I have an 18" 1999 kona explosif that I bought years ago thats all wrapped up and in storage. It was bought originally bought new by its origional owner who found it too big for him, so he hardly ever used it. I thus bought it off of him as a pure collectors item and have never even ridden it. It is pure nos factory spec. apart fron the grips. It even has the original mint tyres, tubes, sprockets andchain! Only fault is a small tear in the saddle it got from a rub in storage. It has the original purchase receipt, All the kona and bomber handbooks and even the 1999 original kona brochure to compare it to. Even the kona bottles of supplied touch up paint are unused - WOW. Even has the red Ritchey spds and red avid ultimate v brakes - how rare are they now. As you are aware this is a very rare beautiful bike and my other 853 explosif that I actually ride is the best bike I have ever owned in 20 years and I willnever sell that one. To be honest, the garage queen kona willnever get ridden and it was bought as a pure investment/collectors dream and thus it will only everbe sold to someone who understands the true value of such a rare find. So its always open to very sensible offers, but the very best is never going to be cheap. The value on these explosifs seems to be growing all the time as others catch on to just how good they ride. Regards Shaun Drew, Norfolk.
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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