Steve Penny grew up working at The Bicycle Shop in Sarnia, Ontario, in fact, he says he never really stopped. “I guess I never really stopped working there; to this day, stopping in to say hello usually results in helping customers and servicing bikes. Luckily for me, they’ve been a Kona dealer for well over 20 years, so I’ve seen my fair share of these beautiful bikes.”
“I purchased a complete Unit X in 2018 after my first multi-day bike-packing trip. Large sections of the trip were spent on sandy quad trials and loose washboard gravel rail trials. During the adventure, I realized that wider tires and a better riding position would have made a world of difference. At the beginning of 2019, my goal was to ride only this bike for the entire year, no matter what the terrain or conditions. The goal was inspired in preparation for the BT700, a 700ish Km bike packing trip through some of Southwestern Ontario’s most beautiful and challenging terrain. So, I commuted to work, I spent long days on gravel roads, and I enjoyed plenty of single track rides, all on this bike. Over the course of the year, I tried various different setups. Now, almost two years later, i’ve landed on what I feel is the perfect bike for all of my needs.