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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:29 am 
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I have a note of that serial number HO9607048 already, so presumably I wrote something on another thread of the previous owner. Apologies then to anybody bored by my repeating myself.

Essentially it confirms that the frame was made by Altitude Cycles of Chico CA in 1996. The Goat emblem on the dropout testifies to the Altitude operation being a continuation of the Mountain Goat business, from the same factory, with the same welders and still under the direction of Jeff Lindsay, the founder, principal and designer of Mountain Goat.

Altitude seems to have started in 1995, operating alongside Mountain Goat. They seem to have stopped selling Mountain Goats after 1995, and during 1996 they built the 1996 and all or most of the 1997 Hots for Kona. They also built the Kona Ku's, in this case from 95 to 97, presumably because Tom Teesdale who built Hots until 1995 didn't work with aluminium. A builder called Enigma took on the Kona contract from 1997, but their frames may have been just the 98 models. It would be interesting to know of a 97 Hot that doesn't have a 96HO serial, but I haven't seen one myself.

It seems that Jeff lindsay left Altitude sometime around the end of 1996, and one wonders whether the end of the Kona contract may have been linked to this. The company continued under the ownership of A-Pro of Taiwan, who were already involved in partnership with Jeff Lindsay. They kept it going until around 1999 building VooDoos, which were always the bulk of Altitude's business from 1995 onwards.

I believe that Altitude also painted bikes, including my VooDoo, but they didn't paint Konas - that was done by Velographics of Bellingham, Washington State, near to the Kona HQ.


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Anthony wrote:
It would be interesting to know of a 97 Hot that doesn't have a 96HO serial, but I haven't seen one myself.


I'll have to see what mine is in comparison to this frame.


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Anthony thanks again for your input and research 8)

Ernie :wink:


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thanks anthony for these precisions :shock: you are not boring :wink:
sorry for spaming this thread, all voodoos were hand made by altitude ?


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kikideparis wrote:
sorry for spaming this thread, all voodoos were hand made by altitude ?

Just briefly (perhaps Ernie won't mind), VooDoo started in 1995 and initially all the steel and aluminium models were built and assembled by Altitude. The titanium D'Jab frames though were built by A-Pro in Taiwan, as I assume that Altitude didn't have the required facilities (Mountain Goat had never offered a titanium model). In 1997 VooDoo added the steel Erzulie, aluminium Bantu and full-suspension Zobop to the range, all built in Taiwan. The Bizango, Wanga, Bokor, Hoodoo and Canzo were built by Altitude until c1999, when Altitude went out of business, and VooDoo temporarily went out of business. When VooDoo returned to the market in c2001, all the frames were built by A-Pro.


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Anthony wrote:
kikideparis wrote:
sorry for spaming this thread, all voodoos were hand made by altitude ?

Just briefly (perhaps Ernie won't mind), VooDoo started in 1995 and initially all the steel and aluminium models were built and assembled by Altitude. The titanium D'Jab frames though were built by A-Pro in Taiwan, as I assume that Altitude didn't have the required facilities (Mountain Goat had never offered a titanium model). In 1997 VooDoo added the steel Erzulie, aluminium Bantu and full-suspension Zobop to the range, all built in Taiwan. The Bizango, Wanga, Bokor, Hoodoo and Canzo were built by Altitude until c1999, when Altitude went out of business, and VooDoo temporarily went out of business. When VooDoo returned to the market in c2001, all the frames were built by A-Pro.


not at all Anthony 8) the more help /more info the better..

Ernie :wink:


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thank you, so I can think that my late 1999 bokor was made there 8)
( :shock: how can you know all this information)
cheers


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I like this Kona very much!! That paint scheme is brilliant! Lots of cool info in this thread also.


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drop that stem before you hurt yourself :lol:


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