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  1. #1
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    Considering 2003 Cinder Cone

    Looking for opinions - how much would you pay for a 2003 Kona Cinder Cone that needs to have the fork replaced? Rest of bike is in decent condition.

    Also - knowing budget is tight - what fork would be a good replacement and what would it cost?

    My interest is mainly cross country and trails with some hills.

    Thanks in advance.

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    what are the specs of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwinnguy74 View Post
    what are the specs of the bike.

    Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
    MSRP (new) $799.00
    Weight Unspecified
    Sizes 14", 16", 18", 19", 20", 21"
    Colors Blue
    Item ID 20103

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material 7005 aluminum, double-butted
    Fork Brand & Model Marzocchi EXR Air, 80mm travel
    Fork Material Aluminum/magnesium, single crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Component Group Mountain Mix
    Brakeset Shimano BR-M475 Mechanical Disc brakes, Avid AD 3 levers
    Shift Levers Shimano Deore
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Crankset Shimano FC-M440, 22/32/42 teeth
    Pedals Wellgo aluminum
    Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-UN25
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53, 1/2 x 3/32"
    Seatpost Kona Thumb
    Saddle SDG Comp
    Handlebar Kona Aluminum Riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Kona Control
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless VP Threadless

    Hubs Shimano HB-M475 Disc
    Rims Mavic X139
    Tires 26 x 1.95" Tioga Terra Firma
    Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 15ga. Front / 14ga. Rear straight gauge
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified

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    I wouldn't pay more than $225 for the bike since it needs forks. I'd look at somewhere around $125 - $175 (if you really dig it) ... no more unless it has low wear/low hrs.
    (based upon used HT MTB prices around me)

    As far as forks ... Marzocchi Bomber forks; 100mm travel (not the stock 80mm).
    Price ... check out eBay. Usually around $100.00 +/- ... but the prices vary a lot; model to model, year to year. Picked up my Bomber air's off-season so they were much cheaper than they are currently going for.

    Currently have a set of 02' MXC Bomber dual air's on my 94' Kona Hahanna (steel frame) ... couldn't be happier with the change from 85mm to 100mm. My Hahanna has about the same geometry as the 03' Cinder Cone ... the change to 100mm's made the bike feel much better all around. The bit more slack it gives is well needed. IME/IMO

    Budget being tight ... look at RockShox Dart 3 (100mm). They go pretty cheap on eBay ($60ish - $85). Good all around fork. The adjustment abilities you get for the price make them well worth a look. Adjustable rebound control. Preload control. Lockout. Not too shabby. Sure they're a bit heavy, but they can take good bit of abuse.
    I had a set on my 08' Cinder Cone, that I changed out for some Recon 351 U-turns ... no complaints about the Dart's. I would have put them on my Hahanna, but the steer tube was too short ... so they're getting ready to go up on eBay soon.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited by ubado; 05-13-2012 at 08:13 PM.
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    Thanks for all the info. I passed on the Kona and picked up a 2002 Trek 8000 to play around with. Probably payed more than what it's worth but the Trek is in good shape with the Rock Shox Duke still having plenty of life. Thanks again.

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    But I still would have prefered getting a Kona!

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