Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Kona Scab

Kona Scab
Originally uploaded by Facility Bike Club.
Here's a bike you won't see too much of here. A few years ago I had to have a dirt jumper just because they looked so cool. I found the frame on sale at wheelworld.com for under $200, so I snatched it up. The frame is the "Scab" from Kona. It's an overbuilt steel frame, made to withstand bomb blasts and heavy artillery fire. I had enough parts laying around to mostly build it up. Some friends donated some parts too. Over the years, I replaced stuff that wasn't scab worthy.

This bike has seen a couple lunch time rides, but is horrible on the trail with it's BMX geometry. The bike is mostly used as an urban assault vehicle for around the neighborhood. It's great fun at the skate park, and I'll probably even take it to the BMX track and give it try there. It has a 3-5 inch travel Psylo on the front, but works best in 3 inch travel mode. You stand up to pedal this thing, and longer travel settings make the front end bob too much. It'd probably even be pretty cool with a rigid fork.

It's also currently setup as a single speed with 32-18 gearing. I think I'm going to add a 9 speed cassette to the rear, and it already has two chain rings up front. It needs a better range of gears, as it feels too trials-like at the moment. It's hard to get enough speed for some jumps in the current configuration.

So...just another bike in the collection. Not really needed, but fun to have!


Chris said...

Your bike collection is killer. When are you going to add an $11,000 carbon italian road bike?

bluecolnago said...

bikes are good! bikes are good! bikes are good!

i dig those eye-tallion road bikes, carbon and steel!

oldmanandhisbike said...

Yeah, you need a Cervelo or a Colnago in your stable! With full Campy gruppo and Zipp carbon wheels!
Maybe a recumbant while your at it too. What the hell; its only money!