I think the 1999 Explosif has the same frame as the 1998, I own a 1998 and it's the best bike I've ever ridden. It's absolutely perfect for my riding style and has outlasted many many bikes I've owned and subsequently sold.
1999 bikes seen to crop up less than the 1998 frames and in my opinion look nicer. Is it in standard kit? if so the forks (Z2s I think) are great and the overall spec is pretty good. Sadly because it's a Kona, they tend to command a slightly higher price. Obviously everything depends on condition and quality of components, but don't expect to get much change from £300-400 as this is what a decent condition bike might expect to make on Ebay. If you can get it for less than that then go for it, as long as it's in your size then you won't be disappointed.
Here's a link to the 1999 catalogue: http://www.klassickona.com/oldgold/99bi ... einfo.html
Thanks for the very informative reply. It appears that I may have been a little hasty as I bought the one I knew about tonight. Having looked at the spec of the original bike it appears that this one has lost a lot of it's factory parts along the way. This is the ad that the seller posted,
Very Rare To Find An Original 17" Kona Explosif Bike.
Fantastic Quality Reynolds 853 Steel Frame.
Been Riding This For The Last Few Years Commuting Around London, But Have Decided To Change For A Road Bike, So Selling This To Make Space.
In Great Overall Condition. Everything Works As It Should - No Cracks Or Dents, Only Scuffs And The Odd Mark To Paintwork. Chain Stay Has Been Painted Over Due To Paint Scuffs.
Selling With Both Original Project 2 Forks And Will Also Throw In A Pair Of Marzocchi Bomber Z4's.
Also Fitted "safety Skewers" To Front/rear Hub And Seatpost, To Deter Thieves.
Mavic X517 Rims
XT Brake Levers
XT Rear Hub
LX Front Hub
XT Rear Mech
LX Front Mech
Easton EA50 Seatpost
Selle Italia Saddle
I paid £300 for it. The frame is good with only the 853 decal suffering due the previous owner having a chain wrapped there, can you get these?.
I know it's going to need some money spending on it to get it 'right' but I hope I haven't bought a money pit. I'd like to swap the crank along with the shifters and also put some proper tyres back on it. Having looked at the catalogue I also need to find some forks!!
So what do you reckon guys, a good buy or an expensive start to the learning curve?
When I work out how to post images I'll get some up of it.