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    King Kahuna owners...

    Let's see your rig.

    Here's mine. 1997 with titanium Project Two. Under 17 lbs.

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    Smile Beautiiiiiiful

    That is beautiful
    17lbs ! , that 7,7kg for those of us that has joined the 3rd millinium
    Is that the stickers U made yrself?
    Can I have a set in black for my 97 KK ?
    Yeahh I know the 97s came with either the red/orange stickers or the blue set , but I want a black or grey for mine.
    Ill see if I can borrow a digital one of these days and post a pic of mine.
    I just reburbished it : Uturn Reba and new XT f/r mech,crank,chain,cassette and LX shifters(Those 07 XT shifters look nice , planning on getting some when theyre avab. in fall , thats why I went with LX for now)
    Almost forgot how well a brandnew drivetrain works !!
    I also run a RockShox seatpost , a HS33 rear and a 99 Louise frontbrake and all stickers removed.
    Nowhere near 17lbs , prob. around 25-26lbs
    Cheers

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    Thanks. It's 16.73 lbs. to be exact. Across the pond that's 7.59 Kg. The Stickers are original, but the man to talk to is Michael Swantak . He and I worked on these decals over the winter. We built a full set. His artwork is briliant. He could make a set for you in Grey/Black. Give him an "E".

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    Absolutely beautiful!! Now the only question remaining in my mind is ... HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT FOR IT!! And that would be an serious question if it was a size smaller... I can never seem to find one in the 16-17" range . But, I will keep looking...

    Thanks for the post.....

    Dave

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    Very nice! I guess you don't need suspension as you float over the ruff stuff!

    If its a King Kahuna why the Hei Hei decals?

    Fluff

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    It IS a kingKahuna , U can tell by the oval toptube and downtube is also shaped + there a gusset at the downtube/steerertube.
    Thats how the stickers looked on the 97 , theres a KingKahuna sticker on the seatstay by the brake , barely visible in the glare.

    D... that is light , and I guess U could go even lighter ,
    wheels are Xmaxes right ? theres some grams to be lost.
    And the seatpost , Thomson ? also room for loss.
    3 rings ? , I thought all weightwatchers were on the 29/42 wagon
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    Smile

    It IS a kingKahuna , U can tell by the oval toptube and downtube is also shaped + there a gusset at the downtube/steerertube.
    Thats how the stickers looked on the 97 , theres a KingKahuna sticker on the seatstay by the brake , barely visible in the glare.

    I thought it looked like it had the ovalised downtube just wasn't familiar with the '97 decals.

    So how does it ride? Is the Ti Project 2 comfy?

    Fluff

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    It rides like a dream bike should ride. Plush and supple. The ti fork is soft yet firm. And yes, Casper is correct with regard to the decals. It says King Kahuna on the seat stay. It will be lighter when I'm done with her but I'm not sure how much I can squeeze out of my wallet. lol

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    Surely there are a few more than just one King Kahuna rider willing to show off their old war horse....

    A side question, does anyone know approximately how many were made in each year or in total and what the varous changes were along the way ie cable routing (eg I note that some bikes quoted as 97 models have cable routing to the rear derailleur on the downtube while others have it on the top).

    If I find myself one, I'll post a shot or two

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    You may want to get in touch with the Kona Tech / Warranty guys for that info. I generally find they are good about sharing that kind of information. Also http://konaretro.com is a good source for pics that you can compare.

    With regard to cable routing. If you're wanting to use V- brakes, you should get a 97 and older frame because the older ones don't have the cable stop/ holder for the rear brake. They were outfitted for canti's. Mind you, it wouldn't take much to find a builder who would weld a cable stop on for cheap.

    Good luck - they are a joy to ride.

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    here's mine, I've had it since 2000.
    bought it while I worked at a shop, to replace the purple/green flame HOT that I sold.
    Only thing different is the addition of the Reba fork, and a new saddle.
    you can also see my Yo Eddy! and the wife's Mondonico in the pic.

    I thought about selling it, but after last week's MTB race, it's just too good of a bike..

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    It's nice to see someone else's KK. Keep it brother. They are getting scarce.

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    Found 1

    Will post some pics when I've cleaned it up a bit. Not sure what year it was made yet, it has 97 model year stickers on it, but it could be a 98 or 99.

    I have a set of original Z1 bombers which I'm thinking about putting on (as in 97 brochure). I know that fork lengths and travel varied a bit around that time does anyone have impressions on how the KK rides with the Z1??

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    Tassie.....

    Just put a U-Turn Reba on my 97 KK , and it rides just fine with either 85mm , 115mm or anywhere inbtwn.Offcourse it rides differently whether I set it at 85mm or 115mm , most of the time its set at around 95-100mm .
    Mind U my frame is a 19" , the smaller the frame the more U will notice changes in forklenght.
    Gotta get a digicam soon
    Cheers

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    Congrats... the 97 came off the floor with a Z1. You're in business. Enjoy!

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    Here is my 97 King Kahuna, the spec has changed slighty since the pics where taken. Ive since changed the bars back to flats, and have had the fork TF Tuned.
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    I've got a sweet '98 but apparently my Nikon SLR is too good for this website, the smallest photos it takes are too big!
    You will have to visualize it 'cause I'm not going to buy another camera.

    20" frame,
    2003 Fox Talas RLC
    CK headset
    Avid Arch Supreme brakes with Ultimate levers and Gore cables
    XT thumbies XTR dreailleurs with gore cables
    Easton Carbon XC monkeybars
    Thompson Stem and Post
    SDG Ventura Ti seat
    XTR hubs with 519 rims (I'm 210lbs and ride in the Canadian rockies these rims are tough)
    DT db spokes
    Tire change with weather, usually IRC Mythos
    XTR 8 spd cluster
    RaceFace Isis LP 180mm cranks with American Classic Isis BB
    Crank Bros Candy SL pedals

    Don't know the weight, don't care, it rides sweet and is lighter than my SC Nomad.

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    Maybe resize with Photoshop or similar

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    Good point, I'm still figuring out the details of the Nikon photo program.
    I think I got it figured, so lets see if this works.
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    17" 1999.

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    SS , nice

    Thought of SS mine for the winter , what gearing U running ?
    Is there a ENO hub on there or did U find a gearing that works w/o tensioner.
    Cherrs

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    photo shows XC Pro crank (175mm, 110mm BCD), 34 x 20, XT hub, no tensioner.

    now running turbine lp crank (180mm, 94mm), 30 x 17, XT hub, rennen tensioner.

    fyi

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    Hi there folks.
    can someone drop me a line if they know of a late 18 or 19 inch for sale. mail me - hurran(at)gmail(dot)com
    Ideally a 2000.
    Cheers,
    Fatface.

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    Theres 1 on Ebay now, nm cheers

    dfdbdb

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    hi Caspar. Watching that one myself. Its a Hei Hei right, not a Kahuna?

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