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Hi, I'm curious what YOU think would be a better choice. Right now, I own a 1999 Kona Muni Mula 19" bike. It's in near new condition. I need something around a 16.5" or a 17". I'm thinking of selling the Kona and using the cash for another bike - or just swaping the frame out for a smaller size.

Well I'm thinking I could probably sell the Kona for around $500. Or I could buy a cheap used Specialized Stumpjumper frame 17" and use all of the components from the Kona and just sell the Kona Frame to help recover from the cost and labor of transporting all of the components.

Here's a list of what the Kona components are:
Shimano Deore LX Craknset Mega Drive Train
Ritchey Clipless Pedals (Black)
Shimano Deore XT Derailer
Mavic x221 Rims
Konda Gravy Rear Tire
Kona Lumpy Front Tire
SDG Comp saddle
Interlock Seat Post
Arch Rival 40 Brakes
Mobius Stem
Marzocchi Bomber Z4 Front Suspension (made in Italy)
Avid SD 1.9L Brake Levers
Kalloy Handlebars
Ritchey Headset

Any advice would be great. Thanks! :thumbsup:
 

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Swap components

I vote for buying a new frame and swapping components. If the bike is "near new", then my guess is that there is still a lot of life left in the components. This bike was outfitted with decent components, so I'd use them. Buy a new frame (Leader and other manufacturers sell very nice frames for less than $150.00) and swap whatever you have over to the new frame. Just make sure that things like the bottom bracket shell match in size or you'll have to buy a few components along the way. From what I can see, you should be able to swap everything over without a problem. Ride the new frame and replace the components as they wear out and/or break.

As for the old frame, it probably has little or no value except to a Konaphile.

Bob
 
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