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 Post subject: 1997 Kona A'ha Cruiser
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:39 am 
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Might as well post one of mine... with big thanks to Clive (for selling it to me).

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2.0 Big Apples; Brooks B17 saddle; DMR pedals; S&M Cruiser BMX bars; BMX stem; Oury grips; Curve cantis; Random road cranks; Sealed BMX BB with adjustable chainline.

Currently has a fluted Campag Record crank (not shown). Soon to have Profile 3-piece cranks & chainwheel. That will correct the silly gearing 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:57 pm 
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love it :wink:

would not mind finding a similar one as my schwinn quest in Europe is for the moment fruitless :?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:11 pm 
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Thanks!

Yeah, finding old Schwinns in Europe is difficult.
And shipping them from the U.S. is $$$$.

You can find NEW (Taiwan) Schwinns quite easily in Europe, but they're not very good
- a Kona cruiser would be a better choice.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:02 pm 
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Nice ride dude, There was one at the shop I now work at for years.. always wanted it, but could never afford it being a school kid at the time :(


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:44 pm 
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randombadger69 wrote:
Nice ride dude, There was one at the shop I now work at for years.. always wanted it, but could never afford it being a school kid at the time :(


Cheers!
Yeah, I had a Humu for years, but always wanted the A'ha too.
They appear on Ebay sometimes. But usually missing the original 3-piece crank and with weird/ junk components. I missed a few frames/ bikes before I found this one.

I'll strip the pedals back to silver and the plan is to build it to look like an early Cook Bros BMX cruiser/ late Klunker crossover. Using stuff that has been in production for years and so could fit in any era - Profile cranks, DX style pedals, Oury grips, Brooks, Comp III tires etc. etc. That's the plan, anyway.

Some nice examples of the "real thing" (Cooks 3-bar cruisers) here:
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/cooks_brothers/
(OK, I know the Cook Bros cruiser was itself a retro remake of much older bikes, but I'm going for a bit of 70s/80s BMX inspiration)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:23 am 
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Some sweet rides there dude! Loving that chromed 1980 Cook Bros. 26" cruiser, sweet as! Does it have a profile in Infernon chainring?!! Yum :D


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:01 pm 
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That's really nice 8)

Loving the big apples too, great tyres and very comfy to ride on all day! We use these on the freight bikes :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:41 pm 
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Update:

I fitted the Campagnolo crank & managed to get a good chainline, thanks to the adjustable Primo bottom bracket. It worked well and looked good with the Suntour beartrap pedals.
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...but it wasn't the look I wanted for the A'ha. So I will shift the crank and pedals onto my dark blue 1995 Humu, as that has a more classic look than the Stars & Bars Aha. (I have the correct Campagnolo dust caps, but the inner chainring tabs will stay - I'm not about to take a grinder to a Strada crank just for the sake of a cruiser project).

So I tried the Profile crank, BB and chainring. With blue DMR pedals. Much better!
Leaning up against the 2005 disk brake Humu Deluxe, the riding position is very similar.
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But the grey P2 fork on this one always gave a slack, "kicked-out" look that I wasn't keen on. So onto the NOS Sunn BMiX forks!

The pictures were taken before I fitted the fork crown race, brakes and chain, but the Sunn fork has a much shorter axle-to-crown length that makes all the frame angles slightly steeper.
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The steering is a lot quicker and it's much easier to do stoppies. Not so much a relaxed "cruiser" any more :D
And the fork crown is much closer to the front tire, so it also loses that "gappy" look.
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That's all for now.


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