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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:35 pm 
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purchased a 98' Kona Explosif Frame from a fellow member (thanks Donnie) and have rebuilt it using period parts...also had it bead blasted and then painted in Renault Liquid Pearl Yellow with BMW Oliv paint for the forks which have a yellow metalic finish...

Decals are original design with colour flip thanks to Gil on the forum.

Full XTR including BB with NOS Hope Ti Glide wheels, blah,blah.Since photo was taken have changed saddle to original Flite trans am...

Nice or Yuk !?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:05 am 
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I like it in a yucky way ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:14 am 
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Yeah.....weirdly really nice looking, but for me I'd go black rims and xlite/similar Ti flat bars (personal choice, cant stand risers)

Very nice though!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:24 pm 
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+1 for flat bars. And bar ends :wink:

Tasty! i likee....


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:02 pm 
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Stem kind of spoils it for me... :?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:14 pm 
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We_are_Stevo wrote:
Stem kind of spoils it for me... :?


I'm not 100% sold on the stem, although it's far from a deal breaker, the frame and forks look great.

Were they painted locally ?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:42 pm 
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Fab colour, but i think it needs a 15 degree black Thomson stem with grey straight bars. The rise on the stem will raise the straight bar to give a similar front end height.

I did this to my 1998 Kona Explosif, so I get comfort and the retro look, nice! :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:25 am 
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I like the frame colour, but fork colour is not my taste.
Stem seems a bit chunky for the rest of it.
and the tyre will be great in the muddy ground after all this rain.

That a quick glance opinion.


How's it riding for you ?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:01 am 
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I rather like the colours but I don't like the tyres, stem and saddle.
But then I've got a bit of a pet hate of seeing mountain bikes with skinny road tyres on. I know, it's probably just me...... :roll:


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