Kona Kula 2004 - one too many bikes but cannot let this go


Retro Newbie
Spent 18 months, on and off, tinkering with this kona kula 2004. The only original bits are the frame itself and the marzocchi forks. It was already upgraded when I acquired it.

First alteration came with swapping the wheelset to more substantial mavic ex729's on XT 756 hubs. The gearing got swapped to XT 770 series 9 speed and the seatpost, stem and seat have all been changed several times. Next change came with XT 780 gearing 1x10 speed with XT 785 hydraulic brakes.

Considering going back to switching 2x10 setup.

Current setup 12.5kg
Kona kula 2004 19" Easton ultralite frameset
Marzocchi Comp 2004 ETA Forks
Chris King nothreadset headset
Renthal 35mm carbon fat bars
Yeti push on grips
Renthal apex 35mm stem
SLX 7100 brake levers, SLX 675 calipers
Shimano XT RT76 180/160mm rotors
Raceface Ride 24mm Axle crankset
Blackspire snaggletooth NW 36T oval chainring
Shimano XT MT800 bottom bracket
Shimano XT 786 clutched rear derailleur
Shimano XT 771 11-36T 10 speed cassette
Shimano XT 780 10 speed shifter
Thomson layback elite seatpost
Thomson seatclamp
DMR V12 magnesium flat pedals
Hope QR skewers and grip doctor bar plugs
Specialized Sonoma BG 155 saddle
Mavic EX729 32H laced to Shimano XT 756 hubs with plain gauge stainless spokes.


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