... plus respect Kona for going for XC Pro on the top bike rather than the obvious XT....
Hum, XC Pro was an option for any
Orange. The choice was yours not the manufacturers. Shimano Deore series, Suntour XC series, Mavic or Campag. you decided. Much greater respect to Orange for letting you decide what went on the frame.
Bikes in the catalogue were all Shimano though.http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2670&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=60
You can have anything you want with anything (I have my Zocchis and XT rear mech on my CB swapped for Manitou2's and XTR in the shop) if you have the money.
But what is in the Catalogue is what advertised to the general public and what will sell a bike to the majority of people (and Orange really shout about using only LX, DX and XT groupsets on their frames), it will also give a bike a 'list' price for comparison to others.
but also advertised
that Suntour, Mavic and Campag where on tap ?
Also you didn't pay to have stuff removed then extra for something else. You just paid for the Prestige with XC Pro for instance.
You buy a Kona and you had to pay to have things changed different to the spec.
So much more flexibility with an Orange build at the time.
That's why you see quite a few Oranges roll up with Suntour gear on them out of the woodwork.
Not knocking Kona for putting XC Comp on (not XC Pro btw), but you didn't have the choice to buy it with Deore LX and benefit from the better frame etc..
P.S. Isn't that the 1991 Orange catalogue, if so then if you compare to Kona, they had moved to blanket Shimano (DX for Explosif and a higher end in 'XT' with err XT on it)
Come a few years later (as I have no other adverts)
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/mai ... emId=81928
Perfectly comparable Suntour/Shimano ?