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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:04 am 
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Over on the Road side of the forum I've put a shout out to see if anyone, anywhere has a 1997 Kapu. They appear to be as rare as hen's teeth. I've scoured the net, emailed people with old ad's all over the world to see if anything exists. I even got in contact with Kona and have been exchanging emails over the last week or so...

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...which led to me sharing the crappy picture on P5 of the A'ha. In return, this was in my inbox this morning:

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Two 1995/6 stars and bars cruisers, I'm guessing Huma's, being used by the employees! I've asked what the black boxed cruiser on the wall is because it looks spookily like the tribute one they built not that long ago (it was in the video shared on the MTB chat pages not long ago of one of their warehouses - the one that also featured that amazing, slightly battered Hot).


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:49 am 
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Not your normal cruisers after all...

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We called those race cruisers. They have a bit shorter rear end so they’re not so cumbersome if you want to ride a trail and they were a nice light Tange tubset, like you would have found on a Hot. There were a few red ones and then a few with stars and bars and a crazy parts spec with the Ti fork, Cook Bros cranks and a all the nice stuff you could fit on a bike back then.

The other one is a special we did for a dealer over here, it’s a Bow Cycle 57. We did a similar bike called the Eighty Eight.


:shock: and 8)

Meanwhile I can confirm the A'ha is finished so pic's this Easter weekend 8)

...and my LBS have just posted a picture of her when she was in the other week:

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I can't recommend Bromley Bike Company enough - top service, top lads.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:23 pm 
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8) Really nice! Looking forward to more pics......


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:45 pm 
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8) Really nice! Looking forward to more pics......



i agree! looks good but more piccys please. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:16 pm 
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So that yellow thing in the sky came out then went back in then came out then went back in etc etc...at least it was a little brighter than normal and just about bright enough to get a decent exposure (arf arf).

As the build progressed the more keen I was and the more sense it made to me (at least) that if I was going to do this properly then red, white and blue were the core colours. Seems obvious but it could have been very different if I had stuck with the original idea of coloured tyres and big bold statements. Instead whilst it´s blinged up, I don´t think it´s too crazy.

Enough chat, here are the shots:

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Feedback, good and bad is always welcome: many thanks to everyone for their help, advice and parts. I managed to bang a couple of miles in to see how it feels and I can tell I´m going to have a lot of fun on her. She´s eager and lively on the front and whilst she isn´t the lightest she still felt agile enough to chuck her around a bit...that´s if spring ever turns up.

Spec list will pop up tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:21 pm 
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Very nice mate, like your attention to detail and the way you've carried the colour scheme through without going OTT. I should've gone with those bars on my Humu rather than forcing some Mary's through the stem!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:29 pm 
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Good work, they ride like a dream. Especially on single track. Spring needs to get a move on.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:33 pm 
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Cheers peeps!

Raiden - I really like the feel of the Fleegle bar, wide it may be but perhaps it's the P2s but it didn´t feel like it was turning a barge.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:44 pm 
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that's a good one - well done 8)

how's the braking power of the Curve brakes ?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:47 pm 
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magas wrote:
that's a good one - well done 8)

how's the braking power of the Curve brakes ?


So so but I`ll get back to you after a proper ride. The were a right bitch to set up though, fiddly buggers.


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