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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:24 pm 
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It's 1999 I'm in alpine bikes(Edinburgh) I want a kona they have deals on it's September .. I'm looking through the catalogue the one that jumps out is the Explosif.. It's steel/gorgeous colour but I'm also keen on an alloy kona as they're all the rage :roll:

The Explosif is down from £1249-£999 a bargain but not quite got the funds :( Left with a nu nu :(

But I loved it and it was in my possession right up till 2 years ago when I donated the frame to bike station along with some other bits..


Here's me winter 99 on the nu nu :)

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I've always said I would have me a 99 Explosif but lost a few years in the full suspension fold.. Anyway have seen few pics of the 99 on here and seeing pics of ernie's minter on his king kahuna thread tipped me over the edge I was getting one 8)

After badgering ernie and few kona fetishists on here hoping someone had one stashed or prepared to sell I came away empty handed :(

Whilst searching the web I came across a year old advert on a large cycling forum without any reply I figured an email couldn't do any harm.. Yes he still had it !!! Deal was struck and here she is..

Not having funds/space to do a full rebuild I am using most of the parts off my 95 kula.. So frame may be up for sale(kula) or not :facepalm:


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To be continued :)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:25 pm 
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love it!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:54 pm 
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Looks great, I love the simplicity of the older Kona hardtails...they just look so right.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:50 pm 
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konaben82 wrote:
love it!

Cheers konaben I'm really exited to build and ride 853 for the first time :)

Mindmap3 wrote:
Looks great, I love the simplicity of the older Kona hardtails...they just look so right.


Yes it's cost me a few quid that simplicity !!! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:54 pm 
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Damn! You got yourself a beauty there bud, I love it!! :D

Reminds me how much I still want one!!! :mrgreen: ...had to go dig out my wanted post and give it a bump


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:51 am 
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Canuck wrote:
Damn! You got yourself a beauty there bud, I love it!! :D

Reminds me how much I still want one!!! :mrgreen: ...had to go dig out my wanted post and give it a bump



Cheers Scott .. Don't worry your not looking alone I'm looking for you too ;)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:52 am 
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Got this fork on way .. Could have been purpose built 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:11 pm 
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That is a great looking frame and fork combo. Look forward to seeing it built up


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:01 pm 
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Tazio wrote:
That is a great looking frame and fork combo. Look forward to seeing it built up



Cheers renny :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Wee bit of progress.. Headset cups pressed in and fork plugged in to see how it looks .. Looks a good match to me :)

The magnesium arch looks really dull/dirty but autosol/scotchbrite not even touching the surface :(

Is this a magnesium thing ? Anyway to clean it ?Image
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