- To Retro Kona or Not?
Cheers for replies so far. I only found out about it an hour or two ago, so haven’t had chance to do any research. If I want it, it has to be tomorrow!
Edit – I left school in ’94 and I remember the purple ano thing and those tyres being all the rage. My own bike was black, so looked good with purple (IMHO, plus I was only a kid too). The Kona on the other hand, looks crap! If I buy and keep it, it will be painted and toned down.Posted 3 years agotonydMember
I’d say buy it and use it. If it’s early 90s they ride really well and make great do-it-all bikes. I have a ’93 Cinder Cone which sees more use than all my other bikes bar the commuter.
Steel is real 🙂
Edit: I was going to suggest you have a flick through the catalogs at http://www.konaretro.com/ but it appears to be broken…Posted 3 years agoWozzaMember
Buy it and mint it with new parts.
Posted 3 years ago
Thanks for that link Wozza. Some useful info in there. I was only half interested when I saw the bike earlier…thinking it would be too much work, old standards, etc. I’m surprised to find out the headtube will probably be 1.1/8th. I’m not sure on rim brakes, they did look half-decent, although I’ll have to source some new wheels.
Plus one – It’s definitely steel, that’s how I knew it was a Kona. No pics either, as I only decided I was interested after I’d left.Posted 3 years ago
Hi, I may have the chance of an old, steel Kona. It’s the complete bike with a rigid fork. The stickers have been removed from the frame, so I’ve no idea what model or year it is.
Anyway, I’m after an old rigid or hardtail for bikepacking or training on, as I’ve only got a 6″ full-sus these days. The decision I need to make is should I buy the Kona, which will be cheap and then spend whatever’s needed to fettle it up. My other option is to buy a newer frame for more money, but use old parts/spares that I have laying about…these parts include disc brakes, disc wheels, nice bars/stem/seatpost which won’t fit on the Kona.
Of course, my other option is to buy the Kona anyway and sell it on. That might pay for option 2.
I’ve checked it over and it seems sound, with most of the drivetrain being original, although fairly low spec (Deore, although it does have thumbies). Any parts that have been changed are ano purple. The tyres are a Panaracer Dart/Smoke combo. The frame is a pinkish red with a silver fork. It’s got to be early 90’s I would have thought?
Any opinions/help would be appreciated, cheers. (Although, typing this out had made me realise I should buy, split it and sell after realising what modern parts I have laying about!).Posted 3 years ago
Sorry to be a pain…I’ve been told the steerer is 1.1/8″, but the headset isn’t an Impact. Could this mean the seller is wrong about the steerer size or did some bikes with that size have a more basic/nutted headset?
I’m currently looking through the old catalogues over on Retrobike, but haven’t found any info yet.Posted 3 years ago
After looking through Kona’s old catalogues, I think it can only be a ’94 Fire Mountain. It looks like it’s maybe not what I’m after.
I don’t think rim brakes and/or thumb shifters will work very well with my bar bag either.
Edit: robdob – The headset looks like a plain, unbranded one, so I’m guessing it’s original. Especially as the rest of the cockpit has been upgraded with named parts.Posted 3 years ago
Pinkish-red with a silver fork sounds like a 1994 Kilauea, this had a columbus steel frame, and XT thumbies.
You couldn’t be more wrong. My Kona is a 94 Kilauea and is made of Prestige Concept tubing. Originally specced with XT/sugino, Kona brakes and XCPro thumbshifters.
And was grey all over. 🙂Posted 3 years agoMarkBrewerMember
My 93 and 94 lava domes struggled with 2.1s
Same here, i put some old 2 inch maxxis larsens off my xc bike on mine and they only just fit through the brake blocks. Would love to fit a chunkier front tyre but I’d never get the wheel on 😆
I bought this last year as i always wanted one as a teenager but couldn’t afford it on my paper round money!
Posted 3 years ago
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