I bought 'er in early '97 when I was 13, raced a couple of times when I was 14-15, stopped riding when i was around 17-18, didn't take it to college until senior year, and recently brought it to MN where it's my only bike. I've gotten into mtn. biking again and hope to race a few relaxed races next season (nothing crazy). We'll see.
It's too small for me now but I still love it. I hope to buy another, better fitting mtn. bike soon and then i'll turn the Kona into a SS mtn. bike w/ a red/black theme. I won't change the frame color, however, it's too sweet!
She has the famous 7005 DB frame, STX crankset, rear hub, and front derailler (sp?), LX rear derailler, Curve canti brakes and lever, Grip Shift 600 shifters, Mavic 238 rims and Kona stock components. I recently changed the original front Kona Scratch tire (shown in the pic. Yeah, 10 years old). It has the stock pedals for now which are going bad. I had clipless on it before but my dad thought the pedals were worthless because the shoes became too small so he threw it all away. Bummer. Except for crappy braking she works flawlessly and at 25.4 lbs is a great performer!
Note: In this pic the Q21 R is collapsed. I have since put in a functioning Q 21 R.
A pic of me in full commuting dress:
I have a conundrum on my hands as she is too small for me (I believe it's a 16 or 17" and i'm 6'2". I can't decide if I want to tune it up and sell it, part it out, single-speed it, or tune it up and keep it.
UPDATE: This was posted last fall. The rear wheel is bet due to either being hit by a car or kicked outside of a bar. It has been sitting in the basement feeling lonely but i'll drag her out soon and get her fixed up. I still haven't decided what will happen w/ her but i'll post some drivetrain pics when it's fixed.