My youngest boy will be turning 13 years old next month and he will just be big enough (hopefully) to transition from his 24″ wheels Specialized Hotrocks, 3 inches of travel to a 26″ wheel, 6″ travel mountain bike-The Kona Stinky (small adult size).
I’ve had a saved searches on ebay and gumtree for sometime now.
I particularly like “projects” as I think that it is good for my boys to see me buying good quality second-hand items and “doing them up” rather than thinking that they MUST have everything brand new.
In progress, photos to be added and post to be continued…
So over the last few weeks we’ve slowly stripped the Kona Stinky down. I was pleased as my son actually started taking it apart himself, I showed him how it’s best to organise the parts and group them together and to put bolts into their original positions loosely-ready for the rebuild.
There have been no nasty surprises apart from a small crack on the seatpost up-tube, now this looks like it’s been caused by somebody having to get physical to get the seat post out (possibly due to corrosion) and then levering the seat-post and the tube.
I’m not too worried as I think I’ll be able to “stop-drill” a small hole at the end of the crack and then deburr and smooth the edges.
Stop-drilling is a technique that helps to stop a crack from getting longer because it re-distributes the forces equally around the edge of the crack and the drilled hole and prevents the forces which caused the crack to be focussed in one concentrated area.
Anyway, I’ll probably take some photos and write up the process when I do it and feature it on mancavethinking.com.
Here’s a list of the components which will need replacing and why they need replacing:-
|Gear Shifters||Cracked casings||Open minded as to replacement parts.|
|Bottom Bracket||Lots of play and wear in bearings.||Might also need to get a special tool for removal.|
|Seat post||The one fitted is too small in diameter.||I think this is related to the crack (see text above).|
|Pedals||They are not a matching pair and are worn.||I might have some spare ones knocking about.|
The suspension bushes all seem fine. When I looked at the Kona Stinky I was pleased to see that it had the following components:-
Hope 4 pot caliper disk brakes.
Hope Hubs (front and back)
Fox Vanilla Rear Shock
So this was a high specification bike for the time and most spares are still readily available.
I’ll keep you updated…