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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Well, my faves so far are:
-my '01 Kilauea. Stiff yet supple, great geometry, and such a stealthy looking beast 8) rare too... doesn't technically exist (not in the catalogues at least :wink: )

-and '90 Cindercone... not ridden mine yet (not even met it) but a ride bitd literally changed my view of what a mountain bike should be!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:36 am 
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Mine: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=

Since that was posted I've fitted MT-60 (1989 Deore) cranks with TA chainrings. I must get around to fitting the NOS M730 seat QR one day...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:45 am 
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Drewson wrote:
88-90 just for the splatter paint jobs alone....but not for the angles so much..though 89/90 were better than 88/89 on that front....


I had my '88 Explosif out on a club ride last Sunday, and with the fast/whippety group too. There was nothing wrong with the angles in 1988 and there's nothing wrong with them now either.

It was a great race bike (for me at least) in the late '80s/early 90s and I must get it out in a race again one of these days.

Not an up to date photo though - now with Easton EA70 post and stem and Monkeylite bars, SDG TiFly saddle plus Shadow rear mech and 9 speed cassette.


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I've ridden lots of them and you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a better all round frame than the 98 Explosif :wink:

I want to say its the 97 Explosif :? its definitely a better race frame and if I'm chasing people quicker than me for a couple of hours I'll grab it first and have a great time :wink: but for longer rides I'll grab the 98 every time 8)

Also have a bit of a soft spot for the 95 Kilauea 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:44 am 
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88 and 89 are my fav years, u-brake, 1 inch headtube and splatter, looks awesome. the explosif from 1990 with the track two fork is also superbe.

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TBG......mines still ripping... 8)


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'97/'98 for looks, decals, proper v brake stop etc but my fave to ride is the '95 Explosif 8)


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The memories of my '91 Cindercone just gives it the edge over the better ride of my '92 Kilauea


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