I wasn't sure what to go for but in the end plumped for the pistachio Explosif as most evocative of the 80s in the UK
Not really sure how a bike that was only available in the UK for 18 months of the eighties could be considered evocative of the decade, especially when it's hey day was really the early to mid nineties. It's a bit like saying the music of 'Jive Bunny and the Master Mixers' was the most evocative music of the eighties due to their 3 number ones in 1989.
For me the Kona is the least '1980s' UK bike in the list (along with the Cunningham) as it has the most modern frame appearance with it's drop top tube and straight forks, with the Kona being directly influenced by the Cunningham.
Bikes that are
evocative of the 80s in the UK are bikes like Muddy Foxes under the arse of every London courier, the big Saracens used by the Crane brothers, the Peugeots of Tim and David, the Overbury's that won so many early UK races or (dare I say it) the Raleighs, all with their quintessentially 1980s massive frames, long wheel base or funny angles.
But, for me, this is a competition for the best bike from the nominations that happen to be made in the eighties and so I've chosen accordingly. The Kona is a really tidy example of it's breed and is up there, but is not for me.