Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: 1981 Schwinn Traveler
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Last October I purchased a 2004 Kona Cinder cone. I have been fairly happy with it, but recently I have had some extra cash and plan to upgrade it. So far the only thing I've done with it is replace the stock saddle with a WTB Rocket V Race. I have been thinking about a set of Avid BB7s, as I'm not satisfied with the Shimano mechanicals that it came with. However, I'm not sure if there are any other components that might warrant replacement sooner than the brakes. At this time I'm not interested in clipless pedals, as I don't feel that I have sufficient skill to necessitate them. I have had some trouble with the Deore front deraileaur, and I also dislike the stock grips. I have about 190 dollars to work with, and I would really appreciate any input you might have as to what components should be upgraded first, as well as recommendations on brands and such.
Here is a link to the spec list:
04 Cinder cone
Note: the Kona site lists the rims as Sun Mach IV, however they are actually Mavic 117 disc rims.