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 Post subject: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:35 pm 
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I had been using a lovely 1996 Lavadome as my run around but always wanted to put it back to factory spec. So being a taller lad, when any 20" Kona comes a knocking I'm always having a hard look, especially being 94-00. So when a bike I had never heard of dropped into Charlieboy28 sale threads. I started digging. It wasnt original paint, had a tiny dent(took me a while to find it too) nor was it respray fresh but Aluminium sounded like a good idea for a chain it and leave it. Being a 98 I also didnt have to worry about dog collars, cable stops for v's as with LD. Plus It came with a set of z3 light bombers with a long steerer and Charlie Karma a post in aswell. All at a cracking price ;)!

As said not being steel Kona I had never heard of it. Heard of a Muini-Mula , Ku and Kula via this forum but this was new to me. Looking up the archive it actually looked like a Higher end of the range bike. This would have been metalic lime green originally. But the deep metaclic purple actually looks really nice.

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So to the build. Its going to be a run around, built using the modern drivetrain of the lavadome and a few 1996 20" spares I have collected. So the bombers will be set aside for a rainny day. Its a big chainset as its for road work.

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The BB took a little persuading but that ping turn is always such a top momment. I gave the frame a light rub to remove the excess paint. Its getting a HT2 chainset, but I'm not too worried about facing it off. Cleaned out the rust residue from the old BB, threads all perfect.

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Impact headset fitted just in time for rain to stop play... best get the bacon on then.


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:13 pm 
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Nice frames these. 4lb ish?


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:50 am 
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Not sure mate, didn't weight it, but I will say it was massively noticeable how much lighter it was once BB was out.

Got a cheeky frame pimp thru an Easton elite 7005 sticker.. May not be the exact one but I'm not fussing too much ;)

Friday..more bloody rain doh!


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:02 pm 
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This looks really nice mate, Kona did some really nice colours for 1998 (the lavadome is my favorite) but I wish they'd done this colour! I'm pretty sure the frame material was exactly the same as the Kula so Easton Elite doesn't sound wrong!


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:14 pm 
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Cheers Mark...sorry it scuppered your bomber purchase. :oops: but it was too good a deal to not have a set of bombers for £20.

the first MTB I bought was a dawes xc expert in purple so it feels a little like that. Plus i was expecting it to be matt. Its actually beautifully metalic.

If i ever thought about a respray I would probably consider the true 96 Lavadome sunburnt orange colour. Thats a long way down the line thought. Yeah badge is technically correct. it may just be exagerating the tubes AND stays part.

more rain and no play today.


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:14 pm 
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Found a bit of between showers to get some kit hung on
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the make do elite sticker
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front end is actually 96 era, impact headest, threaded TB p2 and aluminium velocity stem
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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Looking really nice so far


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:30 pm 
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These were great bikes and seemed pretty rare (by Kona standards...). I had had the 1999 version and beat the carp out of it for around five years, and only sold it on in the end as I wanted disc brakes. Looking back at it, it was quite a retro build in it's final guise, with 1st gen XTR cranks, Flite saddle, Syncros post, Mavic Ceramic rims, Ti Glide hubs etc:


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:43 am 
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Nice, the blue kona stickers on the bare farm look really nice.

Not that its a WW build but i'm expecting it to be sub 25lbs anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: 1998 Kona Pahoehoe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:26 pm 
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Finished enough for riding.
Repro frame stickers looked pretty good. However headtube was a bit wayward as far as style.

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I however by chance had a set of 98 KK spares..inc Jungle Boogie!

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Stilll have plans on the saddle and perhaps some posher tyres. It is however a hack about/pub bike. So this will do for now.

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