Kona Age-Grouper Rigs

 Apr 7, 2012 article & images by Nick Salazar

Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C

It isn't fancy. Well, not by Kona standards anyway. But it carries a lot of love. When his friends and family found out Steve was headed to Kona, they helped him decorate his much-loved P2C with hand-drawn embellishments showcasing island themes. They also wrote down the names of loved ones they all knew who had passed away from cancer. Steve rides with them and their families in mind. You can see that his bike has been ridden. A LOT. His Adamo saddle is torn down to the foam, the paint is stripping off his stem, and his CeeGee aerobar pads have started to shrivel. His downtube Speedfil bottle makes things look a bit messy - straws, cables, and zip ties are all going their own ways. But actually, everything is tucked in fairly well, and not much sticks out laterally. Sometimes, what looks a bit ugly can still be aerodynamic. And anyway, it's hard to fault a bicycle that clearly has so much heart in it.

Thanks for reading, and we will definitely do this again on the Big Island in October!

Tags » cervelo,  frames,  giant,  look,  quintanaroo,  rigs,  storck
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  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - David's name plate and the flag if Ireland.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - water bottle kept in place by nothing more than a rubber band.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - the lesser-used SMP saddles are a twist on the split-nose design.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - Condon's rear hydration and flat kit could be consolidated a bit to keep things a little cleaner perhaps.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - From the front, this is a deadly-sharp rig.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - This is what $10,000+ buys you.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - Storck's integrated front end is fairly clean and adjustable.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - Zipp Firecrests are saturating the tri world, and for good reason.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - Cable management could use a little work, especially with an aero brake like the Omega.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - The rear brake is a beautiful piece of minimalism built right into the seat stays.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - This rear end could be improved by moving the flat kit to a frame-mounted aero bottle and tucking the bottle cage right against the saddle.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - I'm a fan of stealth paint jobes, and this one certainly qualifies. Steil will be in Blue for next year, and riding an Omega brake to boot!
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - Kenny rode an Adamo TT saddle.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - SRAM RED Black completes the stealth look.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - Steil rides Osymmetric rings.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - An aero bottle below will hold a flat kit, and the standard cage holds course bottles.  Perfect.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - TorHans gets the BTA duties, and also holds Steil's computer.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - I definitely like Steil's trick of using skateboard grip tape on the shifters. I do the same thing on my Di2 shifter pods.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - Here's the pointy view of the rig.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - The 596 is getting long in the tooth, but it still gets the job done.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - These cables are an absolute mess. This calls for an Omega brake!
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - LOOK's Zed crank is one of the coolest things the company has ever made - it weighs next to nothing, accepts compact or standard rings, but only works with LOOK's proprietary bottom brackets.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - Now that saddle has seen some miles.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - Flat repair is left up to a single shot of Vittoria Pittstop.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - Microshift components probably work fine, but I'd much prefer a system with an R2C type lever, if not Di2.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - Easily the most well-loved bike on the course, this P2C has been decorated tip to tail.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - The entire rig is Big Island themed.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - The names on the bike are cancer victims known to the rider and his family.  He rides in their memory.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - Accessories were taped on this bike everywhere. It wasn't the cleanest look, but it's what the rider likes.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - No real estate went unused.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - As you can see, there are cables and bits jutting out everywhere, but who am I to criticize such a devoted person?
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - Obviously a machine that's been ridden quite a bit.

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