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  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Upgrades for 2013

    So when I bought my single speed it was just going to be an inexpensive foray into 29ers and single speeding, no upgrades, just ride "as is", just another bike to ride once in awhile or when my 'real' bike was in the shop.

    Well, after a few rides I fell in love (and drank the kool-aid) and realized my SS was going to be my primary ride.

    I bought a stock 2011 Kona Unit specs as follows:

    Frame Material Kona Cromoly Butted
    Fork P2 29er
    Crankarms FSA Comet
    Chainrings 32T/Guard
    B/B FSA MegaExo
    Pedals Kona Jackshit
    Chain KMC Z610
    Freewheel Formula 18T
    Brake Calipers Avid BB-7 MTB Disc
    Front Brake Rotor Avid G2 Clean Sweep 185mm
    Rear Brake Rotor Avid G2 Clean Sweep 160mm
    Brake Levers Avid FR-5
    Headset FSA
    Handlebar Kona Energy
    Stem Kona XC/Road
    Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset
    Seat Clamp Kona SeatClamp
    Grips Kona Race Light LOG
    Saddle WTB Valcon Comp
    Front Hub Formula Disc
    Rear Hub Formula Disc
    Spokes Sandvik Stainless 15g fr / 14g rr
    Rims Alex EN-24
    Front Tire Maxxis Ignitor 29x2.1
    Rear Tire Maxxis Ignitor 29x2.1

    So far I've upgraded the following:

    Changed the grips to Oury Lock ons.
    Changed the seatpost to Thompson Elite
    Changed the wheels to Stans Crest/Hope Pro 2 EVO/DT Swiss
    Changed the front tire to Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35
    Changed the pedals to CB Candies

    Next upgrades are the handlebars to Syntace Vector Carbon bars and the fork to a Niner Carbon Rigid Fork.

    So my question is what should be next? Or basically a list of nexts. My primary goal is to increase the fun factor of the bike,make it a more efficient machine, increase its responsiveness and reduce weight where I can.

    Specific suggestions and recommendations are most appreciated.

  2. #2
    Riding rigid
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Things I see that you could upgrade next would be brakes (unless you love the simplicity of BB-7s then keep them) or cranks (XT or SRAM w/spiderless ring).

    Anything else would be to bling up the bike where you may not feel improvement but your bike will look rad:
    - CK cog, or the new niner Ti cog
    - blingy brake levers (Avid Speed Dial Ultimates)
    - headset (You can get some nice sealed bearing Cane Creeks for around $40 or bling it with Chris King)
    - stem (Thomson or Syntace)
    Last edited by MTB Pharm; 12-10-2012 at 10:14 AM.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    carbon bars and/or just change width/ shape that fits your riding better than stock..

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