Kona Fire Mountain Deluxe 2009

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Kona Fire Mountain Deluxe 2009

Postby RichardJiles » Wed Jan 20, 2010 19:10 pm

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Next upgrade will be a set of brakes and wheels from Merlin Cycles.

Chain just got completely rusted after I went on a bike trip and had to leave my bike out in the rain overnight!
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Postby RichardJiles » Sun Mar 28, 2010 19:58 pm

EDIT: New pictures up!
My next upgrade will be new wheels with new brakes

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Postby scottbowlby » Sun Mar 28, 2010 20:05 pm

New pedals would be a good next upgrade too! :)

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Postby RichardJiles » Mon Mar 29, 2010 08:40 am

scottbowlby wrote:New pedals would be a good next upgrade too! :)

Thing is, I can't decide between clipless and flat!

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Postby wavey1490 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:15 am

you have 2 choices then either a combo pedal or the dh style platform with a clipless pedal in the middle
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Postby RichardJiles » Wed Mar 31, 2010 15:06 pm

wavey1490 wrote:you have 2 choices then either a combo pedal or the dh style platform with a clipless pedal in the middle


I think im gonna be able to trial some clipless soon, friend might lend me some

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Postby jakeeeeeee » Sat Apr 10, 2010 15:12 pm

im 13 and i have clipless pedals. they take a little while to get used to but after that u wont regret cuz they are brilliant :D

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Postby bufo802 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:19 pm

Got the same bike and thinking about what to upgrade, mainly thinking about the brakes, forks and wheels/tyres atm. How much of an improvement did you find with the rebas over the standard dart 2 forks?

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Postby Kona_and_cake » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:38 pm

I have the 2008 model and bought the bike so I could get fit and back into mountain biking after a 15 year absence...

I've changed the brakes to Avid Juicy 3's - so much better than the Hayes that were fitted, Rock Shox Reba's off ebay, Mavic 317/717's rims & XT hubs (SLX would have been a more economical purchase), M540 clipless pedals, Panaracer tyres etc etc

My old brakes, forks and wheels went to a better home and upgraded a friends bike.

Overall I think it's a good bike, maybe a bit heavy, and yes the money I spent on upgrades could have bought me a better bike to begin with but the forks, brakes and pedals were the best investment that I can actually see the benefit from.

And what's even better is when you can still leave people behind on bikes that cost three times what yours cost......
I no longer own a Kona so the name is somewhat misleading.

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Postby bufo802 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 14:01 pm

I'm definitely going to change to caged spd pedals this summer (as long as I'm still doing plenty of cycling) and will mainly be doing longer not particularly technical adventure races (~3hr+ rides on bridleways/byways navigating to checkpoints).

As well as improving the ride and downhill speed (was getting jolted all over the place by dry mud) would changing the forks be the easiest way to lose weight as well?

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Postby thekickingmule » Mon Apr 12, 2010 15:06 pm

If you try clipless, be aware of any pain you feel whilst riding. If your knees get a twinge, stop, as you may have not set the clips up properly.
I use both clipless and flats, but I have to use a knee support when going long distances now after ignoring the bad knee I got when i first used them.
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