No not white, although i do like them in white i think theres enough already
Im thinking bright orange but as the time gets closer im not sure. Open to sugestions.
There is such a thing as white heat. But perhaps white isn't really a hot colour. Orange would be a hot colour, but whatever you do, I do think you should stick with authentic 1998 decals.
I didnt know that they are that rare in the uk. Sounds like ive got quite a special frame.
The man who made them said he had a contract for 50 Hots and 50 Kus, and only a few of those would have made it to the UK at £800 for single colour.
Im pleased to hear its all 853. I think Chas thought it was columbus due to the tube profile. Im no expert and thought better of getting into a debate about it with mr roberts
As he did development for Reynolds and also used Columbus Max for many years, I doubt whether anybody is better placed than him to say. I have been told that Reynolds made an ovalised 853 tube. If it originally had the sticker '853 butted main tubes', then under US consumer law that had to be true. Furthermore the Kona website says 'Reynolds 853 Opposite Oval Tubing'. For comparison, a Columbus Max down tube goes from 40 by 31mm to 31 by 40.
At first i though the chainstay bridge my have been chopped out at some point dispite the original looking paint. Pleased to hear thats not the case.
I was just speculating there, but if the paint looks original I doubt whether you need be concerned.
Ive never held a top quality steel frame before so was surprised by how thin it feels. I just hope your right about the strengh as i get the impresion that it wouldnt take much to dent it, the down tube gives the impression of eggshell when tapped.
It also makes a lovely sound and rings like a tuning fork. Im not sure what this means but i like it
The welds are also very nice.
The Columbus Max down tube is an 8-5-8, so thin but not all that thin. If it's an ovalised 853 tube, it's conceivably an 853 ProTeam tube, i.e., a road gauge in a big size to achieve the required strength, so it could be quite thin. I'm sure they knew what they were doing.