Kona 1999 NuNu Hardtail Bike

4.73/5 (37 Reviews)
MSRP : $699.00


Product Description

1999 Kona NuNu, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Marzocchi Bomber Z-5, 2.5" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cyclepsycho05 a Weekend Warrior from Lancaster, Ohio, United States

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

Strengths:    Very good handling bike with good geometry and VERY durable.

Weaknesses:    Some of the components weren't the best but nothing major

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike new in 1998 and for 10 years it was my sole trail bike. I rode it fairly frequently and when I did I rode hard. I was also not the most religious about maintenance...besides lubing the chain or fixing something if it broke I did very little. The bike was still going strong when I finally decided it was time for an upgrade to full suspension. Last summer I bought a 2007 Giant Trance 3 and proceeded to upgrade most of its components (fork, wheels, derailleurs, crank/BB, etc.) The Nunu is getting a fresh paint job and all of the slightly used components from the Giant. With the quality of the Kona frame, the Nunu should be blasting the trails for at least another 10 years!

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Favorite Trail:   Copperhead, Lake Hope State Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Some shop in Cincinn

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by easy e a Weekend Warrior from Louisville, ky, usa

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2008

Strengths:    I've had this 1998 Kona nunu for about 10 years and nothing has broken. I've ridden other bikes but none has the "feel" that this one has. Looks great too! I also like the riser bars, they're nice for casual riding and commuting.

Weaknesses:    Since it's 10 years old, I'm sure there are lighter, higher tech parts on new bikes but the old Kona just works.

Bottom Line:   
Best all round bike for the money. It just works right and feels great. Quality bike for sure. I've taken it off 6 foot drops repeatedly and it's still in one piece.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   GT, Schwinn, trek


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Mass

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

Strengths:    Good solid frame, brakes work well,tires are good for a month or so then they get worse but that happens when you ride on assfault

Weaknesses:    Forks,rear derailer was replacd, weak crank and crank bolts


Bottom Line:   
it is a good bike for the money. many things were changed for newer models. it has also held up to a lot of big drops but it is starting to wear out

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $608.00

Purchased At:   Gravity Warehouse

Similar Products Used:   bianchi,kona blast,k2 zed 3.0

Bike Setup:   deore,avid,azonic,rock shox,vp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike j a Weekend Warrior from alberta

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

Strengths:    color, frame, brakes derailers

Weaknesses:    forks are anoying because they require constant attention to keep them at the right air preasure, the rims suck i think i have bent the back twice and had to replace the front, cranks are weak

Bottom Line:   
not a bad beginer bike which is what i bought it for but once you start to get into it and do drops and jumps it doesnt hold up

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Favorite Trail:   pines

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   bow cycle

Similar Products Used:   kona muni mula rockymountain hammer race

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Donya a Cross Country Rider from Winston-Salem, NC

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2001

Strengths:    Kona geometry: stiff 7005 works great in technical rocky singletrack of the Blue Ridge and Allegany Mts.
Color: Magic Yellow reminds me of roadie-competition-gold. Makes bike easy to find when you endo into ferns.
Value: can live with sub-par parts because I can upgrade spec the bike as the stock parts wear
Durable.
Cool AND Fun factor (vs. all the Treks, Fishers and Litespeeds here) versatile racer, urban assault, trials.


Weaknesses:    Heavy. The rear triangle still seems chunky. Replaceable deraileur hanger is hard to get from Kona. Thankfully, the heavy Z5 balances everything out and I don't notice the weight until my boyfriend complains about lifting it onto the roof rack.

Sketchy on long west coast descents. Seems suited for my area. (NC-VA-WVA)

Skinny SDG seat feels good to me but replaced it when it started looking like cheese.


Bottom Line:   
Looks great. Rides great. Not the best racer but the Nunu can do many things in town or on the trail. Gets glances even without its rider on it. Acessable "gateway drug" into Konaworld or Voodooworld geometry.

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Favorite Trail:   Sidewinder (Blacksburg, VA)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   Liberty Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Vanadium Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Cro-Mo Voo Doo Hoo Doo
Trek 6000
Some blue Jamis with a 7005 frame.


Bike Setup:   Stock stem, Z5 fork, handlebars, STX front derailleur, cables and left hand Shimano 85 shifter. Ritchey spindle crank w/BB. Onza bar ends, HOX pedals and tires. Cane Creek direct curve brakes. Thudbuster. Superstock wheelset w Sachs 8 speed. SRAM 9.0 drivetrain. Trigger bell.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by NICK WARDEN a Downhiller from KIPPAX, LEEDS, ENGLAND

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2001

Strengths:    HANDLING
ALL ROUND ABILITY
LOW TOP TUBE
THRASHABILITY


Weaknesses:    POOR COMPONENTS (GROUPSET CRANKS SHIFTERS F-MECH ETC)
FORKS Z5'S (JUST BOTTOM OUT)
OWN BRAND TIRES
SADDLE


Bottom Line:   
A GOOD FRAME WITH A FEW MINOR NIGGLES WHICH CAN BE TURNED INTO A DH/DS BEAST WITH A FEW MODS. ALSO kONA NEEDS TO REALISE THAT ALIVIO SAHIFTERS AND MECHS SHOULD NEVER BE ON A 600 QUID HARDTAIL.

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Favorite Trail:   LOCAL WOODS/JUMPS/QUARRY

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   CYCLE HEVAN YORK

Similar Products Used:   MARIN QUAKE 5
GT TIMBERLINE
MANY A JUMP BIKE
A FEW DOWNHILL BIKES ORANGE PATRIOT, BULLIT, B-17 IF YOU CAN CALL IT A DH BIKE


Bike Setup:   Z1 DROPOFFS, 24-7 BAR, STEM, SADDLE AND CRANKS, MAVIC D521'S ON BULB FRONT AND DEORE REAR DMR PEDALS CHAIN AND DEVICES SOON AN HOPE ENDURO 4 ON THE FRONT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve Mansfield a Weekend Warrior from York, England

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2001

Strengths:    Frame design, Riser bars, All-day ridability,

Weaknesses:    Buget fork, Front hub (own brand), Bottom bracket (lasts five minutes)!!

Bottom Line:   
I was after a mid price, all day trail bike that was reasonably light, durable and extremely capable. I was drawn to the Kona brand by looks and reputation, and I found exactly what I was looking for. I get out on some pretty severe trails most weekends and the NuNu has never let me down. To sum it up in one word I would have to say "competent"............(and damn good fun)!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rosedale, N.Yorkshire

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Heaven, York, England

Similar Products Used:   First Kona owned.

Bike Setup:   Have upgraded bottom bracket, forks (Marzocchi z4 air 100's), and wheels (Mavic x517's on Deore hubs with Tioga factory xc tyres (or is that "tires" across the pond)!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Sheffield, England

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2001

Strengths:    Frame geometry, nimble handling, light but stiff frame,

Weaknesses:    Little fork travel. Seat is a pain in the arse (literally).

Bottom Line:   
Good little XC bike, with great handling and a lovely finish. The fork could do with more travel.
When bought, make sure you get a new saddle to avoid serious arse pains.

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Favorite Trail:   Wharncliffe wood DH

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   JE James

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500

Bike Setup:   WTB saddle (less pain), Avid arch-rival 50 brakes, XT group, Panaracer Fire XC 2.1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mikw from wilbraham, ma

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2000

Strengths:    its great, its a kona!!!! LX, Avid, Mavric, Bombers, and kona frame under 700!!!!!

Weaknesses:    i broke before it did! i rode nearly everyday on it until i ruptured my spleen so im stuck here writing thisinstead of riding my bike! the saddle sucks!!! i but on a nice body geomerty, need clipless pedals!!!

Bottom Line:   
great band for your buck! need a un bike to ride on weekends or all the time get one! youll love it...its made by kona!

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Favorite Trail:   horse trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   aj's

Similar Products Used:   trek 700, rock hopper, and others

Bike Setup:   put on intence handle bars, casket stem, clipless pedals, THE fender, panarcaer xc pro, sun ringo rims, planing on geting new crank but not sure yet getting

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick Ferguson a Weekend Warrior from College Station, TX

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2000

Strengths:    Frame Geometry
Suspension


Weaknesses:    Torture stump for a seat
Mushy brakes


Bottom Line:   
Hemmorhoid sufferers may want to stay off this bike b/c the seat really kills.
I'm six-feet tall but was always too stretched out on my 930. This 19" bike fits me extremely well. VERY comfortable riding posture. On the contrary, if you have a longer torso or legs than average, you may find this bike a little cramped. May be solved w/ longer bar stems, though.
Front derailleur, handlebars, and both brakes went out of adjustment soon after I bought the bike but this was due to poor assembly at the shop where I purchased it (repaired for 0$). Mine came with the Rock Shox Jett; would probably want to upgrade to Bombers or Judy's if I start trail-riding multiple times a week.
Excellent value. Paid almost the same money for this aluminium bike as I did my CroMo Trek when I bought it two years ago. Red paint job isn't bad either. For someone who wants a campus bike that will serve them just as well beating the trails on the weekends, this is a great bike. Wouldn't have bought this bike if my Trek hadn't been stolen. After riding the Kona, I wouldn't know whether to break the theif's hand or shake it.
HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!! (but not necessarily in that order)

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Favorite Trail:   Whatever is available

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $631.00

Purchased At:   BCS Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   '98 Trek 930
Circ. '94 Giant Iguana


Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brooks a Weekend Warrior from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

Strengths:    This bike has a great feel, mainly because of the weight distribution. Solid, dependable and can be an excellent bike with a few choice upgrades.

Weaknesses:    Saddle sucks and broke after my first good wipe-out. Get clipless pedals. I don't like the tires so much on dry dusty trails but they do great otherwise.

Bottom Line:   
Super bike for the money, got it for $550. Climbs well for an 8 speed. Great color and best of all you won't blend in with all the other Treks and GT's out there. Absolutely no complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   700 Acres

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6000

Bike Setup:   Richey clipless pedals, rest stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon a Cross Country Rider from Denver

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2000

Strengths:    Solid frame construction
Well thought out geometry
Decending ability
solid knobby stock tires
"feels" like a dream


Weaknesses:    Stock fork (RST) and cranks

Bottom Line:   
About a year ago I wrote a review soon after purchasing my Kona. It is a year later, several broken/replaced parts and a new fork and I can still say I am pleased as pie. Kona hails from the great Northwest and the handling of the NuNu seems to be perfect for the rooty muddy single-track I found around the Seattle area (the Tapeworm is a great ride for all you soggy Seattlites looking for a quick fix). Now I have moved to Colorado with its sweeping rocky dusty single track. The Nunu continues to perform. Comparing my ride to the Stratos or Hammer, I found the NUNu cockpit to be more suited to my frame. In all cases, the handling of the alum NuNu is just as quick as the Rocky Mtns. While, i will always feel that Kona's geometry was designed with the NW in mind, I can honestly say that you will get your monies worth with any Kona that you are interested in purchasing. So, with the change in fork, I still give the Nunu 5 flaming chilis!

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Favorite Trail:   Peaks Trail (breckenridge)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Stratos and Hammer

Bike Setup:   
Stock:
AVID 2.0/ STX cranks/ Ritchey Logic Clipless/ sun rims/ In-house tires
Replaced:
Stock fork with Marzocchi Z2 Bam
Rear Derailleur with XT
Headset with Kore

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mr. Hortonics a Cross Country Rider from Whitehorse Yukon

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2000

Strengths:    Very nice shocks after I broke it in. Smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    Shocks are leaking a tiny bit of oil

Bottom Line:   
Just good riding

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Favorite Trail:   Yukon Championship Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Quantum, GT zaskar, Specialized Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Testroete a Downhiller from Abbotsford BC Canada

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2000

Strengths:    Damn good frame shifters rear derailer its a kona

Weaknesses:    fork saddle

Bottom Line:   
damn good bike
i just ride it hard and things break
i have bought alot of stuff for it

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Favorite Trail:   soft taco

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   muni mula
trek 7000zx


Bike Setup:   changed:
z1 bam
rhino lite rim
mavic 521
race face seat post
fulcrum saddle
rocky mountain platform peddals
fat tires
wider handlebars

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt White a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2000

Strengths:    awesome on the downhill
sharp looking


Weaknesses:    seat deteriorates
touch heavy


Bottom Line:   
I love the feel of this bike's ride - especially winding down a steep slope. It climbs well, but because it isn't the lightest thing it could be better. What got me to buy it was the bombers, the color, and the price. I have had rear casette problems, but otherwise I haven't been disappointed. Solid buy.

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Favorite Trail:   Catawba MTB Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year


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