Good work. Apart from feeding my 1997 Kona itch there is a bit of logic behind the madness of the pursuit of this generation of Kapu. I figured that the dimensions should "fit" my frame in that I'm so used to the riding position of these Kona's that the "switch" to one that happens to be a road bike should be more seamless. That's probably total nonsense but I like the reasoning.
So back to the update. Of course I'm still after a 97 and probably always will be since the chances of getting one in my size are next to nothing. That all said, if you keep hunting and are patient, eventually something cool will turn up. My usual weekly google drill down found a simple advert on Kijiji for a Kapu with "race light" mentioned. Naturally that got my spidy senses twitching since that's the decal found on most Kona's from the mid to late 90's. Could it be the fabled 1997 model? The ad didn't have much to go on apart from Ritchey and Campy. I fired off an email to the seller asking if he could share any information. I've done this a lot with no success so I wasn't hopeful of a reply.
Turns out the seller is a top man and was curious why some nutcase from across the pond was so eager to get this hands on his old bike. These were the shots he sent to me:
I won't lie that I almost creamed myself when I saw them. An almost mint example of the first generation Kapu from the 1995 range. And even better, in a biggish size that should fit my frame. I believe is Columbus Genius tubing with Ritchey drop-outs; the guys at Kona have confirmed that.
There's more to the story but I'll save that for the "build" thread. The #1 objective now is to get it over to these shores. Thankfully a pal in NY is helping out so first off it's heading there before the final leg to over here.