For the past few months I have been searching high and low for a steel rigid 29er single speed. I was forced to sell my Superfly SS in the middle of summer last year, and I have been missing it ever since.
Riding a rigid single speed is one of the most amazing cycling experiences you can possibly have, in my opinion. Before I joined the Trek 29er Crew back in 2009, I had been riding a Kona Unit 29er SS. The bright orange one. :)
All Stock. Straight out of the box.
And I loved it.
Since I was looking for a non-custom steel frame, my manufacture choices when narrowed down for me.
So after much back and forth I contacted Jason at Back Alley Bikes in Chapel Hill. I have known Jason for years, and not only is he a good guy, he was kind enough to let us use his shop while building my bike for Tour Divide & the documentary. Jason's shop is a Kona and Niner dealer, and that, coincidentally, was exactly what I decided I wanted to put together. A 2013 Unit with a Niner tapered carbon fork.
Only squeezed in a little ride this evening, and I am looking forward to putting some real miles on it tomorrow (weather permitting).
The first little bit was exactly how I remember... plain joyful.
Keep Choppin' everyone!!