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1×10 Conversion

I said I’d never do it, but I ended up converting the drive train on my Kona Process 134 to a 1×10 set up. It was surprisingly easy, but not without pitfalls if not planned out, so here’s what I did in case you’re thinking of doing the same.

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Fix or replace? Part 1 – The dilemma

I currently have a Kona Explosif 1999 model, which I hand built myself, and I’m very fond of. It has a steel frame – Reynolds 853 tubing – and has a ride that only steel gives. It accelerates like whippet, especially offroad and on technical sections and gives me a grin even when I just take it round the block.

However, I built it in 1999, and it needs some serious maintenance and upgrades now. The entire drivetrain is shot and needs replacing, the forks are worrying me a bit (but are probably ok) and at the weekend I bent one of the brake levers (it’s got V brakes and it pre-dates discs!).  Read More

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