Personal changes to bike so far:

Shimano M424 pedals

frame tape and wrapped chainstay

WTB Rocket V saddle

Geax Saguaro 29 2.2 tires with Project 321 anodized Stan’s ZTR rims running as tubeless with rear tire turned in the traction direction. I switched the stock wheels out because I build wheels for a living. Hence the rolling billboard.

Bike as ridden with changes 30 pounds 9ounces. Stock weight including pedals was 31pounds 6 ounces.

OK folks 1st ride down and looking forward to the next ride. This bike climbs like an XC bike and descends like a DH bike.

Pedaled up and over frozen slippery roots, negotiated tight twisty turns and held it’s own on the long pedal sections. Pointed down the mountain it just ate every thing up.

When Kona first started their 29’er line line they used the Rock Shox Reba forks. Later as the line progressed they used the Fox Float forks on the highend models. I don’t have a prefference for either fork company. I have to say this Rock Shox Revalation just soaked up every thing from roots, holes and rocks. It felt pretty much bottom-less. The bike felt really well balanced.

Sram X7 2 x 10 crankset 26/39T with the 11/36T cassette and Sram X9 rear derail did not disappoint. Shifts were spot on. The Elixer 5 brakes worked just fine. I need to move them in a bit on the bars because I like 1 finger braking.

All in all at a $3100 USD price point you get so much bang (bike) for the buck it is hard to beat.

Let me get some more rides on it this week and I’ll some more info for you.