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Kula

“Hawaiian Gold”

1995 Kona “Kula” (Brainz Bike)

In 1994, when I was flipping thru one of my issues of Mountain Bike Action magazine I came across a ad for the new Kona Kula mountain bike. I had just recently learned of Kona bikes and automatically liked the name for obvious reasons and my girlfriend of the time was from Maui. When I saw the ad for the Kona Kula I thought I just had to own that bike because our beloved cat at the time was named Kula! Well I couldn’t afford to own another high end mountain bike at the time but always thought about havng that Kona Kula. So in the summer of 2011 I was scrolling Ebay mountain bike section and came across this very 1995 Kona Kula in mint (almost NOS) condition with a very low BIN price. The very same Kona Kula from the magazine ad in 1994 and so I snatched it up without even confirming the exact size of the frame. The seller had it listed as a 20″ bike but I knew it was a 18″ or 19″. As I suspected it was in awesome shape! Every part with the exception of the pedals, rear tire, grips and cable housings are original.

 

Specifications

Frame Easton Elan DB – Glacier Green Metallic (3.5lbs)
Fork Marzocchi XC-600 (2.9lbs)
Skewers Shimano XT
Crank Sugino Mighty 900 Compact, 24/32/42
Bottom Bracket KSS TLS
Shifters Grip Shift SRT-800 X-Ray
Cog Set Shimano Deore XT, 8-speed, 11 – 28 teeth
Chain KMC SS-90, 1/2 x 3/32″ Super Shuttle
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Compact Drive, Bottom-Pull 31.8 mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT GS
Rims Mavic 217 SUP, 32-hole
Front Hub Shimano Deore XT w/suspension front axle
Rear Hub Shimano Deore XT
Spokes 15g Front / 14g Rear – Stainless
Nipples BRASS
Tires Front: 26 x 2.00″ Kona Mr. Dirt kevlar
Pedals ODYSSEY SVELTE HI-PERFORMANCE RACING PEDALS, Polished Aluminum Alloy Body, Sealed Bearings, 9/16″ Cr-Mo Axle, Black Anodized Cages
Front Brake Ritchey Logic
Rear Brake Ritchey Logic
Brake Levers Kona Race Light High Command Levers
Handlebar Bontrager Titec 150g Titanium
Stem Kona Race Light Velocity
Headset 1 1/8″ Kona Race Light Control Center
Grips Grip Shift SRT-800 X-Ray, ATI Clear Aftermarket, Grip Shift Clear Grips
Saddle Kona Race Light Equilibrium
Seat Post Kona Race Light O-Beam (27.0)
Seat Clamp Kona Race Light
Misc. MOWA Chainring Bolts – Al 7075 Orange Anodized, Orange Anodized M5 Cage Bolts, Speedpark Orange Ano Schrader Caps, Jagwire Orange Anodized Cable End Caps, Orange Cable Housing
Bike Weight 25.82lbs

Kona-1995

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