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    can a 1998 Kona Kiluaea take a 9 speed cassette?

    I have a 1998 Kona Kiluaea that I need to fix up a bit. Can a Kiluaea frame of that age take a new hub and 9 speed cassette, or will there not be enough space? I'm hoping to put an all SRAM X.9 drive chain on it.

    This bike was stolen about 3 and a half years ago in South Korea and magically returned to me about 6 months ago (long story). For that reason I'm really hoping the bike can take the upgrades I want as I don't want to give up the bike again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan
    I have a 1998 Kona Kiluaea that I need to fix up a bit. Can a Kiluaea frame of that age take a new hub and 9 speed cassette, or will there not be enough space? I'm hoping to put an all SRAM X.9 drive chain on it.

    This bike was stolen about 3 and a half years ago in South Korea and magically returned to me about 6 months ago (long story). For that reason I'm really hoping the bike can take the upgrades I want as I don't want to give up the bike again.

    Cheers,

    Duncan
    Hi there
    read the story of yr stolen and retrieved bike somewhere , congrats to U.
    YES , no prob going to 9speed on yr Kiluaea.
    Cheers

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    Thanks for your quick reply Caspar. I used a ruler to make a very quick and rough comparison between the space between the drop-outs of the Kona and my 5 Spot and hopefully it'll take a new hub and cassette etc.

    Also, would you know if it's still possible to find front deraileurs that will fit the narrow steel seat tube on my bike?

    My little Kona has got quite a history and certainly had some money invested into it in the past. If I do these upgrades with no problems about the only thing that will still be stock on the bike will be the front hub and the seat collar. And they're bound to get to boot at some point too.

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    Great story about the bike coming back to you. Is that a Kona P2 rigid fork? I`ve been looking for one of those frames for a while... hard to find. 9 spd no prob - it`s more the hub then the frame that you have to be concerned about.

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    As for that long story, we posted it up on the Kona webpage. Check it out in the news section.

    www.konaworld.com

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    Joe.

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    The P2 is great

    Quote Originally Posted by top_ring
    Great story about the bike coming back to you. Is that a Kona P2 rigid fork? I`ve been looking for one of those frames for a while... hard to find. 9 spd no prob - it`s more the hub then the frame that you have to be concerned about.

    Yep, it's the P2 rigid fork. Many people say it's the best rigid fork around. I had a spare one too but I gave it to my the owner/mechanic at my LBS in Seoul.

    The Kiluaea frame is great. I'm riding it much better now than I ever did in England, which I put down to switching between the Kona and my 5 Spot. I'm always amazed at what the poor little Kona will put up with. Kind of tempted to get a suspension fork for it, but as long as my wrist are ok I think I'll stay retro.

    The basic advantage my Kona has over the Turner is it twists and turns so easily through the singletrack. The Turner is great for going straight over the rougher stuff but the Kona just happliy slips around it all.

    Nothing is original with the bike now except the frame. I just had to replace the race face cranks is it did turn out I was having problems with the rings and the bb, and it was going to be a hassle getting the replacement parts in Korea. So far the XT cranks with the integrated bb are great however. Lighter than the raceface too, but I'll hold on to the raceface and find a new home for them one day.

    I've discovered a new way to avoid future thefts as well. Simply hire someone to follow me around in a truck that my bike will magically blend into.

    By the way, thanks to Joe at Kona World for the free stuff.

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    Hey Duncan... the frame looks good for a 98. And those pix show a nice bit of scenery in S. Korea. The riding there looks awesome. Cheers.

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