Ha! Such a cool build, made me smile! As other people, though, I prefer the original paintjob.
I also have an A'ha and as every good bike, it comes with a story. I was on a hitchhiking trip to France and back when I got mine. I stayed in Kehl (Germany) with some friends of my parents for a few days and went to Strasbourg back and forth for visiting (Strasbourg and Kehl are twin cities). I saw this dusty but brandnew A'ha in the window of a mixed bike/scooter shop and it had a ridiculous pricetag on it: 219 EUR. I didn't know exactly what it was, but I figured it was special by the paintjob it had and that it was worth the money. Unfortunately it was closed at the shop the day I saw it, so I had to come back the other day. That also meant borrowing some money, as I was on a low budget trip, planning how to get back home 2000+ km by bus and not sleeping over night. It proved totally worth it. The guys at the shop mainly sold scooters and didn't have any other Konas, so this was an old stock. I guess the guy who sold me the bike didn't actually know what it was, but I could tell he was happy to get rid of it, even though I couldn't bargain on the price down to 200 EUR. He didn't even want to give me some stickers or a pair of grips. Oh well...
The bike came totally stock: Curve brakes, Cyclone cranks, resin pedals, no-name bars and stem, Kona 27.0 seatpost, some saddle, resin pedals, singlewall Sun-branded rims, Scratch and Sniff tires and reflectors. I rode it around for the time that remained and I got a busride that proved to be a bit sketchy as a gift. I packed the bike and got it over here.
My dad rode the bike to his physiotherapy sessions almost daily, but then I got him a bigger bike so he doesn't use it anymore these days. I guess the frame is a smallish 17".
Most of the components were changed in time. The brakes were particularly crap, I don't know where I put that original seatpost that at least was decent and I now also regret giving the tires away. The bike had some 121 Ceramic rims on at some point, but then the rear cracked at the wall and I saved the front one for something else and put some Suns on it.
Current spec is the following:
- Project Two fork in gunmetal with SPV sticker (SPV being as good as a rigid fork
- black Cane Creek C2 headset
- silver Kore B-52 stem
- 70 mm rise Modolo Adrenalina Ceramic handlebar
- recycled Bontrager lock-on grips (as far as I can remember)
- Race Face XY seatpost (the only thing that left from my stolen Chameleon)
- Bontrager Big Earl seat
- transparent VP plastic pedals
- original Cyclone BMX racing crank with blue spider and red chainring (both crankbolts got lost so I have a Campa on one side - the only thing that fitted, pretty random...)
- original chain and freewheel (no problems here)
- stock silver high-flange flip-flop rear hub
- black Novatec sealed bearing hub
- DT spokes and nipples
- black Sun Ditch Witch rear and Rhyno Lite front (both pinned Taiwan versions, but they are okay)
- Maxxis Holy Roller tires (2.2 rear + 2.4 front)
- simple Avid Single Digit brakes and FR5 levers
I could only dig this receipt picture momentarily, but I will look for more if you find it interesting. Or I guess I could just go out to the garage and snap a few pics of the bike as it is now. I can also remember that I tried to log to the Kona owner's club on their side, but couldn't do so. I also emailed them, but I never got a reply.
Your orange is awesome and I can't wait to see what else will be done to the bike!
I hope I didn't bore you to death with this lengthy write up.
1990 GT Karakoram 20" Purple Haze (urban project); 1993 GT Karakoram 20" Ferrari Red (classy beater); 1993 GT Karakoram 14.5" Black Light (almost original); 1994 Breezer Jet Stream 18" (unlikely story); 1995 Winora full suspension (a fine riding mistery); 1997 Kona A'Ha (anniversary edition); 1997 GT Arrowhead 18" (poisoned gift); 1998 Stevens 6.1.2 (true warrior); 1998 GT Moto cruiser (just google it!); 1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon (the heartbreaker revived); 1999 GT Lobo 1000 (retired with works Super T); 2000 GT Lobo (turns original); 2001 Klein Attitude Comp 19" (ultralight project); 2001 Cannondale Jekyll 1000 SL (better that a lot of "fresh" bikes); 2003 Intense Tazer (close to factory team spec); 2003 Intense M1 (old dream on hold); 2007 Crupi Pro XXL (pumptrack teacher)