- Modernised Retro Kona… a bit of help with Colour
I picked up a 1997 Kona Lava Dome frame from the classifieds a while back. It’s had a disc mount welded on by argos, so i’m looking to give it a more modern build.
I’ve got the wheels, finishing kit (Black) and forks (White, Black Decals) etc sorted, reamed the seatube to fit a 27.2 dropper and now i’m ready to build it. Except i’m not… I’m really not keen on the sparkly red.
So I’ve enquired about powder coating… but i’m not sure which way to go. I think I fancy a blue, similar to this:
But the original colour of the Lava Dome is this:
I’m pretty much 50-50 on it…. well almost, this colour looks great too…
What do you think?
CheersPosted 4 years agorobdobMember
I would go with the green but paint the forks the same colour if possible. Then it would look original but custom at the same time.
If you wanted to keep a more traditional retro look with modern kit try to get as much stuff in silver to attach to it. May not be possible with a dropper (although you can strip the anno easily) but it’d be a nice look.
Nice idea on the dropper post – well done!
Sometimes original looks great…… but a modernised Kona is an excellent bike – the reason why they still attract a premium price depsite being 20yo!
My restored original Kilauea:
Another bike I did, Eat My Dirt Ninja Cleaner Team Issue Kona Hahanna, with modern bits and colour coded for the company (you have no idea how hard it is to find green bits!):Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for the replies. I don’t think i’ll be able to get it too close to the original look and respraying the forks won’t ever look right since they’re 120mm fox. I think the look i’m after is a tidied up but classic frame with fresh kit.
I like the silver Kilauea above, the skin wall tyres and the silver kit finish it off well.
Any more pics/opinions are appreciated.
Really don’t like the powdercoat blue though, I think it will just make it look cheap imo
Yeah, i’m worried about that. I’m bothered that it’ll just end up looking like a low end frame from a few years ago.
Any love for the burnt orange?Posted 4 years agorobdobMember
I wouldn’t go for white as there are loads of white Konas – the one I did above the owner insisted I do it white but as I couldn’t find a match to the green of the company I went for it in the end.
Silver would look good with the Fox forks (if they are silver), maybe even pick a colour off the decals of the forks – blue? – and use that?
Get over to GilM at the bikeshed and he’ll do you some custom decals to match the bits you have. £28 for a full set last time I bought them and well worth it for his quality.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
British Racing Green for my Kilaeua (’97 I think) but haven’t got any pics to hand. That in itself was a respray I’m sure. And it looks just ‘right’ (the bike, as well as the colour).
Have loved it since I acquired it pre-owned about, oh, 6 years ago, I guess it feels so good as it’s just like late lamented steel Stumpjumper from about the same vintage.Posted 4 years ago
White you say …..
On fork choice ….. Some will say 100mm is okay other diehards will say 80mm is max.
I’ve run my Caldera with as mush as 105mm and as little as 65mm.
The Reba Teams above now run 90mm and is about spot on for the frame. That is of course IMHO 😉Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
My not-very-retro ’97 Lava Dome in it’s current guise – with 2000 Manitou X-Vert Supers still going strong
*edit – I think the Manitou’s are 105mm and even with a reasonably long stem (not sure if 70 or 90mm) the front is quite wandery on steep climbs
Posted 4 years ago
letmetalktomark – Member
120mm will be nearly twice the original intended travel!
I would buy the spacer kit now
Nah – it’ll be fine at 120mm, that’s what’s on that white Kilauea of mine in Greece (the one up there ^^^) and since they’re Marzocchis with ETA it climbs well too.Posted 4 years ago
I keep meaning to bring the frame back here one winter and fit a caliper mount but so far I haven’t bothered. The Arch Rival brake works fine anyway and it’s mostly dry when I’m there too.
zippykona – Member
Andy R , that does it for me.
Thank you, kind sir! For an almost 18 year old frame it still does a pretty good job and I’m still rather attached to it.
I did have this “Platsa Blue” ’95 Explosif singlespeed for a while too – in fact, I still have the frame lying around in my workshop.Posted 4 years ago
That’s what my wife calls that blue, anyway….rossi46Member
Heres mine- a bit more retro. No discs here, just good old V Brakes.
I tend to put (gasp, horror) slick tyres and road gearing on in winter and it flies as a road bike. V Brakes are rubbish in mud! 😀
If i ever did another paint job on it, i’d quite like a black with gold flecks in paint. Just like Gold marmite.Posted 4 years ago
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