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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:36 pm 
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My first 'contribution' other than buying and selling :lol: Thoughts and comments welcome as I'm still working on the overall 'look' :?

Like I could swap the silver bars for some nice black Taperlites I have?
XTR chainset or Middleburn with silver arms, black spider and silver rings/black bolts?

Bought the bike a few weeks back from 'meeeee' on the forum - cheers 8)

As it was...

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I stripped it down and gave it a good clean and polish and fitted a new headset...

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I'd been aquiring parts for a while and got most of the assembly done...

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The XTR chainset and BB arrived so I fitted those and finished off with cables and the chain...

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I'm now looking for a few other bits to get it how I want it; XTR M950 Rear & Front mechs, XTR Cassette, Black seatpost (Yeti/Syncros/Control tech) Black headset spacers, Black or grey skewers and XTR M951 shifters are on the way 8) And looking for suitable frame touch-up paint.

Current Spec...

Frame: 97 Kona Explosif (Columbus Max) 18"

Fork: Kona Project 2 Tripple Butted

Headset: Cane Creek S2
Stem: Yeti ARC
Handlebar: Renthal RC 130
Grips: Yeti
Barends: X-Lite

Brakes: XTR M950
Brake Pads: XTR
Brake Cables: Shimano
Brake Levers: XTR M950

Shifters: XT Rapifire Plus 8spd
Front Derailleur: XT Top Pull (28.6mm)
Rear Derailleur: XT M739 I believe!
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: XT 8spd
Chain: SRAM
Cranks: XTR M952
Crank Bolts: Shimano
Chainrings: XTR M952
Bottom Bracket: XTR M952 - New
Pedals: Suntour XC Pro

Hub Skewers: Wanted!
Rims: Mavic
Hubs: Hope Titanium
Nipples: Alloy - black
Spokes: DB Stainless
Tyres: Yeti FRO Geo Claw
Tubes: Bontrager Lite

Saddle: Flite Titanium
Seatpost: Control Tech 27.0
Seatpost Binder: Kona

Weight: Approx. 23.5lb's

Should you be interested, more pics available here....

http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/ ... =slideshow

Cheers :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:46 pm 
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Looks stunning, always think they look fast with the P2 forks, would look good with the Forks sprayed in the same colour as the frame?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:34 pm 
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Trim the neck you've created on the forks and put the stem where it should be.

If you need it higher then get new stem with some degree of rise and/or risers (shudders ;))

it just looks a bit silly...
Sorry that's my first impression apart from the front mech cable from the bars looks a bit long.


Over all liking the bike, and I think I prefer it with the RaceFace (?) crank arms on (though not the rings)


What's it riding like ?


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Lovely job...

But - your rear mech shouldn't be lower spec than the chainset, its the law!!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:19 pm 
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Wold Ranger wrote:
Looks stunning, always think they look fast with the P2 forks, would look good with the Forks sprayed in the same colour as the frame?


Thanks :)
I had thought of a metallic grey for the forks


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:22 pm 
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FluffyChicken wrote:
Trim the neck you've created on the forks and put the stem where it should be.
If you need it higher then get new stem with some degree of rise and/or risers (shudders ;))
it just looks a bit silly...
Sorry that's my first impression apart from the front mech cable from the bars looks a bit long.
Over all liking the bike, and I think I prefer it with the RaceFace (?) crank arms on (though not the rings)
What's it riding like ?


Yes, it is a bit 'necky' but I do need (due to various health probs) to have the front a lot higher than I used to :( I do have a higher rise stem I might try, but I didn't really want to cut the steerer, we'll see! I'm not keen on fitting riser bars either :wink:

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fingers wrote:
Lovely job...

But - your rear mech shouldn't be lower spec than the chainset, its the law!!!!


Thanks very much

I agree :) Currently looking for a M950 rear

Cheers


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Oh and 'mountain shock' on the top tube means it needs sus forks...

(hunt for some xc600s...)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:29 pm 
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fingers wrote:
Oh and 'mountain shock' on the top tube means it needs sus forks...
(hunt for some xc600s...)


Ah, didn't realise that.


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Nice! Don't do the forks the same as the frame!


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