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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:56 am 
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That is one big bike. Agree about the stem though - it looks loads better with a Velocity. Keep an eye on ebay as they do come up quite regularly. I have a real shorty on my 14" Kona but it's 1" (yours looks to be 1 1/8" so probably a bit easier to find). Lovely looking bike though - love the colour/ti gold decal combo - I think they did the Explosif in a similar colour scheme too in the same era 8) .

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:48 pm 
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So when you came here, you had a comfortable bike. Now you've followed everyone's advice, re-fitted the Velocity and you've got an uncomfortable bike. This is progress? Do yourself a favour and refit the riser stem. As it is shorter than the Velocity, you will get sharper steering with it, and if it gives you a better riding posture than the stretched-out position you have now, then you will ride faster for longer.

The new saddle is an improvement, but you have mounted it as far back as possible, which is making the bike even longer. A size 19 Kona is designed for height range up to 6-3, and you're making it slightly bigger than that with the saddle where it is.

No, there is no reason why you shouldn't get excellent results with V-brakes with that fork. As has been said, you should fit V-levers as well, as you would get very sharp, unmodulated braking with the canti levers. The Fire Mountain was fitted with a triple-butted Project 2 in 1994, so the fork is one of the best bits of the spec.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:03 pm 
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The same as my first ever "proper" mountain bike, I went to buy a Cannondale and fell in love with the Kona in the shop as it looked so much faster than anything else in the shop.

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