Kona Lava Dome 2002 Hardtail

Lava Dome

User Reviews (7)

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Uli Berger   Weekend Warrior [Feb 22, 2002]
Strength:

Rigid frame, good mix of components, very sportive geometry

Weakness:

none so far

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Martin Medynski   Weekend Warrior [Oct 07, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Fork, (Rock Shocks- Jett)

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.

Similar Products Used: -
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Torben R   Cross Country Rider [May 15, 2006]
Strength:

Excellent components, strong frame, reasonable price

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Specialized "General" (old MTN bike)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
chris   Racer [Feb 27, 2004]
Strength:

strong & light cromolly steel butted frame, great handling

Weakness:

front fork

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.

Similar Products Used: many hardtails
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
justmarcus   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

No clipless pedals.

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.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Rockhopper, Trek 6700, Kona Blast
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
donn escario   Cross Country Rider [Sep 20, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

not much, as far as the frame goes

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!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2002]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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!

Similar Products Used: other hard tail of comparable price: specialized, raleigh, trek, schwinn
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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