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Hi

I have in my possession a supposed Kona frame, after sizing the frame I've come to the conclusion its almost definitely a fake (it was 20 quid so doesn't matter.)

Heres some pictures.





Any information would be very helpful

Sizing
BB - Top = 17"
BB - Top Tube = 14"
Head Tube = 9cm
 

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Might be- but it is most likely made in the same factory. I don't understand why someone would try to fake a Kona, as they are not recognized as quality bikes. Very strange.

Don't worry though, I would just peel off the dorky stickers and ride it, the build/ride quality won't be any different than the real thing.
 

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Serial number ? I think there are numbers in there that give you the year it was made, maybe iunfo about what bike it is.
 

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Same as a squid - the colloquial currency of Blighty.

The OP said he had paid a score for the frame, which, I think, is not too shabby. It will build up into a nice bike. Yellow, but nice.

dirt farmer said:
Please refresh my memory. What is a quid?

Thanks.
 

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Could be a Chute. Or a Lava Dome.
 

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After speaking to a resident Kona expert he recon's its very likely a fake due to the sizing.

Apparently size 16 Kona's have a 9cm head tube and size 17 Kona's have an 11cm head tube or so.

The size is 17" with a 9cm head tube, so agains't Kona's general build.

But it does look fairly similar to this: - 2003 Kona Lava Dome
http://www.bikepedia.com/Images/image.aspx?filename=2003-Kona-Lava-Dome.jpg

Maybe it could be a smaller version?
Although, my frame is made of Aluminium.

To be honest, either way I'm happy but it would be nice if I knew what frame I had that way I could plan some decals and make it look that little bit more authentic.

Thanks so much for the help so far
 

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It IS a kona, I only needed to see the gusset on the downtube to recognise it. Same as the last Kula I had. As to sizing of the frames, they change every few years, and the headtube lengths are NOT fixed by model size across the whole model range.
 

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Well I did say "without the name calling..."
 
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