1998 Kona Lava Dome Resto Mod Project (Caldera P11 Onwards)

Paul R

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Hi all

My love for Kona's started with my 1998 Hahanna which I sadly outgrew as I got to my later teens so I had to sell it on. Now after having a couple of modern treks I’ve sold them on to relive the memory.

I decided I’d like another 1998 model as I love the jungle graphics and wanted to try the midrange double butted frame and really like the green the lava dome comes in so with that decision made the search began.
A slightly scruffier one came up so I snapped it up and here it is. Some standard parts still on it and a debatable bar and stem set up.

Plans are

Strip down and clean then sort out rust scabs etc on the frame

Clean and lube standard drive and brakes for now but upgrade to full XTR m952 maybe raceface turbine/forged chainset? later on just need to sort cables to get it going..... Done

Loose the planet x stem and jumpy bars replace with Easton carbon bar and stem in old 25.4 size….. Done

Change forks to Kona project 2's or simualar rigid fork.....DONE

Easton carbon seatpost with Hope seat clamp ....Half DONE

Fit my gold Hope headset I have tucked away......Done

Gold frame bolts….DONE

Lighter Retro Wheelset


So here’s pics of the story so far.

Delvery day its like christmas has come early so exited

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unpacked woo hoo

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Built it up for a test ride, had to be done the rear wheel was a bit buckled so it had some bad tyre rub and gears very sticky so it was a round the block job but still i really enjoyed it.

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Next it was on to check if the bb was seazed in the frame turned out to be in there hand tight as was the cassette lol. The old bb had seen better days but luckly in amoungst my stash a good spare.

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How the bike was after its first evening with me

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next evening even less

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On to cleaning up the parts. They came up really well and silky smooth too after a degrease, blast out with hose, blow out with airline and relube. also swapped the pads of the rears as they were shot due to the buckled wheel.

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On to sorting the frames rust scabs and scrapes dremmel time. The new paint will never be an exact match as the paintshop UV scanned it and it appears to be a 3 stage candy paint job so cant be replicated with a single coat. So just got as close as possible with a tweaked Skoda ralle green.
I know some wont approve of this but i wanted it protected and it will be polished back and blended in.

Prep

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Thats all for now hope you like it.
 

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For some reason i really like this era of Kona mtbs, and especially the Lava Dome in green, and I'm not generally a fan of green! I've a 1997 Lava Dome that's getting a bit of a restomod treatment at the moment too, so I'll keep checking in to see how you're getting on.
Looking good so far though :)
 

Paul R

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Yes i know what you mean im the same with green but the lava dome green is something special

do you have a thread for yours my mate used to have some of those in tiny 16'' haha
 

Paul R

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Well i think the painting, laquering and polishing is all done really pleased with how it came out the finish is like glass now. I have it indoors in the heat to help the laquer all harden off now then i will get a few coats of finishkare 1000p paint sealent on it.

Pics of down tube before as an idea

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and now

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The rest all polished

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Paul R

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With the paintwork all done and paintseal protected. I stuck on some paint clear paint wear protection to prevent the inevitable and put my old xtr m952 rear mech on.

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Then it was time to take it out of the garage to admire and start putting new toys on very pleased.

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Ill be running the rockshox for a little while so gave them a good clean up
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Hope headset cups fitted

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On with the other new toys slowly getting the bike loyterd with lighter parts.

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Paul R

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I don't seem to be having much luck with most of the purchases for this build. One place the item was lost, another didn't actually have the product I ordered yet they were selling it online. then one guy forgot to post the parts altogether.
The Shimano un55 had bad tolerance machining on that, contacted shimano nothing back so I had to modify it myself as I got impatient.

Finally though things are arriving and progress is being made.

Gear cables on
Front mech on
Chainset and BB on
Chain on
Pretty gold frame bolts on
Fitted my old schwalbe marathon racer tyres on the standard wheels as I only ride road these days.

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Paul R

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Well thats stage 1 done loving the look.

XTR Brake cables on and brakes set up
saddle (might put a different one on) and polished up seatpost fitted

cockpit set up, tweaks will be made on the first ride tomorrow no doubt, cant wait. looks like i'll be needing a stait easton seatpost when i get around to buying one.

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Re: The 1998 Kona Lava Dome Resto Mod Project

Looking good, think I might just fit v-brakes on mine, although I don't like to see an unused disc mount, but the white forks look nice.
 

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