2017 Kona Coco Limited
Take a look at this custom grocery hauler.
This is Jaime’s new rig for running errands around Winslow. The frame is from Kona, the 2017 Kona Coco to be exact, but all of the parts are a little bit different from the stock bike.
Some parts were changed out to make the bike lighter weight. There’s a carbon fiber Ritchey seatpost and stem, magnesium Wellgo pedals and WTB’s “King of the Mountain” rims to help with the weigh-in.
Some parts were changed to add cargo capabilities. The brakes have been beefed up from the stock mechanical versions and are now Shimano hydraulic brakes with their ice-tech rotors. This system can be counted on to slow a runaway city bike on the steepest of Seattle’s hills while hauling the heaviest loads. We have a rear rack and front basket from Portland Design Works, a wide-range mountain bike cassette (Shimano Deore XT) for help getting up the hills when the bike is heavily laden, and an American-made Greenfield kickstand to hold things steady while cargo is being loaded.
Some parts were changed simply because they’re cool (and Jaime happens to own a bike shop). For instance, the Metrea crankset. The Shimano Metrea crankset is designed for high-end city bikes (it’s about the same price level as Deore XT or Ultegra cranks) and it looks futuristic and stylish with an aluminum chain guard integrated into the design. The Velo Orange fenders look great as well, their dimpled aluminum design resisting the notion that bicycle fenders are always boring.
The lighting system is really fantastic. The front hub is a dynamo generator made by Exposure components of England. The dynamo powers Exposure’s Revo headlight, an 800 lumen monster with a capacitor to store energy (and provide illumination) when the bike stops at intersections. Building up to full strength, the Revo uses two LEDs to illuminate your path while you’re pedaling slowly, and bumps up to all four LEDs and full brightness when your speed increases. Unfortunately, Jaime speeds downhill on the way to work (in the daylight) and plods uphill in the dark on the way home (usually with groceries), so the headlight will be at half-power most of the time she rides. Good thing it’s super bright.