- New bike. 1997 Kona refurb with new kit. Pic Heavy.
Was looking for something completely different to my 150mm Full Susser!
Picked up the frame out of the classifieds a few months ago cheers Monty.
Collected a few bits since then, got started on Saturday night.
Hope headset, XT 770 cranks with Middleburn Rings
Fox F120’s, Thomson X4, Easton Carbon Monkeybars.
Some more XT 770, X-Fusion Hilo and a Salsa clamp. 317s on Average hubs. Some Hope on the way soon.
XTR Discs… I forgot how much of a pain IS mounts are!
Bit of tweaking, finishing kit and Indexing. All done!
Cheers.Posted 4 years ago
Despite my thoughts on fork travel expressed in the other thread that looks sweet. I take it the fork is in 120mm mode?
I left it at 120mm, doesn’t feel overly slack to be honest. Our possibly duff angle meter at work is saying it’s head tube is around 67-68ish.
Makes me think about removing some spacers from my 90mm Reba now
Pleased with the red, glad I didn’t change it too.Posted 4 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
Like that ! Looks good left red too.
I’ve just resurrected a 1996 steel Rockhopper which a friend kindly gave me and left the frame in it’s now heavy “patina” grey paint. I’m riding it already, although really, for full effect, I still need to sort new pedals, saddle, bars stem and grips, but coming together well. Despite the fact I’d promised myself I wouldn’t make it attractive to the oiks, as it was just intended to be a hack / pub ride, I’ve inevitably become a bit over obsessed by it. How does this happen ?Posted 4 years ago
I even took it for a ride in the forest last night to see if 100mm Vanilla fork worked, it did from a geometry point of view, even if as a fork, it’s about as refined as dung. Steel frame felt nice though.
Looks like I’ll have to build another unattractive heap to go to the pub on.
That’s definitely an Argos job on the rear disc mount, identical to mine:
I’ve got 100mm Floats on mine and it rides perfectly fine and even handles quicker than my Heckler. I’ve just put some Exotic carbon rigids on it and it’s now super light and super quick – if I didn’t know, I would not have known it was 16 years old!Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for the replies. Yeah it feels good with 120mm, all be it around the office and warehouse at work. No chance with 1×10, I live in Kendal and don’t have the legs for that!
Nice bike Alpha, love the blue colour.
Dunno if the 1″ comment is aimed at me, mine’s 1″1/8th. I think it’s a Lava Dome or Caldera, I don’t think it’s got any exotic tubing in there.
Turned out that I made it just in time… the back end of my Tracer has just cracked 😥 x 1million.
Posted 4 years ago
Kevhl: pretty sure I used your original build as a reference point on Retrobike when I was building mine.
Wozza: have a look at the seat and chain stays if you’re not sure if it’s a Lava Dome (same frame as a Cinder Cone I think for some reason) or a Caldera. If the seat/chain stay to drop outs are like this then it’s a Caldera (compliments to letmetalktomark!)Posted 4 years ago
Podge: are you riding it at the moment? It’s not cheap to get the work done properly – getting a disc tab and a few cable guides cost about £150 I seem to remember, plus then a paint job on top. Before you do anything, have a look at retrobike.co.uk for inspiration.Posted 4 years ago
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