New Bike Purchased

MarkDon Posts: 200
edited December 2009 in MTB beginners
Hi all, just a quicky to say hello!

I'm a 28 year old from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who is looking to get fitter & get out & about more. At the minute i do a bit of hiking and photography, but feel like i want to get places quicker.

Love walking around Thrunton Woods & Kielder Forrest, so riding them should be even better!

So, as a christmas present to myself, i bought a 2009 Kona Blast Deluxe, i've already ordered a set of DMR V8 pedals, stuck some crud catchers on & now i'm looking for other bits to buy?

I've got my toolkit sorted, some patches, spare tubes, multi tool, tyre levers, first aid kit, mini pump.

I've also ordered a pair of Endura Zyme shorts & have a pair of Karrimor hiking shoes which should be up to the job.

The spec of the bike as standard is...

• Frame tubing: Kona All-Mountain Aluminum Butted
• Fork: RockShox Dart 2 w/Turnkey 100mm
• Headset: TH
• Crankarms: FSA Alpha Drive
• Chainrings44/32/22
• B/B: FSA Powerdrive
• Pedals: Wellgo LU-A9
• Chain: Shimano Deore
• Freewheel: Shimano Deore (11-32, 9spd)
• Front Derailleur :)Shimano Deore
• Rear Deraillieur : Shimano Deore
• Shifters: Shimano Deore
• Handlebar: Kona XC/BC Riser
• Stem: Kona XC/BC
• Grips: Kona Race Light
• Brakes: Shimano 486 Hydraulic Disc
• Brake Levers: Shimano 486 Hydraulic
• Front Hub : Formula Disc
• Rear Hub : Shimano M475 Disc
• Spokes : Stainless 14g
• Tires: Maxxis Ignitor 26x2.1
• Rims: Alex Ace-18
• Saddle: WTB Speed V Sport SE
• Seatpost: Kona XC/BC
• Seat clamp: Kona QR

What would you change, and why?


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  • ads4
    ads4 Posts: 698
    Does anything really need changing?? If you want to mod the bike then most people do bars, stem, seat post for lighter ones or more colour coordination :)

    All depends on budget really......

    Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.

    Current ride - Yeti ASR 5a X0
  • weeksy59
    weeksy59 Posts: 2,606
    At the start i'd change nothing at all.

    For the first 6 months you'll be doing canal paths, bridleways etc. Bike is fine for that.

    Once you starting doing a bit more extreme stuff then worry about upgrades
  • P-Jay
    P-Jay Posts: 1,478

    As for the bike, eventually I'd change the forks, they'll serve you well whilst you build your skills and pace, but you'll appriceate something tricker in a couple of months.
  • stomith
    stomith Posts: 332
    round of applause to the eagle-eyed PJ that spotted helmet!

    Don't change anything until it annoys you, breaks, wears out or you see a shinier one in a shop window that you feel you MUST HAVE or simply NEED.

    Maybe consider some gloves and possibly some eye protection, unless you're used to walking at 10-20 mph. :) the gets dark at ~4 oclock and you haven't mentioned lights.
  • MarkDon
    MarkDon Posts: 200
    Cheers guys, i've got a lid & some gloves, forgot to add those.

    I was thinking about things that are tougher, i have very little knowledge about bike components, but i've heard of people upgrading bottom brackets?

    Will look into bars & seat post & stem, just to add a bit of colour if nothing else.

    Is there a site / thread on here that lists all of the components on a bike, and a bit of a description about the parts? what to look for when upgrading, weak points, that sort of stuff?

    Cheers for the help.
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  • Have you got a re-hydration back pack?
  • MarkDon
    MarkDon Posts: 200
    Yeh, got a camelback from my hiking trips :)

    picked up some lights at gooutdoors the other day too, not amazing, but for the money, they'll do for now, i'm not planning on doing much dark riding if i can help it.

    I was just asking about upgrades incase there was anything on the bike that is a major weak point, or just plain crap.

    cheers for the info though, its all about learning.
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  • P-Jay
    P-Jay Posts: 1,478
    Bottom Brackets, or BB's as they're somtimes reffered to on here are just bearings, use and abuse until they die.

    Is yours an ISIS BB? I had an FSA ISIS chainset once, the worse piece of shit ever created. Iit didn't matter how much I spent getting the toughest BB's I'd kill it in 3 weeks tops.

    If your's is ISIS, I'd recommend changing the whole chainset for an Shimano one - but only when it dies.
  • MarkDon
    MarkDon Posts: 200
    If you tell me what ISIS is, i will let you know :lol:
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  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Upgrade when parts wear out, if they wear out! If you starting changing everything, then you bought the wrong bike.

    Nothing wrong at all with that bike.
  • MarkDon
    MarkDon Posts: 200
    Cool, cheers, like i say, just looking for weak points etc.
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  • ravey1981
    ravey1981 Posts: 1,111
    Sounds like a good first bike to me, plenty capable and no real "weak points" to speak of. Ride it, have fun and when bits wear out upgrade them.

    As you progress in your riding you will realise if any components are holding you back and you can decide if its worth upgrading as and when