Was watching this... understand the Teesdale bit etc, but what is all the fuss about. The quality of the welding looks distinctly average to me (note the shot of where top tube meets head tube...)HOW DARE YOU!!
Still at that price it's a great buy, just would't break the bank for one... perhaps it is the wild colour schemes that make them the IT Kona...
Ha! Just joshin' mate! See, I finally got my Teesdale!
I know what you mean about the welding, it's actually the first thing I noticed as well(however it was more where the downtube meet's the top tube that caught my eye) Why are Hot's held in such high esteem, way more expensive & more desirable than their Explosif brethren? Of course the main reason is the TET stamped under the bottom bracket. Is Mr.Teesdale a better welder than all the smithy's who have made Explosif's from the same time period? Arguable I'm sure, but would be very hard to prove
Is it the paint job's? I've seen some pretty wicked looking Hot's and I've seen some (like this one) that have a pretty mediocre color scheme. This one actually remind's me of the Kilauea from the same year so nothing overly special there. I think something that hasn't been discussed about Hot's vs. Explosif's is where they're made. Most item's made in the State's are gonna cost a fair chunk of change more than the same product produced in China for example. I'm guessing the main arguement for this would be quality control but who know's for sure. I was talking to a friend of mine once about this and he compared Hot's and Explosif's to Fender's and Squire's. More or less the same equipment but assembled in different countrie's. The reason for the astronomical difference in price? Made in the good ol' USA as opposed to made in Mexico/China/Timbuk2 I reckon
Does all this make a difference between the Hot and Explosif? Does it make a Hot ride better, faster or last longer??...not likely. Why do we raise the Hot on a pedestal above a 'Splosif? Who know's...The reason's for me wanting a Teesdale Hot? It's rarer than an Explosif and I didn't have one.
...I'd like to add that I'm still looking for an Explosif with the similar tubeset ('93-'94) so if anybody's got one they'd like to sell
...(start's up the hoover