Me and Goldie had a blast on Saturday at Swinley.
The number of looks and double takes I got was notable. Perhaps it was the sight of my mega-legs or my nice 1998 Kona jersey...or, perhaps, a man on a skinny looking hardtail!
I'm pleased to report my 30 something legs and this beast of a bike, cleaned up and rinsed out the youth on show with their modern full suss beasts. For sure they could let loose on the downhill stuff and I did struggle to keep up with them then, but as soon as we hit the flats and especially when the climbs kicked in, they went backwards.
This thing is a fu
cking rocket on climbs. I can't understate how eager she feels. She might be a bit twitchy but she keeps you on edge and so you really pay attention to the lines. Around the berms she was a lot of fun; peddling out and letting rip left me with grin after grin. Once again, a big thanks to Anthony for prodding me to get rid of the Indys. The RC35's are fantastic. Light, responsive and with just the right amount of travel. They were super smooth and the rebound was perfect (for me anyway).
She was faultless all day, only the owner and rider let her down with one fall into a ditch when he took the wrong line and clipped a stump
This was the only shot I could be bothered win just before we went down the Red run.
Token clean up shots back at HQ:
Final note: on the train down to Martins Heron, another little boy couldn't resist the golden allure and said to his Dad "look, it's gold!!" before coming over and having a good gander.
This bike looks amazing. I bet its nice and light, I too know how you feel when you say its a little TWITCHY, and climbs like a BEAST. I have a Univega hardtail thats circa 1994 and its sub 23 lbs, has a low travel AMP front fork and is similar in geometry to your Kona. Like you said on the downhill its a little difficult as it bumps you around and bends and flexes, but on climbs and flats LOOK OUT because it will take off on people. I too gets lots of looks because people probably wonder why the tubing is so thin, what is that front fork, and why is it so fast! LOL. Keep up the good work sir.