Kona Lava Dome 2002 Hardtail

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $649.00


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Torben R a Cross Country Rider from Ithaca NY, USA

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    Excellent components, strong frame, reasonable price

Weaknesses:    Minor. Petals are a little crappy, seat is uncomfortable after a long ride.

Bottom Line:   
Great overall bike for the price and I love the steel frame. You can brow-beat the hell out of it and it just keeps taking it! I've turned it over to more of a street bike now because of my living situation and lack of any free time off the beaten path, but it has adapted well to the minor adjustments I've made. It's almost too responsive on the street with the slicks. Wonderful. If you can still find this bike (I don't think Kona makes it anymore) grab it. You'll probably get a hell of a deal on a used one.
I'm personally the kind of rider that doesn't need or want all the extras like rear shocks, disk brakes etc. The components are high quality and I think anyone from a beginner to a pro could do alot with it. If you want a steel frame you really will be hard pressed to find a better ride. And "experts" could throw a little more money into this hardtail and trick it out a little more for their specific needs at little cost.
If you are a die-hard out-of-bounds rider or a downhill rider you obviously want to buy a 2K dollar bike. Not the Lava Dome. If you just love to ride, cruize, and occassionally rip it up in the woods the gearing and riding position on this bike are premium. It handles like a dream.

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Favorite Trail:   Street

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle World Greenfield MA

Similar Products Used:   Specialized "General" (old MTN bike)

Bike Setup:   I've modified it by putting on a new seat, adding specialized clip-ins, and street slicks for MTN bikes (of course). Added some trek lights (required for college riding unfortunately)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by donn escario a Cross Country Rider from atlanta, georgia, USA

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004

Strengths:    light weight for a steel frame bike... lively feel. Steel is Real!!

Weaknesses:    not much, as far as the frame goes

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike and rebuilt it was top-end components, and it's awesome! I love this bike! it's definitely worth upgrading this bike frame, since it's double butted steel!

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Favorite Trail:   gambrill state park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   600

Bike Setup:   rebuilt with full XTR, SRAM 9.0, Manitou SX Ti

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Racer from berkeley, ca

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2004

Strengths:    strong & light cromolly steel butted frame, great handling

Weaknesses:    front fork

Bottom Line:   
five years of racing, riding, and crashing. the 4.5# frame is stil going strong, handles great. green paint looks good with all the scratches and dings protected with clear nail polish.

i can afford what ever mt bike i want, in cash.

i chose to stay with the steel lavadome frame. will keep the lavadome frame until it breaks or rots from rust.

Kona no longer sells steel bikes: now only sells one steel frame, 4.2# for about $450.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   missing link bike shop, berkeley

Similar Products Used:   many hardtails

Bike Setup:   hope mono mini front disk, avid ti rear brake, time atac, dave's speed dream dual ust & tube rear wheel 849 gram, performance topo dual rim front wheel 814 gram. ti seatpost. sel flite gel seat. 9 speed hollowtech XT 11-34 drive train & shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by justmarcus a Weekend Warrior from New Orleans

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Strengths:    The frame is sweet and the components are some of the best you can get in this price range.

Weaknesses:    No clipless pedals.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic bike for the money. I'm a hefty dude (+ 220) and the other bikes I tested just weren't up to snuff. I also tested out the Kona Blast (same basic setup but with Aluminum frame) and the steel frame really added to the stability and overall ride. When you're on the trails the combo of the frame and excellent fork allow you to navigate some otherwise ridiculous terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   Hopper Trail (Baton Rouge)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Michael's

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper, Trek 6700, Kona Blast

Bike Setup:   This is actually the 03 model for Kona Lava Dome. This bike comes with a sweet Marzocchi Bomber fork and the same basic components as 02

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Medynski a Weekend Warrior from Red Deer, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2002

Strengths:    Frame, Brakes, Handel Bars, Grips, Rims, Derailer.

Weaknesses:    Fork, (Rock Shocks- Jett)

Bottom Line:   
Good Bike for any technical terrain or stunts. I really enjoy riding this bike, cross-country and mountain. I would reccamend this as a first MT bike. Great for almost anything.

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Favorite Trail:   Canadian Olympic Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   -

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from California

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2002

Strengths:    good handing and strong yet resiliant frame. gives confidence racing down technical single tracks, drop-offs. good climber. raceable. very light for the money, under 27# with a an upgraded fork. excellent value.

Weaknesses:    front fork, easily (and deservingly) replaced for $200~$300 by one of the '02 Marzocchi 80mm to 130 mm coil & oil forks

Bottom Line:   
Excellent intoduction to performance hardtails, unless your racing near the podium finish in Sports class, no need to spend more $. a fun, raceable rough mtb -- just give it a marzocchi coil fork that the sweet steel frame deserves!

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Favorite Trail:   Skyline Park, Napa, CA

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Missing link

Similar Products Used:   other hard tail of comparable price: specialized, raleigh, trek, schwinn

Bike Setup:   z2 atomo bomb, clipless alum, ti seat post and saddle

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Uli Berger a Weekend Warrior from Frankfurt a.M.

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2002

Strengths:    Rigid frame, good mix of components, very sportive geometry

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Got the Bike real cheap (last year's model), used it everywhere (literally all over Europe!), no flaws yet.
If you can buy it as cheap as I did, go for it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Kony Sport, Prague

Bike Setup:   LX rear derailleur, STX front, STX rapidfire shifters, Avid Brakes, Mavic rims, Hutchinson tyres

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