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Coolwall - Kona Lavadome
Cool 59%  59%  [ 108 ]
Uncool 41%  41%  [ 76 ]
Total votes : 184
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:35 pm 
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As a kid they were always the enemy, being an Orange/Marin fanboy 'un all. Never wanted one, don't see what all the fuss is about, so not cool.

*Puts tin hat on :oops: *


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:47 pm 
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If someone can supply a pic of the 1990 model (splatter paint finish, I believe, from memory) then I'll decide....... :?

If not, then I'll just have to vote not coooooool :cry:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:19 am 
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it is just the early splatters for me when it comes to Kona's


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Must confess I do not understand the conditions for cool wall nomination at this juncture. Is it chuck all bike names in a hat and pull one out at random. Was a poll carried out so that the claim this is the bike many of us started on could ring true ?

I started on a Townsend, friends of mine on Peugeots, Raleighs, Spesh's etc, didn't know anyone at all on a Kona. Past cool walls have consigned entire brands to the bin, why does Kona merit only one midrange unremarkable model ?

Back to matter in hand, it looks like a Kona with nothing special spec wise so nothing to mark it out as cool. Not even tepid :?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:18 am 
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Still unsure what "cool" means.

The Lava Dome was always a solid bit of kit that got a lot of people started. And that's a good thing. Wasn't perfect but it was a proper bike and it's stood the test of time like the Rockhopper and Clockwork.

Never wanted to own one - but never saw them as fussy, faffy bikes - just as a good no-nonsense ride for people with more sense than money. So my vote is "Cool".


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:31 am 
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The lava dome is a nice bike and without question cooler than any GT ;)

Cool on a low rent fashion as it just does what its supposed to do and does it quite well.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:51 am 
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When they were around they really were not all that cool. But in the later 90's these were cheap as chips tough as nails easy to build up platforms that the Sub Zero Cool As Cool London couriers adopted.
For this........and this alone...........they are cool.
Of course five maybe even six years ago the track bike single speed thing came along.......No cool courier rides one of these nowadaze.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:12 am 
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Is really hard to say is it cool or not to me. Always liked nice and well build steel frames but I can't find anything special in this particular bike.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:48 am 
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Like a previous poster my mate had a purple 93 model and I always admired it, (even if I didn't let him know). I think they have a clean simplicity that makes them a timeless design. When I bought mine a couple of years ago, I loved it straight away. Have ridden it more than my modern bike and now (for 2 days) it is my only bike. I love it. Cool.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:57 am 
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Hate that long headtube with a passion , never understood why , and as a reult in my book they are definately uncool


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