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 Post subject: My Kona collection
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:24 pm 
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Long-time lurker on this forum but have never joined up and posted anything. Thought it was about time I showed my face and got involved properly!

I have a collection of three retro Konas at home now, along with a different brand modern full-susser and a lovely italian road bike. One of the Konas is in daily use and the other gets regular outings in its proper off-road guise. The 3rd Kona is a bit of a wreck and needs a full restoration including a respray but I'm determined to get round to it sooner or later.

My favourite is probably my 98 Lava Dome in the Palmer Green colour which is in great condition and always looks amazing, especially out in the sunshine. I've been following a thread on here with someone else's lovely 98 Lavadome being restored.

Anyhow, here is my one:
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I bought this from a chap down the road who owned it from new and barely used the thing. He said he'd strap it to the back of his campervan and just ride footpaths / canal paths in France each summer. The Hope pedals and Flite saddle are my own additions, so too are the Tioga factory XC tyres, but otherwise it's just about standard spec.

I'll try and upload some pics of my other Konas shortly...


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:46 pm 
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I bought the bike 3 years ago in the summer and paid the princely sum of £100! :shock:

This is the bike that gets used off-road as much as possible, and it seems to handle things pretty well.
Can't think of anything that needs to be restored or replaced on this bike - it's just about perfect. 18" frame, Mavic 138 wheels, smooth shifting, decent Avid brakes, and even the Indy S fork still does a reasonable job of smoothing out the bumps.

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 Post subject: Re: My Kona collection
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:39 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:45 pm
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Location: Hungary
Very nice.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:46 pm 
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The one which needs a lot of work is my 2001 Lava Dome in bright orange. Got this from someone selling it for 35 quid for parts only because the rear wheel was completely stuck and not turning. The Judy SL forks on it are very heavy and in terrible condition and also seem to weigh about a tonne. I can't get the cassette lockring removed however hard I try, the bottom bracket is noisy, the seatpost is stuck and the stickers are peeling off.

After a nice wash, oil and spray it is now rideable but needs work!

There seems to be a lot of Kona experts on here so any advice is appreciated. talpfa I see see you resprayed a Lava Dome and had new stickers for your bike. I would love to see this bike restored and back in full working order. I have a Rockshox Sid SL in black which would go well with the rest of the bike, and I might put modern parts on it to bring the weight down a bit.

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 Post subject: Re: My Kona collection
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:16 pm 
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Exellent naturally i think the 1998 models the best haha


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