I was tinkering around in the garage the other day and decided to update the Monster to more modern specs. The goal was to shed some pounds and maybe make it roll faster. I replaced the small 355 (18″) front wheels with some lighter wheels – 406s in the front and a lighter 559 in the rear – all with Ultremo tires. I adapted the Vortex carbon fiber seat and replaced the aluminum crankset with a carbon fiber crankset. I think that these changes dropped the weight by about 2-3 lbs. It’s probably in my head, but on a test ride, I could feel the weight difference. It also seemed faster overall.
I’ll probably reinstall all of the vintage 2005 parts to keep it original but it was a fun experiment.
Hello Michael &
I see you’ve also changed the spokes from silver to black, something I’m considering for my Q26 and am wondering if you’re happy with the results, what your preference is: silver or black spokes?
It’s just a matter of taste. Lately, I’ve been building my wheels with black spokes. I don’t see any advantages or disadvantages.
Either way, your trikes are the best looking I’ve ever seen, Michael! I love your style.