Frame: Kona Chromoly Butted
Fork: Kona Chromoly Project Two
Derailleurs: Shimano Deore LX
Brakeset: Shimano Acera-X (M290)
Wheelset: Mavic 236 rims on Shimano Altus Parallax hubs with Continental Race King 26x2.0 tires
I really like the old Konas and have owned a couple of my own in the past. This one was in pretty decent shape and the price was right so I thought it deserved a full rebuild to bring it back to its former glory.
This rebuild went well. The frame had several rubs and scrapes but they blended in well when the paint was polished. I found the Kona grips and really wanted to use them but they couldn't be used with GripShift so I had to hunt for some 7 speed rapid fire shifters. When I changed it to rapid fire, I decided to upgrade the derailleurs to Shimano Deore LX. The original brake leavers were worn out so I replaced them with new levers. In the end, this build ended up with a new saddle, grips, brake pads, brake levers, chain, cables and housing. I really liked the orange touches that I added to go with the orange in the paint, such as the cable end caps and the orange in the tires. This once sad and neglected bike is happy again and ready to make its new owner happy, too!