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 Post subject: 1988 Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:07 pm 
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For me this is the Holy Grail, the bike I had back in 1989 for my 15th birthday and the one that started my love for MTB's.

I arrived on this site 3 yrs ago in search of one of these in a 19" and finally I have got one !!

Mostly original with all Deore II components and the chunky rear U-Brake. She gets her first proper outing tomorrow and I can't wait..


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:14 pm 
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Loving it, It will ride as it did way back when for sure 8)

Its nice to see some of the early early kona's reappearing, I cant wait to get on my '90 Cindercone that I have just finished.

Do you have plans or are you just gunna keep as is ??


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:19 pm 
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nice James. Solid build.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:30 pm 
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Cheers guys.

I didn't really do much as it came in pretty good shape !

Trying to get hold of the original tyres which I have a lead on but is proving hard work..


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:05 pm 
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Very nice - perseverence pays off.

Other than the tyres, are you looking to change anything?

One of the few problems I have with late 80's bikes is that the paint jobs can be hard to live with - but this is spot on.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:16 pm 
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sweet as a nut


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:34 pm 
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classy classic, been looking for one myself dont think I will get one this good 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:16 am 
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Very nice indeed. You must smile every time you lift a leg over it.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:03 am 
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:D Tidy.

I luuuurve splatter Konas.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:08 am 
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that is awesome :D but for the love of god, keep it orginal! theres to much s/s going on these days, mountainbike were susposed to have gears!


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