May I ask about the Explosif? I take it this is the frame that used to be pinked-out before you did your wife-swapping trick with BikePerv, and in your story at the time you said they were both 1990 bikes. But both of them have the seat stay meeting the seat tube slightly above the top tube, a la Rocky or KHS, which isn't shown on the Explosif in the 1990 catalogue and isn't a feature of any other Kona I've seen. So it made me wonder whether they were either 1989 bikes or the catalogue was wrong (as it sometimes is).
Good question - I always believed it was a 1990 but it could well be an 89. I know the 88 Explosif was the Green one with the U-Brake at the back, not sure what the 89 was. perhaps someone could enlighten us all.
And then in your gallery is this handsome beast, which seems to be different in having no spatter on the black, a different fork and it's not quite so clear whether the seat stay intersection is standard Kona, but it looks perhaps as though it is.
I got this frame from adamgent (who no longer posts here) and he said it was a 1990 frame sprayed black with new decals, the forks came from Jez and are track two's. As you say the rear triangle looks different so maybe that lends itself to the theory that the splatters are 89 models..
Incidentally, I'd also be interested to know why I can't copy your latest pic into my computer, as it's really rather a good one
No idea on this but if you want the original PM me and I'll send it to you.
MTB - 1989 Ritchey Ultra , 1990 Explosif, 2001 Santa Cruz Superlight
Road - 1984 Koga Miyata Gents Racer, 2009 Pegoretti Duende
Wanted - 1" black quill stem with cable stop.
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