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 Post subject: 1988/9 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:34 am 
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Always wanted one but never thought I'd get one, especially not in my size, so when this came up on eBay a while back I wasn't going to let it get away.

Not much of a build thread for this one but just wanted to share a few pics for reference. It came to me in very nice, mostly original condition and didn't require a great deal of work.

Pics from the eBay listing.....

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:38 am 
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I swapped the Iscaselle saddle for a nice Avocet Racing one (and rotated the seatpost to face in the right direction!) and added a nos XT QR binder. It came without pedals so I slung on a pair of XT's, although I now have the correct Deore pedals, which I still need to fit. The very narrow bar was swapped for the 753 bar pictured but this has now been replaced with a nos Prestige one. I've fitted some amberwall Maximum/Reaction tyres which I'd been saving for the right occasion (need another Reaction if anyone has a spare?).

Other than that I just needed to change a couple of cables, fit a pair of grips and take it out for a spin :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1988/9 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:43 am 
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Now to me this is bike porn, lovely lovely bike. Another cracking build :)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:45 am 
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Thanks Tim, although I can't take a great deal of credit for it. Most of the credit should go to the original owner who looked after it very well (or never rode it).

First ride out a few weeks ago now........

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 Post subject: Re: 1988/9 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:46 am 
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.......and some more

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 Post subject: Re: 1988/9 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:48 pm 
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Very clean and nice looking bike you got there!

It looks small; how tall are you (in cm) and what is size of the bike?

I am thinking of getting a Kona for my misses and I am inquiring about suitable Kona frame sizes!


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 Post subject: Re: 1988/9 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:53 pm 
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It's a 16", the smallest size they made before the 14" got introduced. I'm just about 5'7" on a good day, in a very thick pair of socks, just under 170cm! I've had 16" and 18" Konas over the years but found the smaller size better, especially on the technical stuff.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:10 pm 
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Funny because you look taller than that.


Now be nice about my bike.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:27 pm 
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I have special shoes for when you come round

al wrote:
Funny because you look taller than that.


Now be nice about my bike.


al. :D


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 Post subject: Re: 1988/9 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:29 pm 
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Looks superb Adrian. Just love that colour and the parts on it just look so 'right' :-)


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