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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:50 am 
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Hi all.
Love this forum... Basically just spent all night reading posts on here with great interest...
I have a question...
Can anyone date this Kona LavaDome that I just won on Ebay?

Is it a 96 or 97? And is there a specific way of telling?
Excuse my ignorance....!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:37 am 
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Although some of the parts on it are earlier the paint colour does seem 97ish. Perhaps a 97 bike with earlier thumbies fitted? The brakes also look right for 96 or 97. Though the levers do not seem standard for kona. These were probably fitted to go with the thumbies as guess the originals were combined under bar shifters and brake levers.

P.s. Look in the "gallery and archive" under manufacturer archive, then go through pages until you find kona archive and have a look at the catalogues.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:09 am 
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94 I think :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:15 am 
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Thanks guys. Yeah looks to be a 94 frame from what i can see...
Maybe just odd bits from other years...
Can't wait to get it here and start checking it out properly...


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:00 pm 
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Yup 94 for sure .. I had one :)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Looks pretty much all original .. Nice one :)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:17 pm 
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I had this exact model too - still have the forks!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:21 pm 
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I should have spotted the big clue of a black crank and silver rings. Were those brake levers standard For kona in 1994?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:46 pm 
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raymondluxuryyacht wrote:
I should have spotted the big clue of a black crank and silver rings. Were those brake levers standard For kona in 1994?



I'm sure the levers are catalogue spec but strangely mine had suntour
Levers !! Either swapped out or maybe mid season change/shortage ?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:58 pm 
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A couple more pics...


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Quite chuffed if its a fully original spec 94. Bit of an impulse buy and my first venture into the retro scene... Rode GT back in the 90s but sadly don't have any of my original bikes now... If only i'd known!

Thanks for the help guys...

I can see myself settling in here nicely...


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