Kona Howler – 4 inch travel trail razzer – full bike – £650
Spec is as follows.
Kona Howler 2007 large frame (16 inch seat tube, 23.5 inch top tube, so in line with many medium/large sized current bikes but with a nice low stand over height). This was Kona’s 4X bike for 2006 and 2007.
Rock Shox Reba Race forks set at 120mm – 20mm Maxle
Sun Ringle wheelset – Equalizer rims on Dirty Flea hubs
Crank Bros Sage headset
Funn Serial MX 45mm stem
Easton EA70 hi rise bars
Shimano Saint brakes (old style)
Race Face Deus cranks (nice & light) with Middleburn 32 tooth ring
Uber bike bottom bracket – about 7 or 8 rides old
Race Face bash guard
Raidium chain guide (fits on the granny ring tabs to sandwich the chain with the bash guard. Works a treat with the clutch rear mech and is light and maintenance free).
Shimano XT 10 speed shifter
Shimano Zee rear mech with clutch
Shimano XT 11-36 rear cassette
Crank Bros Joplin 4 dropper seat post
SDG Bel Air saddle
No pedals! Also, I’d like to swap the current tyres for some quite new Maxxis High Roller tubeless ones (but with tubes).
I’ve had the bike in a rideable form since February last year built up from second hand and new bits plus some stuff I already had. I’ve certainly done less than 200miles on it since. Only did 261 miles according to Endomondo last year (and some of those will have been on my Stumpy or Cotic), which is abysmal! When I bought the frame I had 18Bikes ream the seat tube out to 30.9mm from the standard 30.0mm so that I could fit a dropper post. They also chased and faced the BB and the head tube. I then swapped the 200mm long Fox Vanilla for a 190mm long Fox RP23 Kashima to slacken it and drop the BB a bit. LoCo Tuning revalved the RP23 to suit the frame and added a couple of spacers to make sure the back wheel didn’t hit the frame at full travel, so travel is now about 97mm instead of the standard 100mm.
Geometry charts are here (large/16 inch and don’t get confused with Lisa charts) – http://www.konabikeworld.com/bikes/2k7/HOWLER/index.html
Good stuff – just put a new gear cable on and not ridden since. All of the bearings in the hubs and the freehub were swapped for new less than 50 miles ago. The drivetrain has done less than 200 miles, if that, so plenty of life left in chain, cassette, etc. I’ll also include a set of brake pads as I noticed the rears were a bit low. Fronts seem OK.
Bad stuff – one of the bolts to hold the disc on has sheared, so the disc is held on by 5 bolts instead of 6. I think this is on the back wheel, but can’t remember. Probably not too difficult to fix, but I’ve just never bothered. The Joplin dropper seat post could probably do with a strip and grease soon. It’s working fine, but they do like a bit of fresh grease now and then. The saddle is a little bent, but not that you’d notice while riding.
£650. I’m in Monmouth, so could meet at FoD, Cwmcarn, etc.Posted 4 years ago
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