Various Konas

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  1. ish

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    Picked this up a couple of days ago for a really great price. It the only bike I have that is younger than me, and I love it.

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    1996 Kona A'ha Cruiser with 18" frame. Pretty uncommon Cook Bros. style 26" mountain/BMX/cruiser hybrid which was the predecessor to the "Stars and Bars" curved tube A'ha and the humuhumu-nukunuku-apua'a.

    As far as I know, the 1996 model was the most expensive A'ha/Humu Kona has offered. Awesome metallic orange paint, Project 2 front fork, Nexus Inter 7 rear hub with rapidfire shifter, canti brake and coaster brake (good for rainy climates like Portland), rides really nice. The previous owner was a 60-something woman who had it set up for touring and babied it.

    Since it was set up as a touring bike, it has street tires and was loaded with a ton of accessories, which I stripped off.

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    -Kirtland Tour Pak panniers (these have not been made in about 20 years and are considered the best rear panniers)
    -Jannd rear rack
    -Clip on fenders
    -Avenir AV-100 computer
    -Bottle cage
    -Zefal pump
    -"Bee" bell

    I might put the bottle cage and rear rack back on, but for now the bike looks better naked. :)
     
  2. cman

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    Re: 1996 Kona A'ha Cruiser

    Cool Bike. I have a Humuhumu....... That was a single speed. Then an Xtracycle and now a 7spd Nexus fast bike. No brake bosses on my P2 fork so I went to a MTB fork. Coaster brake in the rear.
     
  3. Rat Rod

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    Re: 1996 Kona A'ha Cruiser

    That's one really cool bike...always loved that frame design.

    Just need to lose that seat and throw on some fatter tires. :wink:
     
  4. HutchXL24

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    Re: 1996 Kona A'ha Cruiser

    Nice looper. I have a Humuhumu too. It's a fun bike, but I'm probably going to sell it soon.
     
  5. ish

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    Re: 1996 Kona A'ha Cruiser

    I have some Kenda Flames from the closeout deal, but the street tires on the bike are kind of growing on me. I wish they were blackwalls. Definitely need to locate a "thinner" seat despite the one on there being pretty comfy.
     
  6. ish

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    Added a few more Konas to the stable; got some great deals on these, and they are all in fantastic condition:

    1992 Cinder Cone, might make this my commuter:

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    2005 Hoss, will be taking this on the trails:

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    Girlfriend's 1996 Lava Dome, will be accompanying the Hoss on trails once I get some WTB Velociraptors on it:

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  7. Clothespin n

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    WOW!!!

    I love the Old...early Kona's
    Nice line up Ish !!!
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    I have my eye's on a local " humuhumu-nukunuku-apua'a "
    the original...single speed mountain Bike.

    I'm diggin your girlfriends cindercone as well.
    Any Old Kona with P2 forks...is very cool!!!

    Kev.
     
  8. ish

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    I was surprised when I found out that the P2 on the '92 Cinder Cone is essentially the same design as the P2 offered today. Talk about a lasting design.

    Good luck with the Humu! I would like to get one just because of the ridiculously long name on the top tube. :)
     
  9. ish

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    Here's the A'Ha as it currently sits. Unfortunately, it's going up for sale today - I'm getting older and am realizing that I can only ride ~20" frames. Otherwise, my knees complain.

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  10. muddywater04

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    love that hoss model...has a great stance, looks mean
     
  11. blink

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    Kant go wrong with Kona's

    my 1996 Explosif - Columbus Max tubing

    i LOVE this bike.

    yours are wonderful.
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  12. deorman

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    Clearly your seatpost and handlebar clamp ain't big enough.(SSHHH, don't tell Uncle Stretch!) :lol:
     
  13. ifitsfreeitsforme

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    how much you selling the panniers for?
     
  14. ish

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    ^ I love your Explosif, I want to pick up a Columbus Max bike like that someday, I hear they are the best.

    I sold the Hoss because it proved to be a little too big, and I'm going to get rid of the Cinder Cone too (it was superseded by a Tange Prestige-framed Bianchi Super Grizzly that I love). The A'ha is gone, too.

    For many months now, I have been searching for a 20" 1995 Kilauea as an off road machine. No dice so far. This weekend, the following 1994 bike came up on CL. It was advertised as a 20", but it is 19". The 1994 frameset is the same as the 1995 except for color and decals, so I am going to make it work until I can find a 1995.

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    The paint is a little beat up and it has street tires for some odd reason. Other than that, it is great - original XT drivetrain and XC Pro thumbies (best shifters ever made), upgrades: Marzocchi X-Fly fork, Ritchey threadless headset, Ritchey Pro stem, Titec titanium handlebar, Avid Arch Rival v-brakes. I'm excited to take it out for some XC riding.
     
  15. 41DX

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    MMMMM Aha, always dug those,

    No Aha, but got a two bar next to a kona, and another kona to boot:



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    Both are riders.....
     
  16. ish

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    A Ku?!?! They only made a handful of those per year in the US, They were $2000+, and you got it in any paint scheme you wanted. Nice bike.
     
  17. 41DX

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    Yea, I know it's fairly rare,
    But even after all these years, it is such a nice ride.
    One of these days I need to quit using it long enought to clean up and get some decent photo's.
    Along with the Stinky Primo in the other photo, those are my primary riders.
     

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