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    What should I upgrade? Kona

    Hi all,

    Ive had my Kona Cinder Cone 2004 for awhile now and love it. What upgrades do you think it would benifit from?


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    http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...6&parentid=188


    I have a 200 quid budget.

    Thanks

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    I see the stock bike has toe straps. If you use those right now, you should try clipless. I am going to upgrade soon to clipless. From what i have read they're loads better than toe straps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decadence213
    I see the stock bike has toe straps. If you use those right now, you should try clipless. I am going to upgrade soon to clipless. From what i have read they're loads better than toe straps.
    I agree. I have a 2005 Kona Blast (one notch lower than the Cinder Cone). One of the first things I did was upgrade my pedals to Crank Brothers Candy SL models. They are terrific pedals. Today I participated in a muddy, muddy race and the pedals worked perfectly for both clipping in and clipping out.
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    toestraps can actually protect your toes from stumps. if you get the right plastic piece it will sheild you feet exellently. all you need is a smooth pair of shoes like Nike "Cortez" so youre feet dont snag on the bindings. Plus! with regular shoes, if you have to carry your bike on the trails it's easier and you'll get more traction (with regular shoes) Get a Selle Italia Flite saddle.

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    I just thought of something else you can change.

    Assuming you have the original chain, you should definitely change that.

    If your grips are worn, then you should treat yourself to some ODI grips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChroMo2
    toestraps can actually protect your toes from stumps. if you get the right plastic piece it will sheild you feet exellently. all you need is a smooth pair of shoes like Nike "Cortez" so youre feet dont snag on the bindings. Plus! with regular shoes, if you have to carry your bike on the trails it's easier and you'll get more traction (with regular shoes) Get a Selle Italia Flite saddle.
    Toe straps can also snap an ankle in a hard crash.
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    i dont know how u guys can stand to have ur feet fixed to the pedals... I like just standing on the pedals... that way if need be i can put a foot down or bail if i have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blasterider88
    i dont know how u guys can stand to have ur feet fixed to the pedals... I like just standing on the pedals... that way if need be i can put a foot down or bail if i have to.
    You'd be surprised to see how easy it is to get out of the clipless pedals when you need to. There were a couple of times today I was sure I wouldn't be able to, but I was able to step out.
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    Thanks guys,

    All suggestions will be looked into.

    The clippless option seems like a good route to take. However, What sort of prices, and where can I find the shoes?

    Thanks

    Rich

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    Pricepoint has some nice bundled deals. Try searching the forums to see how the users feel about theyre different type of pedals (eggbeaters, spd, etc.).

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    I saw you posted this on www.mbuk.co.uk as well you must be a brit?

    For clipless it all depends on how much you want to spend.

    Theres a good range here:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/C...CategoryID=207

    bear in mind that you'll need to buy shoes as well as cleats that are compatible with the pedal as well.
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    i saw some guy on clipless pedals fall off his bike today! he was trying to stop without getting off his bike. he was almost at a standstill when his whole body went into a violent jerking motion as he fought for his balance by a shoe that was locked to his pedal. he landed pretty crudely on his elbow (he was wearing a helmet) he was on pavement, and not even a trail. I have platform pedals, but when I use them it feels too scary when I go off a curb and I lose contact with my pedals. Clipless gotta be sweet for riding on pavement, but for trail riding toestraps make good sense. Also with toestraps you have more positions for your feet since they aren't locked in a fixed position. If you want it all, don't limit yourself. Both clipless and toestraps can make you lose balance at one time or another, and then there's the hardcore guys who dare ride without 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChroMo2
    i saw some guy on clipless pedals fall off his bike today! he was trying to stop without getting off his bike. he was almost at a standstill when his whole body went into a violent jerking motion as he fought for his balance by a shoe that was locked to his pedal. he landed pretty crudely on his elbow (he was wearing a helmet) he was on pavement, and not even a trail. I have platform pedals, but when I use them it feels too scary when I go off a curb and I lose contact with my pedals. Clipless gotta be sweet for riding on pavement, but for trail riding toestraps make good sense. Also with toestraps you have more positions for your feet since they aren't locked in a fixed position. If you want it all, don't limit yourself. Both clipless and toestraps can make you lose balance at one time or another, and then there's the hardcore guys who dare ride without 'em.
    Maybe he was still getting used to the pedals.

    I have clipless on all of my bikes (road and trail) and would never ride without...especially offroad on singletrack/XC trails. I can do stuff I could never do with platforms or straps. I would never use straps again anywhere, especially on trails, and once you try clipless and get comfortable with them, you'll never go back (it does depend on what type of riding you do though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChroMo2
    i saw some guy on clipless pedals fall off his bike today! he was trying to stop without getting off his bike. he was almost at a standstill when his whole body went into a violent jerking motion as he fought for his balance by a shoe that was locked to his pedal. he landed pretty crudely on his elbow (he was wearing a helmet) he was on pavement, and not even a trail. I have platform pedals, but when I use them it feels too scary when I go off a curb and I lose contact with my pedals. Clipless gotta be sweet for riding on pavement, but for trail riding toestraps make good sense. Also with toestraps you have more positions for your feet since they aren't locked in a fixed position. If you want it all, don't limit yourself. Both clipless and toestraps can make you lose balance at one time or another, and then there's the hardcore guys who dare ride without 'em.
    Do I need to say it again? Toe straps can snap ankles. You must not be doing something right if you can't get the platforms to grip on your shoes, or you're using the wrong type of shoes. Any skate shoe or the 510 Impacts will grip on a platform, you just need to point your shoes slightly towards the ground, and the shoes should grip.
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    toestraps won't snap your ankle. you must've got that statistic from someone who suffered degenerative bone disease. I've been professional status for 8 non-consecutive years, and built bikes that exceed the usable ability for any course and adapt my riding ability to it's difficulty. I like toestraps and I wouldn't wanna be like the clipless croud, because I can dust 'em on the pavement and on the trails. It's like a bar end, or a kickstand

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChroMo2
    toestraps won't snap your ankle. you must've got that statistic from someone who suffered degenerative bone disease. I've been professional status for 8 non-consecutive years, and built bikes that exceed the usable ability for any course and adapt my riding ability to it's difficulty. I like toestraps and I wouldn't wanna be like the clipless croud, because I can dust 'em on the pavement and on the trails. It's like a bar end, or a kickstand
    Ok I'll tell that to my friend who snapped his ankle due to toe straps 6 years ago, first break he ever suffered.
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    well... gee whiz, I hope your friend is still riding. He wasn't riding a Canondale, was he? Hey! i'm thinking of buying a Kona, they seem like pretty cool bikes. i'll be rebuilding my bike for about the tenth time, you know... about three thousand dollars ago. everytime I buy a new part, it's gotta be better than the last part. So far I haven't had any desire for clipless shoes. I mean pedals. I mean shoes and pedals. Handlebars and a stem is a pretty common swap out on a bike. I always stick a "flite" saddle on the best seatpost (but I can't give away all my secrets) Remember, your bike will always be there for you and it's the coolest form of transportation.

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