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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:02 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:08 pm
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Location: North East England
Hi, thought I would post this - always loved old kona s, and have 3 projects on the go now, splatter cinder cone to do after this one, however the one that takes precedence now is the one below, bought off the bay a while ago for next to nothing, in white flavour, the production catalogue of 1990 showed a orange lava dome which I always wanted, so have attempted to re create this one, x1 stuff which was on the bike when I got it was awful !! So have upgraded slightly, always liked suntour stuff as well, although not the x1 when I saw it !!

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peak at progress


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Hope these pics work !! Comments welcomed

Cheers


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:02 pm
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Location: Peter bog horror UK
Good work. I'm l'm thinking about changing the livery with exactly the same beast. Where did you get the decals done?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:15 pm 
Old School Hero

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Thanks, good luck with yours will be keenly watching,love watching kona builds, u can't go wrong

Cheers


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:23 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks will be posting more soon. I know what you mean about the Suntour X-1, its not an impressive groupset. It has a whiff of acera x about it, I dont think I'll be using it in the rebuild.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:36 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: North East England
I bet when i had seen x1 back in the day I would have loved it, and probably did, however when I received the lava dome, it was pretty battered, and I wasn't scouring RB and eBay and paying money for a grouppo I didn't like, but if your after a catalogue replica then that's ok.

The transmission didnt seem too bad, but the brakes ha ha I don't think they could have stopped me !!!!

Decals by gil_m at thecycleshed sterling job he does


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:07 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Peter bog horror UK
Yep the brakes are god dam awful, the cantis I pulled off this had 5mm of movment at the end, the levers were just as bad. mind you Its all Dia compe badged as Suntour. I just call it, well.... Dia, as it is!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:12 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Peter bog horror UK
Did you by any chance find the X-1 crankset, and or bottom bracket heavy? I havent found my crank puller yet but the frame with just the crankset attached seems a tad heavy?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:44 pm 
Old School Hero

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Yeah they heavy, but the frame is also heavy in the first place i think, nice to ride old konas but i think the ones from this era and my youth are not light...... :(


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:05 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Out of the two Konas I collected Saturday the 90 Lavadome Is Substantially heavier than the 93 Lava dome. The two frames are quite different to look at. The 90 (TGB ) seems to be double skinned near the top of the seat post tube as its wider for about 3 inches from the top down. It is also lugged at the top instead of a separate seat clamp.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:46 pm 
Old School Hero

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Mine is the same, lugged and strengthened seat tube at the top - I also have a 1991 cinder cone and that is alot lighter than this

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Technology must have changed loads around this time and lighter frame sets produced.


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