im new, here and i havnt stopped reading about konas tonite, i would just like to add to the previous comment i thought they were new old bikes that were never used too..........im in shock really, ive realised that im getting too fat and too lazy, and i need to get my kona kilauea done up, there are so many kona fans on here, and its all been an inspiration, i was goina buy new untill i come across this site and these pages.....
id also like to add that seeing the bikes raced in the beginning , then to see the sorry state that they became, well i would never had thought it was possible, to see you working on them and riding them today, kinda makes me wonder, about all the sales pitches ive had from teenagers in the shops ive been going to to buy a new one.....with only a max budget of a grand, i think id end up with nothing more than an over weight mediocre, bike........on this site i could ride a truly amzing bike
thank you for your comments, , they were my race bikes in the begining, and sadly i did hammer them
as for the shops today.......well, i did go to a shop the other day and see a trek hardtail, looked very impressive, from a distance black lots of racey team looking graphics, discs etc, hydraformed frame......from where i was stood, and being black it looked carbon fibre, (it pricked my interest as carbon like steel is my other favorite material for frames) so i eagerly took a closer look, i was mortified.....!!!!! it weighed a ton, i think it cost £1200, the main gearset was ok, but all the finishing kit, was pretty sad, it really did look the part but was absolutely shocking when you got close, a lot of corners seemed to have been cut, to get... i dunno maybe the price down or the profits up...
i wasnt sure, but the tubing was massive, and looked over kill to me, !!!! would love to hear others opinions on this marketing madness....to be honest.....?????????
i did think the pic i put on of the kona, current steel bike/s was a attractive proposition if buying new, i think it was about £800, good steel frame package deal, with enough good bits and room to tweak and up grade a few bits and bobs, and i bet it rides better than the trek and less money too....???