Hi - long time reader, first time poster!
I’m joining a few friends to cycle some of the Pyrénées cols, including some big HC efforts (at least Port de Pailhères). They’ll all be on carbon framed race bikes. I’ll be on this Kona endurance/cross bike. It’s setup as out of the box (apart from a few months of use).
How is can I best set this bike up for big climbing rides? I was thinking maybe a new set of wheels with 25s/28s? Any advice re. a cheapish disc wheelset that’s suit? Is there anything else I could do?
I don’t really want to buy a new bike, or hire anything - but is the endurance-style going to make this hard going?
Any opinions / facts / advice very welcome.