A Kona with 3 gears - sitting, standing and walking!

coomber

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Looks great though. And hopefully you get on better with the bottom bracket then me. I hate isis bb
 

retroJIM

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I took a punt on that bottom bracket for my humu. They are awful. Sorry to say.

I have some spare dropouts that fit that so you can run geared. Pm if keen

Yeah, I did wonder about the bottom bracket. Hopefully it'll do for the short term.

Thanks for the dropouts offer. I'll see how I get on with single speed but It's good to know I've got that option should I need it. 👍
 

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Nice project. Hellodave bought a big stash of spare parts from Ebay - I got an Octalink BB from him that was as-new. Might be worth PMing him as there were ISIS ones amongst them all - he might have a good 'un cheap for you that he might have no use for - you never know!
He was very helpful and probably glad to get a few quid back on his outlay.
 

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I'd be tempted to just switch out the crankset for any shimano hollowtech. Cheap and reliable
 

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retroJIM

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Specifically, the bolts never stayed tight, even with that lock tight, so cranks fall off easy. And not that smooth out of the box either to be honest. But I imagine some are better than others. Problem with ISIS is availability and price. Don't want to spend 50 quid on new one

I'll give them ago, if I have trouble I'll switch them out for hollotech or similar.
 

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I spent some time cleaning parts today and It's all cleaned up surprisingly well.

Sturmey-Archey sprocket is now all shiny and hub bearings are nice and smooth with no play.

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Decals on the Sun rims are intact but there's a missing spoke I'll need to replace. I expect I'll change the tyres too.

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As for the rest there are some scratches and marks but it's all perfectly usable stuff considering it's over 15 years old.

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retroJIM

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Now all put back together and ready to ride.

Unfortunately I found a split in the rear rim so having that replaced has swallowed the money I'd put aside for upgrades (disc brakes). I went with Halo White Line Classic 26.

It's getting difficult to source replacement rim brake rims. The only companies still making them seem to be Halo and Ryde.

Anyway other than the new rim, I've replaced the chainring with a 34t Surly, new On-One grips, Crank Brothers Pedals and Avid brake blocks. At some point I will look at replacing the stem for maybe a 70mm. Not sure I'll get away with anything shorter than that.

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2manyoranges

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woah that's a seriously nice build in a very contemporary colour way....

And I like the chain a lot....'a slack chain is a fast chain...' True.
 

retroJIM

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I took it for a spin after lunch and it felt really good. Even the brakes worked 😁

I don't like the seatpost, I think it looks really ugly. When I've got the cash I might replace it with a dropper with external cable routing. Only issue is, being a single speed there are no spare cable bosses.
 
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