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 Post subject: 98 Explosif
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:09 am 
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Reynolds 853 main tubes, 725 stays. Size 17 weighs 4.35lbs. That’s a quarter of a pound heavier than the 96 Columbus Max Explosif that I’m currently working on, so it’s presumably stiffer, or at least stronger. On first impression it feels very fast - solid and direct, but not at all harsh and with a very well-controlled rear end.


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 Post subject: Re: 98 Explosif
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:08 pm 
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Anthony wrote:
a very well-controlled rear end.


What more could you want :wink:

Very nice frame.

Really like the last of the (kona) steel frames

Same design as my Caldera :?

Cool bike


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:10 pm 
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Nice proportions on the 17" frame, and cool smattering of red components too - really like that 8).

What weight does the complete bike top out at, and whereabouts on the Downs is that?


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Little Bob wrote:
Nice proportions on the 17" frame, and cool smattering of red components too - really like that 8).
What weight does the complete bike top out at, and whereabouts on the Downs is that?

I wondered if it would be too much red, as the original had a blue Z2, but actually I think the all-blue look was maybe a bit too conservative for my liking - after all, the bike is called Explosif!

I would guess that it weighs 24lbs, as my 97 Kilauea is just under 23 with SIDs and those wheels - and the Kilauea frame is 0.15 lighter and the SIDs are a pound lighter than the Z2s. I can't claim to have noticed the difference though, even up hills as the frame feels so efficient.

The houses in the distance are the western edge of Ditchling, but what do you make of the thing on the left?


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Ah, so it's along from the Beacon.

Looks like a cow's snout to me :D


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Little Bob wrote:
Ah, so it's along from the Beacon.
Looks like a cow's snout to me :D

Takes more than an 853 Explosif to impress some


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:12 pm 
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I had a 98 explosif and it was the best bike I ever had. Mine was a 19 and I really needed an 18, so I wasn't comfortable doing any gnarly riding, but I still loved it. It just had a magic feeling. You saw the bumps, but whenyou went over them you hardly felt them. Magic.


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Nice Anthony. :D

How many Konas do you actually have, I think a stable picture is in order...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:58 pm 
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Very nice.. I thought the 98 Explosif you had was bigger then 17"...Did you swap it or am I making things up? :? All the same great build! :wink:


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