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    Quote Originally Posted by grouan View Post
    Some great stuff in this thread-
    Building mine soon enough with a mix of old and new parts.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on the King bb set up for this frame?
    Normally I like XTR bb- reliable and not too expensive.
    Creaking?
    What cranks are you using? I've heard good things about the King press fit BB, but you'll need an adapter if using Shimano 24 mm cranks. I have the Praxis PF30 to 24mm conversion with my XT cranks and it has been great.

    Good luck on the build. Be sure to post some pics when it's done!

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    Thank you

    The cranks are either shimano xt or race face- certainly will post up pictures.
    Hope to have everything ready to go by next weekend

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    Any 2015's built up yet? Seems the geometry has been updated a bit. A touch slacker, touch lower BB, less standover on the 18" vs 17" as they sloped the top tube down a bit more, and 31.6 seat tube so it can take droppers. I'm about to pull the trigger to upgrade my 2013 Salsa El Mariachi to a Ti and more "trail friendly" geometry.

    -Tom

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    Any pics??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonesetter2004 View Post
    Any pics??
    KONA BIKES | 2015 BIKES | TRAIL 29" HT | RAIJIN

    Looks like they went to a threaded BB too. I haven't had trouble with my PF (I use the Praxis conversion and it has worked great so far), but ooh, that plus the better standover of the 17" vs. my 18" is kinda tempting.

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    ^ THanks.

    Raijin dials a bit sweeter

    As much as I like my Raijin though, I can't see me upgrading for ~30mm less standover and 5mm lower BB

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    I run a KS Lev 27.2 on my Raijin with no issues, but the more robust 31.6 would be better and a 5mm lower BB would too. But that said I agree with bones and would not upgrade for just that as I have two other LIGHTER carbon bikes that get less attention combine.

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    2014 18' Kona Raijin Build photos. 29er. Ti frame.

    Kona Raijin 18'
    Here is my 2014 18' Raijin. Just over a week old.. its a bullet!
    Frame ordered from Hibike in Germany. Decent prices.
    #konaraijin
    Standover is very tight after moving up from a 10 year old 17' kona Kula Deluxe 26 inch (with V-brakes LOL) but on the trail I haven't even noticed it which is a huge relief.

    Built up with lots of goodies
    XTR Hope ZTR Renthal FSA Ritchey Sixpack Reverse KCNC Rockshox SID
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    2014 Raijin Build

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    2014 Raijin 18"

    Old pics - some changes since

    18" Frame
    120mm Fox ctd fork (going to change it to 120mm Pike soon ...... the 2014 fox is pretty weak)
    XTR drive train (3x10) (now 1x10 with a 42t expander)
    XTR brakes
    Thompson Elite Post (now a Thompson dropper)
    Fizik Gobi Saddle
    Easton Havoc 750mm Carbon bar
    70mm Thompson Stem (now a 55mm Easton Haven)
    Renthal Grips
    Hope Pro II hubs / Pancenti TR29 Rims
    High Roller II/Crossmark Tyres

    Pics in Bigwood in Northern Ireland and NUT Oregon

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    2014 Raijin 18"

    Old pics - some changes since

    18" Frame
    120mm Fox ctd fork (going to change it to 120mm Pike soon ...... the 2014 fox is pretty weak)
    XTR drive train (3x10) (now 1x10 with a 42t expander)
    XTR brakes
    Thompson Elite Post (now a Thompson dropper)
    Fizik Gobi Saddle
    Easton Havoc 750mm Carbon bar
    70mm Thompson Stem (now a 55mm Easton Haven)
    Renthal Grips
    Hope Pro II hubs / Pancenti TR29 Rims
    High Roller II/Crossmark Tyres

    Pics in Bigwood in Northern Ireland and NUT Oregon
    Nice build. Weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Nice build. Weight?
    A little over 25 lb. when the pics were taken - not sure with the dropper and 1x10. Still feels light.

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    Raijin Build Thread

    You can reduce a lot with 1x11 mine is 9.8kg (21.6lb) 19" 2012 model

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    I built up mine with 27.5 wheels. The 2.8 WTB Trailblazers fit fine with room to spare. Detailed pictures of the build here: Kona Raijin Ti by Erik Plankton




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    Had a great ride today. I'm just so happy with this bike.

    Prototype Raijin, 2012, 20". Currently 23#5oz.

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    Here's another Raijin. Bought few weeks ago 2nd hand 2014 frame and Carver fork. I had a lot parts from previous bikes so I purchased wheelset and tires and built it together.

    Frame: Raijin 2014, size 18"
    Fork: Carver Trail 490, planning Reba 100mm for summer
    Wheelset: DT 240S hubs, Arch mk3 rims, Sapin spokes
    Tires: Maxxis Ardent / Ikon for summer, Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro for winter

    For winter it's going to be singlespeed with 32/18 gearing. Will have 1x10 for summer.
    Other parts will be changing when I have few km's to test different combinations.
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    I'm eyeing this for my "future" SS build too. Good job, Dennis!
    "Just because I drive a Porsche... doesn't make me Pete Fagerlin"

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    I have over 4000 miles on my Raijin and am refreshing some parts (wheels, fork, post, cables/hoses). Will be mostly blacked out. Excited for the updates and will post some pics here later.

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