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    Quote Originally Posted by mamadirt
    djcrb9 - you need to get yourself a Cowan DS to complete your list

    I think i'm pretty well set. I did get to ride the new Coilair over the weekend, and i may have to get one of those...

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    coiler supreme.

    kona clock,(thanks konawhirled).

    and stinky primo.

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    1995 Kilauea that I rode from 96-2002 - Sold it after buying a Sugar3, still kicking myself in the butt for it....

    picked up a Kona Ku frame 2 years ago, built it up as a single speed and only ridden it once, the conversion using a singleator is a joke, chain jumps to much, converting it back to 8 speed XT/XTR components. Not sure what year this was manufactured, it is polished alum finish. I dont think it was ever ridden when I got it....

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    I have just three...

    2005 Kona The King
    2007 Kona Unit
    2007 Kona King Zing

    But comming soon:

    2008 Paddy Wagon
    2008 Major Jake
    Mi Vida Loca


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    I have just three...

    2005 Kona The King
    2007 Kona Unit
    2007 Kona King Zing

    But comming soon:

    2008 Paddy Wagon
    2008 Major Jake
    Mi Vida Loca


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    Had a 95ish Kilauea, then got the shop I worked at to pick up Kona's so I could get another 98 Explosif (which I still have, it got an all new drive train a few years back and is now 9spd XT instead of the 8spd it came with), the Wifey had a Lava Dome. In the years since I've had a Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa (still the coolest name to take up a complete tube on a bike) and a Stinky.

    Kinda like these bikes

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    welcome dsfa and nice list.

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    Couple of foto:

    King Zing:


    The King:


    Unit:
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    fuel the Kona love

    I own four and have yet to part with one:

    1994 Kilauea- setup for out of town guest use and pre-prime time handlebar experiment bike.
    2003 Unit- sits as a frame.
    2006 Sutra- fixed commuter horse.
    2007 Unit 29- fully rigid, midge bar.
    Sometimes you gotta hold onto the grass to stop from flying off the earth.

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    one. 05 kona fire mountain but i might get the new five-O when it comes out
    HARDTAIL PRIDE- 09 Kona Five-0

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    not usually a road bike lover but that king zing is real nice,props to you szabsci.

    and djponee i reckon you should go for the five-0 without hesitation.

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    Only one here so far....

    2006 CoilAir

    Hope to aquire more...maybe after Kona has another Demo Day in AZ.

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    ya i might buy it and i can get 10-20% off too so that = 120-240$ off. That'll bring it down to around 1000$ which is pretty cheap for such good specs
    HARDTAIL PRIDE- 09 Kona Five-0

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    I've had/purchased quite a few Konas..

    1. 1994 Kilauea (stolen from me within 6 months of owning it - repossessed by police 2 years later and returned to me! Now it has been restored as a 23 lbs street bike on fully retro parts!)

    2. 1994 Fire Mountain (bought in 2007 for $35 but the 'Killa' canibalized it for it's Project Two fork, still have everything but the stem and fork for this bike)

    3. 1994 Kula (Bought this to replace the 'Killa'. This Kula frame cracked after 6 hardcore years, below head tube - thank God for Kona's Lifetime Warranty!)

    4. 2000 Kula (Kona gave me this frame to replace the the cracked 94 Kula - 2 years later it was stolen!)

    5. 2002 Bear (Still lovin' it)

    6. 2004 Lisa DS (for the wife)

    7. 2005 Cinder Cone (for the brother-in-law)

    Needless to say I'm in love with Konas and Kona has always backed me whenever I had problems. I just don't feel like many companies in the world warrant so much praise from its customers. I'll be buying Konas for the rest of my life and I plan on keeping every single one of em'

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    maybe you should buy a lock.

    sorry it sucks when they get pinched and nice list to say the least.

    ive only ever warrantied one frame and that was the first kona i bought,but im on my second now and aint looking back.

    and that king zing still gives me tingles mmmmmm.

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    My first real mountain bike is a 2001 Kona Cinder Cone. Right now I'm looking at getting a 2007 Kona King. My LBS is selling one for $1699.

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    I've had 5 - 2009 Blast, 2010 King Kahuna, 2009 Major Jake, 2011 King Kahuna, 2011 Hei Hei 2-9. I only have the Hei Hei and Major Jake due to cohabitation enforced space issues.

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    Used to have an 08 dawg delux now have a 10 cadabra,10 unit,10 jake the snake.Thinking about getting
    a satori or honzo

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    2011 update:
    2001 Pahoehoe - sold
    2004 Kula Primo - sold
    2005 Kula Primo - wife's
    2009 Rad (Major) Jake - mine
    2015 Kona JTS
    2014 Scott Scale 710
    2014 Giant Anthem 27.5

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    I am on the first one I have owned but not the first I have ridden. Hired some in the past plus a friend has had a couple.

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    I have owned 7 total, the latest being an abracadabra.

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    At the moment (2) ... but always looking for #3

    See signature.
    '12 Transition Bandit29
    '14 Kona Big Unit
    '94 Kona Explosif

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    Just picked up my first today - it's a 1995 Kilauea. Needs some refreshing, but I'm sure it'll be awesome.

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    I have owned 2: a 2005 Coiler that I cracked the frame on in August and I just picked up a Satori as the replacement. Only 1 ride so far on the Satori but I'm liking it a lot.

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    I own 3 Kona bikes:

    2007 Dawg Deluxe
    2009 Zing
    2009 Jake the Snake

    I'm thinking of selling the Dawg since my riding style has changed. I have phased into XC/endurance and of course XC racing. The Dawg will not work. I will probably buy something that's not Kona for this bike. I use the Zing for training and for use on my Kurt Kenetic. The JTS is my favorite of the 3 and I ride it in the trails and race CX with it. I love this bike.

    I'm going to pick up a 2012 Kona Unit around February.

    -Cheers.

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    19 - Most are just frames now and couple were stolen.

    1991 Hahanna (2)
    1992 Hahanna
    1992 Explosif Pro
    1992 Explosif (2)
    1992 Fire Mountain (2) Stolen
    1993 Kilauea
    1993 Hot Frame
    1993 Cinder Cone
    1993 Lava Dome
    1993 Fire Mountain
    1994 Lava Dome
    1994 Hahanna (2) Stolen
    1995 Koa
    1996 Lava Dome
    2002 Lava Dome

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    Recently picked up a 2006 Kula Deluxe. Kinda surprised there aren't many posts about this bike.

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    2 Jake the Snakes (54 cm and 56cm), a Munimula and a JOE - so 4.

    But then we opened a bike rental company in Cave Creek, AZ and ordered 4 Zing Deluxe's, 5 Kahuna's and 3 Africa 3's.

    So now I've owned (and still own) 16 Kona's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TreS View Post
    Recently picked up a 2006 Kula Deluxe. Kinda surprised there aren't many posts about this bike.
    Try looking for info on the Ku which is the handbuilt version of the Kula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer View Post
    Try looking for info on the Ku which is the handbuilt version of the Kula.
    Here's a link for Kona's 1997 catalogue (retrobike UK website)
    retrobike ::

    ... it has the overall ad, specs & geometry.
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    '14 Kona Big Unit
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    Two.

    After I broke my first 29er HT frame, I ordered a Niner SIR9. While waiting, I found a used '07 Kula 29 (scandium HT) at an irressitable price so I rode that while waiting. Loved it. After concluding the Niner geometruy wasnt'for me, I got a '11 Unit (rigid SS) and absolutely love it. I'm currently planning to get another Unit and building it up on the trail/AM end of things. Good stuff.
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    1995 Kona Kula still own still ride it!
    would be interested in picking up an old 1995-ish Cinder Cone if anyone has one in a 14" frame?

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    Lets see...when I was young I got a 1992 Kona Fire Mountain...stolen from the mall..bastards!


    1996 Kona Sex One
    2002 Kona Stinky Primo (Frame) mtbr
    2002 Bear (Frame)
    2007 Kikapu Deluxe (Frame)

    Girlfriend: 2002 MokoMoko $450 barely ridden 2009 CL

    Friends:
    2001 King Kikapu $500 ebay back in 2007
    2003 Dawg $375 craigslist 2008
    2004 Stinky new
    2005 Dawg $500 CL 2010
    2005 Dawg Deluxe $500 CL 2010
    2009 Dawg Supreme $1000 ebay....best deal yet 2011

    Out of all of em...2 issues Finally cracked my 96 Sex One seatstay last year, replaced the frame with a 07 Kikapu Deluxe, 2002 Stinky Primo bearings went out & I never replaced them, siezed up and it wallowed out after too much Whistler.

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    Five-O
    Stab (sold)
    '07 Stinky (rebuilt as my jump bike)
    '08 Stinky Built-Tweaked (Sharing duties as my DH rig)

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    I'll play...
    Current- "A", Year unknown, 2008 Kapu, Custom "Doug the Fox" (Fancy Jake the Snake built exclusively for Bow Cycle), 2+2, Humu

    Years past... 2000? Moko Moko, 03 Stinky Delux, 2006(i think) Coil air supreme, 2008 Dawg Supreme , 2009 Paddy Wagon , 2009 Kula 2-9, 2010 Abra Cadabra.
    I know I'm a ****...
    I love Konas and in the first time in years i cheated on them and got a big S road bike... I

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    Nice thread!

    1. 2006 Cinder Cone: My first love!

    2. 2007 The King. Beautiful race machine. So far the one I liked the most. Incredible geometry.

    3. 2007 Fire Mountain for my wife

    4. 2008 Fire Mountain Deluxe (still own it and has seen some nice upgrades including Mavic wheels, XTR derailleurs, LX V-Brakes, Race Face Deus crankset and cromoly fork). This has been the bike I have ridden and kept the most.

    5. 2008 Dawg Supreme. I believe Kona reached the peak on how to configure an incredible bike at an amazing price (Full XT, Race Face Deus and Crossmax wheels for $4k!).

    6. 2008 Kona Four. Bought the frame off ebay in 2009 and finally built the bike last year (only to find out that the frame flexes too much under braking - I am a 280# clyde at the moment). A real pity because it is a very nice set up as well: XT Dual Controls, Race Face Deus cockpit, Crossmax ST wheels, RP23, Fox RLC 100, 180mm brake rotors.

    Right now I'm selling the Kona Four and a Santa Cruz Nomad to get me back into riding and loosing weight. So hopefully in the next month or so I should get:

    Satori for my daily riding and a Big Kahuna frame to set it up as my race bike. Most likely it will have full SRAM XO and... (I don't know... I'll see when I get there!).

    Cheers!

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    Good job!

    1. 1997 Kilauea - my first real xc race bike. I upgraded to a Red Z2 Bomber. Rode it for a year then gave it to my dad when I upgraded. It unfortunately was stolen out of the backseat of his car while we were at a cycling meeting for all of 40 minutes. He received and still has his 1998 Explosif as a replacement.

    2. 1997 Hei Hei (King Kahuna). I bought this bike through their racer program at our local bike shop. I still ride this bike weekly. When in geared form, the only parts that have been replaced due to wear are rims, tires, saddle and two chainrings. The only component that I changed due to preference is the handlebar. I think these were the early days of risers for xc and mine came with a Kona DH bar. Currently it is a single speed and is a hoot to ride on the trails. Kona really got it right with this bike, although many of their bikes are still pretty awesome.

    3. 2003 Kona Stuff. My first foray into freeride. I immediately swapped for the orange Hayes hydraulic brakes that the shop had laying around from previous year's Kona's. This bike did everything from street, dirt jumps and DH. The only weakness was the EXR fork, I ended up snapping the arch from the fork leg. Luckily Marzocchi had a replacement program at the time and I was able to upgrade to a DJ1 fork for $100. I ended up selling this guy in 2006 when I built up a pretty burly Norco Torrent for DH.

    Kona is still pretty awesome, although I think they should go back to being kind of kooky with their Hawaiian themed stuff just to stand out against the crowd.

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    my last. a 2010 major jake with a bottom head tube reamed so far out of spec that the shop had to come up with a +.004 CK bottom cup. that, and a ridiculously reamed seat tube.

    my 1999 TST KK was embarrassed, to say the least.
    Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

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    and a full fingerprint underneath the clear coat.
    Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

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    As of this moment 2 with a 3rd on the way!
    My first is the purple Unit '06-'07, love it so much I bought a 2011 Unit frame and built it up geared with parts off my Stump Jumper. This was supposed to be my winter/snow bike, but turned out waaay too nice for that.
    Gonna pick up another purple Unit in the coming days and use the parts I have around to build it up as a beater.
    What can I say, I love my Units!
    Too soon old-Too late smart!

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    As originally purchased...





    After a little upgrading....





    My 2011 build, I don't have any pics since swapping the crankset for an XT and upgrading the brakes to white Elixirs....





    Too soon old-Too late smart!

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    Finished this build about a month ago.
    Bought the frame, seatpost, headset, stem, bars and tires from a friend for $225!
    Had all the other parts laying around, also have a set of Nokian studded tires for when the weather turns cold and icy.
    I've done a few rides so far, loving it! My only problem now is deciding which Kona to ride!!


    Too soon old-Too late smart!

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    My first Kona was a 2001 Firemountain in *****in Blue. Loved this frame. Something about the geo just worked for me. I sold it to a buddy who gave it back to me recently. The chain stays corroded through on the bottom. It's too bad. I did get my hands on a brand new Steely frame though! It will be my winter project.

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    retro-lover

    two konas for me - a 94 fire mountain - my bicycle soul mate - stolen in the city of brotherly love...

    and a sweet 95 cinder cone.

    always looking for another 94 fire mountain - if any of you have any leads!

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    I was wandering home and hit a yard sale,picked up a 5.00$ 1990 Humuhumunukuapu'a (sic) It turned out the chainstay was broke. A buddy did a sweet braze job on it,then I hose clamped a plastic tire iron over that for safety reasons,sort of a splint.
    The bike has been used regularly around town,nightime bar runs,etc. Shortly after buying it,it went to Burning Man,hauled 6 blocks of ice on the giganto milk crate I zip tied on the rear rack,then it did another years duty at Burning Man,no problems,no breakage,nice light single speed and no extra gears to seize up in the Playa dust. I still ride it every week.

    Such a nice bike, I bought a 2012 Hei Hei Deluxe 29er and have ridden it nearly every day its been here,I even quit riding my road bike and have been riding the Hei Hei on road rides.
    I just like it,it fits me.

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    I'm on my first Kona, a 2012 King Kahuna... looking to pick up a unit or big unit here in the near future as a play-bike.

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    I've owned one: a Kona Dew Drop. I bought it when I got back into cycling after a 15 year hiatus. I'm thinking of getting a mountain bike, and one of the local shops is pushing (hard) a Kona Hei Hei Deluxe over a Giant Anthem. Not looking to compare brands; why is there not much mention of the Hei Heis here?
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    Saw this thread and couldn't believe I've had 4!
    Kona Unit- 2003 (I think)
    Kona Explosif 29- 2006
    Kona Paddy Wagon- 2007
    Kona Raijin- 2012

    I guess all of my Kona's have been singlespeeds thus far. I've enjoyed all of them. Truly excited about the Raijin! I might look at Kona for my next trail bike.

    Cheers!

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    I have two konas. a heavily modded 2011 tanuki dl and a mostly stock 2013 unit. I have a hard time picking one over the other on the regg.

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    I've had three.

    Originally 2004 Coiler Dee-Lux (best bike i've ever owned, shouldn't have parted ways with it... I even made the news with it when I did a three day long downhill from the mountains in Riverside County, to the desert in San Diego County)

    Then I got a 2004 Stinky... nice bike, a lot of comments when riding around town... but too heavy for me

    Now i'm back on a 2004 Coiler but it needs work to get to where I want it to be...

    I love the classic Konas, 2004 was my favorite year if you can't tell....

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