Jan 10, 2014 at 10:06Jan 10, 2014
Kona Satori 2013 18" which has been upgraded to turn it from a good bike to a great bike! I have recently gone back to study engineering after 8 years as a bike mechanic and am selling this because I do not have the time to ride it any more. Its a killer bike, kona have really got their shit together in the last couple of years and this bike is a real example of how big wheels and a fun ride character can be compatible. I did have to spend a few hundred quid to get it there as the guy in kona who specs the bars and stem is still stuck in the 90's and the guy who picks the gearing has tree trunks for thighs... luckily if you buy this bike you'll get a peach that's ready to rip: original spec here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Kona/Satori,6931#product-specs Changes I have made: The fork: Its a 2013 fox 34, they were a bit squishy so I have changed the air volume to make them more progressive. They are now plush at the top and have a good lot of support for the rest of the stroke. Gearing: I have changed the gearing to 24/36, shimano 24t and raceface turbine 36, I think this lower gearing better suits the big wheels, it was 26/38 which was a little tall. rings combined cost £65 Chain protection: I have installed an e13 TRS+ taco bashguard because every bike like this should have some ring protection. worth £114 Cockpit: I have changed the cockpit from the crappy kona branded bar and stem, I made the changes after I had ridden the bike for a bit so believe me this setup works very well for this bike! 50mm straightline stem, 780mm 12mm rise answer pro taper carbon bars. Loads of control and super comfy bars, once ou've ridden a carbon bar you will never go back! cost £200 for the combo. Brakes: I took the slx's off and put on some XT's. I think there are some features like bite point adjust etc but I changed them mainly because I had them already and they look nicer. I will supply this with two wheelsets: a custom wheelset, hope pro2 hubs laced to e13 trs+ scandium enriched rims, light (about 1750g), stiff, strong, not cheap. worth well over £500, 6 bolt ice tech rotors installed (another £55 spent) There is also the burly factory wheelset, wtb frequency rims on slx hubs, standard centrelock rotors installed, not so light, very stiff, very strong, not so expensive that you'll piss your pants if you make a mistake doing something stupid. I run the light ones for pedally days out and trailcentres and the burly ones for the dh days. Its worth noting it has not done any dh uplift and also i'm a pussy and I don't hit the big stuff! Tyres: a pair of specialized storm control on the light wheelset; Schwalbe hans dampf trailstar 2.35 front and maxxis ardent 2.4 exo rear on the burly wheelset. they have tubeless tape on the rims but I will supply tubes as they have gone down due to the bike not being ridden since June and I cant be arsed setting them up tubeless again!. The extra tyres are worth £90. A note on the seatpost: It's not a reverb, this is not a bad thing. The kronolog is a mechanical post that anyone with the nouse to service their own bike will be able to perform a full service on. The air chamber and seal are so well hidden from the slop that I can't see them wearing out and you can clean and relube the posts internally without removing the post from the bike in under 5 mins. If you want to join the reverb club that's your call but having seen a constant stream of posts go back and forth from the sram tech centre I don't see the point in the extra hassle just because it goes up and down a bit smoother. So I think that covers it, There are a few satoris out there in the classifieds but you will have to spend extra to really get the best out of them, I have done the hard work for you so you should buy mine :) A killer bike that retails for £2900, a £500 wheelset on top of the standard one, upgrades that cost another £400+ and a two good sets of aftermarket tyres that will see you through the whole year. That's over £3500 of gear, make me an offer near the 2k mark and you can have the lot! I'm afraid the bike will come without the marshguard, without pedals and it will come with the original wtb saddle, not the charge spoon pictured. There are a few marks from heel rub etc, nothing to worry about and I can provide pics if need be. I will include a sick chainstay protector I made out of a defective Hutchinson tyre and also an anodised shock valve cap which is just the right shade of red to go with the other red bits. These items are priceless. It has been ridden mainly on xc/trail/am type trails and has been to southern spain for a week in the sun, I did take it for some wheels on the ground and not steep DH stuff at macc forest twice, I'm pretty sure it was just a natural trail but i'm assured it was rad enough to be DH. I bought it in January and it was last rode in June; it is stored inside in the warm and dry and has been very well maintained. I've not had any mishaps or crashed it. Cash only (English notes please cos I couldn't spot a snide Scottish one :) and i'm willing to drive to meet to handover, I may even post it if you ask nicely... UPDATE TO LISTING 31-01-14: I've decided to split the bike so any offers on the frame, fork, wheels are welcome. Any questions give me a call. O7753610982 Alan
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Santa Cruz Bullit 2008, complete bike, size large, black. This bike has had its frame newly powdercoated and finished with new decals. It comes with a complete Angleset with all the cups (0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 degree) and all the dropouts (135 Q/R, 150, 150 w/floating brake arm). It is currently set up with the headset at -1.5 and with 150mm floating brake dropouts, 83mm cranks to match. The angleset really works well on this bike, It modernises the original geo which was quite high and steep. It drops the BB and also brings in the reach on the TT, all good things. The bike could go lower and slacker, if you get the -1 degree cup and stick it in the bottom of the headtube it really drops/rakes it out even more and turns it into a proper plough, in this setting it's a lot of fun! there is also room for an eccentric shock bush if you want to see how far you can take it. You could go the other way and set it up as a strong, low maintenance pedal friendly bike for an oversees trip (a trip you could pay for with the savings you'll make buying this instead of a brand new bike). Springs on it are good for a rider around 85/90kg riding weight. I'm selling because I'm gonna need the space, time and money to start breeding. Full Specs: Frame: Santa Cruz Bullit 2008, size large, Rear Shock: Fox DHX 3 Fork: Rockshox Totem Chainset: Raceface Atlas FR, 83mm Chainring: Blackspire DH 38t Chain device: E13 with bashguard and a homemade taco shifter: Shimano SLX 9sp mech: shimano XT 9sp cassette: SRAM PG990 chain: SRAM PC971 Brakes: Avid Elixir RSL 200 front and 185 rear Stem: Truvativ hussefelt 35mm Bars: Racface Atlas FR, uncut Saddle: Fizik Freek (limited edition, this was a prize and never released for general sale) Seatpost: Specialized OE Hubs: DT Swiss 340, star ratchet internals Rims: Mavic EX 325 Tyres: Minion super tacky 2.5 up front, high roller 60a 2.5 out back. The Bearings are all good throughout, they were all replaced a few rides ago and the frame has not been ridden since it was refurbished, the only thing that will need replacing any time soon is the brake pads. There is some oxidisation to the chrome on the floating brake arm, this is superficial and does not affect the structural integrity of the component. There is some black insulation tape on the forks to protect against cable rub, some assembly grease on the angleset cup and a selection of the uk's best mud in the nooks and crannies you can't get to, this has been factored into the asking price so don't worry, I won't charge you extra for it. You can view it if you like and I can meet you somewhere if you have a long way to travel, I do not want to post it. I would prefer cash but will take paypal if you like peace of mind. I will only swap it for cash money, I will NOT swap it for a 12 year old jump bike or 3 downhill frames or an Xbox game. Make me an offer...Alan 07753610982
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Trek Slash 8 18.5" for sale. This bike was an insurance replacement that was brand new at the beginning of July. It has been ridden less than ten times and is now in storage waiting for a lucky buyer to snap it up! It's a cracking bike but too much bike for how I ride (slowly) and so I am moving it on to fund a trail bike. a couple more pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87406386@N02/with/8004018356/#photo_8004018356 The spec is stock and it comes without pedals. It will also be supplied with the standard 70mm bonty stem and saddle, not the sunline/charge models in the picture. full spec here: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/slash-8-2012-mountain-bike-ec029900#features One of the main reasons you'd get this one over the slash 7 is that this one has a 142 rear end, the slash 7 only came with a 135 q/r. Also the Reverb stealth is a highlight as is the 36 fork (trek have gone to 34's this year) the wheels also come with tubeless rim strips. As I said it has been ridden only a few times and never crashed. The only signs of wear are on the crank from heel scuff and a little scuff on the reverb lever. It has also been covered in 3 full packs of frame shield to protect it; this alone would cost £75! I've reduced the asking price to £2200, as I think this is more realistic than the high price I was asking for a few weeks ago, this bike has not been ridden I am also considering splitting the frame and reverb and have worked out a price thus: US frame price converted at the same rate as complete builds comes in at £1750, less £85 as mine has no kashima/CTD (the difference in price between a normal mojo service and kashima upgrade service and all the CTD reviews say only 2 of it's settings are useable which makes the CTD a.....RP23). Add £295 rrp for reverb stealth which isn't included with frameset = approximate RRP of £1960 for frame, seatpost, headset, BB. Minus 35% depreciation as although it's been ridden lightly a few times it is in mint condition = £1372, i'll add 15% because your going to haggle and another 5% because you wont' get the frame any other way (I rang trek and they won't ship one over for you) and that gets a price of £1656. Of course you'll have your own ideas on valuation so by all means get in touch! :o) I will consider offers but sorry no swaps considered unless it's made of carbonium and delivery/shipping costs can be sorted out separately. Another thing I forgot to mention is that on top of the minolink feature the frame is angleset compatible and there's also loads of room at bottom out for an eccentric shock bush if you just can't leave things alone. PLEASE NOTE: I have a buyer lined up so will not accept any offers now, if it falls through I will repost! I am Paypal verified if you like piece of mind and I can deliver a reasonable distance from Manchester, further if the price is right. I can also ship it but I would rather not.