GT BIKE RIDER wrote:
Do you think such a large frame would be made to order or some came in such a large size?
I was wondering that too.
Paul Brodie told me that all steel Konas were made in Taiwan, he just finished them (braze-ons etc) and painted them. [So incidentally, if the same applies to 1988/89 Cascades, he could have painted your bike.]
But you couldn't get a one-off frame from a huge factory in Taiwan, so it would seem that either size 23 was one of the sizes they offered and that was the standard geometry for it, or else Mr Green's bike was an experimental or special-order one.
And if it was a one-off, you might wonder who built it, if not Paul Brodie. He wouldn't have any trouble building a Kona/Cascade, as he remarked rather ruefully how very close the Kona designs were to his own.
Although it looks odd compared to what we're used to, it is a size 23 with a 9" head tube, and a size 19 has a 5" head tube, 4" difference in each case. So the principle is simple enough - if somebody has 4" longer legs, maybe he would like the bars 4" higher?
And why not? Mr Green likes it, and he makes the point that his modern 29er Explosif gives him the same position. So maybe it's just a case of the future catching up with the past twenty years down the line.