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Kona nunu

Although we considered for a short time a new bicycle frame, we gave an opportunity to that old one. It is worth it. A Kona Nunu frame (born in 2003) has been a basement for that project. Custom airbrush revives the whole bike, which is the main goal of the project.

I must honestly admit that the overall frame design has been entirely under Andrejka`s responsibility. She selected the main theme (imaginary garden with plenty of butterflies), and colours (bright pastel colours) and closely co-operated in the process of components selection.

Previous black and white designs were replaced with the modern and "trendy" white colour using a FOX bright white tone. A separate design element on the frame is the name of the owner. Here we were inspired by Asian culture. A complete photo gallery of the frame is here.

I start with the Chris King NoThreadset headset, Hope seat post clamp, and Hope Ceramic bottom bracket. All are blue anodized. Moreover, we continue with the blue anodization of Middleburn RS8 X-Type cranks, namely on the spider of the right crank.

Another separate chapter on the meaning of the design is silver components. The Thomson Elite stem and seat post or Specialites TA Chinook chainrings and silver Middleburn chainring bolts seem to us like an ideal choice for that bike. Silver design highlights a 9-cog Shimano Deore XT cassette and the KMC X9SL chain.

The "blue sea" exception consists of green anodized tune AC16+17 quick releases and the green Race Face Deus XC lowrizer handlebar, cut off to the desired width. With this "green offensive," we break the small domination of blue. The theme of white continues with the silicone ESI Chunky grips and Selle Italia SLR saddle with titanium rails.

I`d like to stop by and consider a bit of Shimano Deore M475 mechanical disc brakes. Andrejka has used them a lot and she didn`t want to replace them with a hydraulic version. Initially, the brakes were painted black and fitted with common stainless steel bolts. Colour anodization would have been risky without any further warranty of quality, therefore we decided to re-spray the brake callipers in white and use titanium bolts. Just to say in the end, the brake pads - Kool Stop.

White tuning continues at custom-painted CenterLock adapters by Alligator assembling Alligator Aries rotors. We chose white Jagwire Ripcord L3 brake housing. The brakes are mechanical, thus we had chosen white PowerCordz brake cables.

A 3x9 drivetrain is well-controlled by Shimano XTR SL-M952 Rapid Fire shifters. The shifters are good to co-operate with a normal-cage Shimano XTR RD-M971 rear derailleur and with a Shimano XTR FD-M952 Differential Plate front derailleur (the best front derailleur ever, though). This I have tuned with titanium bolts. The Extralite UltraLevers brake levers in the cockpit were taken from the previous bike setup. A part of the white design is Jagwire Ripcord L3 gear housing and white PowerCordz synthetic shift cables.

The last chapter of this "revival" story is about wheels and tyres. We decided to reuse Mavic Crossmax SL Disc factory XC wheels. Andrejka thinks they fit very well with the overall bike design. In season 2014, we draw on Schwalbe Racing Ralph UST tyres and replenished them with NoTubes sealant.


frame Kona Nunu 2003 /custom airbrush
fork FOX F100RLC Disc 2009
shock ---
headset zone
   headset Chris King NoThreadset
   top cap/bolt Chris King /titanium bolt
   headset spacer aluminium
   crankset Middleburn RS8 X-Type /Middleburn self-extract bolts
   chainrings Specialites TA Chinook chainrings /Middleburn bolts
   bottom bracket Hope Hollowtech II Ceramic
shift zone
   gear shifters Shimano XTR SL-M952 /titanium bolts
   cables/housing Jagwire/PowerCordz
   front derailleur Shimano XTR FD-M952 Differential Plate /titanium bolts
   rear derailleur Shimano XTR RD-M971-GS
   cassette Shimano Deore XT
   chain KMC X9SL
   hubs Mavic Crossmax SL Disc CenterLock
   quick releases tune AC16+17
   rims Mavic Crossmax SL Disc
   spokes/nipples Mavic Crossmax SL
   front brake Shimano Deore M475 Mechanical /Ti bolts
   rear brake Shimano Deore M475 Mechanical /Ti bolts
   brake levers Extralite UltraLevers
   front brake disc Alligator Aries 160mm /custom-painted CenterLock Adapter
   rear brake disc Alligator Aries 160mm /custom-painted CenterLock Adapter
   cables/housing Jagwire/PowerCordz
   pedals ---
   handlebar Race Face Deus XC
   grips ESI Chunky
   handlebar ends ---
   stem Thomson Elite X4 31,8/90mm /titanium bolts
seat zone
   seatpost Thomson Elite Setback 27,2/330mm /POP yokes /titanium bolts
   seatpost clamp Hope
   saddle Selle Italia SLR /titanium tubular rails
   front tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph UST 26x2.1"
   rear tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph UST 26x2.1"
   tubes ---
  NoTubes sealant
  Elite Ciussi Gel water bottle cage /titanium bolts
  Speed Stuff chainstay neoprene protection