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Kona. Is it love or hate
Love 'em 54%  54%  [ 29 ]
Hate 'em 11%  11%  [ 6 ]
Don't care 35%  35%  [ 19 ]
Never heard of them 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:27 am 
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Let's be honest, they are and always were just mass produced mtb's like all the others, rolling off production lines along side Rockhopper's and Palisades Trail's, but they did make stock Specialized's and Marin's et al look outdated overnight with the launch of the first range.

I know that geometry was already being used by people like Brodie (seem to remember a similarly shaped Wessex Blue Mountain in about '86 - and look at those Cunninghams) but mass market wise, they were a breath of fresh air.

And it's those simple sloping steel ones I have to say, I like the look of a lot.

I think they do get a bit too much mythical status over say a Rockhopper of similar vintage, and Gump's right, many of these 'classics' are just base model steel mass produced bikes, but many Konas are nice none the less.

I don't care that much, but i do want one.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:54 am 
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gump wrote:
think my feelings on Kona are well known :wink:


so is mine , apart from the Hei hei , none of them rocks my boat .


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:30 am 
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looove the 90`s steel, titanium...and even some of the alu`s...
later years, a bit boring, ....but every year they still produce a frame i want... as the humu-, unit, ..700c sutra and this years kapu steel racer...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:40 am 
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8) Love the '70's inspired colour scheme and graphics on that. Gotta get a repro MOLTEN jersey to match! :lol:


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Loved the original 89 Explosif and Cnder Cone with their splatter paintwork.

Kona's ride great - but I don't care about them. Give me a DBR anyday....


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:53 pm 
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MadCowKev wrote:
Loved the original 89 Explosif and Cnder Cone with their splatter paintwork.

Kona's ride great - but I don't care about them. Give me a DBR anyday....


These were the ones i always remember....

Even the bottom end ones had awesome splatter paint..

New ones nahh!

But then that RETRO orange racer is fantastic :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:11 pm 
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Joe wrote:
actually - I ought to qualify my statements - the ti and steel Konas are nice, their modern alu frames do nothing for me


My sentiments exactly. :D

I ride a steel Kona and love it – would also love a Ti Kona too :roll:

Mark

:D :D :D


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:30 pm 
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Think hate would be a bit strong, but don't particularly like them or the ride they give
Didn't have to think very long about whether to sell the Explosif or the M2 Stumpy.
Can't see the point in owning a bike just to say i have one when you don't actually enjoy riding it or am i missing the whole point


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:47 pm 
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I think if I'd had one BITD I may have a soft spot for them now but I didn't so I don't. I had a Kileaua about a year ago but not for long - nice enough bike but not really special (for me).

It's interesting that 'the Kona issue' seems to be a recurring theme and I'm fascinated that the Kona/P2 v Fat/BOI Poll is closely run so far.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:44 pm 
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well said ameybrook. great bikes, look good, ride good.

i always thought scott and trek were a tad naff too bitd, but then i got a trek bruiser for a larf a few yrs ago, stuck some bombers on it, and it was shthot. bottom of the range bits (alivio - tasty) but did me 4 yrs 'owt problem.

then i got a second hand scott voltage YZ0 last year, single-speeded it, and i have to say it is bombproof, fast and light.

just goes to show that a name isn't everything.. i mean, who'd have thought a peugeot puma would be cool now, when it was laughed at 18 years ago?!! :roll: :wink:


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