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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Appeared in 2000 and 2001 (I think) before returning to steel. Just spotted a new old stock 16"er on the Winstanleys site . . . (they still have an ex demo 20"er left too).


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:50 pm 
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Like this you mean...

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...now wearing a nicer Flite saddle and soon to be replaced Manitou SXTi's.

Built this up in 2007, love it... 8)

Wrong era for this section though, sorry... :oops:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:08 pm 
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Thats a very nice looking ride.

Does the frame come up any lighter than it's steel equivalent?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:12 pm 
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Scandium IS an aluminium alloy - it's the stuff the Russians made the warheads on their nukes from - allegedly... :wink:

But yes, it is a very nice ride - and it is lighter than my 853 Reynolds framed Explosif, though truth be told I used to use my Kilauea more... :?

I'm looking forward to getting the bouncy front end on and seeing how different it feels...

(Yes, I've edited it because I only just noticed I'd typed 'steel' at the top! :oops: )


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:06 pm 
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Scandium is a rare earth metal and can be alloyed with other metals but:

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The main application of scandium by weight is in aluminium-scandium alloys for minor aerospace industry components. These alloys contain between 0.1% and 0.5% of scandium. They were used in the Russian military aircraft, specifically the MiG-21 and MiG-29.[22]


With the trend towards Aluminium as the preffered frame material for modern bikes I would bet the Explosif and subsequent Konas use an Aerospace developed Aluminium-Scandium alloy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandium

Carl.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:14 pm 
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[moved to 98->]


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:03 pm 
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That looks lovely Stevo 8) - I prefer that colourway to the white/black 2001 model.

Damn, my Timberline rides so nice but why am I constantly tempted by the shiney shiney :? - this can't end well.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:59 pm 
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2000 Explosif by Pablo's Feet, on Flickr

Like that, Mama D?

I had that one for 6 months or so in 2001. There was a surplus that year. They didn't sell very well due to the high price and one year warranty offered. Scandium was pretty new, a bit unknown and a lot of folks were sceptical. In reality, they were very nice frames to ride and I don't recall any particular warranty problems/failures. If a 16" will fit you and the price is right, go for it. They ride very nicely - taut but not harsh, and the black n white paint is cool too.

Click on pic for more.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:19 pm 
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Yep, that's the one . . . looks good 8) Hmmmmmm . . .


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:58 am 
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How do kona measure their bikes again? Centre to top isn't it?


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