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 Post subject: Updated my 1997 Kona Koa
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:43 am 
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Have moved these posted across from a different part of the forum...

Finally got round to updating my 1997 Kona Koa with a few chance modifications...

18" Kona Koa frame
Pace RC80 bottom bracket
RaceFace headset
RockShox SID ti forks
Gold Chris King hubs (Black spokes & gold nipples)
Middleburn RS8 X-type duo cranks
Crank brothers Eggbeater 3 pedals
Thomson elite stem and seat post
Hope Mono mini front disc brake
Old school XT and brand new XTR throughout...

to name just a few modifications.... Let me know what you think?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:54 am 
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So, after a few months of ups and downs I've finally finished putting together my updated 1997 Kona Koa. Biggest issue was the new BB and the Middleburn RS8 X-type cranks, but I think I'm finally there.... forks might need a service at some stage.... Oh dear, it's never ending!

Here's the spec sheet:

Frame: 1997 Kona Koa 18" - double butted aluminium (orange)

Fork: 2002 RockShox Sid Race fork with 80mm travel & titanium nitride stanchions (white)

Headset: RaceFace (white)
Stem: Thomson Elite (black)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite (black)
Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite XC high-rise carbon handlebars
Grips: Crank Brothers Cobalt grips (gold)

Front Brake: Hope Mono Mini with 180mm rotor (gold pistons and lever)
Rear Brake: XTR BR-M950 parallel push V-brake (from 1996)
Brake Lever: XT rear brake lever
Shifters: XTR 9speed pod shifters

Front mech: XTR M952 front mech
Rear mech: XTR M972 Shadow SGS rear mech
Cranks: Middleburn RS8 X-type 175mm (black)
Chainrings: Middleburn hardcoat 46T outer, 34T inner
Chain: SRAM PC991 9speed Hollow pin chain
Cassette: XTR M970 9 speed titanium 11-32T cassette
Bottom Bracket: Pace RC80
Pedals: Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3 pedals (red & silver)

Front wheel: Chris King ISO 32 hole disc hub (gold), black DT Swiss DB spokes (3 cross lacing), gold DT Swiss nipples on a 32 hole Mavic XC717 disc rim
Rear wheel: Chris King Classic 32 hole hub (gold), black DT Swiss DB spokes (3 cross driveside, radial non-driveside), gold DT Swiss nipples on a 32 hole Mavic X517CD rim
Tyres: Panaracer Fire XC Pro 26 x 2.1" tyres
Skewers: Crank brothers Split QR skewers (black & gold)

~ titanium bolts used throughout and mostly sourced from TiBolts (http://www.tibolts.co.uk)

Weight: Originally listed as 11.3 Kg (24.9 lbs) with PS forks, now weighs 10.6 Kg (23.3 lbs)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:59 am 
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It's finally stopped raining, so here's some photos of the completed project...


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:00 pm 
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And a few more...


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:02 pm 
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While I'm at it, I might mention that I'm selling a few parts that were leftover from the project too...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111049448762?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:15 pm 
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Very nice bike indeed mate!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:26 pm 
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Nice :) :) Wonder how it would look with the blue side walled panaracer's ;)


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:24 pm 
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Cheers guys! Think it's turned out really well and the weight (or rather, the lack there of) is simply staggering!

Planning to change the saddle at some point and the tyres when they wear out, so maybe I'll try some with blue sidewalls...?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:03 am 
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I'm curious about the seat-post and how that rides with the shorter stem. Still a cool and rarely seen frame - great that it's being used regularly. She looks lively!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:41 am 
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al-onestare wrote:
I'm curious about the seat-post and how that rides with the shorter stem. Still a cool and rarely seen frame - great that it's being used regularly. She looks lively!


She is pretty lively with the 90mm 'short' stem, and also very quick steering... but also very balanced considering how light the bike is now


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