Right, what do you make of this then..?
In the end, today, I finally tired of the slop in the rear triangle on my Marin East Peak. The point at which I finally decided how I felt about cheap full suspension vs Kona hardtails was just after my head hit a tree hard enough to think, "man, I'm glad I'm wearing a helmet".
Even if I could sort out the bearings and slop, I don't love the V brake at the back, and I still have Cyfa's disk brake ready to go that he (incredibly generously) karma'd to me. I'm ready, in short, to go back to hardtails with my tail between my legs.
I got home and looked up cheap Kona frames (in that all my favourite bikes I've owned have been Konas); as ever, I have no money, or at least, I only have what I can sell the Marin for...
To cut a long story short, I've ended up with a Kona Hoss. It weighs just less than a metric ton, but I rather like the look of it. The very pleasant young chap I bought it from warned me that the BB was stuck, and he'd "slightly damaged the frame but not the threads trying to get it off".
He wasn't kidding. I have no idea whether they'll come off at all. There doesn't really seem to be anything left externally of the non-drive side BB shell, and so I have no idea whether it'll be possible to remove it. The drive side isn't much better. Thing is, it had a seat post and a seat and a Deore rear mech that I could sell if it all went south, and so I thought, for the £25 he was asking, I'd take that gamble.
Does anyone have any thoughts about how to remove them, and what my chances are? I've put some photos of it here
I'm currently thinking "LBS" but I'm happy to stand corrected if anyone has any bright ideas..?[/url]
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