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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 1:55 pm 
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Can anyone help? What do the frame numbers on the bottom bracket mean?
Is there a website somewhere which explains?


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 7:47 pm 
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I;ve wondered about this. The only reasoning I am aware of is Kus have KU in the serieal number and Hots from 91-95 have TET in there because they were made by Tom Teesdale. The others eem a bit random.

After 1997 distribution moved to Palipgap, so they don't know anything about earlier Konas, I've asked!

Why do you ask?


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:19 pm 
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I asked Bez at Konaretro.com and he came back pretty quickly!
I was concerned that my Kilauea was a dud Fire Mountain. It has had a professional respray but the code on the bb began with an F and there was no Tange Prestige Concept decal anywhere. Bez said that the ovalised and externally butted tube at the bb end is a sure sign of Tange Prestige Concept and that the code is pretty much meaningless, so now I know I have the real deal! :D


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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 8:24 pm 
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Hi,DONT PANIC.....my 1992 Cinder Cone frame number also starts with an F.
It still has its original paint and decal set.

Perhaps its F for:

Fast

Friday

Fine

Fun

Flickable

Or simply

FANTASTIC.....


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