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 Post subject: Kona Cinder Kone 1998
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:05 pm 
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Just found a virtually unused 1998 Cinder Cone on eBay, still had the original Break and Enter tyres on it. Paid just over £100 got it home and cleaned it up then replaced a few bits before taking it on a proper ride in the Lakes in the snow. Rode really well but the v-brakes and basic forks slowed the descents, looking to upgrade as soon as possible.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Thats a very nice bike for only a hundred squids. You bought well! It looks very similar to my 1998 Kona Explosif, but yours looks like it was in far better condition than mine before I fully restored it. I know a lot of collectors like the earlier Konas, but when you ride these 1998 ones with suspension correct geometry, they just feel right! :D :D :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:23 pm 
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shaun wrote:
I know a lot of collectors like the earlier Konas, but when you ride these 1998 ones with suspension correct geometry, they just feel right! :D :D :D


I may be wrong but I was pretty sure Kona used the same geometry from 1995-2000?

Anyways, nice Cindercone. Looks like Indy C's which are pretty basic. Follow the above example and get some Marzocchi Bombers will transform the ride.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:55 pm 
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coomber wrote:
shaun wrote:
I know a lot of collectors like the earlier Konas, but when you ride these 1998 ones with suspension correct geometry, they just feel right! :D :D :D


I may be wrong but I was pretty sure Kona used the same geometry from 1995-2000?



Yes thats correct, earlier rigid fork ones are 1989-1994, later 70-80mm suspension correct ones are 1995-2000, thus a 1998 one falls into the later catagory.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:55 pm 
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Think it's '94 onwards has the suspension corrected geometry and was it not through and beyond the year 2000 they kept the same geometry?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:14 am 
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The Explosif looks mint mate.

Tempted to swap the Reba forks from my Specialised FSR onto the kona, will this mess the geometry up too much?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:16 am 
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thumbs1976 wrote:
The Explosif looks mint mate.

Tempted to swap the Reba forks from my Specialised FSR onto the kona, will this mess the geometry up too much?
oops there 100mm


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:57 am 
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Give it a try but I would have thourght the axle crown will be longer and push front end up too high. Can comepensate with a stumpy short stem but might still be a bit long. Try it and see. If you have the forks already no loss if it feels weird. Rebas are exceptional forks.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:26 pm 
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If you want to upgrade the v-brakes, Avid Single Digit 7 Vs are pretty cheap and powerful. I replaced first generation XT with them and I am amazed at the difference.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:57 am 
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I had 100mm forks on my '95 Kilauea with a 90mm stem and it was fine


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