1992 Kona Cinder Cone


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Frame: 1992 Kona Cinder Cone 18" in black
SN: F2014932
Fork: Kona Project Two Triple Butted in black

Headset: Kona Impact 1 1/8" from 1995
Stem: ControlTech 1 1/8" 120mm 0 Rise Quill in black
Handlebar: ControlTech in silver
Grips: ODI John Tomac Attack Endless in black
Barends: Control Stix Lite I in silver

Brakes: Shimano BR-M734 in silver
Brake Pads: Kool Stop Quik Klaws Stinger
Brake Cables: Shimano MT-092
Brake Levers: Shimano ST-M092 Servo Wave
Brake Booster: Joe Murray Horseshoe
Cable Guide: Kona Brake Perch in silver from 1995

Shifters: Shimano SL-M732 Thumbies with IPC C-1 Converters
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-M735
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M735 with Avid Rollamajig in silver
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG90
Chain: Shimano CN-HG71
Cranks: Shimano FC-M730
Chainrings: Shimano XTR SG-X 46/36/26 in silver
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN55
Pedals: Shimano PD-M735 with Avenir Toe Clips and Straps

Hub Skewers: Shimano QR-M730
Rims: Ukai UMT-17
Hubs: F-Deore XT HB-M730 in silver R-Deore XT FH-M732 in silver
Nipples: Brass, Hard
Spokes: DT Stainless
Tires: Kona Scratch & Sniff black wall from 1996
Tubes: ContiTube

Saddle: Avocet Racing Kona Badged
Seatpost: Kona O-Beam 26.4mm in silver
Seatpost Binder: Kona in silver from 1995

Chainstay Protector: Shimano DR-M730 Shark Fin
Bottle Cage: Elite Ciussi in Green & Purple
Cycling Computer: Avenir AV-100

Weight: 28.2 lbs









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I bought this from it's original owner for $75 in 2017. This one had a rack, and full Deore LX in heavily worn condition. The bike looked like it had been ridden hard and put away wet for 10 years. Per usual, I stripped the bike down and sat on the frameset for a few years while I figured out what I wanted to do with it.


For a few years, I had a 1991 Explosif, that was just a bit too big for me. I decided that I would strip down that bike, swap over most of the parts onto the Cinder Cone, and sell the Explosif frame. I really didn't need two early black Kona frames. I'm so glad I did, as I got more out of the Cinder Cone once I completed the swap.


I also had recently acquired a 1995 Humu, that donated the silver Kona seat collar, dog collar, and brake perch. I decided I wanted to accent the all black frameset with all silver parts. I also went with a little bit of yellow as an accent color, which can be found in the Avocet saddle Kona badge, Kool Stop pads, Elite bottle cages, UMT-17 decal on the rims, and the factory Joe Murray logo on the P2 fork. I even used yellow zip ties to secure the cycling computer cable to the front brake cable housing.



Since I built up this bike, I have used it as a sturdy around town bike, errand runner, grocery getter, and loaner bike for when friends want to go for a ride with me. It is so versatile and comfortable!


I usually have a rack installed, and these reflective sidewall commuter tires, which really help in the dark. I also have a bunch of lights.


I've done a little bit of part swapping since I built the bike, including pedals, as sometimes I ride clipless. Recently, I swapped in the ST-M092 Servo Wave brake levers with IPC C-1 thumbie mounts.

If I were to do anything else to this bike, it would probably be either another wheelset with Smoke and Darts for off road, or a ControlTech seatpost. Maybe swap in an all silver Impact headset. For the most part, I am happy with where this bike sits in my stable, and I plan on keeping it as a loaner for friends for a long time.
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Today, in preparation of submitting a BOTM entry, I swapped over some different bottle cages, to match the 91/92 green/purple color theme Kona had going on back then.


I also switched over to a pair of supple Scratch & Sniff tires that I think I pulled off of a '96 Fire Mountain SE. I also have a tan wall set of Mr. Dirt & The Cleaner, but the sidewalls are starting to become hard, I couldn't get the bead over the rim, and I didn't want to ruin the tires, so they went back in storage after a good cleaning. I like these Scratch & Sniff anyway, they match the other slightly newer Kona bits, and I don't have to feel bad about putting miles on them.



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Also, top work on the cinder cone!
That shrine is impressive. I had a fold out '96 poster catalogue... Wish I still did.... Must check mum's loft.


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Like your Kona homage wall👍
You mean shrine surely ........
It most definitely is a shrine, and don't call me Shirley.
If you're not using that humu....
It gets used weekly! It is one of the few I won't get rid of.
Also, top work on the cinder cone!
That shrine is impressive. I had a fold out '96 poster catalogue... Wish I still did.... Must check mum's loft.
Thanks! The shrine is 5 years in the making, and I'm always looking for new bits to add. I just recently got that helmet cover. I wish I had a '95 poster catalog, one came up for sale on eBay a year or so ago, and I didn't win the auction. I think that '95 and '96 are my two favorite years.


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Loving the latest build 😎nice Poly 61 too. It would appear we have similar taste 😁


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Loving the latest build 😎nice Poly 61 too. It would appear we have similar taste 😁
Thanks! Would you believe I bought it for $5 at a yard sale? I think you can see the pink sticker to the left of "Korg Poly-61". Guy said nobody wanted it because "it didn't have built in speakers" 😂