You know that feeling when you suspect the pic's you've been scrutinising in the classified ad are revealing a tantilising glimpse of something a bit special.. so you take a punt - and it turns out it was a bit special after all? This is one of those moments.
Just picked this one up, and on close inspection she looks to have covered around 10 miles total since 1991. Original reflectors still fitted front & rear are another reason for me to suspect this one has never been off road (before today!) Just take a look at the condition of the rims!
All original, minus the grips (and possibly the saddle?). Tyres still with the knobbly bits. With a bit of polish and some lube on the drivechain I think i'll get it looking 100% sorted.
Took it out for a 25 mile spin today, and was delighted to find its a great fit for me (20" frame). I was also reminded why there are so many fans of this classic Kona geometry, its a great ride. Although, despite double butted main tubes she's sure stout.. I may christen her 'boneshaker'. The maximum & reaction tyres are much better in performance than I expected them to be which was a nice bonus.
In the interest of actually being able to stop off road I may have to fit slightly better brakes/levers and may also switch to DX thumbies but also want to refrain from spoiling the lovely originality of this bike. Full 300LX groupo in mint condition certainly looks the part.
What can anyone tell me about the (possibly) original Gel Avocet saddle? popular?
Any fans of the red flite instead (final pic)? Don't worry, the stem will be dropped as soon as I pick up the correct spanner.
I hope you enjoy the pics. I'm chuffed that I found this, hopefully it'll see action on a couple of retro rides this year, including Big Dog.