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 Post subject: 1992/3 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:54 am 
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This is the cleanest retro Kona Explosif I have ever seen and thought to share the pictures with you guys.

It was apparently lightly ridden for 50km by someone in the early 90s, and then kept in the cellar since. The owner’s son took it to a shop in Germany just a month back to “upgrade” to a new full susser and I bought it.

I believe it is practically stock except for the grips. It has not been repainted or refurbished. Even the pedals, Sakae Low-fat are there.

It looks so good I am afraid of even bringing it out for a good ride! Will have to seriously consider the conditions before I do it.

A small part of me actually wishes the condition is not so good! :)

Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: 1992/3 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:29 pm 
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lovely looking Kona. Shame about the angle of the pictures? Or it my Mac?


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 Post subject: Re: 1992/3 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:43 pm 
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tintin41 wrote:
lovely looking Kona. Shame about the angle of the pictures? Or it my Mac?


Or are you lying down? :lol:

Nice bike, great condition :xmas-cool:

I think its a '91 deffinatly not a '93, anyway, there is a great catalouge section on here to browse through for info on specs etc :xmas-wink:

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: 1992/3 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:47 pm 
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Sorry chaps

I was too excited to “show off” the bike.

Will take proper pics tomorrow. I was using the phone camera


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 Post subject: Re: 1992/3 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:57 pm 
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Just edited my post, its actually a '91 by the looks of it :xmas-big-grin:

a couple of pages from the catalouge

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/v/M ... 3.jpg.html

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/v/M ... 4.jpg.html


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:53 pm 
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Defo 91 and with the "special" decals ;-)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:27 pm 
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Yup, 91 was the first year of the colourful oval decals (without splatter paint) but the last year of a welded-on seat QR.

The Kilauea inherited the Prestige Concept tubeset a couple of years later, as Explosifs moved onto even more exotic steel.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:56 am 
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It’s in terrific condition and liking that it’s still featuring the JM horseshoe.
This is the same as my 91’ purple Explosif, with prestige tubing and XT groupset, but as al-onestare mentions, this one has the K-Bikes sticker the german variants came with.
When the grips were upgraded (or maybe even earlier in its short life) it seems the original owner opted to switch out the original thumbshifters, that we’re stock, in favour of the then ‘new’ rapidfire shifters that many other manufacturers were keen on using at the time.


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 Post subject: Re: 1992/3 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:13 pm 
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the 92's were gold I believe, I have a 92 and a 94
great find!


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