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 Post subject: Kona Cinder Cone 1999
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:27 pm 
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Hi. Thought I'd seek advice from some experts. Back in 99 I purchased this bike with one of my first pay packets. It was probably ridden for 200 miles at most before it went in to storage for 18 years. It has only just come out again and is all original components.

It obviously needs a service but the Marzocchi shocks are very spongey. I'd love people's opinion on whether or not it's worth spending time and money getting it to a good level again or should I sell it and buy something new?

I now have children that want to go on rides. It's highly unlikely it will see anything other than roads and light trails. Should I change the forks to a rigid set instead?

I would really appreciate any feedback, thanks for reading and look forward to any response.

I loved the look of the bike and always felt it was a bit of a crime it was never used!


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:29 pm 
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After a bit of research I think I'm going to go rigid. Could anybody recommend a suitable set of forks please?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:30 pm 
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Could tou also recommend some hybrid type tyres please that won't break the bank?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:44 am 
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A really underrated frame - loved my one which I ran for years as a singlespeed.
I think you are sensible that you don't need suspension forks, however if it's just casual riding with kids then the fork isn't going to hold you up. The perfect solution is a set of Kona P2 steel forks, typically £30-50 on here or eBay. Make sure the steerer is long enough (IIRC around 185mm is sufficient). However, you should be able to make the forks a little less squishy by dialling in the preload knob.
If you do decide to go for a rigid fork, unfortunately the rigid P2 isn't available with v-brake posts. However the eXotic 42.5mm carbon fork fits well. It's usually around £120. This steel one would also fit well:https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FOOOCR26DV/on-one-cromo-26er-mtb-fork-v-brake--disc

As for tyres, Conti Double Fighter is a nice fast tyre.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:05 pm 
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Thanks Hamster. Just opened up the top fitting to find air valves. Now refilled so that problem has gone! Just purchased tyres as recommended and will begin to strip components down to clean and rebuild at the weekend.

I think this could be a new hobby. Thank you.


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