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    Building up a 2007 Kona Kula Supreme frame

    Hey everyone,

    I recently purchased a 2007 Kona Kula Supreme frame, it has 25 miles on it and is flawless. I have decided to make this a long term project to eventually create a nice racing bike. Long term being this summer, or longer if needed.

    I had some ideas about what to do, but have been thinking a lot about kind of creating a light duty XC bike that would be light and light duty.

    Maybe something that I could put rigid forks on, at least for the time being.

    Other than that I have thought about v-brakes... I am kind of open to any suggestions about anything.

    Sorry about the limited information, but does anyone have any ideas about what I might be able to do to this bike? All I know is i am going in the direction of a XC race bike, light duty. Also, what do you all think about rigid forks?

    Thanks-

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    I bought a very similar bike setup in a unique way. The 05 Deluxe is the same frame as the Primo, and I believe similar geometry to yours. Mine came used with a Kelly Rigid fork, and a 29 inch Velocity wheel. It rode very nicely like this, but I wanted it much like it left the factory and went back to 26 inch wheels and a Fox RLT 100 fork. the Kelly fork was designed to keep geometry similar to stock with the 29. I still have the parts it came with if you are interested and keep meaning to put them up on Ebay or Craigslist.
    Bob S.
    05' Kona Kula Deeluxe, 91' Miyata 1000LT, 86' Kuwahara Apollo Beater

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    I can't imagine racing a rigid fork, I got punished enough on my SID equiped hardtail on last Sundays race, thank you very much.

    My thoughts:
    1) v brakes - fine if you don't ride in the mud a lot
    2) drivetrain - perhaps a two ring crank, if you just want the bike for racing and are fit, I love my 29-42 setup
    3) race hardtails need flat bars, it's a rule.

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    how much money do you want to spend?
    i think v-brakes should be fine for a "light duty" race bike

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    That's a sweet frame.

    Use V's unless you need extreme braking power- this will save weight and money and still slow you down enough. I would skip the rigid fork and use an 80 mm instead. It might weigh a little more tan a rigid, but you will not wear yourself out over rough terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor p
    how much money do you want to spend?
    Well, of course I want to keep it to the minimum but am willing to spend what it takes to create this. Preferably under $2,000, but honestly I don't know what to shoot for. I have not built up a bike before and am only basing this off prices of components that friends and acquaintances have said I can get, or what they have offered for sale.

    Any more input? Thanks to all who already have.

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