I am not a KONA collector, so I need some help identifying the age of this frame, and whether the parts are original. The bicycle is in Canada, so details may vary from the UK version. Judging by the decals, it is probably a 1988 frame. The decals are all intact, including the TBG decal on the head tube and the Tange MTB sticker on the seat tube. The components are: Avocet saddle, XT seatpost, Suntour XCD gruppo, including brakes, brake levers, shifters, front and rear derailleurs, cranks, pedals and hubs. Rims are UKAI UM 20, and are in extremely good condition. The early early 88/89 Cinder Cones had a rear U brake rather than an Suntour XCD self energising cantilever.
The Fork matches the frame and is obviously original. Sounds more like an 89/90 to me but pretty much all original apart from the XT seatpost which has replaced a rather bland Kalloy one. you see the serial number underneath the bottom bracket shell?
The frame is actually in very good condition overall. The Stem is a KONA original with internal cable routing.
Nice bike....shame it ain't ur size (even with the post up a tad higher?
As someone else has mentioned most of the groupset was Deore LX with the eliptical Biopace chainset.
)Definately an 88/89 frame (I still have mine in the garage) but definately didn't use Suntour untill around 1990.
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