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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:48 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Here's a belated latest picture.

Chain and cassette have been replaced. Front hub has now been disassembled, bearing replaced, re-greased and re-assembled.

Cranks have been polished too - I can see that polishing could get quite addictive!

I might even post a picture with the whole bike in focus soon...

I know that this is not a true restoration. Comments welcome good and bad.


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Hi,

Thanks for your contribute. I confess I've read this post a couple of times before I bought mine, since this is one of the first results I get on a koa 96 on google. I was not quite sure that I could turn it into an appealing bike for me. When I bought it, it was completely original, appart from the saddle(left in a storage for almost 20 years). Old school, yes, like I wanted, but maybe a bit too much. In the end, I wonder if it justifies all the money that I spent on it, but it gives me pleasure whenever I ride it. I suppose your's a 14'', since mine is a 16'' and the welds/tubbing is placed distinctively. Your shares actually helped, so I would just like to say thanks for your undirect contribute/help.
I never liked grip shift so I've changed it to Shimano LX 3x7. New brake shoes, grips, ritchey classic saddle, alu giant pedals, continental sport contact, and inners and outers. Here's the final/current result.

Cheers


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great looking bikes, people ... nothing wrong with venturing off the strict, catalogue specific retro-rebuild format, and building em just the way you want them set up for your personal needs/use/taste!


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 Post subject: Re: 1996 Kona Koa
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Location: Wallingford
ANTUNESABI,
Your ride looks good - the paintwork is in much better condition than mine!

Where are you based? What type of riding are you planning on doing? What did you pay for the bike?

Looking at my latest posted photo I realised that its out of date. My ride keeps changing. I have the sweetest little pedals (Wellgo M-111) shipped all the way from Taiwan, a rip off Bell and the tyres have changed again! Oh, and I still haven't fitted the replacement grips that I purchased a couple of years ago!

The modulation that I've been able to tune into the brakes is simply the best that I've ever felt on ANY bike. I love having to brake this bike.


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