Kona Fire Mountain Bike 1998 or Older

4.49/5 (55 Reviews)
MSRP : $569.00


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Kona Fire Mountain


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craney a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2012

Strengths:    Good all rounder, front suspension, comfortable seat

Weaknesses:    Bit heavy compared to modern day MTBs but not a disaster

Bottom Line:   
Have had this bike for over 10 years, has been up & down scottish hills, english roads and now it pounds Melbourne on its hybrid MTB/road tyres and V brakes (have become too decrepid for serious off-roading nowadays). Wheel rim split last year age 10, crank and derailleurs have been replaced over time but this baby just keeps going, I love her.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   online in 2001


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scorchedearth a Weekend Warrior from VA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2011

Strengths:    Strength, Reliability, Disc Brakes, Quality Workmanship

Weaknesses:    Front Derailleur, Rear Derailleur

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike a couple of months ago after years having ridden various department store bikes and finally settling for a quality ride. So far, I am very happy with my purchase. It is a good quality MTB. It is solid, performs well in all conditions, and has served me well on and off road.

If you are a racer, you will undoubtedly need to upgrade parts but I'd say that it is great for the weekend warriors such as myself. I will undoubtedly upgrade the derailleurs in the next year or so since the stock ones aren't great but they will do for now.

This is a great entry level MTB that won't break the bank and will serve you well.

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Favorite Trail:   Wakefield Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Oasis Bike Works, Fa

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Albert a Cross Country Rider from Little Neck, NY USA

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2010

Strengths:    This is my first real ride. I left the Target and Walmart bikes for good. Fell in love with MTBing with bike. All the stock parts are good enough for entry-level. Rock Shox dart 1 did the job even though it is the bottom of the barrel of its line. So far, this bike did not disappoint me on the trails and jumps.

Weaknesses:    If I can say anything at all, it would be the front derailer (Acera). It was crap!!! Had to get the replaced as well as the tires. Once you know better, you will want to upgrade certain parts. But overall, this is an awesome bike for the price. Tires had to be replaced since I had a flat.

Bottom Line:   
I plan to have this bike for a long time since I do not plan to train for competition level. The frame is excellent so it is worthwhile to upgrade and grow with this bike. For someone looking to stay fit and not break your budget, this is for YOU. I am sure there are better bikes out there, but if you only plan to spend so much time and money, this Kona will serve you well.

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Favorite Trail:   Cunningham Park, Green Apple

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Peak

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn from Target and maybe a Huffy at some point

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Dart 1, Deore rear derailer with Alivio front derailer, Hayes mech. brakes, and Panaracer fire xc pro tires (60 tpi)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KONA_roamer a Cross Country Rider from N.Ireland

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2010

Strengths:    This MTB was ahead of it's time, the perfect all rounder, ......it is all things to all men.

Bottom Line:   
The KONA range in 1994 was from an era when Metallica and Nirvana were king.
These bikes are legend and still live on, after 15 years of riding and many thousands of miles, it doesn't get any better. Still using most of the original components, including stainless brake cables

Out competes most of the modern day (2010) standards, still got what it takes with acute frame geometry (steel-chromoly) and short wheel-base.
The slimline frame has got classic lines, sure it doesn't have the fatboy alum look.....but since when did that help you going down the mountain path.

Keep err lit.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   Independent KONA sup

Bike Setup:   Standard Project twos and race light stem, super slicks 26 x 1.4, easily cruises at >22mph on the black stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ovidiu a Cross Country Rider from Bucharest, Romania

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2010

Strengths:    Good overall quality, marketed as an entry level bike but in reality it is much more than that.
Sturdy Alu-7005 frame, solid rock shox fork, comfy saddle, ergonomic Avid handbrakes.


Weaknesses:    Had some problems with the rear wheel, it kept cutting the tube. Due to some manufacturing defect probably, the bore edges where razor sharp on one side. Sanded it down and now we're fine.
The bike is a bit heavy (15 kg - I have the 20 inch one), and the Kenda K 922 tires are just rubbish.


Bottom Line:   
Best bike on the market in its price range period. You get a lot more than what you pay for.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $460.00

Purchased At:   bikexpert

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hard rock disk, RockMachine thunder 70

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lee a Cross Country Rider from Bournemouth, UK

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2009

Strengths:    Good quality components. No need for regular adjustment of brakes/gears, etc.

Very sharp brakes!

Nice 'clean' gear change

Comfy saddle

'Windows' on the handlebar to see what gear/chainring you're on.


Weaknesses:    Chain noise sensitive to grit. Sounds 'gravely' after use on sandy soil. A quick hose down and re-lub fixes it though. Not really a problem but something to be aware of. ...and the cure of course.

Bottom Line:   
A good value buy. Highly recommended!

I use mine for commuting too and it's perfect. Road users could argue the tyres are a little on the large/knobbly side but I take 'shortcuts' and don't fancy ending up face down in wet grass!

Strangely manoeuvrable for a big bike. Mine's slightly oversized for my height. Handles turns very well even at speed.

Watch out though, it seems to almost have a life of its own willing you to go faster...

I love mine and won't look back. Enjoy yours.

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Favorite Trail:   Cross-country

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $360.00

Purchased At:   Halfords


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bretta a Cross Country Rider from Norwich, UK

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2009

Strengths:    Great Frame, Kona Quality, Good Double Skin Wheels

Weaknesses:    Pedals broke within a month as did the crank (whatever is in the hub) Not a problem though - replaced by the dealer for free.

Bottom Line:   
I would recommend the bike to anyone!

It is a good frame, strong and sturdy. I would upgrade the tires and the pedals straight away. I waited about a month to swap the mechanical discs for hydraulic ones as well as swapping the the dart 1 for some rockshox recons.

I have heard of probs with the Alivio gears but i have not had any - will upgrade to something tougher if and when they break!!!

It is a good entry level bike, worth upgrading some parts for a lightweight XC weapon!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Sportson

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Continental Gravity Tires, Avid Juicy 5's, RockShox Recon 351 Uturns, Xpedo MX9's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by lembo71 a Weekend Warrior from england

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2009

Strengths:    good frame

Weaknesses:    none as all changed

Bottom Line:   
where do i start striped and powder coated once it started looking rough xt hubs mavic rims magura hydraulics marzzochi front end xt rapid fire and so on ! lovely smooth ride and just a lot of fun roll on summer so i can use it even more

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   given to me buy frie

Similar Products Used:   trek specialized orange

Bike Setup:   road at the moment

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from east islip

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2008

Strengths:    very good

Weaknesses:    handlebars , bent them kinda quick, and derailer

Bottom Line:   
it a very good riding around bike and jumping

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   sayville bike works

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kev a Downhiller from Santa Rosa, California, USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2008

Strengths:    Really great bike, my friends have Kona Shreds and one has a Kona Five-0, they always make fun of the Fire Mountain but it is a really good bike and able to keep up and even pass the other bikes.

Weaknesses:    the derailer isnt to good, take a couple spills and u will have a hard time shifting

Bottom Line:   
Really a good bike

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Peddaler

Similar Products Used:   Kona Shred, Kona Five 0, Kona Coilair


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by josh price a Cross Country Rider from swansea

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2008

Strengths:    hard as nails. great brakes and good solid feel can cary you through most of what you throw at it.

Weaknesses:    fork is VERY tempremental, crank and both derailiers, also tyres arent very gripy

Bottom Line:   
a good beginers bike, frame is nice and responsive, if a litle heavy, and good overall components, although my rockshox dart 1 fork is a bit trashy as is the front and rear mech,if i was paying full price i would go for something else but i got it in the sale so... still a good alrounder, but just not the best value. so if you want a strong reliable bike with a great frame to build on, get it!

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Favorite Trail:   kilvey hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   winstanleycycles

Similar Products Used:   landrover tahora

Bike Setup:   standerd (but not for long)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dylan Daugherty a Cross Country Rider from O h i o

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2007

Strengths:    Great stock components. Solid frame. This bike has been downhilling, xc, and street riding and held up great. I have taken some nasty spills and this bike always came out in one peice. This is a great beginers mountain bike for a cheap price.

Weaknesses:    NADA!!

Bottom Line:   
I have never had a single complaint about this bike. As my friends tried to move their Wal-Mart bikes I hauled @$$. This is a FANTASTIC bike. Time has proven this to me. Buy this bike if your looking to start the sport or if you want a good bike for your kid.

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Favorite Trail:   Vultures Knob

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Solon Cylces

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500

Bike Setup:   STOCK
+ Maxis Holly roller later on.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carole T a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for a Great price. I loved this bike. It did me proud going to work everyday and on longer rides around London. Unfortunately, someone else loves it too... they've nicked it.

Seriously, great bike. Thanks Kona!

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Favorite Trail:   Grand Union Canal

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aidan Ray from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2007

Strengths:    shocks, disk brakes,

Weaknesses:    tires

Bottom Line:   
THE BEST BIKE EVER i love it!

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Favorite Trail:   camp fortune

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Mccranks

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Omega

Bike Setup:   great

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pf fp from h

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007

Strengths:    frame desighn shocks handelbars gears brakes

Weaknesses:    seat

Bottom Line:   
a great bike

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   rock shocks shimano alvio gears disk brakes

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