Kona Lava Dome 29er Hardtail

4/5 (2 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame Material: Kona 6016 Aluminum Butted
  • Fork: Suntour XCT 100mm
  • Shifters: SRAM X4
  • Brake Levers: Tektro HDC300
  • Grips: Kona Race Light LOG
  • Saddle: Kona XC


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Victor

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2014

Strengths:    Good mountain bike for the beginner. Decent starter bike if you want to build up on it. Sram drivetrain is decent and the fork can surprisingly take a good amount of impact. I thought the fork was going to be the weak link in the bike and was surprised. Rides nice overall for the price range.

Weaknesses:    Headset is not serviceable, cannot get the bearings out to clean them. Cannot shift into lowest chain ring and when I adjust the screws on the front derailleur, the derailleur pushes itself against the tire. Tektro brakes dont provide adequate stopping power and I had problems with my rear brake which tektro ended up warrantying. Headtube is not tapered, which poses a problem if you want to upgrade the fork (as many forks now are leaning towards tapered steerers). Not the bike for someone looking to get into serious riding.

Bottom Line:   
If you intend on getting seriously into mountain biking and intend to ride on technical trails, I would strongly suggest to pass on this bike. This is more of a mellow trail bike in my opinion, not for anything too rough. The bike is nice, but the components are entry level. Better suggestion would be spending the few hundred extra and getting the Kona Kahuna.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2013

Strengths:    Tremendous value for the price.
Hydraulic disc brakes.


Weaknesses:    For the price, none.

Bottom Line:   
I did a lot of reading and riding at several shops and based on components, price, and overall personal satisfaction with how I felt on the bike this was the best choice. I've punished this bike in the short time I've had it and I am very pleased. I think the first upgrade I'll make is a better fork, at this price point all you'll find is low end coil springs.

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Favorite Trail:   McDowell Mountain Park

Duration Product Used:   10 trail hours

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Cactus Bikes


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'99 Kona Lava Dome; replacement fork

Not sure it this is the right forum for this as it's only 14 years old, but I want to upgrade the fork on my 99 Kona Lava Dome. Same as in [URL="http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/download/file.php?id=47768"]this[/URL] picture, but mine still has the stock fork. What fork should I be looking for, ... Read More »

Any advice on a 2003 Kona Lava Dome?

I'm trying to find a bike for my 14-year old daughter. She is a beginner, but is really excited to get into biking. She will mainly be riding trails and train once or twice a week with a local MTB club. She is 5´2´´ and weighs about 110. I'm thinking of starting out with a used bike and have an o ... Read More »

'91 Lava Dome: can't let it go....

I bought it new way back when -- a great introduction to MTB. And it still serves me well; now as my commuter bike. [IMG]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5234/6930581398_d68500d37e_b.jpg[/IMG]Read More »

Lava Dome

Ok, I know these aren't the super bikes of 80's and 90's but this one grabbed my attention on the bay so when it came to me I added the components to make it the bike it should be. It's my first Kona, and that makes me wonder why? Great geometry, history and a genius designer. Read More »

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