'92 Explosif - Modified. Unpure. Dirty.

albash82

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Bought this frame last year as was looking for a retro Kona that actually fit me, so I could ride it further than the pub.
Stumbled across it on eBay/here, put in a cheeky (possibly drunken) offer, and buuger me, it got accepted 😂 Pics below from seller's ad.
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I'd previously bought 2 or 3 bikes / frames that I needed to sort, so this one, shamefully, didn't even really get unwrapped for months!

I wasn't sure at first how the I wanted the build to go. Was thinking of slapping a suspension fork on it for a bit, but the geometry didn't have a bouncy fork in it's periphery when it fell out of the designers mind. So, No Al. Bad Al. No. This was to be the 3rd rigid bike in my fleet. Even though I've been wanting to build a retro hardtail for many moons, this wasn't to be he.

I set about looking for a fork. It's a 22" frame (or is it 21"? I forget) So has a positively colossal headtube.
I wanted to get something with the right A-C, which was about 395mm? I forget.
Finding a suitable period correct P2 wasn't something I fancied / could be arsed trying and it has a disc mount (NAUGHTY!) on this frame. Sooooo...

After some Googles, I found that Mr Surly does a suitable fork. The "Straggler Disc" fork, would suit my requirements.
Then I stumbled across another fork the same(ish?) length, that the chaps at Condor in fancy London put on their touring bikes. A Tange disc fork. I liked the cut of it's jib. This Explosif is made from lovely Tange Prestige Concept tubing and the Tange decal looked pretty cool on the pic, so I went ahead and ordered.
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So, with this fork, the intent of this bike had definitely shifted.
I'd realised that I'd now be building something that's definitely more road / light off-road focussed.
I've had a couple of curly handlebar'd bikes in the past... The first was a Croix de Fer, but I couldn't get on with the position on that at all (short headtube for big frame), so it got sold pretty quickly. A few years later I had a Stigmata (V2) but although it was comfy(ish), I hardly rode it. I have back problems so drop bars just don't seem to work.
Should I really go all out with this and build a "monster cross" (I dislike the term) MTB with curly bars?
No.... I don't think I will. I've not put all of my eggs in that basket, but I've got a bunch of parts bin stuff that I'll use.

Last but not least, I'd wondered about getting some slightly larger wheels in this old beastie. I've had some 19mm internal tubeless 27.5" rims knocking around for ages, so it was just a case of finding some disc hubs... Nothing came up in budget, but then my buddy was clearing his kit out and asked if I could use his thoroughly well used Pro2 Evo/Flow wheelset for anything... I gave him some magic beans and they were mine.
I was thinking I might rebuild, as the flow were possibly too wide, but then my boss asked if anyone could use these brand new with road plus tyres he had no use for.... Yes please!
The flow rims are a few generations old, so only about 23mm internal! Tyres are 47c I think.

It took me a while, but I've finally managed to get the frame, fork tyres and wheels together. I had to dig 4 bikes out the shed to get to the frame. Just so I could check to see it's going to work.
They ruddy well fit quite nicely! I need to re-tape the front wheel, as it goes down straight away, but I'm excited now!
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Parts I'll probably build it with... Mainly parts bin kit and anything I don't have, like hydro brakes will be obtained on the cheap.

Gears:
10s MTB groupset SLX/Deore/XT/Hope 40t

Cranks:
Middleburn or White Industries (Sugino)

Brakes:
Shimano hydro discs or Avid BB5.

Bar/Stem
Raceface Ride 70mm (maybe)
Some suitable flat/risers.

Post/Saddle
Carbon post came with frame
Maybe Spesh road saddle from parts bin.
 

Tootyred

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Ive got the canti version of those forks on my tourer. They are quite tough. Ive used them on dirt tracks loaded with no issues.....so far.

Nice project btw.
 

enc

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With this being a 20 ich frame the wheels dont look oversized. 27.5 on this frame ... a first i believe ... a pioneer ;)

are you sticking with same paint scheme?
 

albash82

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Cheers @Tootyred , nice to hear they're up to what I've got in mind.

@enc - A pioneer haha! I've been called many things, but this might be my favourite.
I'll stick with the paint as it is, bare bits and all, for now. Until I've ridden it a bit and decide if it's a keeper. It might be, it might not be. Who knows?!
If it is, I'll probs grind off the Canti studs and attempt a paintjob myself. A lad I work with has recently done an amazing paint effort on a Highball frame and rigid fork.
 

albash82

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Handlebar.... Needs the right bar. Anyone got any suggestions? I'm thinking I'll need a high rise. Got a longer Thomson stem kicking around, 25.4 clamp. Or the modern Raceface 60/70mm, 31.8mm.
Currently considering a few BMX/cruiser style options, Surly Sunrise / Whiskey Millhouse (spendy that!).
Unless I do go down the curly bar route.... Hmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmm. Mmmm
 

Imlach

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Handlebar.... Needs the right bar. Anyone got any suggestions? I'm thinking I'll need a high rise. Got a longer Thomson stem kicking around, 25.4 clamp. Or the modern Raceface 60/70mm, 31.8mm.
Currently considering a few BMX/cruiser style options, Surly Sunrise / Whiskey Millhouse (spendy that!).
Unless I do go down the curly bar route.... Hmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmm. Mmmm
Surly Sunrise. Love the look of 'em. Sturdy stuff as well. If you find some in stock let me know as I've been looking for a pair for over a year.
 

moonlite

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I found some on eBay (see below) -- the description is confusing as it mentions both 22.2mm and 31.8mm diameters. Mine showed up as 22.2 and the pictured shim wasn't included. But on the other hand, the bars are good quality and they arrived in Australia in reasonable time too.

 

albash82

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I found some on eBay (see below) -- the description is confusing as it mentions both 22.2mm and 31.8mm diameters. Mine showed up as 22.2 and the pictured shim wasn't included. But on the other hand, the bars are good quality and they arrived in Australia in reasonable time too.


That's ace, glad to hear they're available somewhere, and that international shipping worked out for you. I'm considering purchasing some forks for a different bike from overseas, but I'm always wary for some reason! 🤷🏼
I can pre order a pair of these sunrise pups here in the UK, it's only another month and I'm in no particular rush.
I saw you fitted some the to the inbred. It looks great! I like that project you've created and it's cool to see how it's evolved.
I might get too impatient for the sunrise bars and build it with some stuff I've got kicking around, as I think the brakes will arrive this week. They're the final component and only thing I didn't have spares of. Wish I had a box of useable spare disc brakes!
 
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