please bare with me, this is my first post and first retro build, so I'm bound to ask some crap questions.
I volunteer for a Charity cycle shop where we refurbish donated bikes and sell them on at a small profit. So as a thank you the boss of the shop gave me a choice of the wrecked & rusting bike and in the back of the pile was this little beauty of a 1996 Kona AA. (right place right time I guess!)
So I now have my prize, and I'm considering doing a refurb of the bike and get it back to its former 1996 glory as possible.
I've been scanning the site for a few weeks now, picking up tips and so forth, I found the catalogue section and have discovered the original spec for the bike.
It has all the original Curve componants, no pedals, only the Sniff front tyre, the rear is a Continental, mavic 221 rims, even the original Kool Stop brakepads which look hardly worn, and theres No seat or seatpost.
Its not mint, I've stripped it down and discovered a few issues.
1. Front Mech - states in the cat that it has a LX, it currently has a Sachs, sourcing an LX isnt an issue there seems to be loads on ebay, but what model do i need? I think band size is 28.6??
2. Corrosion - there are some marked areas of corrosion on the frame and under some of the paint work, whats the best way to treat this?, i have the ability to get it powder coated for £35, would this be a better option?
3. Seatpost & saddle- are Kona Race Light 27.0 posts hard to come by, and would putting a Selle Italia Flite saddle be ok rather than the stock Expedia
4 Cables, they were crossed under the down tube, is this normal on Kona of this age or did someone have a bit of fun routing them?
5. Forks - It has a set of Rockshox Quadra 21R, the elastomers are completely knackered, but i have a set of Speed Springs that was removed from my old RS Judys, they look about the same length as the elastomers, could i just use these instead?
Stripping the forks, i've hit upon a snag. I cannot remove the lowers, i've seen a video on Youtube and the guy was using a very long hex bolt to get them out, i was trying with the normal short one you get in a socket set but to no avail. Plus one of the legs has an awful lot of rust inside it, but the outer stanctions are nice & clean.
Ive been toying with the idea of scrapping the forks and getting a set of P2's as i like the look of a fully rigid Kona.
below are some pics
Thanks in advance