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Old 04-08-2021, 05:13 PM
mwynne mwynne is offline
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1994 Kona Kilauea

Alright, going to track my build and planning here, for funsies!

Nabbed this 1994 Kona Kilauea to do up as a commuter/hauler. Came with a stack of some OEM parts - stem, bar, seatpost, saddle, brake levers - planning to using as many as I can.

Condition is... ok. I have not cleaned it up at all in these photos. More light rust than I'd like, and most of the hardware/bolts absolutely need to be replaced. Brake levers are probably no go - rusted and stiff.

I've got wheels and drivetrain incoming courtesy of some other PL members, and other parts are trickling in.

So... stay tuned? I really need to strip, clean, and framesaver, but uh turns out that newborn twins don't leave much free time.

Tentative build:
  • Mavic Crosslink wheels
  • Maxxis DTH 26x2.15" tires
  • OEM bar, stem, seatpost (pending fit test)
  • XO drivetrain - probably 1x10
  • ??? cranks
  • ??? brakes (I have some Spooky, TRP revoX, Paul Neo Retro, and Avid Shorty 4s on hand)
  • ??? brake levers










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Old 04-10-2021, 06:34 PM
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Just a quick fit up with the wheels to make sure the tire clearance is good. I stripped and cleaned the frameset today. Tomorrow planning to service the hubs, and fluid film the frameset (and maybe auto wax the outside of it too).

After that, can install cockpit and check the fit! Still no firm idea on cranks and brake levers/brakes.
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Old 04-11-2021, 03:29 PM
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Great color for a sweet bike. Stoked to see the build come together!


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Old 04-11-2021, 05:54 PM
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That is nice. I wrenched in a shop that sold Konas during that time. They were great bikes (remember that British racing green Explosive with the ribbed downtube?) except for the crappy Dia Compe brakes. Those were terrible. Personally I'd go with the Avid Shorty 4s.
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:43 PM
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Love a Kona of this era. If you can snag a set of RaceFace Turbine LPs, I think they’d really suit it. Stridsland is making a plethora of 94bcd single chainring options for those older 5-arm MTB cranks. Paul or Avid for the brakes, match the levers to the calipers and away you go!
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:36 PM
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Probably going to give the Shorty 4s a go first - they seem like the right fit for a townie bike. Will hit a shop for levers soon.

Something like that Raceface crankset would be perfect, if I can scrounge an era-appropriate-ish set up. I *do* have a random lightspeed crank that I can probably toss on for now (I really want to check the cockpit fit ASAP)...

Gave the frame a fluid film treatment today - going to start some assembly tomorrow hopefully!
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:29 AM
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This is going to be cool!
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Old 04-14-2021, 06:44 PM
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Alright. Frame and fork cleaned, inspected, and fluid filmed. Cockpit also scrubbed and treated before install. 1x drivetrain parts fitted up (11-36 out back and a 38 up front right now - would like a narrow wide instead). Not in love with the BB and crankset - I'll give it a spin, but planning to try and replace sooner than later (anyone holding onto a suitable crankset?) Ditto with the brakes (Shorty 4) - will probably run them for a few paycheques. Tomorrow hoping to toss on pedals and saddle to check the fit so that I can look into cockpit changes if necessary.

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Old 04-14-2021, 07:13 PM
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Can I ask a question out of idle curiosity?

My Hei Hei from the same era has a bottom bracket shell 68mm across. Does yours?
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Old 04-14-2021, 07:17 PM
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Can I ask a question out of idle curiosity?

My Hei Hei from the same era has a bottom bracket shell 68mm across. Does yours?
Yep, 68mm BB here as well!
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Old 04-15-2021, 01:14 PM
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I think I've got a Raceface Forged 175mm with a Blackspire 40t narrow wide and appropriate BB. I'll check the parts bin tonight and get back to you.

I'm local too!

Cranks shown here, not a great photo but to give you a sense:

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Old 04-15-2021, 03:59 PM
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I think I've got a Raceface Forged 175mm with a Blackspire 40t narrow wide and appropriate BB. I'll check the parts bin tonight and get back to you.

I'm local too!

Cranks shown here, not a great photo but to give you a sense:

That is such a stylish Surly. Are those ENO-hubbed wheels?
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:34 PM
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I think I've got a Raceface Forged 175mm with a Blackspire 40t narrow wide and appropriate BB. I'll check the parts bin tonight and get back to you.

I'm local too!
That would probably be just the ticket! Let me know, thanks!
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Old 04-15-2021, 09:45 PM
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That quill & wedge sure makes me wanna know how the thin walled steer tube mating area is (or isn't) sound..
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:34 PM
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That quill & wedge sure makes me wanna know how the thin walled steer tube mating area is (or isn't) sound..
Steerer tube looked great, no visible rust etc. The reddish gunk seemed to be old discoloured grease more than anything else.
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