1999 Kona Stinky RAD


I’ve just picked up a ’99 Kona Stinky special edition frame that was released at the very end of production before the 2000 models came in. Unlike the standard 99 Stinky models, the RAD was manufactured using Easton RAD tubing as found on the 2000 Stinky and Stinky Dee-Lux. This frame has had a replacement seat stay at some point from a stinky five model, it would have been originally black rather than orange. The seat stays do suffer from a cracking problem so it could have been a warranty replacement, or the only one a previous owner could source to replace it. It’s my intention to return it to the original colour.

Kona Stinky Rad Special Edition 1999

What is Easton Rad tubing

Easton describe their RAD tubing as:

“Easton’s RAD tubing (Reaper, RM6, RM9) is a unique product with immense capabilities. This tubing starts as a square section that is then shaped and tapered down into a round section at the opposite end. By carefully mitering the square sections and joining them together, a monocoque-like section is created at the head tube. This creates a frame with exceptional strength at the head tube area, allowing for dual-crown fork compatibility without adding heavy gussets. At the same time, Easton also uses its Taperwall technology to produce varying wall thickness on RAD tubes, lowering their overall weights and giving them the lively feel that only a butted frame can provide.”

In short, it means that the tubes are square at the end where they meet the headtube, but round/ovalled as they travel towards to the seat tube.

1999 Kona Stinky Rad Frame

Kona Stinky Spec Comparison

Part ’99 Stinky Rad ’99 Stinky
Frame Sizes 15″, 17″, 18″, 19″ 16″, 18″, 19″, 20″
Frame Tubing Easton RAD Kona DB 7005 Aluminium
Rear Shock Fox Vanilla Fox Vanilla R
Fork Marzocchi Z3 Long Travel Marzocchi Z1 Dropoff
Braze-on Fittings 1 bottle, rear disc mount Rear disc mount
Headset Aheadset SX Dia Compe Aheadset SX
Crankarms Shimano STX-RC Shimano STX-RC
Chainrings 42-32-22 42-32-23
Bottom Bracket Shimano Shimano
Pedals Shimano M434 Shimano Deore LX
Chain Shimano Shimano
Freewheel Shimano LX 9 speed Shimano Deore LX 11-32 (9 Speed)
Front Derailleur Shimano STX-RC Shimano Deore LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore LX Shimano Deore LX
Handlebar Kona DH Riser Kona DH Riser
Stem Kona DH Kona DH
Grips Kona Psuedopod Kona Mooseknuckle
Brakes Avid Arch Rival 40 Avid Single Arch Rival 40
Brake Levers Avid 1.9L Avid Speed Dial 1.9L
Front Hub Ritchey Pro S Ritchey Pro S
Rear Hub Shimano STX-RC Shimano STX-RC
Spokes Stainless 14g front and rear Stainless 14g front and rear
Tyres Kona Lumpy/Gravy Tioga Factory DH 2.1
Rims Sun Rhyno Lite Silver Sun Rhyno Light Black
Saddle SDG Grand Prix Cro-mo rails SDG Bel Air Kevlar
Seatpost Kona Thumb IRD Quad 2
Seat Clamp Kona Wing Nut Kona Wing Nut
Colour Two-tone Battle ship grey/black Kona Orange & Black
RRP £1699.95 £1499.95

Bike restoration

It’s my intention to build this up again, likely with some slightly newer/higher spec components than it had originally, apologies to all the purists. So far I’ve removed the none original bottom bracket, which was loose enough that I barely needed any tools to get it out. The seat stay disc hose retaining fixing has suffered some past damage, so that will need a bit of repair before it can be returned to the frames original colour.

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