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 Post subject: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:26 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi,

Thought I'd share these here, and possibly try and date the bikes.

I went to a local bike auction yesterday, to try and find my wife a useable bike. Like you do I came back with 5 bikes, luckily I went in the T4!

Took a punt on an old Kona, and Marin Bobcat. Although the Kona has a mismatch of parts, it pretty much functions as a bike should, apart from the nasty forks it's really very good, and will probably take over from my Orange Clockwork. The frame and paint on the Bobcat are great, but it pretty much needs everything else so will be passing this project on to someone else

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Any info on these bikes would be appreciated, as well as any suggestions for period correct forks for the Kona

Cheers

Al


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:52 pm 
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Calamity Al wrote:
Any info on these bikes would be appreciated, as well as any suggestions for period correct forks for the Kona

Cheers

Al


The Fire Mountain is a 1994 model, and would have been supplied with Triple Butted Project Two forks 410mm C-A.

I'm sure someone will tell you about the Marin.

Pip

Edit: C-A


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:54 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Cool, thanks!


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Dirt Disciple
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Hi,

It's a 1997 Marin Bobcat Trail missing the Alivio brake levers from its original spec.

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-Turkka


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:16 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the info


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:18 am 
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Great finds. Can I ask what they cost?


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:26 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Tricky1977 wrote:
Great finds. Can I ask what they cost?


£14 for the kona, £10 for the Marin.

Had to put pedals on the kona, and about half an hour tinkering to get it usable. Very tatty paint.


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:31 am 
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Wow that’s a great deal though


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:36 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Tricky1977 wrote:
Wow that’s a great deal though


Yes, very happy. Shame the Bobcat needs more attention than I can give it at the moment, the frame looks great.

I'm not bothered about the paint on the Kona, i'll keep it mechanically sound but it will be a 'chuckinthebackofthevanandabuse' type of bike!


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 Post subject: Re: Couple of finds
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:02 am 
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You could probably flip the bobcat for parts. The stem, bars and seatpost are usually good quality. The tyres look nice, tan walls, just depends on condition


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