Rob Atkin wrote:
I'm not judging about the money spent - I am genuinely interested - is this the same as a Hei Hei or better in some way? I don't know much about this era in Kona history.
this is the problem with meassaging/text..you cant get the full "expression/context"..i know you were not having a go..please forgive me if you "thought" that i was getting
Anthony posted this on the kona page...
Just out of interest, it isn't a Hei Hei, it's a King Kahuna. The Hei Hei didn't have the gussets on the top and down tubes.
1997 King Kahunas had the same Hei Hei decals on the top tube as the Hei Hei, but it also said King Kahuna in lower case script on the seat stays, and those seat stay decals have presumably come off on your example.
The King Kahuna frames sold for £300 more than the Hei Hei, but nevertheless attracted the great majority of sales, as they were perceived to be 'better'. That may be a matter of taste, but they are slightly stiffer and heavier than the Hei Hei, so certainly better for racing.
another piece from Anthony
My guess is that with steel getting swamped by aluminium at that time, both on the race track and in the marketplace, they were looking to make the Explosif ride a bit more like a Kula. They also developed the King Kahuna at the same time, as a stiffer variant of the Hei Hei - apparently partly in response to calls from the race team - so maybe that was the thinking with their top-end frames.
But as i say there is loads more on Retrobike..as i say we are all adults..i didnt take any offence mate ..honest..me and you are good
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