh. Wish I had spent the money on wheels or a crank.
    2011 Kona unit with some carbon.

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    Hope Gear inches

    I have two single speeds. with 26" wheels

    One has 34x18 for a gear inch of 49.11. 180mm cranks

    two has 32x17 for a gear inch of 48.94. 175mm cranks


    The bike with 180mm cranks seems easier too turn the gear,where 175mm bike I seem to struggle with this set up. What gives? I know I am missing something,I just don't know what it is.

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    more tooth count is also smoother to pedal. i have two SS with 2:1 setup, one is running 34x17 and one is 24:12. same tire, same crank arm length, different feel.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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