Monday, August 09, 2010
Dirty Kanza 200 next year to scare the livestock off the roads! Actually, it would be an illegal bike, since it is fitted with an electric assist motor! I peeled this image from the Wend Blog.
I tried setting this up with the shortest possible chain stay length, but with Specialized Purgatory 2.4"ers on Gordos, that wasn't happening. I had a whisper of clearance on the stand, but you couldn't ride it. So, out came the extra chain link and I had to slam the axle all the way back now in the drops. That didn't work either because the angle of the caliper wasn't compatible with the rotor in that extreme setting. I swapped from a 18T to a 20T and then it all fell into place. I had a mid drop out axle position, enough clearance to get by on the tires, and the rotor didn't hit the caliper anymore. And there it is, with a Rock Shox Reba Team w/20mm thru-axle and big meaty tires. It weighs in right at 29lbs. How fitting! Heavy for a single speed, but this thing feels like it would last through a nuclear attack. Maybe they should have called it the Origin 8 Cockroach!
Jeff Kerkove, who I used to work with, was just doing this little ol' bike ride in the Colorado Rockies recently. He was leading the event until some feet issues took him out after three days of racing. This was his first attempt at the CTR, (Colorado Trail race), and by the sounds of it, it is brutal! My favorite quote from his race recap is, "Everything in this race is further away than you think it is. What you think will take you 2 hours to cover....will in fact take you 8." You can check it out for yourself here
We Iowans are proud of Jeff and wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries suffered in the event. Ride on, Jeff!