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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:27 pm 
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THAT is very cool! Even looks similar to the rear end what with the extra bar for brake mounts and stuff.
I'll be on the lookout for one of them.


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or maybe a Girvin Vector fork? very interesting frame


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You appear to be missing a bolt and cap on that rear end:

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Now if you want a matching fork you'll need one with linkages and elastomers so it's either Girvin, Quasar or....

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Kona Z-link (Jerky's photos)


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I am aware of the missing bolt. It was missing when I got it.
It's nothing fancy. Looks like a handlebar stem bolt. Am just waiting til the right one comes along to match the rest or maybe I'll just buy one from somewhere.
Will have to source a washer from somewhere though.


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And that Z link fork looks nice, apart from the steerer that looks like it's 2ft long :lol:

If anyone knows where's theres one (or one like the lawwil mentioned earlier) available, point me that way!


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Agreed, Manitou or Pace will simply not do on this frame, it must be a linkage design, but personally I don't think the Amp fork will look right. Lawill Leader or Kona fork will be best.


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As I said in the sales thread, Kona Zlinks. (as seen here on my old explosif (bike & forks long gone now)

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Not that you will ever find a set for sale :P


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The Z-Links look great, but according to the 1993 catalogue they have a very short a-c length of 40cm, as they were made for Kona's 1993 frames that were not suspension-adjusted. If so, they'd be too short for a suspension-adjusted frame.

I assume that's why they're so rare and Kona didn't offer them in 1994 (when the frames were suspension-adjusted and they offered Marzocchi forks), although the fact that they're a Joe Murray design and he left Kona around then may have had something to do with it.


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It's a Smokestone rear end from about 94 or 95, I remember these as being around about the same time as Ozone bikes.......

Have an ad in one of me old mags somewhere


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It's a Smokestone rear end from about 94 or 95, I remember these as being around about the same time as Ozone bikes.......

Have an ad in one of me old mags somewhere


Ah, now I remember. I saw on at one of the trade shows with that rear end on one of their estay bikes! Thanks


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