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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:10 pm 
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My first retro MTB project!

When I first found this site I had a severe hankering to recreate my 95 Explosif that I sold when I went to University. I couldn't find one so any early/mid nineties nice Kona steel frame would have to do...

Picked up this Kilauea from the site

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So excited when it arrived only to find:

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Great! After a lot of thinking (and good advice from here) I doused the post in caustic soda and after a few goes and most of a day the seatpost had dissolved enough to be able to remove it as slivers of alloy.

A thorough clean up of the seattube and the rest of the frame, sell some of the unwanted bits, and a trip to the powdercoaters I now have this:

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I think the amount of Pearl in the paint is just about right. I have a nice set of decals thanks to Gil to apply.

In the time I was waiting for the frame to be coated I purchased a few bits and pieces to complement the build.

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I salvaged a pair of Hope wheels from a friend's garage, unused and unloved and stripped and refurbed a pair of Judy SL's from Ebay once I'd managed to find a steerer of a decent length.

So, yesterday evening I tentatively hung a few bits from the frame.

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Next steps: Get the BB in, get the headset in and start the build proper!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:35 pm 
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lovely start :wink:

when a frame is "resurrected" from a poor condition, it is always a joy to watch it.
This is most of the purpose of this site : give a longer life to good quality craftmanship 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:42 pm 
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Nice work on the seatpost removal.

Like the pearl powder coat too, very smart.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:21 pm 
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:)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:16 pm 
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Looks like the start of a very good project 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:28 pm 
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That's good work, and it's going to be a great bike to ride. It is in fact a 1995 frame, but pretty much identical to the 1994 as far as I'm aware.

The last Kona to be made with a Tange tubeset. They had used Tange Prestige Concept ever since 1990, first on the Explosif from 1990-92 and then on the Kilauea from 1993 to 95.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:54 pm 
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Nice one! That powdercoat looks great, you're right, just the right amount of pearl to it. I have a 95 Kilauea and know you've got me thinking about getting it rebuilt proper!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:57 pm 
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Yep love it....and love the fact you persisted with getting the seat post out yourself....respect 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:22 pm 
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Take care when you refit the seapost - the saddle is mounted the wrong way round (USE logo should be facing forward). Lovely looking machine though - I think plain white or black look classy and timeless (mine is plain black BTW :wink: )

Ade


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:44 pm 
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Hmmm I like the look of this!


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