Now that I'm completely happy with my Enduro build, I thought I'd look to build up a light-weight cross-country bike in 2011. I'll try and keep the costs to a minimum and no doubt swop bits between my Enduro and the Cinder Cone as I use the bikes (as I can't ride them both at once!).
So, scouring the classifieds I found a 2001 Kona Cinder Cone frame for a reasonable price. It wasn't pretty, but it was structually sound and is a good quality frame. So it begins...
Frame: TIG-welded, 7005 aluminum, double-butted.
Bike-Pedia spec: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike
This is the frame as I bought it. The frame takes canti/V and Disc brakes. I don't ever intend to run canti/V brakes, so the bosses could go (which would also save a few grams!).
So off the bosses came and the stays smoothed so there was no trace of them:
Quick flick of paint to check that all was smooth:
Looking through the CRC sale, found an alright FSA headset for under £7:
The main part I will look to buy next is a set of forks. I think this is a good place to save some weight. At the moment I'm looking at disc compatable Rock Shox SID's or even some Rock Shox Recon's with around 80mm's of travel. The frame was originally specced with Judy forks so I think 100mm forks may be a little bit too long.
If possible I'd like to be able to ride this at the Whinlatter Challenge in March, so I have a few months to find some forks. Most other parts I'll temporarily transfer across from my Enduro.
"The things you own, end up owning you."