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Kona Cindercone ****

 

Kona Cindercone   £1000 (ish)
 
 
Yep it's still around folks - the legend that is the Cindercone. This classic mid-range hardtail from Kona is still a force to be reckoned with.  I've ridden two or three different Cindercone's over the years and the geometry of the bike stays as reliable as ever.It climbs well and holds it's own by cutting into the trail as you descend, with the low slung top tube allowing plenty of room for rider movement. In terms of strength, I've taken one down Snowdon, Buckden Pike, Helvellyn and it keeps on bouncing back. So the frame is great and does what you need it to. 
 
The Recon fork at the front is a welcome addition, and 100mm is about right to stay with, even if many brands are going for longer travel. It's all about control with the Cindercone, and the front end on this beast keeps it real without any problems elsewhere. It's a good balance. I am disappointed at the drive train. 
 
At this level we should expect slx, and albeit that most of will upgrade as we service, it would have been good to have it as a starter. I suppose something has to give in the current climate. But at a grand - come on Kona, Alivio at the front! 
 
Avid brakes and Mavic rims will however keep you rolling along and stopping when required for some time. It should help to maintain the Cindercone legend. So it's a good makeover for this classic hardtail and one that we still like. The Dales are made for bikes like this. 
 
Spec
 
Frame Material Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted 
Sizes 14", 16", 17", 18", 19", 20", 22" 
Rear Shock N/A 
Fork RockShox Recon TK 100mm 
Crankarms Shimano M521 
Chainrings 42/34/24 
B/B Shimano 
Pedals Wellgo LU-A9 
Chain Shimano HG53 
Freewheel Shimano HG50 11-34 9 spd 
F/D Shimano Alivio 
R/D Shimano SLX SGS 
Shifters Shimano Alivio 
Brake Calipers Avid Elixir 1 
Front Brake Rotor Avid G2 180mm 
Rear Brake Rotor Avid G2 160mm 
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1 
Headset TH No. 10 
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser 
Stem Kona XC/Road 
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset 
Seat Clamp Kona QR 
Grips Kona Race Light 
Saddle WTB Valcon Sport SE 
Front Hub Formula Disc 
Rear Hub Shimano M475 Disc 
Spokes Stainless 15g fr / 14g rr 
Rims Mavic XM119 
Front Tire Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1 
Rear Tire Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1