The Lone Ranger and Silver.
Roy Rogers and Trigger.
Indiana Jones and Short Round.
For me, the "pony" that gets me around on the trails with haste and vigour is my 2011 Kona Caldera hardtail. She's light. She's nimble. She's fast. But is she "enough" for the Tour Divide? Time and distance will tell.
|My "Black Beauty" geared up for long, lonely ride.|
At present, the only modifications done to this rig are the recent additions of some Ergon GP2 grips (not shown), Shimano clipless pedals, and a new chain (nothing really exciting about a chain). Along with some Bontrager kit bags on the gas tank, top tube, and seatpost, the bike is pretty much stock. Like describing a car, here's what's under the hood:
|Frame Material||Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted|
|Fork||Rockshox Recon TK Solo Air 100mm|
|Freewheel||Shimano HG50 11-34 9 spd|
|R/D||Shimano XT Shadow SGS|
|Brake Calipers||Avid Elixir 5|
|Front Brake Rotor||Avid G3 Clean Sweep 185mm|
|Rear Brake Rotor||Avid G3 Clean Sweep 160mm|
|Brake Levers||Avid Elixir 5|
|Handlebar||Kona XC/BC Riser|
|Seatpost||Kona Double Clamp w/offset|
|Seat Clamp||Kona QR|
|Grips||Kona Race Light|
|Saddle||WTB Valcon Sport SE|
|Front Hub||Shimano M475 Disc|
|Rear Hub||Shimano M475 Disc|
|Spokes||Sandvik Stainless 15g fr / 14g rr|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1|
|Paint Color||Black Beauty|
There isn't a whole tonne that I would like to change to the bike...maybe a new saddle and some new wheels...but these can all be transferrable to another rig if need be. My goal at this point in the journey is to evaluate the capabilities of this bike over the coming year with regards to durability and sturdiness. Longer rides (some overnight) will precipitate more equipment to be added. With this, strain gets put on the bike. I'm not sure whether my "Black Beauty" would survive the TD. From other blogs I've read about this race, my bike falls just short of what is deemed necessary to successfully complete the race. Not by much, but certainly enough to consider options next year.