Added a comment to ThereIsNoLine's bike check 3/2/2018 5:02 PM

forHisglory seems to have you covered. I agree the 1x should work, so I'm also surprised about the LBS. The only thing I would double check is the BB standard on your bike vs. the 2016 (or whatever BB you buy). There is no difference between the 2014 and 2015 Precept except the color (orange is sweet).

Also, the Kona customer support folks are helpful, timely, and responsive with such technical questions. You can definitely ask them about BB standards between the bikes, and maybe even ask what the LBS might have been thinking.

If you didn't want to spend the money on the BB tool, you might be able to find an LBS (maybe not the last one you went to) to handle it. I didn't buy the press fit tool. My LBS folks are super helpful, though.

I recommend buying the new crank. I didn't (trying to be cheaper) and had to hack it a bit. The oval ring fit on the 64 BCD, but the wider axis (30T equivalent) was nicking the derailleur cable. A zip tie on the cable held it away. A kludge, annoying, but functional... New crank would have been a better idea. Getting the chain guard on was a different hack, too. Sigh. forHisglory has the right idea; buy the groupset.

The only surprise I ran into was needing an extra shim (2 total) under the cassette. I have no idea what that was about. The 1x11 should probably work better. It's also the better choice over the 1x10. I don't think there is much difference in cost between the 1x10 and 1x11 anymore.

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Added a comment to ThereIsNoLine's bike check 2/11/2018 10:36 AM

Ah, good point on the groupset. When I bought my upgrades, the 1x10 was still cheaper. Six months later, the 1x11s were cheaper... go figure. The 1x11 groupset would have been easier. Well done.

Interesting thoughts on the brakes. I agree that brake upgrades weren't necessary, but I do think the larger rotor made a dramatic difference and was worth the $50.

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Added a comment to ThereIsNoLine's bike check 2/11/2018 10:30 AM

Thanks! Upgrading the brakes made big improvements. I still have the same calipers, but I changed to metal pads (DiscoBrakes, probably other brands out there, too) and rotors compatible with metal pads (stock rotors are resin-only). Since the bike check post, I changed to a larger rotor (203 mm). That made a HUGE difference in braking power for low cost (cheaper RT66 rotor and the adapter). Definitely worth it.

I also changed the brake levers to the Zee, but that was mostly to black out the controls (silver didn't look as good). Silly reason, but I think they modulate better, too... That's probably all in my head, though...

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Added a comment to ThereIsNoLine's bike check 2/11/2018 10:23 AM

I measured it out before buying the dropper and I thought a 150 mm wouldn't fit. After setting it up, I think it might have and I wish I had tried the 150. I'm not completely certain, though...

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Added a comment to ThereIsNoLine's bike check 2/11/2018 10:21 AM

My LBS gave me strange looks when they heard the idea, too. Doesn't matter... I'm supper happy with the changes and have had no problems. The slacker head angle and longer travel make a big positive difference on steeper and rockier trails. The only thing I've considered trying is adding a token in the fork on bike park days.

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