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  • Carrera Kraken

     spanthefestaman updated 1 month ago 15 Members · 34 Posts
  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 7:26 pm

    So ive not played with bikes for a very long time but ive had to sell all my other toys for now so its on to something a little cheaper for a bit.

    I brought this last year from ebay and to say it was ride able would loosely be the truth. Every part of it was rubbish. So i set about gathering bits to rebuild it. It wont have the most expensive bits but it will be nice.

    Heres how it was:

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f68/Spanthefestaman/17032010163_zps10cbc89d.jpg

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f68/Spanthefestaman/17032010162_zpse9ac556a.jpg

    Im not entirely sure how old this is but its seen better days.

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f68/Spanthefestaman/19032010168_zps84721dbc.jpg

    Here it is all stripped down and here is the start of the new bits

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f68/Spanthefestaman/21032010170_zps1e2d677b.jpg

    Should get another delivery of bits this week and then i can send the frame off and get it powder coated. I would have painted it but i got made redundant from where i was working and could have done it. When its rebuilt its time to get fit and get riding again!!

  • markmark.123

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 7:41 pm

    My dad bought one of them a couple of years ago wasn’t a bad bike at all

  • wildchild

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 7:48 pm

    What are those forx buddy

    gaz

  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 8:07 pm

    They are RST Launch. They were a bargain at £50ish. Got 80mm travel rebound and damper adjustment. Going for a black grey theme and maybe a sky blue frame. Tonnes of bits to come this week, nearly a full bike. Only thing i wont change for now is the brakes as im out of cash!

  • wildchild

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Cheers m8

    gaz

  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 8:09 pm

    And the kraken is a great bike really light frame. I believe they are made by Kona. This one is bad though even the pedals are worn!

  • Jopo

    Member
    21 April 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Looking foward to seeing the build mate

  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    22 April 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Here is half the parts that i ordered turned up today the rest should be tomorrow. Once the frame is sorted i should have enough to get building.

    What inner tube will i need to fit a 26×2.20? the current tubes are in a 26x 1.90 or 2 i think without looking.

  • Step

    Member
    22 April 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Looks like a 2003 Kraken from what I can tell. Re the tubes you should be able to get something like a 1.75-2.1 tube something like these check the options for the size you need.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/continental-quality-mtb-inner-tube/

    Look forward to seeing more on this build

  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    22 April 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Cheers i want to get it done as i want to use it why the summer is here!!

    Also is it common for the bottom bracket locking ring to be made of plastic? Its a shimano replacement. Reason i ask is the old one is metal!

  • Anonymous

    Member
    22 April 2013 at 6:14 pm

    That’s how it was on the Merida – drive side metal, t’other side placcy. Not a fan of the placcy ring either as when putting it all back together the placcy ring was doing it’s best to warp and disintegrate as it was going back in.

  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    22 April 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Thats what i thought. Il give it a go see how i get on. Should get the new crankset tomorrow and a few other bits!

  • spanthefestaman

    Member
    24 April 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Even more bits turned up today. I Think i have enough to start to rebuild it now just a few finishing bits to buy once its assembled!

  • jony boy

    Member
    25 April 2013 at 12:43 am

    Here is half the parts that i ordered turned up today the rest should be tomorrow. Once the frame is sorted i should have enough to get building.

    What inner tube will i need to fit a 26×2.20? the current tubes are in a 26x 1.90 or 2 i think without looking.

    them pedals u got ther am grippy as hell.. but jus watch ya shins pal, i had a pair an i luvd em

  • Metalien

    Member
    25 April 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I miss my old Kraken. I’m thinking of getting the parts together to rebuild it.

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