And since then i have logged a good 14 hours or so on it. I dont have time to do a proper write up as I am going to go out and take advantage of the dry weather as it is supposed to snow tomorrow. But expect pictures and such later.
For now all i will say is that it has exceeded any expectations which i had. It is a beast, a very sexy beast. I love the color, i didnt know it would be so pretty…Ride wise it is sooo smooth i feel like im floating…the double holed cranks are a great feature…
Firstly, i was very impressed with the size of this thing and was very suprised by how light it is.
I assembled it all and put the pedals on, I decided I would try the 150mm setting first. I freemounted it my second try and rode down my driveway, I was laughing the whole time because I felt so high up! It was a little bit of a reach for the pedals so I cut about an inch off the seatpost and took it back out, it felt much better and I wasn’t as scared to really crank it hard.
Going faster than I could run on one wheel was a new experience for me and there is nothing else in the world quite like it, after cruising around my neighborhood and the park for an hour or so I felt comfortable enough to take it on some fast singletrack/fireroad near my house.
I felt like I was floating across the hardpacked dirt and was able to easily clear small drops and power up hills, I cruised back up to my house to switch the pedals to the 125mm setting to see what that was like.
I live on a hill, and taking it down the hill with the 125’s I felt like I could let the wheel have a little bit more freedom to roll. On flat sections i didn’t feel like I had quite as much control and felt like I was more shaky. I cruised around my neighborhood some more on the 125’s. One thing I noticed is that i get alot more attention and people slowing down to take a look at me on the 29er as opposed to on my 20".
I wanted to see what it was like on a steep climb so I rode over to a hill not far from my house and began to power up the hill, I made it about halfway before UPDing(my first one since i got it) I rode back down to the bottom of the hill to start from the begining, I brought my pedal wrench with me and switched it to the 150’s again and rode up the hill all the way with much more ease. There was a somewhat chubby kid about halfway up the hill on his bike and so I got a little cocky and just to show off I passed him going up the hill.
Overall I am very pleased with it, today I took it to North Table mountain which is basically just a long singletrack climb with a few mildly technical sections. I was able to succesfully clear most the obstacles, coming down was more difficult than going up due to the fact I don’t have a brake and keeping the wheel under control is somewhat hard. I think downhill riding will be more enjoyable once I have a brake.
Good Luck on your new beast! I enjoyed the writeup!
I am the proud owner of a KH29 2005. I am very happy with the 150mm cranks. I still have the round black KH/Onza cranks. I would not be switching the pedals back and forth often. It will wear away the treading. I ride a lot on agricultural tractor roads with tractor tread marks in them. Therefore the 150s are great. When I do go on the road I wish that I had 125s. But I find the road kind of boring. If I have to start comuting to work I would switch to 125s permanently.
I also own a KH24 2007 and let me tel you WOW. Kris knows what he is doing!