Any advice on a 2003 Kona Lava Dome?
I'm trying to find a bike for my 14-year old daughter. She is a beginner, but is really excited to get into biking. She will mainly be riding trails and train once or twice a week with a local MTB club. She is 5´2´´ and weighs about 110.
I'm thinking of starting out with a used bike and have an option of buying a 2003 Kona Lava Dome, 14 inch frame. It has a Marzocchi z4 flyweight fork and Shimano Deore grip shifters. Any thoughts on that as an option for a beginners bike that would still make it fun to ride for somebody who right now is crazy about riding?
Would be nice to have some more info on it, like components
and price. Other than that if it's in good shape, go for it.
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At the moment I don't have more information on the components. The price is $150.
specs are below:
Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
MSRP (new) $649.00
Sizes 14", 16", 18", 19", 20", 21"
Item ID 20101
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Chromoly, double-butted
Fork Brand & Model Marzocchi EXR Comp, 80mm travel
Fork Material Aluminum/magnesium, single crown
Rear Shock Not applicable
Component Group Mountain Mix
Brakeset Avid Single Digit 3 brakes, Avid AD 3 levers
Shift Levers Shimano Deore
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Crankset Shimano FC-M440, 22/32/42 teeth
Pedals Wellgo aluminum
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-UN52
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
Chain Shimano CN-HG53, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost Kona Thumb
Saddle SDG Comp
Handlebar Kona Aluminum Riser
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Kona Control
Headset 1 1/8" threadless VP Threadless
Hubs Front: Formula XC, Rear: Shimano
Rims Mavic X139
Tires 26 x 1.95" Tioga Terra Firma
Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 15ga. Front / 14ga. Rear straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Unspecified
It's a good entry bike. Make sure it's not too heavy for her to handle and the fork is still good. Kona makes good products. $150 is an okay price.