I enjoy my New Kona thoroughly, But I have realized it's slightly on the heavy side.
I am making up my christmas list, so everything I'm asking yall about is just so I can hope I get some of it.
I'm just looking to shed some weight, starting with the saddle and seat post area, as the WTB Speed V isn't working for me right now.
I was thinking of getting a more race orientated saddle, and the ones with the TI rails seem nice.
Is the Sette Rez TI any improvement at all?
My next question is, I am thinking of venturing into the world of Carbon fiber....
But I love my Thomson I have on the Trek.... What would you guys go with, a Decent Carbon Seatpost in the 80-100 dollar range, or a Thomson, which is in the same range?
The current stem on the Kona, I'm not sure if I like it.. (I'm unsure of the measurements of it right now, but will double check) I'm going to research and experiment with different heights and rises. I was also thinking Thomson on this, as they are strong yet light.
I saw Easton makes a carbon stem, but IDK if I want a carbon stem, and it's only 10 grams lighter than the Thomson.
My Current bars are O/S if that helps at all.
The Bars, I haven't really found anything wrong with them, but I've never ridden anything besides aluminum risers. I don't know what the advantages or disadvantages of a flat bar are.
Seems nice, and a bit lighter than the stock kona Bars.
A Upgrade I've found I will need in the near(er) future is brakes. The Hayes Soles are good for slowing down... that's about it. Stopping proves to be a rather hard and tedious task. I've checked, and double checked and they are set up really good with the correct rotor spacing and pad adjustment and etc.
I found a bolt on the lever is already coming loose, So my trust in the Soles is dimishing.
To add to the issue, my BB7 on the Trek is Killing the Soles in stopping power and feel. I feel like I can stop faster, and have more power backing the stop with the BB7 than I do with both soles....
I've been eying up some Avid Juicy Carbon Hydros for a bit now, I've heard they perform well, (Seems Avid has a good name in the brake business) and the carbon adds some bling.
But so darned expensive lol...
I haven't thrown out the idea of slightly used hydros... I'm just weary of who I'd be buying from, and what they did to them.
I realize that a lot of weight will be saved in the fork/wheels area... but I am not insane... yet. There are absolutely no performance issues with the fork yet, and it'd be stupid to even think about replacing it on my part yet. The wheel seem decent and strong. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I destroy them but then and only then will I upgrade them.
I'm trying to pick apart the parts of the Dawg that I feel I can make better and more comfortable, and gain some other performance virtues as well.
Any ideas / input?
I have the shields up, as I'm expecting some flammage because I just got the bike, and I know I should be happy (which I am) and I should just ride the thing, but Like I said, the stuff I, (and help from Y'all) determine will go on an Christmas list and from there it's only hope =) lol.