I put drops on Beast and it was the best thing I did. I prefer the ergonomics of curled drops and the ability to chop and change hand position. But that is for mostly on-road/light dirt
spwal: haha fun... I was told by the bike shops in town what I was doing was impossible, except for one, the chap who threaded the forks, who was like 'it'll be fast'
. In fact I owe him a viewing..
I think the pre '98 frames, being smaller gauge tubing, are probably lighter again (not that this one felt very weighty at all when stripped down). To be honest, Aries is not*that* heavy, its just that the old '93 is very light for what it is. I once picked up a friend's alloy-framed racer-type bike, and was surprised at how heavy it seemed (to me). It's all relative though. As I said earlier, I'm going to do a doom-laden fixie that will cause all the death to happen, and attempt to make it as light as possible...
...to be honest, I'm not sure why I put gears on this one. I think I just wanted to fill all the cable guides up, and so it became a full on road bike thingy. But it was the first time I'd ever built a bike solo, and I didn't even know how to adjust
my gears before hand. So I was cursing everything at one point. Apart from a straight restoration of one of these, I think I'll mostly go for single speed here on in...except I have a Bianchi 700c hanging up with a pretty campag 9 speed cassette on it..I might succumb to temptation. I mean, I could just put a rear mech on it I suppose. Might be...strange. Not thought that through at all. Really the only stupid thing about the gearing on Aries was the pull direction on the front mech. That's the other thing with the '98 frame, its top pull whereas '93-4 are bottom pull. They seemed to gravitate towards top pull on later versions. Again, I was clueless when I began...the joys of learning!
1993 Kona Hahanna 14" "The Beast" in two tone red/silver
1993 Kona Hahanna 14" - the CHROME project (don't ask. But it will be pretty)
1998 Kona Hahanna 14", named "Aries", in scarlet red
1994 Kona Hahanna 14" codename 'Death Bike', currently ratty rusty royal blue, one day satin black + carbon
RESCUE HOME FOR:
Any 14" Kona Hahanna frame 1993-2000 + compatible parts...+ incompatible parts, I suppose..since I always tend to 'find a way'...oh well, just parts generally....WANTED: Propulsion/equilibrium tires, atm