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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:10 pm 
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So I was out riding the other week with some new ride buddies and I noticed how they were able to ride uphill? Ok I traunced them on the downhill with my 150mm forks but that was'nt the point. I suddenly occured to me that my hardcore hardtail freeride beast (full custom spec) was becoming a pain in the arse to lug uphill. In fact it always had been, plus I live in an area full of hills. In fact after pushing most of the way to the top I had been burning of all my energy to really enjoy the downhill i.e I was just hanging on and even taking the easiest routes to preserve fatiuge. Obviously the problem was that I needed a custom commuter bike to re-live that freeflowing rideability that I had experienced in my youth. My freeride rig was just not......well freeride (if you know what I mean) but there was so much top end kit on it that it couldnt possibly be at fault.
To cut a long story short I won an old school Kona Hananna off ebay with slicks, straight bars and project 2's. I fixed it up with spare parts and took it for a spin. OMG - it was horribble, super fast but RIGID!. I had made a mistake (became scared of buckling wheels bunny hopping up kerbs) but not to be beaten and knowing the steel frame was the heart of this project I added some knobblys, risers and a sus fork.........

It was like the holly grail not super light but well.....perfect. perfect geometry, perfect handling, it went up, it went down, in fact I was out for so long that the missus phoned me because she was worried "where have you been for the past six hours?". I have'nt been this happy with a bike since I was 17 (some 14yrs ago :( )

Conclusion: Its steel, its retro, it rules. (and here I am)

Ok. so the components are'nt that retro and the frame is at the powder coaters as we speak and its getting a full Sram/race face drivetrain & HS33's but I think we can agree I have been taken to exactly where I want in my steed through the power of retro.

The Ubernewber.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:52 pm 
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That's the spirit! I hope you took some before pics so we can see it before and after?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:03 am 
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Yup, I love my Mantra for its novelty value and bling factor, but the ride does not compare to my Kona.

Looking forward to seeing some pics.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:33 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Anybody know what year the frame is? It has pannier mounts and the seat tube is oval where it joins the bottom bracket shell. Yep I know the decals are pretty warn - taa


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:32 pm 
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Are the pics working? They come up at home but not at work???


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:02 pm 
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Operative wrote:
Are the pics working? They come up at home but not at work???


Nope - Not at my home.
But welcome, anyway!

I had a Hahanna as my only bike for years.
Never should have let it go.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:18 pm 
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nice one dude. my story is similar to yours but i have rescued my 94 fire mountain which i bought myself when i was 15. its a mix of period upgrades and a few modern bits but it makes a quick blast in the woods so much more rewarding than on my stinky.

top one fella


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:54 pm 
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There was some ucked up shi* (1.2.3.9/bmi) in your URLs.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:20 pm 
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Cheers for that 'one-eyed_jim'


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:15 pm 
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Bit of a puzzle this one. They only used dropouts in that style in 92 and 93 and the head tube looks quite fat (i.e., the top tube looks quite thin), so I guess it must be one or the other of those, and fairly certainly the paint isn't original either way.

What do you think?
http://www.konaretro.com/articles/catal ... 993/11.jpg

I don't suppose you're sad enough to find out the frame number are you? (Carefully positioned on the bb shell under the plastic cable guide!)


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