i think the most distressing case for me is kona - 93, 94 maybe even 95 they looked amazing - simple, elegant lines colours and graphics. the swirly headtube badge/logo was tops.
97 started to get a bit ott maybe with all the flowers n stuff on the headbadge (imo). im not sure what happened between then and now as i stopped looking, but what i see now makes me very upset indeed! the stencil font looks very bad. very bad indeed. i agree with the comments about all the gothic font street bike dribble as well... too much bmx not enough trees.
actually, ive just looked at konas site and it seems maybe for 2007 theyve dropped the horrid stencil font?
sorry... ranty rambly post!
No worries, Im gonna rant and ramble some more.....
Aside from ruining their logos, the worst thing about modern Konas is their dull names. They used to give us cool Hawaiian inspired names. Now they sell us the "Stuff" the "Roast" and probably the "Scab". Not sure if they still make this one and to be honest, I dont care.
And, why did they drop the Muni-Mula, and Pahoehoe (cool) and replace them with the Kula and the Kula Deluxe?? And, now the old Kula is called the Kula Supreme, they've made it sound like a pizza.
And, why have all the Kulas got stupid two/three tone paint jobs??
Im really quite upset about the way Kona have gone. Dont get me started on the 07 Hei Hei.