Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:26 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Kona Explosif
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:33 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:03 am
Posts: 1254
Location: Northamptonshire
This is my 94' Kona Explosif that I have had resprayed in Pearl White ( needed a respray - a few surface rust issues) Decals by Gil which are ace as ever. Notice the Mint Sauce flowers? These were made by Gil after I drew inspiration from a Jo Burt article in an old Mbuk.

Purists look away now - this bike has been built to use in all weathers for racing etc


Some pics:

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2664401/
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2664377/
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2664412/
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2664386/
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2664373/




Before pics for reference:

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2132182/
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2292102/

Spec added:

Frame: 19” Tange Prestige 1994 Kona Explosif

Fork: 2008 Rockshox Sid Race set up with 80mm travel

Headset: Ano Red Chris King
Stem: Syncros 100mm
Handlebar: Easton EA50
Grips: ODI lock-on
Barends: Ano Red Controltech

Brakes: Front Avid Juicy 5 – on loan (to be replaced with Juicy 7) arch rival rear
Brake Pads: Rim Wrangler
Brake Cables: Gore Ride-ons
Cantilever cable hangers:
Brake Levers: Xtr / Avid

Shifters: LX
Front Derailleur: xt
Rear Derailleur: m952 xtr
Derailleur Cables: Gore Ride-on
Cassette: sram
Chain: Sram
Cranks: M952 Xtr
Crank Bolts: Standard Shimano
Chainrings: M952 Xtr
Chainring bolts: Titanium
Bottom Bracket: M952 Xtr
Pedals: Shimano m540

Hub Skewers: Hope
Rims: Mavic crossmax/ 717xc
Hubs: Mavic /Hope XC
Nipples: stainless
Spokes: dt db stainless
Tyres: Panracer mythos from & piranha rear
Tubes: Specialized

Saddle: Fizik Ti railed carbon Aliante
Seatpost: USE
Seatpost Binder: Kona



Thanks for looking

Martin


Last edited by Drapoon on Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:25 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:00 am 
Posh Mark
Posh Mark
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:49 pm
Posts: 5982
Location: As far from the city as you can be ....
Love it! :D

I had the same idea with the flowers and added some to my Lava Dome when I built it back up.

Very 8)

How are the forks?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:07 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:03 am
Posts: 1254
Location: Northamptonshire
Thanks dude :D


The forks are ace. I have had a few fox forks in my time & obv old Judys / mags / bombers.

These forks have been by far the best fork I've ever puchased. Very light, stiff & responsive. Doddle to set up.

They are dialled down to 80mm to suit frame geometry (imho frame sits well)

Martin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:33 am 
Posh Mark
Posh Mark
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:49 pm
Posts: 5982
Location: As far from the city as you can be ....
Drapoon wrote:
Thanks dude :D


The forks are ace. I have had a few fox forks in my time & obv old Judys / mags / bombers.

These forks have been by far the best fork I've ever puchased. Very light, stiff & responsive. Doddle to set up.

They are dialled down to 80mm to suit frame geometry (imho frame sits well)

Martin


Cheers Martin.

Looks sweet set at 80mm. My fork history is similar - Quadras, Bombers, Margura, Reba's.

Run Reba's on my caldera at 100mm travel and that too seems fine.

Ace bike though and a rider 8)

Where did you get it spayed?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:38 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:20 am
Posts: 1823
Location: Austria
from a purist point of view, I like it :wink:

does the fork change the handling of the bike ?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:44 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:03 am
Posts: 1254
Location: Northamptonshire
I hope that's meant to say sprayed? :)

I had it sprayed by a friend of a friend from work. Cost £100. This guy’s work is top draw. The frame was dipped (also an acquaintance of my work colleague) Dipping the frame gave it a fantastic base for a really good respray. The external butting on the tubing is much more prominent now.

I went to pick the dipped frame up & was treated to having a peek at some shot blasted Astons & a rather special Ferrari 250 GT built for Leman. Should be worth circa 6 mill when finished. The dipper dude still took an interest in my Explosif & loved the tubing.

Was a cool day :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:49 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:03 am
Posts: 1254
Location: Northamptonshire
Hi Magas, I thought it might change things ( ie it might want to lift when climbing) but it hasnt really made much of a difference other than the steering actually feels sharper.


I hope the forks dont look out of place but they really were needed. I did a 10hr race on judy xc's last year - never again!

I had to run a disc up front as Rockshox don't produce the sid race with canti mounts

thanks for the comments


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:53 am 
Section Moderator & South West AEC
Section Moderator & South West AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:33 pm
Posts: 8164
Location: new forest
looks cool, i like mixing it up a bit with retro and modern. 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:54 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:03 am
Posts: 1254
Location: Northamptonshire
ps. I reckon my 93' Hei Hei's feeling left out so I'll post latest pics of that up tomorrow ;-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:18 pm 
Lincs AEC
Lincs AEC

Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:34 pm
Posts: 12314
Location: Branston, Lincoln
I like it; and I dont like Kona's that much :oops:

A kind of 'best of both worlds' build 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 36 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group