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Kona Cinder Cone W.I.P - SLX Chainset has arrived!

max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
edited May 2011 in Your mountain bikes
Here is some recent pics of my Kona, I've had it 2 years and it's served me very well. The hubs are shot so I have ordered a new pair of wheels which should be winging their way to me as we speak. Will get some before and after pics up for your perusal!

Currently, I use this bike to commute to work every day, and stick the highrollers on at the weekend.


Old pic in the garden, note the slightly worn rear tyre!
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New High Rollers! Under 550g each and only £30 a pair, loving these tyres.
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New Seat Clamp, nice quality. Thanks for selling me this if you're looking!
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A couple of shots of the wheels and cassette that are soon to be replaced.
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Here's the spec, upgrades are highlighted in red.

Frame - Kona Cinder Cone '07
Forks - Marzocchi MZ Race
Brakes - Avid Juicy 5
Wheels - Mavic Crossride '09

Tyres - Maxxis Highroller 2.1" folding / Schwalbe Marathon 1.75"
F+R Mechs - Shimano XT
Shifters - Shimano SLX
Chainset - FSA Alpha Powerdrive
Saddle - Charge Spoon
Pedals - DMR V8s in Oxblood Red
Grips - Spank Spank Tugg Job

Headset - Cane Creek Aheadset
Chain - SRAM PC971
Cassette - SRAM PG970

Bars/Stem/Post - Stock Kona stuff
Seat Clamp - Salsa Flipoff


Just been upgrading parts as they wear out/fail, plans are to sort a new chainset and chain next, but the forks are also in desperate need of a replacement. What do you guys think? Will weigh it and update my results soon, but I think it stands at around 29lbs. Stock weight was more like 31lbs.

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  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    Wheels arrived superquick from Merlin, and the new cassette.

    Have weighed my old wheels, and these, and have saved 160g on the front and 310g on the rear!

    They spin extremely smooth, can't wait to try em out, look pretty good too.

    Have installed the cassette and rotors, changed the front for a 185mm.

    Some pics of the final results coming soon.

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  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Nice build. I'm running those high rollers too, really fast rolling, light and grippy, love them.
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    Wheels built up.

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    Some more shots...

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    Totally transformed the look of the bike I reckon, and knocked off a good chunk of weight. Have degreased the drivetrain and indexed the gears, now to go out and test the shifting and see how the new brake rotors are! :D

    What do you think?
  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    Good upgrades - looking really ace. I think they are brilliant wheels for the money.. fantastic looking too IMHO....
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Those wheels look great, they really look 3x the price.
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • I think that looks absolutely stunning mate :) gorgeous colour. I miss my old Kona :(
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    i bloody well love the colour on that.
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    Got some goodies in the post.
    New bars, stem and grips. Got some replacement bolts on the way for my lever clamps, no room for rusty bolts in my new cockpit :D

    Even with the extra weight of the grips (which are massive, but feel nice and grippy) I've saved a small amount of weight, 128g. But it does feel lighter up front.

    A trio of bargains, £25 bars, £12 stem, £8 grips all new
    My mate Harry reckons they're mint.

    The stuff

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    Weights

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    Old Kona Bars - 374g
    New Easton EA70 Monkeybars - 274g

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    Old Kona Stem - 204g
    New Carbon Cycles 60mm Stem - 115g

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    Old Spank Grips - 106g
    New Superstar Grips - 167g

    Final pics

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    Just need Chainset (SLX?), Forks (2nd hand Rebas?) and Seatpost. Then I'm done. I hope...
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    Here's the updated spec, upgrades are highlighted in red.

    Frame - Kona Cinder Cone '07
    Forks - Marzocchi MZ Race
    Brakes - Avid Juicy 5
    Wheels - Mavic Crossride '09
    Tyres - Maxxis Highroller 2.1" folding / Schwalbe Marathon 1.75"
    F+R Mechs - Shimano XT
    Shifters - Shimano SLX

    Chainset - FSA Alpha Powerdrive
    Saddle - Charge Spoon
    Pedals - DMR V8s in Oxblood Red
    Grips - Superstar

    Headset - Cane Creek Aheadset
    Chain - SRAM PC971
    Cassette - SRAM PG970
    Bars - Easton Monkeybars EA70 '10
    Stem - Carbon Cycles 60mm Alu
    Seat Clamp - Salsa Flipoff
  • Very nice build man! Lovely colour combos.
  • coombercoomber Posts: 232
    Had the same until a month ago, just swapped bits onto a saracen zen frame.

    The marzocchi forks are ok, if not the stiffest. Rebas would be great upgrade.
  • Levi_501Levi_501 Posts: 1,105
    Nice bike 8)
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    some nice upgrades there, nice bike :)
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • bwfc4eva868bwfc4eva868 Posts: 717
    Lovely looking bike. I miss my Old Kona :cry:
  • Clark3yClark3y Posts: 129
    Nice, some choice upgrades there, and Kona frames always look good.
  • jakeeeeeeejakeeeeeee Posts: 270
    i ordered a pair of crossrides of merlin (2010 model) and i got the 2011 ones ! :lol:
    but i'm not complaining :roll: btw love the bike. heres an slx chainset dirt cheap
    http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/shim ... aid:287671 :lol:
  • Nice.
    Kind of kicking myself having sold my Caldera frame, now I've seen this!
    By the way, where did you find a pair of folding High Rollers for £30?
    Cove HJ
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    Think it was CRC, sorry about the late reply!

    Nowadays you can get a pair of Nobby Nic 2.25s from On one for £30! Even better!
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    In the post:-
    Exotic Alu rigid forks (will knock 1.4Kg, or 3lbs off the front end!)
    FSA Alu Seatpost (saves 100g)
    Hope Spacers, in red
    Hope Head doctor, in red
    XTR Gear cable outers and Jagwire inners

    Coming soon:-
    Either SLX or Deore chainset, with HT2 BB.
    Best price I have found including shipping is £49 Deore or £98 SLX.

    Will post pics when installed :D
  • coombercoomber Posts: 232
    Will be some impressive weight savings on that. I dont want to sound negative though, but that frame will be weighty for road use if trying to get real lightweight, and conversely harsh as fully rigid off road I would guess?
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    Yeah you're right, the plan is to hopefully get the full-susser I've been planning for in the next few months for off-road use.

    For now though, I'll be using the Kona for my 70 miles a week commute on road, and I can always swap the tyres and forks for off-road use until then.

    Ultimately, I would love to have a stable of three bikes, and actually get a nice and light road bike for commuting, but it's a long way off with my small budget.

    If the full-susser falls through, I'll go back to plan A and try and pick up a set of Rebas for the Kona.

    I'm wanting to try out a Giant Trance and Cannondale Rize 140 soon, really liking the Canyon Nerve but I don't think I could get one on my works Cyclescheme.
  • max丨momax丨mo Posts: 177
    New chainset has arrived today, have decided against the rigid fork route for now, and am after a used set of Rebas next.

    Feels incredibly light and looks very nice in the flesh.

    Also picked up Hope spacers, Head doctor in red, and have ordered a Cane Creek 110 Headset in red, which looks awesome.

    Few pics:-

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  • hoathyhoathy Posts: 776
    Nice machine, you're right about the forks though. Reba's would be an excellent choice or Recon golds if you're budget won't stretch. And if you're loaded a pair of Fox F100s!
    - Kona Hot '96 - Marin Rift Zone '09 - Cannondale Synapse Carbon '06 - Kona Caldera '98 - Kona AA '94 - Dawes Kickback II - Cannondale BadBoy '11 - Genesis iOiD SS -
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