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Old 12-14-16, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Denmark
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Bikes: 1997 Kona Lava Dome - 2010 Trek 1.5 - 1995 Dawes Super Galaxy - Mosquito Exage300 - BMW R75/5

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I know this is kind of an old thread... But anyways, I love these frankenbikes - I think it's truly beuatiful to take som redundant old beater and make it shine again. Here's my take on it.

Itís a circa 1998 Kona Lava Dome cr-mo ridgid mtb which has been sandblasted and powder coated in RAL 6010.

The bike has been converted to dropbars by welding and extending the 1 1/8 steerer tube longer, and thus converted the threaded stem to a more versatile threadless setup. I prefer a relative short reach and low bars, so I slammed the stem and fitted a 40mm downhill stem and a zero offset seat post. The gearing is a 2x8 Shimano Claris setup with an FSA Vero Triple crank setup using only the two inner rings and milling down the outer one to a makeshift bashguard. Iíve kept the 39 tooth middle ring, but changed the inner ring to a 24 tooth which makes for a really nice low bail out/trailer pulling gear (and it clears the chainstay). The chainline is centered on the middle chainring which gives me complete use of the cassette using the middle chainring, but only the 4 first sprockets on the 24 tooth chainring, thus making it a 1x8+4 setup. I know it sounds a bit sketchy but in all honesty it works lovely. The brakes are bog standard v-brakes fitted with Travel Agents to make them work with the brifters and they are easily modulated and very, very powerful.
The rims are 32 mm Dartmoor Fortress with stainless spokes, Deore hubs and Schwalbe Kojaks; a bit on the heavy side but very solid indeed!

The ride is wonderfully smooth, fast and agile.

With kind regards

Niels Lillevang Hansen
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