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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:44 pm 
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:!: Please read all of the following before enquiring about a frame. Please also read my “T&C's” at the bottom of the page.

As some of you are no doubt aware Pip was given the tragic news recently that his cancer has returned and is not operable.

He has his own thread running; “Nearly there”

:!: Could I kindly suggest that you read this, in particular Pip's post of Thursday March 19, 2020 6:14 am on Page 16.


With this incredibly sad news Pip has entrusted me with the job of finding new homes for his frames as well as the components he acquired to keep the bikes going. Letting go of his much beloved collection is heart breaking for him, but something he feels he must do as he doesn't want to leave such a huge job to his family once he has gone and would very much like the frames to stay within the Retrobike community.

As such, if you buy a frame it will be on the “gentlemanly” agreement that you honour his wishes by building the bike to ride and doing a build thread to share on Retrobike. Also, if you decide to let the frame go, it would be good, if at all possible to sell to someone who will do likewise, so we can keep the frames “in the family”.

Given Pip's condition and how he feels about letting his bikes go, please do not contact him about this, it is very difficult for him. If you wish to post something, please post appropriately in his “Nearly there” thread.

As you will know Pip is a stalwart of our Retrobike family and has contributed greatly through his build threads, forum posts, many Kona build and advice posts and his Kona register threads. I would like to do the same with his frames and plan to run a “Pipmeister Collection” register; listing the frames with serial numbers, current owners and links to build threads. This would be done initially on this sales thread. It is the intention, that this will be updated if frames are sold with new owners names and new build threads.

Each one of Pip's frames that are sold will come with a “Pipmeister” decal, designed by me, with Pip's approval and made by Gil. Featuring a "heavy metal" font and a Flying V guitar; if you read Pip's thread you'll see why. Black on white (like RB logo decal) and 75x15mm; will go on top tube or seat-stay....


Pip's main desire is to make the most of the time he has and he plans to ride as much and for as long as he can; either on his beloved mountain bikes (he has retained a few) or on his newly acquired motorbike!

Frames for sale listed below...P+P extra (at cost) to your location.

Most other parts in pics are also available.

:!: Please pm me with any questions etc

:arrow: 2000 Explosif - 19" Frame - Superb condition, could almost be new!


Pip's build thread:

Serial Number: H0A00118.
Hodaka (H0A00118), 2000 (H0A00118), Control (H0A00118), Oct (H0A00118).
Tubing wall thickness:
Top - 38/35 x 1.3-0.8-1.1t
Down - 45/41 x 2.0-0.9-1.3t
Seat Tube -31.8 x 2.35 -1.8t.
Seat Stays - 19 x 1.4-1.8-1.3-1.4t.?
Chain Stays RHS 22.2 x 2.0-1.2-1.4t / LHS 22.2 x 2.0t,
Forged dropouts with I.S. disc mounts, forged replaceable "H" style hanger. WM25.
27.0mm seat post, 31.8mm front derailleur, 68mm bottom bracket & 110mm Headtube.
Made with Easton Scandium frame tubing and Easton Elite rear stays.
Available as frame, 3.4lbs
Gear Hanger: Wheels manufacturing No:25

Frame only: £450 - reduced to £400

:arrow: 2003 Kula Primo - 18" Frame - Superb condition, could almost be new!


Build thread:

Seat Post: 31.6mm (From Kona Forum Tech – 2 prototypes were 30.0mm!)
Front Mech Clamp: 34.9mm
B.B Shell: 68mm
Headset: 44mm I/D, 50mm O/D, 10mm Depth
Headtube length: 120mm
Model Number: F10KL18
Hanger: Type S (Stamped C) Wheels Manufacturing No:61?

Frame only: £500 - Reduced to £450

:arrow: 2000 Score - 18" Frame


Pip's build thread:

Super rare frame. Pip believed it could be the only 18" one out there!

Serial Number: KS18170.
Frame: 1,780g / 3.92lbs / 3lbs 14 ¾ oz (frame on kitchen)scales
: 1,850g / 4.07lbs / 4lbs 1 ¼ oz (1,850ml of water displays 1,780g on scales)
Seat tube 34.9mm
Seat Post 30.0mm
Seat tube 15” Centre - Centre / 18” Centre - Top.
Top tube: 22.5” actual, 23.5” effective.
Head tube 125mm.
Bottom Bracket Shell 68mm
Top Tube: 34.9 round,
Downtube: top 46mm x 40mm – bottom 48mm x 38mm… verify
Seat Stays: 19mm round,
Chain Stays: 26mm x 18mm – 19mm round,
Headtube O/D: 41.5mm.

Frame only: £1250 - open to offers - Sold to busterkeet0n

busterkeet0n's Build Thread...

:arrow: 1993 Kilauea


Pip's build thread:

Serial number: Very vague owing to thickness of paint F30##712.
Frame: 18” Tange Prestige Concept - Tapered Oval Double Butted.
28.6mm Seat Tube – ovalised at bottom
27.0mm Seatpost
30mm Dog Collar & Seatpost Clamp

Sale includes: Frame, fork, headset, stem and handlebar: £250 - Sold to jinjrich

jinjrich's Build Thread...

Sold to miake108

miake108's Build Thread...

:arrow: 1995 Kula


Pip's build thread:

Frame No: 5T-28 F9509 2464 ˂˃ DB
Frame: Easton ProGram 3 Elan

Top Tube actual 22” (Virtual 23”)
Headtube length 110mm
Seat Post 27.0mm
Front Mech Clamp 31.8mm
Bottom Bracket Shell 68mm English thread.
Bottom Bracket Height ”
Colour: Glacier Green Metallic
1,###gr? Quoted at 4.5lbs

Frame only: £350 - Sold to Moosey Moose

:arrow: 1997 Explosif


Pip's build thread:

Serial Number: H7M2 1499.
Weight: circa 2,000gr / 4.4lbs / 4lbs 6.4ozs.
Constructed entirely of Columbus Nivacrom Max OR tubing.
Tubing wall thickness:
• Top - 0.7/0.4/0.7,
• Down - 0.8/0.5/0.8
• Seat Tube - 1.3/0.6/0.9 custom drawn for Kona by Columbus.
• Columbus drawn, oversized seat stays.
• 27.0mm seat post, 28.6mm front derailleur, 68mm bottom bracket & 110mm Headtube.

Frame only: £350 - Sold to adamgent

:arrow: 1997 King Kahuna


Pip's build thread:

Serial number K19088
88th frame of a probable 100 produced for 1997 in 19” c/w later edition Top Tube cable routing.
Frame: 1,750g
Seat tube 31.8mm
Seat Post 27.0mm
Measurements: Seat tube 16” Centre - Centre / 19” Centre - Top.
Top tube: 22.25” actual, 23” effective.
Head tube 130mm.
Bottom Bracket Shell 68mm

Frame only: £750 - Sold to SNA

SNA's Build Thread...


:arrow: 1998 Hot


Pip's build thread:

Serial number H9N1 7857
H=Hodaka, 9=1999, N=#, 1=January, 7857= Batch / Serial - Original price £800
Reynolds 853: Heat Treated • Air Hardened • Butted Main Tubes / Frame & Stays c/w ‘Opposite Oval Tubing' Downtube – or Columbus Stays, or Reynolds 725 Stays?
Frame: 1,950g, 4.29lbs, 4lbs 4.8oz
Head Tube: 110mm.
Down Tube: Centre 35.5mm, Top 37mm x 33.5mm, Bottom 37mm x 33.5mm *
Top Tube: 32mm
Seat Tube: 28.6mm at Mech band / 30mm at Seatpost clamp
Seat Post: 27.0mm
Bottom Bracket Shell: 68mm
Measurements: Seat tube 15” Centre - Centre / 18” Centre - Top.
Top tube: 22” actual, 23” effective.
Weight: 1,950 gr / 4lbs 4.8oz / 4.29lbs

Frame only: £550 - Sold to spacehopper

spacehopper's Build thread:

T&C's Please read.....

No time-wasters please (first come first served payment-wise I'm afraid) ...and genuine enquiries only please; I struggle enough with my health as it is without wasting energy unnecessarily, also, as such please bear with me for dispatch times - thanks for your understanding 

Postage will be extra and at cost to your location. I will post worldwide @ buyers cost (please pm for a quote) and happy to combine postage for more than one item 

Payment by bank transfer or Paypal goods +5% please. Collection is fine (with appropriate care and due diligence, due to Coronavirus!) and saves me packing/posting and buyers P+P costs. NB: Dibs and Paypal 'gift' payments are at my discretion - if you're new to the forum or we haven't dealt before!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:54 pm 
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Sadly none in my size, damn those short legs! I hope these all find great new homes. All the best to Pip and also to Martin for taking care of this. Shout if you need me to do anything moderator related.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:32 am 
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Some beautiful frames. The '97 Explosif and Ku are especially nice. Will have to see if i can get to bank this week before they go. I hope they all find good homes and look forward to seeing all the new Kona threads.

And a really nice gesture re the stickers.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:29 am 
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After all, we are, a family. :wink:

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:39 pm 
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Awesome collection

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:36 pm 
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I’m devastated to read this. Each one of those frames is impeccable and I have no doubt that they run as good as they look. Happy to hear he will still continue to ride as much as possible.

Loving the initiative of the Pip-Meister decal. Well done Wadsy and Gill. And a superb design.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:21 pm 
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romanrinos wrote:
I’m devastated to read this. Each one of those frames is impeccable and I have no doubt that they run as good as they look. Happy to hear he will still continue to ride as much as possible.

Loving the initiative of the Pip-Meister decal. Well done Wadsy and Gill. And a superb design.


I fully echo the Sentiments above. Definitely puts everything into context with current events. It was certainly a pleasure to geek out a little with Pip on the Kona Hot serial number thread :D

I'm sure those closest to him on here will be ready as and when Pip wishes to reach out. I wish the very best of luck to him 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:37 pm 
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My own declining health means I am in no position to buy (and certainly not time to build/ride), but have to say a wonderful, kind, well thought out, gesture - wrong word, ACTION.

Very best wishes to you both.

dave j

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:53 pm 
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have let Kona know about this. (rep is a good mate) you never know, they may want something as they have borrowed my Explosif a couple of times, figured that would be a nice place for one of them to go to

sorry to here about Pip :(

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:17 pm 
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Pip has built some amazing bikes there, I hope they go to good homes and project threads follow so we see how they're doing.

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