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1998 Kona Hahanna restoration... first timer!
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Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:06 am ]
Post subject:  1998 Kona Hahanna restoration... first timer!

Hi guys,

I started a thread asking for some advice in the wrong forum, so I'll develop the project here (if that's ok with the mods?)

Basically, I'm a first timer, and absolutely out of the loop with the mountain biking world! I currently ride a singlespeed Globe Roll 01, and a cyclocross Trek CrossRip Elite. I'd really like to breath some life back into the first decent bike I ever had, and was a christmas present from my mother, which I know she struggled to afford at the time. This adds to the sentimentality of the bike.

I haven't got a massive budget, in the region of 150 - 200 max. This will also be something I develop over the year, ready for Spring 2014 maybe?

I'll repost a picture of the bike here:
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My first question is about cleaning: What's the best/safest way to clean the group set? Any product in particular? If it's got some life left in it, I'd be happy to clean it up than replace, but I'm not averse to replacing with a decent low/mid range Shimano kit.

The Manitou SX forks have been recommended, but I'm more inclined to look at a modern fork. I'd like to re-use or replace with modern parts where possible. I love the idea of restoring it faithfully, but it's not a particularly 'special' model so for me it's about making it useable again!

Where can I get a decent and affordable bike stand for carrying out the work? I don't know what they're called... :oops:

Any advice is absolutely welcome! I absolutely love this forum!

Author:  dablk [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:36 am ]
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Hi rich.. new thread noted will keep my eye on it.

As mentioned in t'other thread. If you go modern with the fork, make sure its still only a short travel.

A good citrus degreaser will help cut thru the grim on the chain/rings ect. Products like muc-off..(halfords have it) are pretty good but not cheap. Hot soapy water is more than enough for the rest

1. get a saddle ;). Then you can ride it and see what parts actually work or not.

the sales area is great for good honest value kit. Some of the folks just sell individual unique items..others have a high turn over of all sorts, its just a lottery what you can find.

if going new website like CRC and Merlin Cycles are hard to beat on price deliverd to your door.

Author:  hamster [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:53 pm ]
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On forks, don't get anything with longer travel. 80mm is maximum, otherwise the fork will be too long and the bike will handle like a wheelbarrow.
The problem with modern forks is that most of them are 100mm and upwards...

Author:  was8v [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:02 pm ]
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You can usually knock the travel of modern forks down to 80mm.

Quite simple to do on RS rebas and fox forks by buying travel spacers.

Its more difficult to find them with brake studs though. A decent set of used rebas knocked down to 80mm is what i'd go for.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:04 pm ]
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dablk wrote:
Hi rich.. new thread noted will keep my eye on it.

As mentioned in t'other thread. If you go modern with the fork, make sure its still only a short travel.

A good citrus degreaser will help cut thru the grim on the chain/rings ect. Products like muc-off..(halfords have it) are pretty good but not cheap. Hot soapy water is more than enough for the rest

1. get a saddle ;). Then you can ride it and see what parts actually work or not.

the sales area is great for good honest value kit. Some of the folks just sell individual unique items..others have a high turn over of all sorts, its just a lottery what you can find.

if going new website like CRC and Merlin Cycles are hard to beat on price deliverd to your door.


I've got some Muc Off knocking about somewhere. Good stuff! I'll use hot soapy water and a jet wash on the rest.

I'm a little unsure of what gear components would be compatible with my bike. Sizes etc... best place would be to strip it down and post pics!!!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:06 pm ]
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hamster wrote:
On forks, don't get anything with longer travel. 80mm is maximum, otherwise the fork will be too long and the bike will handle like a wheelbarrow.
The problem with modern forks is that most of them are 100mm and upwards...


Ok, good advice! So the problem is the geometry of my bike compared to new bikes with 100mm+?

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:07 pm ]
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was8v wrote:
You can usually knock the travel of modern forks down to 80mm.

Quite simple to do on RS rebas and fox forks by buying travel spacers.

Its more difficult to find them with brake studs though. A decent set of used rebas knocked down to 80mm is what i'd go for.


Great, thanks! If you happen across a pair, and don't mind linking me to them, that would be appreciated!

Author:  dablk [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:40 pm ]
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RichCollinsUK wrote:
hamster wrote:
On forks, don't get anything with longer travel. 80mm is maximum, otherwise the fork will be too long and the bike will handle like a wheelbarrow.
The problem with modern forks is that most of them are 100mm and upwards...


Ok, good advice! So the problem is the geometry of my bike compared to new bikes with 100mm+?


Yeah its not a massive problem but its probably your only limiting factor.. Everything else you can throw almost what ever you want at it.

is it 7 speed? or 8 speed?

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:09 pm ]
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dablk wrote:
RichCollinsUK wrote:
hamster wrote:
On forks, don't get anything with longer travel. 80mm is maximum, otherwise the fork will be too long and the bike will handle like a wheelbarrow.
The problem with modern forks is that most of them are 100mm and upwards...


Ok, good advice! So the problem is the geometry of my bike compared to new bikes with 100mm+?


Yeah its not a massive problem but its probably your only limiting factor.. Everything else you can throw almost what ever you want at it.

is it 7 speed? or 8 speed?


I'm pretty sure it's 7 Speed... 99% sure!

Author:  markwashington [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:56 pm ]
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If I was you, I'd put on a seat and give the bike a bit of a blast. That's the best way to check what needs to be replaced. It could well be that it just needs a good clean. A new set of forks will totally transform the bike, you'll find that you can do so much more with a good set. The best thing with modern forks is that they often come with a lockout, so you have the best of both worlds. If you don't want to spring for a Reba straight away, you could always pick up a cheap pair of later bombers. The MX range were really highly rated and a decent set can be picked up for about £40-50 on Ebay. They're easy to adjust but don't have a lockout. 80mm is the amount of travel that the frame was adjusted for (the RST's you have on there have 63mm travel), however many have run a 100mm fork on theirs using a shorter stem. I'd do away with that stem/headset combo and get a better headset and stem, these are really cheap here. Other than a fork, the bike will be fun to ride. The frames are pretty good and deserve to be built up. I used a 1999 Hahanna for rides for five years and it never let me down!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:12 pm ]
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markwashington wrote:
If I was you, I'd put on a seat and give the bike a bit of a blast. That's the best way to check what needs to be replaced. It could well be that it just needs a good clean. A new set of forks will totally transform the bike, you'll find that you can do so much more with a good set. The best thing with modern forks is that they often come with a lockout, so you have the best of both worlds. If you don't want to spring for a Reba straight away, you could always pick up a cheap pair of later bombers. The MX range were really highly rated and a decent set can be picked up for about £40-50 on Ebay. They're easy to adjust but don't have a lockout. 80mm is the amount of travel that the frame was adjusted for (the RST's you have on there have 63mm travel), however many have run a 100mm fork on theirs using a shorter stem. I'd do away with that stem/headset combo and get a better headset and stem, these are really cheap here. Other than a fork, the bike will be fun to ride. The frames are pretty good and deserve to be built up. I used a 1999 Hahanna for rides for five years and it never let me down!


Wow, you guys are amazingly helpful! Cheers!

The stem and headset combo was my next question. Where do I measure to make sure I buy the forks with the right steerer length? Stems and headsets are a new world to me also! I'll do a bit of research on the 'Bicycle Tutor' and YouTube.

Author:  coomber [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:58 pm ]
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Measure headtube on the bike and add minimum 7.5cm really with aheadsets, 35-40 mm for each (headset and stem). Longer is better as can play around with spacers etc. Aheadsets are dead cheap just got a non flashy one from Chain Reaction for nine quid. Stems on here will be easy to get a nice one for a tenner.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:16 pm ]
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Thanks! Will measure up after my first ride on it in years on Wednesday!!!

I'd like to get a stand / clamp... Any suggestions?

When you say 'on here', you mean the for sale section? What kind of length stem would be good for the type of travel forks I'm looking for? I'll be riding xc and a bit of trail.

Author:  dablk [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:10 pm ]
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ok bike stands are to be honest..not that cheap. there is a famed ALDI.. yes the discount supermarket chain, which just appears without notice.

here is merlin cycles selection
http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... orkstands/

they do however make life so much easier, if you do a lot of home mechanics

without judging your tech knowledge you might be best going to a bike shop and ask for a new headset to be fitted. the removal tool is cheap to buy and makes life so easy. its just a bit of split pipe. really easy to use. it involves smashing the old headset cups out the frame. Fitting a new one is a pain in the arse. it can be done at home with a block of wood and a hammer. or more suitbale is a threaded rod, some big washers and tightening nuts. However it can not only damge your frame but also your nice new headset when done wrong.

Author:  coomber [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:11 pm ]
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I meant put a wanted ad on here yes. Need to ride the bike as it is, measure the stem and see if you want longer or shorter. Shorter speeds up steering but too short and it will feel twitchy!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:55 am ]
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dablk wrote:
ok bike stands are to be honest..not that cheap. there is a famed ALDI.. yes the discount supermarket chain, which just appears without notice.

here is merlin cycles selection
http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... orkstands/

they do however make life so much easier, if you do a lot of home mechanics

without judging your tech knowledge you might be best going to a bike shop and ask for a new headset to be fitted. the removal tool is cheap to buy and makes life so easy. its just a bit of split pipe. really easy to use. it involves smashing the old headset cups out the frame. Fitting a new one is a pain in the arse. it can be done at home with a block of wood and a hammer. or more suitbale is a threaded rod, some big washers and tightening nuts. However it can not only damge your frame but also your nice new headset when done wrong.


Thanks mate, I checked out the link and there are some good options. Turns out my brother in law has one... I've asked him for a loan!

I'd probably take the headset in to be honest, I'd rather not botch my first attempt!

Is there anyone in particular on here who supplies some good kit?

Also, could you tell me this Gil guy's full username so I can contact him about some stickers...?

What do you guys think... should I get the Kona resprayed? It's probably my least favourite thing about her... the RED (although it is kind of retro, you don't see RED on many mountain bikes these days), I'd probably go black, replacing all stickers with original designs. Let's face it, she needs a facelift, she has scuffs and chips, the usual. If I'm going to respray, should I just go all out and choose a colour I like? Feels like I'm doing her a disservice!

I've actually just decided, I'll keep her red, just BECAUSE you don't see red very often... :lol:

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:56 am ]
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coomber wrote:
I meant put a wanted ad on here yes. Need to ride the bike as it is, measure the stem and see if you want longer or shorter. Shorter speeds up steering but too short and it will feel twitchy!


Great, I'll bear that in mind!

I'll write up a list on Wednesday (after her ride!) and see what I can find in the for sale section.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:03 am ]
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Could anyone check to see if these are suitable? The specs seem to be right... 1 1/8 inch

Thanks for looking guys,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/marzocchi-bom ... 232c52e871

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marzocchi-Bom ... 417462f4c9

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marzocchi-200 ... 3cd2cdf273

Author:  dablk [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:08 am ]
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first thig you need to do is measure your own headtube..just the metal bit painted same as the frame..not inc the headset cups. then we can think about which headset for you, look online and add the "stack height". This gives us how much steerer you need BEFORE we think about spacers and stems. This we will need to do before we settle on a total steerer tube length.

so its time for the tape measure.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:09 am ]
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OK, that's a good start! Thanks mate!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:54 pm ]
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Ok.. . Head tube is 110mm long...

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:11 pm ]
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Thanks to 'EarlofBarnet, I'm the owner of a 2002/03 pair of 80mm Fox Forx.

Got a saddle coming Monday too!

Author:  Mindmap3 [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:45 pm ]
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Good stuff on the forks. Looking forward to the progress with this.

If you want to start buying a few of your own tools, Wiggle do some cheaper branded stuff that seems pretty good. I bought a headset press for £35 and have used it a fair bit, the race installer I bought was £25 or so.

With regards to degreasing, I find the Finish Line Citrus degreaser to be the best stuff. It's not cheap, but seems to cut through the gunk than the others that I've tried.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:56 am ]
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Mindmap3 wrote:
Good stuff on the forks. Looking forward to the progress with this.

If you want to start buying a few of your own tools, Wiggle do some cheaper branded stuff that seems pretty good. I bought a headset press for £35 and have used it a fair bit, the race installer I bought was £25 or so.

With regards to degreasing, I find the Finish Line Citrus degreaser to be the best stuff. It's not cheap, but seems to cut through the gunk than the others that I've tried.



Thanks for the input! I'll check out that product. I've found my Muc Off kit that I was given as a gift years back. Should sort me for Wednesday.

Author:  FredEX [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:17 pm ]
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I am in a similar position myself with a 1997 firemountin I am looking to bring into the future, absolutely loving the bike you definitely need to get out and ride that thing.

Just a heads up but if you are looking for a bike stand ALDI have their cycling offers next sunday so if you can get yourself down early sunday morning and grab yourself one i certainly plan on doing so. https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/c ... ming-soon/

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:46 pm ]
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Thanks Fred, what a coincidence that the standard is appearing on Sunday! Is it usually expensive? Thanks again

Got any pics of your fire mountain? Kong made great bikes back then, dunno what they're like these days...? Not keen on the look of their bikes anymore

Author:  FredEX [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:37 pm ]
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Not sure on the exact price but i think around £40.

I shall get some pictures up sometime soon, really like the konas from 95-99, However i do quite like the current explosif but will not be buying one.

Author:  naboo [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:25 pm ]
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Good luck with the build, sounds like it will be a nice build, got a 96 hahanna rebuild on the go, make sure you post some pics of how she looks on the new forks!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:05 pm ]
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naboo wrote:
Good luck with the build, sounds like it will be a nice build, got a 96 hahanna rebuild on the go, make sure you post some pics of how she looks on the new forks!


Sounds good! Got any progress pics?

Would like to know what you chose to go with!

Author:  dablk [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:35 pm ]
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when are your forks arriving rich.. did eoB give you a steerer length?

Author:  iand_01 [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:27 pm ]
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Hi there,
Great to see another newbie at it, good luck with the Hahanna build.

I'm in the same boat (following an incident at a set of traffic lights, another cyclist on a shiny new bike actually laughed out loud at the state of my Cinder Cone.....until i smoked him :D ...) so i have decided to take her in to the modern era, upgrading some components but refurbishing most. 1999 Kona Cinder Cone (owned from new).

The bike currently have makeshift forks, worn down gear teeth and standard components thereafter.

Brilliant link to Aldi -they are selling a bike tool kit which includes chain whip and some specialist removal tools, i will be taking a trip there on Sunday.

Advice may be required....pics to be uploaded regularly.

Cheers,

Ian

Author:  EarlofBarnet [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:05 pm ]
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dablk wrote:
when are your forks arriving rich.. did eoB give you a steerer length?


Forks landed with Rich today. Steerer was 200mm, so should be find for the Hahanna's 110mm (or was it 120mm) headtube.

Author:  dablk [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:15 pm ]
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EarlofBarnet wrote:
Forks landed with Rich today. Steerer was 200mm, so should be find for the Hahanna's 110mm (or was it 120mm) headtube.


Good stuff EOB, knew he was in safe hands when he mentioned where they were coming from :)

Rich, next question is are you keeping all the current gear kit?. Are you up for new cables/tunning or do you want to try reuse them. to save yourself money you need the bike shop to only have to do three things.

1. Knock out old headset
2. Fit new headset
3. Fit crown race to your new forks.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:30 pm ]
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Arrived today! Look and feel great. He did give me a length. I'll check now as I'm on mobile.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:32 pm ]
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They're 200mm and my head tube is 110.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:34 pm ]
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EarlofBarnet wrote:
dablk wrote:
when are your forks arriving rich.. did eoB give you a steerer length?


Forks landed with Rich today. Steerer was 200mm, so should be find for the Hahanna's 110mm (or was it 120mm) headtube.


Hey mate

Thanks for the forks! They're great. Nice and light. Didn't get round to telling you yet, but thanks

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:36 pm ]
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dablk wrote:
EarlofBarnet wrote:
Forks landed with Rich today. Steerer was 200mm, so should be find for the Hahanna's 110mm (or was it 120mm) headtube.


Good stuff EOB, knew he was in safe hands when he mentioned where they were coming from :)

Rich, next question is are you keeping all the current gear kit?. Are you up for new cables/tunning or do you want to try reuse them. to save yourself money you need the bike shop to only have to do three things.

1. Knock out old headset
2. Fit new headset
3. Fit crown race to your new forks.


Good question. As it's been outside for a few years I guess I'll have to get new cables and get it tuned up. I'm happy to get a shop to sort that.

So, any suggestions on headset and stem?

Author:  dablk [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:09 pm ]
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I would ring the shops and see what they can offer fitted. Cant really go wrong with somthing like a cane creek.

Stem I would try and work out what you need from your old one. then buy a cheap as chips one on here to see. your new forks are going to rock the bike backwards a bit so you may wanna go for somthing a little bit shorter. dont cut your steerer at all for now. you can always use spacers above and below till your settled on what is comfortable.

Author:  naboo [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:54 pm ]
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RichCollinsUK wrote:
naboo wrote:
Good luck with the build, sounds like it will be a nice build, got a 96 hahanna rebuild on the go, make sure you post some pics of how she looks on the new forks!


Sounds good! Got any progress pics?

Would like to know what you chose to go with!


Iv'e just added some pics of the Hahanna in my firemountain thread viewtopic.php?f=21&t=260284&p=1965773#p1965773

Not got too far yet, im itching to get to work with it but like new im a new to retrobike, and iv'e blown the little bike budget i had on my last bike :cry:

Anyway im waiting to see what you do with yours for some inspiration :idea: :mrgreen:

Author:  EarlofBarnet [ Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:27 am ]
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RichCollinsUK wrote:
Hey mate

Thanks for the forks! They're great. Nice and light. Didn't get round to telling you yet, but thanks


No problem. Look forward to seeing your build come together.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:50 am ]
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naboo wrote:
RichCollinsUK wrote:
naboo wrote:
Good luck with the build, sounds like it will be a nice build, got a 96 hahanna rebuild on the go, make sure you post some pics of how she looks on the new forks!


Sounds good! Got any progress pics?

Would like to know what you chose to go with!


Iv'e just added some pics of the Hahanna in my firemountain thread viewtopic.php?f=21&t=260284&p=1965773#p1965773

Not got too far yet, im itching to get to work with it but like new im a new to retrobike, and iv'e blown the little bike budget i had on my last bike :cry:

Anyway im waiting to see what you do with yours for some inspiration :idea: :mrgreen:


Love to know what stem and bar combination you have. Like the look of them... also, the grips. Which brand/model are they?

Love the look of the FM though, it's beautiful!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:05 am ]
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Unfortunately, I didn't get to take the Kona out last week, due to having to do some DIY :roll:

BUT, I managed to pick up a bike stand yesterday from Aldi, which seems pretty damn good actually!

I'll be photographing the components, before and after cleaning tomorrow.

Will update you all...

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:17 pm ]
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Ok, I've pretty much handed over my budget to EarlOfBarnet and I've picked up a good set of parts. Just secured a degree octalink chains et, deore 9speed cassette, and bottom bracket. Got magic rims, which are much light than my Alex rims I took off. Specialized and Shimano hubs, and avid single digit 5 brakes.

Onto the forks... I need some headset recommendations... What's a suggested headset in the region of 30-50? Am I ok to go used?

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:17 pm ]
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Deore Octalink chainset that should be...

Author:  DMZ [ Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:54 am ]
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...you could be brave and ditch suspension forks and get a set of good ol' project 2's...of course, the shortest ones (from memory, 39cm axle to crown? something like that). If its road/light off road it'll ride like a beast. That's (partly) why my other one is called the Beast, as it fairly innocuously carries me from a to b mostly, but show it some dirt and it starts tearing rocks apart and massacring wildlife...

You can totally custom/retro this up, its a decent frame. of course you don't have to put a chainring on that's over half the size of the frame, like this one staring at me now...

Author:  Raging_Bulls [ Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:35 am ]
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RichCollinsUK wrote:
Onto the forks... I need some headset recommendations... What's a suggested headset in the region of 30-50? Am I ok to go used?


1 and 1/8 inch? I'll need to check, but I thought I still had an unused Cane Creek S3.

EDIT : Looks like I already karma'ed it last year.

Either way, second hand ... yes, but if it's a balls and cups affair, be sure to inspect them for any irregularities. Pitting, grooves dull spots or minuscule cracks along the contact area are really bad signs.
For £30, I'd look at the Cane Creek I just mentioned. CRC has them new for less than that.

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:35 pm ]
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Forks being fitted today. :)

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:46 pm ]
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Ok, she's done! I've not got a picture just yet, want to get her out on a trail first!

Unfortunately, there is a problem. The wheels can't be made true as the nipples are corroded and keep snapping when trying to true the wheel. A full rebuild, or a new set is my only option. Currently there is a bit of rub when she rolls. :(

Can't wait to go for a ride!

Author:  RichCollinsUK [ Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:46 pm ]
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I finally got the bike out today on some local trails. I thought I'd post over in the reader's thread, so here's a link!

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=270071

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