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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:23 pm 
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Hi guys,
I figured it about time to show off one of my pride'n'joys.
Only recently picked up this a'ha, I've loved them since 97 after seeing a Humu in the window of Kingston (Riverside) Cycles in the same paint scheme.
This one came fitted with a hotch potch of retro and semi-retro, but non original spec parts fitted as was apparently built up from new as a frame only.
Ive already changed the post, saddle & tyres and have plans for the stem, bar & crank. Infact after thinking about it, the only parts ill probably keep are the wheels (D521 rims on track hubs).
The frame is in fairly good shape, quite a few stone chips and the odd scrape but its mostly all there. Its been getting lots of use so could probably do with a clean. I love the tall gearing, I think its running a 42 or 44 up front. Not keen on the crank though, its a chunky BMX affair (ill add pics if you are keen to see?) Id love to fit an original crank but thats very unlikely to come up, anyone got any other ideas? bearing in mind its a BMX sized bottom bracket so all new to me...

Today I changed the deore V's over to a spanking set of Curve Control canti's. I spent hours cleaning them up and setting them correctly and im seriously loving the end result, they just look so darn right!
The best £30 mod i've ever made to a bike.

Let me know what you guys think, what do you reckon of the wildgrippers? Its a bit 'in your face' but theyre growing on me...


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:19 pm 
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thanks!

If you get the chance then buy one.
I love the way it rides


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:10 pm 
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needs a set of these 8)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0348354352


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:14 pm 
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looking good, although im still not a fan of star n bars. i would like some cruiser tyres, but shame on white wall. anybody seen black wall tyres anywhere, i saw some in sweden a couple of years ago, but had no room on the economy flight baggage weight!

heres a link to mine :- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... light=kona


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:21 pm 
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yeah, ive already enjoyed reading about your a'ha build.
I love orange!
Why dont you pay homage to the famous (infamous in your case) bars'n'stars paint scheme and add three or four stars around your head tube/top tube?....would look totally cool. 8)

Unless anything happens to my paintwork then I couldnt bear to respray it, if I ever come across a tatty frame ill certainly buy it and build up my own custom a'ha though!


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