Retro bikes – Kona Muni-Mula

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1998* Kona Muni-Mula.

1998* Kona Muni-Mula (August 2005).

I’ve been getting all misty-eyed about retro bikes lately – check out my homages to Ross’s Marin and Andy’s Klein. It seems only appropriate to look back at my old Kona Muni-Mula in her heyday.

The shot above was taken just before heading up to the Lake District for an ex-UYCC camping and bike trip in August 2005. By this point the spec was roughly as follows:

  • Mavic 719(?) rims
  • Hope hubs
  • Panaracer Trailblasters
  • Raceface XY seatpost (still the best seatpost ever made, full stop)
  • Raceface stem
  • WTB saddle
  • Gripshift (I always was a fan)
  • Carbon brake levers
  • XTR V-brakes
  • Marzocchi Bomber fork
  • XT drivetrain
  • RinglĂ© bottle cage

You have to admit it looks pretty goddamn fly. Probably a unique build as well, especially since the frame – which I got on insurance after my Lava Dome was bent on the flight back from Vancouver – had an experimental paint-job, and this particular colour was never distributed widely (check Bikepedia for the Muni-Mula’s off-the-peg contemporaries).

I’ll be interested to see how the new Kona Kula Deluxe handles by comparison…

2 Responses to “Retro bikes – Kona Muni-Mula”

  1. Stu November 26th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Very Nice. I still ride my 1999 Mula. I have a Reba on the front now which transforms the ride from the old Marz Bomber Z3.

  2. Pixelfibre January 19th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Ah yes. Love all this retro MTB stuff.
    Having some excellent day dreams of riding my old Orange Prestige over the Pennines back in 1997. Great days, Great days…

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