Well I've decided to buy a modern frame.
Regulars will recognise it
It's a 1997 Kona Explosif
Painted green and it's far 'greener' than I thought from the photo's but then I shouldn't use a laptop screen for gauging colours
It has an added Canti brace at the back
Knowledge weaned from KonaRetro
and WayBackMachine Kona website circa1997
and previous owner and the usual Kona Guru
· Constructed entirely of Columbus Nivacrom Max OR tubing.
· Tubing wall thickness: Top - .7/.4/.7, Down - .8/.5/.8
· The seat tube is custom drawn for Kona by Columbus with a wall thickness of 1.3/.6/.9
· Columbus drawn, oversized seat stays dramatically improve braking performance.
· Made for 27.0mm seat post, 28.6mm front derailleur, 68mm bottom bracket, & 1-1/8" headset.
· Made with Italian tubing.
· 4.0 lbs for an 18" frame.
Actual frame weight is 4 lb 10½ oz (4.65lb) (20")
seat collar 29.8mm (30.0 is fine)
I know it came with 63mm suspension forks. (INDY-SL '97)
So there we are.
I know little about this era of bike, which is good as it means I can just pop cheap nice looking stuff on it and use it as a runabout.
Also it's the same weight, frame size, seatpost size, mech size, headset size as my 1991 RM Altitude (need to check headtube but think it's similar length).
So that makes things a touch easier to know what it'll end up like
This is the build so far
Yep, not got very far.
so the graphics are ugly and not the best quality, it's green and I have no idea what goes with it.
(better picture once I remove the grubby kids smudges
from the lens and the sun comes out.
No real idea where to start with this one, but it's going to be a budget build.