1997 Kona A’ha stars n bars



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Just realized I never put this bike in this section.

I had been looking for this frame for years. It’s a one year only paint and the frame is basicly a Cook bros copy.

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Tried to keep it as era appropriate as possible. Tires, rear hub, and bars are modern, as are a few smalls, brake cables, housing and pads. The rest is mid to late 90s.

Huge thank you to local RRBer @thebigorangecat for putting me on the trail for the frame set!
 
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Awesome! I've been trying to get one of these's in the 20" range, pretty much impossible.

Anyway's, what a JAW-Dropper! Nice bike :rockout:
There’s one on eBay right now! Big $$$$!
 
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I was a little surprised at how high it went too. But at the same time, when’s the last time one popped up for sale?
And it is indeed a 18” frame. Could tell just by lookin at it.
I was originally looking for a 20 as well, but I’m glad I got an 18. The top tube is plenty long and the bike is really comfy at my 6’1”.

This is the second one I’ve seen for sale since I got mine. Seeing this hit the price it did makes me regret not buying the other one I saw pop up complete at 650
 
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What did you do with the Kona P2 fork that was on there? Did you find that the steering changed a bunch with the new one?
PS I don't think I've ever seen a 26 SE fork with brake bosses, that'd look effin sweet on my RockRat!
 
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What did you do with the Kona P2 fork that was on there? Did you find that the steering changed a bunch with the new one?
PS I don't think I've ever seen a 26 SE fork with brake bosses, that'd look effin sweet on my RockRat!
The steering is the same. The rake on the p2 looks so exaggerated, but that rake is made up for by the drop out placement on the landing gear.
And yea, the 26 threadless LG with brake bosses are sweet. But they tend to be in the $400+ range. And in my months of looking, I didn’t see a chrome pair come up.
 
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I'm just a lurker, But I gotta speak up! How DARE you dink with my favorite KONA Cruiser on this site! Put that P2 back on it :13:

Still looks Schweet... though, You better let me hold on to that bike, before you get drunk and wake up with Banana seat and a Neon Flat orange rattle-canned paint job :tmi:
 
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While I’m searching for a Kona humuhumu, I ‘re-found’ this thread. Figure I’d post an update, all be it minimal. The SE super big honkin bars never quite fit the build for me aesthetically. When I first got the frame the initial bars I wanted for it were mid 90s Specialized Fatboy 4 piece cruiser bars. I had always wanted a Fatboy back then, and my most prevalent bmx in those days had 4 piece bars. Got them, years ago now, and they were a lot smaller then I remembered and wanted, so the SE bars stayed.
Recently I acquired some Santa Barbara Cruiser bars and finally got the look I always wanted on this build. All though it erks me a lil that the bars and fork aren’t era appropriate, I can live with it.

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at 37” wide they’re definitely comfy cruisin!
 
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I'm going to try some Super BHrs on my Kos, as they are vaguely similar in appearance to Kos bars...but, I'll probably end up putting 9"-10" pro bars on it as that is what tends to be most comfy for me, and it is what the original owner put on it bitd.
Pro bars would be sweet! What ya got in mind? The big honkin bars definitely have a a Kos/GT look going on. I do like the height of the super big honkin, just wish the bottom of the bar was wide like the big honkin.

I really love the way this bike rides. So much in fact......

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Finally acquired a size large...
 
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Pro bars would be sweet! What ya got in mind? The big honkin bars definitely have a a Kos/GT look going on. I do like the height of the super big honkin, just wish the bottom of the bar was wide like the big honkin.

I really love the way this bike rides. So much in fact......

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Finally acquired a size large...
:13: When you got one...I was happy for you. But two...now I think you're a no good lousy horder! :bigboss:

But, I'm still a little happy for you :grin:...just a little!

As to the bars... I'm going to try and stay sorta true to the original owner, he had GT Pro bars on it BitD.
 
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You got the cash and a way to get to Derangedo, Colorado?


Get it.