Kona 1999 Muni Mula Hardtail Bike

4.79/5 (34 Reviews)
MSRP : $1049.00


Product Description

1999 Kona Muni Mula, mountain bike, front suspension, Shimano Deore LX/XT components, Marzocchi Bomber Z-4, 2.5" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack Slade a Cross Country Rider from Knaresborough England

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2005

Strengths:    Great sweet bike. Climbs beautifully and screams downhill.I have riden this bike cross country and raced it ! So sweet to ride. A testimony to Kona!!!!

Weaknesses:    Hard to say. The Ball Burnished finish is looking tatty now but hey it`s travelled over 7000 miles off-road !

Bottom Line:   
I love this bie but it`s getting old and I honestly don`t know what I could replace it with !! Maybe just ride it till it dies !!!! (I`ve always fancied a Santa Cruz Heckler though !!)

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Favorite Trail:   Castle Bolton Wensleydale

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

Similar Products Used:   Marin Pine Mountain. Proflex Animal. Specialized Rockhopper.

Bike Setup:   XT mechs. XTR Brake levers. Avid V Brakes. Pace RC36 Suspension forks. Mavic 217 rims. Total weight 22lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dean a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, AB

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2002

Strengths:    Good components, sweet geometry, good welds, good 'feel'.

Weaknesses:    weak rims and hubs

Bottom Line:   
This thing flys. If you want to ride recreationally or seriously, this is a great choice, with big bang for the buck. I've entered it in everything from log pull contests to x-c races. Plan on three this summer. Climbs all day, allll dayyyy...and then it climbs some more. Swing behind the seat and it drops down hill pretty good. All in All, 5 out of 5 steaming cowpies

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Favorite Trail:   all of dem

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Works - Waterdown, ON

Similar Products Used:   prior was trek 9000, diamond back apex

Bike Setup:   stock w/ Z4 bomber, upgraded hubs and up to some phat rhyno rims for my 240lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tamás Mészáros a Cross Country Rider from Budapest, Hungary

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2001

Strengths:    Kewl color, geometry, Kona feeling :)

Weaknesses:    NONE!!!

Bottom Line:   
Well-designed frame, I used it for XC racing, and it was great. This will be my frame for the next season :)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Magellan Crux

Bike Setup:   XT, LX, Rock Shox Judy XC, Magura Louise front disc brake, Ritchey

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Bowman a Weekend Warrior from Haifax ,PA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2001

Strengths:    Awesome Color
Strong Frame
Good Components
Kona!!!!!


Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
This is the best purchase i ever made. This bike kicks bear ass, and it is a great price. Really light and dependable. Kona is the shiznit!!

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Favorite Trail:   Hebron Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   GT Zascar, Mongoose Crap

Bike Setup:   99 Muni-Mula frame, 2000 Marzocchi Bomber z4, Sram 9.0 SL, Bontrager, Cane Creek headset, Mavic 221(anodized red), etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MachRacing a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco, CA USA

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2000

Strengths:    Strong lookin welds!
Riser bar
Bomber forks
Agressive geometry
LX/XT components


Weaknesses:    Factory saddle
Kona riser bar
Marzochi z4 fork weight


Bottom Line:   
Great ride. Gives a sense of security on trail, strong welds. Nice choice of components. Upgrade the Z4 and Mavic 221s and you have a VERY agressive ride. Works well with 9 speed, very fast. Lower the seat for the trails and fooling around, raise it for some fast action. Tires are better than I expected. Works well when you have the rear tire set in cross country (reversed). Great overall price for the bike. Made in Taiwan? Ain't everything?

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Homegrown '97 XT
Specialized hardrock


Bike Setup:   Bontrager Race Lite Ti Seat
Replaced pedals to Ritchey WCS Ti pedals...someone said that it gets hard to clip into pedals in mud??? Doesn't every clipless except TIME and the other exotics...BONK!
Replaced sad lookin and feeling Kona grips to CODA grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bilbo a Cross Country Rider from Florida

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000

Strengths:    Rides great, good component mix, well priced.

Weaknesses:    Stock tires arent the best, ritchey pedals dont work well in muddy conditions.

Bottom Line:   
Well designed frame that is fun to ride for tight technical riding. Well priced - good value.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GF Big Sur.

Bike Setup:   99 Muni Mula, 00 SID XC, Crosslinks, IRC Mythos XC (rear),
Panaracer Fire XC (front), Titec bar, Raceface post + bb,
xt f. derailler, xt cassette, Selle italia saddle,
Bontrager stem, Time ATAC alium pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon a Weekend Warrior from Townville,Queensland,Australia

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2000

Strengths:    Looks great, Good mix of components, Lightweight frame.

Weaknesses:    Fork is a little soft for me (6'2", 200lb).
I wore the tyres out fairly quickly but may be due to some rocky and rough downhill terrain that I was riding.


Bottom Line:   
Fantastic bike, fast, light and good price. Perfect for budget XC racer or Weekend Wannabe (like me). Gets plenty of stares from the crowd.

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Favorite Trail:   Paluma Dam

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Merida MAT TS PRO

Bike Setup:   New Tyres (Hutchinson Python), New Pedals (Platforms), New Grips (due to a major stack - OURY), Otherwise Standard.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philippe a Weekend Warrior from Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2000

Strengths:    This bike is incredibly fast and quite light for the price. I feel like I'm in a ferrarri when I accelerate and like I landed on an aircraft carrier when I use the excellent Avid 40 brakes. The welds are the best that I saw of all the bikes I looked at. The components are excellent. Frame and paint quality are top notch. The fork is great too.

Weaknesses:    The only thing I'm worried about is the Mavic 221 rims which I've heard horror stories about. The tires at first seemed low end, but once I got used to them they were fine. The cool Kona decals come off easily.Seat should be better and I plan on melting the pedals and selling them as trinquettes.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has made my 230lbs 6'2" frame a better rider at everything.I got this bike for only 800.00 bucks at a clearence sale at Open Road Bicycles. I am totally satisfied with the bike. I plan on racing and having many long fast riding days with this rocket. This bike seems to be aimed toward the "gung ho" type of consumer. BUY A KONA!

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Favorite Trail:   Hanna Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000 (nice but didn't have the feel i wanted), Specialized A1 rock Hopper Pro(ewwww), GT Avalanche(heavy as a tank,good bike) Fisher Big Sur(decent) Raleigh m800(P.O.S!!),Cannondale(lightweight yet disgustingly blah)Trek Y3(heavy,slow,not good),Jamis(sweet bike, but Kona stole my heart)

Bike Setup:   stock for now. Going to install Mavic 521 rims and eventually install Marzocchi z3.5 80. cat eye enduro 2.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ole Amund a Weekend Warrior from Kristiansand, Norway

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000

Strengths:    Lightweight frame! Brakes are exellent! The gears are really smooth! Really cool design.

Weaknesses:    Nothing much to talk about

Bottom Line:   
I think the bike is best for those who use their bike just for the fun of it - and for them it is the best you can get!
Still it's not a slow bike. The tires has a good grip both in tarmac or gravel and mud. Another great thing about this bike, is that you get this extream accelerating feeling when you want to. The bike has a cool image and I have actually experienced that other mountainbikers look at my bike as I pass them, and say "WOW LOOK AT THAT COOL BIKE" as I pass them. Comparing to the '00 Muni-Mula I think it does well. The most are the same, but the '00 has deore components instead of the deore LX that the '99 has.

I don't regret the purcase for a secound.

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Favorite Trail:   Norwegian Mountains

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000, DBS Intruder, Kona Cinder Cone ++

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Thomas Brown a Racer from Atlanta U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2000

Strengths:    Nice frame I love the brakes

Weaknesses:    the shock needs to be lighter it needs a new front hub lose the riser bar

Bottom Line:   
Great bike but lose the kona house brand

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Favorite Trail:   The reaper

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Gary fisher paragon
Marin mount vision pro
Klein pluse comp


Bike Setup:   Raceface crank selle italia set
cross max wheels


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andres Rivas Paquet a Weekend Warrior from Asturias, Spain

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2000

Strengths:    Frame geometry
Avid Arch Rival brakes
Very nice for the price


Weaknesses:    The only product weakness that I have found is that the grips are too soft (not big deal).

Bottom Line:   

This bike works great!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Argayu (downhill circuit)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Spanish brand frame (Boomerang) with mainly LX components and Marzocchi Z5 fork.

Bike Setup:   I have switched the original pedals for Shimano 545, I also substitued the stem for a Diamond Back BMX/downhill one, I added a Specialized Comp bike computer and a Specialized seat bag, another change that I have done is the original brake pads for Kool Stop after some rides on the rain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mika a Cross Country Rider from Helsinki, Finland

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2000

Strengths:    Blastproof frame with good geometry, decent mix of Shimano LX/XT components which work very well. Poverful brakes too (Avid Arch Rival 40). The Marzocchi Bomber Z4 fork has strong construction, handles OK. And oh yes, I just love the blue paint finish...

Weaknesses:    There aren't any REAL weaknesses in this bike. Fork is a bit on the heavy side, but then again it's a coil spring...and the tires didn't suit my riding style ;)

Bottom Line:   
Very good value for money. Although it does look a bit like a freeride, it really is a solid xc machine. If that's what you're looking for, go get it. Nuff said.

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Favorite Trail:   fast singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Many rigid bikes, this is my first with front suspension.

Bike Setup:   Replaced the original (too knobby) tires to Nokian Boazobeana S's. Other than that, as it came from the bike dealer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glen buckland a Weekend Warrior from victoria bc canada

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2000

Strengths:    this bike handles very well and the price won't break the bank it will take you pretty much where ever you want to go.the brakes are great arch rivels 40.

Weaknesses:    it would be great if it came with a four inch travel fork.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is great for someone who wants to get out on the trails and doesn't want to have to spend a lot of money.I have not had any problems with this bike and would recomend it to anyone who would like to have alot of fun on the trails.

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Favorite Trail:   hot cherry

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   gt avalanch

Bike Setup:   rock shock seat post t.h.e. fenders

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marshal a Weekend Warrior from Victoria B.C.

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2000

Strengths:    good shoks,brakes,cranks and compnents for the price

Weaknesses:    rims and front hub

Bottom Line:   
This is overall a great bike for the price I say if you have the money go for it. If you do get this bike I would reccomend a better front hub. I got this bike for $1300 and its good the only problems I've had is with the rims I'm not very heavy only weighing in at 130 pounds they keep bending. So I'm koing to give this one 5 flamin'Chilis.

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Favorite Trail:   snakes and ladders (heartland)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   cidercone,trek 8000,cannondale f700,garyfisher big sur, gary fisher paragon and brodi voltage.

Bike Setup:   stock exept I have a roko 26 by 2.4 inch tire on the front

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr Bongo a Weekend Warrior from Harpenden, Herts, England

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2000

Strengths:    "Right on Point" Kona ride
Tasty blue colour...mmmmmm
Light but well 'ard


Weaknesses:    No gusset at head tube


Bottom Line:   
The Muni Mula is one hot mumma. If you want a light frame with that kona feel, this one's for you. Sweet stuff..

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Favorite Trail:   Slick Rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Kona Cindercone, Marin Hawk Hill, Specialized Rockhopper, Marin Muirwoods,

Bike Setup:   Frame only, Rockshox Judy Race fork, Mavic 517s, shorter stem, X-lite saddle, LX groupo

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