I recently found this bike at a thrift store and although it looks pretty haggard I'm thinking it is a Kona. Some help identifying the model and such would be appreciated.

Serial number is F712K1083 and nearby are the numbers 81-30 as well. I have no way of knowing what parts are original but on the side of the seat there is a K I looked around online already and it seems similar to the Kona Kahuna but I'm no expert.

I gathered from some things I read that the serial number can be read as: F=Fairly Factory/7=1997/12=December but that's as far as I got. If that is correct, does the K stand for the model?


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  • What does it say on the side of the top tube? Can you give us a better picture of that? – Daniel R Hicks Oct 7 '18 at 22:51
  • It says Kona, but the last owner did a cheap spackled paint job so I'm unsure if that part is authentic. I'm not around the bike at the moment but I will be later if more pictures are needed – Fae Oct 7 '18 at 23:08
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    Well, the pictures above are very poor -- poor lighting, awkward angle, etc -- so it would be difficult to identify a manufacturer from them. In fact, it's difficult to identify the manufacturer of any fairly recent frame from any photo, as the styles are very similar. Yours appears to be a classic low-end mountain bike, available from any of a dozen manufacturers. – Daniel R Hicks Oct 7 '18 at 23:23
  • I didn't focus so much on quality photos because i was hoping someone would be familiar with the style of serial number at least enough to confirm whether its a kona or not – Fae Oct 8 '18 at 3:36
  • +1 for putting in the effort to decode the serial number as far as you have. That's a lot more than shown in most 'identify my bike' type questions. – Andy P Oct 8 '18 at 10:24

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