Here we have a great example of a 1999 Kona Caldera Classic with rare colour matched Kona Project 2 rigid forks. Apart from a brand new chain and a couple of pieces of cable outer, its in original condition even with original tyres. It was the last of the beautiful double butted steel frames before Kona swapped to alloy frames. Its clearly had very little use. The previous owner had used it a bit when new and then it has been forgotten and unloved for years.If it was bigger, Id keep it. Frame: double butted cromoly steel, 17 from centre of bottom bracket to seat clamp so around a Medium. Finished in a rather nice red orange enamel.
There are a few small chips as you would expect, but no rust, dents or cracks. I have given it a thorough clean and polish. I think it looks great for a bike about to hit 20! Forks: Kona project 2 steel, colour matched to the frame.P2 forks were usually grey or black. This was a factory option on the Classic model. Most buyers specced Marzocchi suspension forks so this is quite a rare find. Wheels: Mavic 221 rims, Shimano STX rc rear hub and Kona front hub with stainless steel double butted spokes. Very little wear to rims and plenty of life in the tyres. Gears: Shimano deore XT rear mech, LX front mech and rapid fire shifters. Brand new Shimano chain fitted and a cassette which looks practically new. Gears are shifting very smoothly. Chainset: Shimano STX rc triple with Shimano bottom bracket. No play and running smoothly.
Brakes: Avid SD25 and speed dial lever V brakes. Plenty of pad wear left. Nothing special but fine and working as they should. Finishing kit: Kona stem and seatpost. SDG Belle Air saddle, a little tatty but workable.Ritchey Force lightweight flat bars and Kona grips. Specialized black alloy bottle cage. Its a great and pretty lightweight classic compared to the full sus behemoths these days. Would make a great commuter with slicks or as a winter bike if you dont want to wear away your suspension. Not many 20 year old classics in original condition.
The bike is strictly collect only, but we are pretty central in Mansfield off J27,28,29 of the M1. I will not post it so please dont ask.These classics are getting increasingly rare and will only go up in value. The item "Vintage Classic 1999 Kona Caldera Rigid Steel Mountain Bike Project 2 Forks 17" is in sale since Sunday, December 2, 2018. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Cycling\Bikes". The seller is "wiredtoshop" and is located in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.