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"Are Kona's Cool or Uncool"
Poll ended at Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:31 pm
Konas are really cool.... :) 54%  54%  [ 22 ]
Konas are ok.... 29%  29%  [ 12 ]
Konas are really uncool... :( 17%  17%  [ 7 ]
Total votes : 41
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:13 pm 
North Wales Deputy AEC
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As Jez holds the world market price of Konas in his hands - do we buy or do we sell???

:?: :?:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:47 pm 
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Here's my two-penneth:

Forget all the "made in Taiwan / USA / Canada / Flaky paint" technical arguments already!

My guage of the coolness of my 1st Kona (92 cindercone) was the mates I rode with - my peer group.

Terry rode a GT Karakoram
Graham rode an Alpinestars Al-mega (with Maguras - wow!)
Ralph rode a Pace rc100 (rich kid)

All the above bikes were trick in there own way but not one of them - not even the pace felt as "alive" as my middle-of-the-range Cindercone.
Everyone who rode it all agreed it was different somehow.

I reckon it's this slightly hard to define "alive" feeling which puts early steel Konas firmly in the cool section.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:49 pm 
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Hey!!!

What gives?

"Jezza in the classifieds"!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

(Nice keyring by the way Jez - now proudly dangling from my keys, I have removed my Porsche tag (honest!))


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:55 pm 
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Yeah my riding group from yesteryear was as follows: Always interesting to see how the peers shaped up...This was from 1990-1996. I have a good memory....

Orange Clockwork
Klein Attitude
Kona Lavadome/Pace (me)
Kona Firemountain/Cindercone
GT Avalanche
Scott Pro (xcpro and steel frame)
AlpinestarsCromega DX
Stumpjumper (DX)
Dynatech Titanium
GT Avalanche
GT Timberline
GT RTS


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:11 pm 
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Our riding group c.1992 was:

Proflex 752
Orange Alu 'O'
Raleigh M-Trax
Diamondback Topanga (or might have been Sorrento)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:57 pm 
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Value for money:

Just for you ameybrook!

Orange Clockwork, 1994 (Stif advert from MTB pro)

STX £599 Kona Lava Dome £559
LX £749 Kona Kiluea £819
XT £1049 Kona Explosif £960
XTR £1265

Orange Prestige
+£150

Orange Elite
+£140

Orange Vit T XTR £2150 Kona Hei Hei XTR £2550

Dont ask me what this proves :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:14 pm 
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Havent heard of any Hei Heis that have broken..... ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:41 am 
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Stop trying to convince us, KONA ARE NOT COOL.

They’re mass produced bikes, no exclusivity.

Pro Flex were cool at the time, Kona’s were boring. Fair enough the ride wasn’t that boring and they had cool bits; Scott SE Brakes, Suntour MD groupie with grease ports and project\track two’s.

But Kona is not a cool brand.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:43 am 
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So Kona made bikes that rode pretty cool, that had reasonably cool parts, but they weren't a cool brand?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:44 am 
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Oh it is!

:D :wink:


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