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  1. #1
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    New question here. 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 52 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?

  2. #2
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    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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  3. #3
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    At the moment I don't have more information on the components. The price is $150.

  4. #4
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    May 2012
    specs are below:

    Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
    MSRP (new) $649.00
    Weight Unspecified
    Sizes 14", 16", 18", 19", 20", 21"
    Colors Mustard
    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.

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