Hi, reading your kona thread with interest as I own a 99 explosif too. Mine is full factory spec. and was bought as an investment as it has only covered about 500 dry miles from new,it even has the original receipt and manuals and kona touch up paint. Even the tyres, tubes, chain, sprokets etc are original. I dont think I will ever ride it as it is and am gathering my dream build parts to rebuild it with king, xtr, hope, Thomson etc and thus put all the original bits carefuy into storage. The only part non factory is the grips! To be honest, once ive built this up as a no expense spared dream build, I cant see me ever parting with it, so the factory bits will never be used again and may thus beup for sale to a good home. Original kona catalogue parts will include, mavic 221 wheels, ritchey front hub, lx chainset, bottom bracket, front mech, xt rear mech, kona post and stem, the rare ritchy red spd's, the ultra rare red edition avid v's and levers, the original headset and the red andblack sdg saddle as in the catalogue. The only issue is a small tear in one corner of the saddle to be honest. I even have the original kona tyres which are still mint! Like I have said, all this is going into storage as the bike has just been a garage queen all of its life and when its rebuilt I will use it without the worry of messing up these parts. I may be open to serious offers to fund the huge dream spec build to the right person. Remember when you bolt this lot on, your bike will be 100% factory original spec apart from the grips, and all of it hardly used!
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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