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 Post subject: Kona Explosif - 1988
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:36 am 
BoTM Winner / Gold Trader / Rider
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I'm sure a few of you have seen a few pics of this before on here (bought from a member last year), but i thought I would post a few more.
All original, yes I have still got the Reaction tyres & that awful Champagne coloured seatpost in the loft.
I got my 1st one in about March/April 1989 (boy cameras have come a long way), that is the one in the 1st pic complete with Hite Rite, CatEye, toe clips/straps & Pink Sticky Fingers things. As I remember it was 699.99 from Langsett Cycles in Yorkshire.
Unfortunately it was stolen 18 months later never to be seen again :( . Therefore I couldn't pass up the opportunity to replace it (albeit a bit late) with this one. I can only class this as being Mint in both colour & condition, therfore dry weather only, and being like i am it will be like this in another 20yrs (sorry).

Yes it is prob/def too small, yes I have to leave it at my Mum & Dad's because my missus doesn't know I have got it and therefore only get to see it once a week, but I love it because it reminds me of my teenage riding years again... :D

Cheers...Nick

SORRY about those REDwall tyres

EDIT* - Bottom 2 pics show it wearing it's original seatpost & Reaction Tyres






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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:00 pm 
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Beautiful, and great shots. I think it's a size 18 and the one you had stolen was presumably a 20. They can be compared to the one in the catalogue which is a 19. I've never seen a picture of a 20 for sale, but you see a 19 occasionally (but rarely).


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:05 pm 
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I'm not usually a Kona fan, but chirst thats nice.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:33 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Wow, that is a beauty :D A proper museam peice !


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:00 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Thats bloody lovely. Always had a soft spot for those splatter Kona's and thats the best of the best. I like the tyres too although the nose of the saddle needs to come down just a fraction.

Fantastico! 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:08 pm 
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Oh yes , thats just beautiful !! Tyres look fine to me too 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:19 pm 
National & North West AEC
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Great looking bike. Shame that you only get to see it once a week. :shock:

I think the rear cable hanger would be better if you changed it to a standard Shimano one though, both in terms of function and looks.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:30 pm 
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erh that bike shop sticker cant be original, as it quotes the area code starting 01, dont think that appeared till alter in the 1990's


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:32 pm 
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OMG what a honey! 8)

All of it is great, vintage, brakes, shape, size, model, colour and paint. sweet

What size is it then 18"? a long seat post should sort ya unless you are really tall. :D


So is she ever gonna find out? and whans it going on a RetroBike ride?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:47 am 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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stunning simply stunning please sell it to me now 8)

and agree the shimano cable hanger would look neater.

and as I said sell her to me right this minute :twisted:


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