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1991-1995 Tom Teesdale: West Branch, Iowa, Idaho.

The 1991 – 1995 frames are made from various mixes of Tange Prestige Concept, Tange Ultimate / Ultrastrong, Tange Ultimate / Superlight and Tange Ultimate / Ultralight.
Dropouts from ’91 – ‘93 with triangle hole.
Dropouts from '94 & ’95 have no triangle hole.
Serial Number format: TET# - TET####.


1996 & 1997 Altitude Cycle Technologies: Chico. California.
The 1996 & 1997 frames are made from Reynolds 853 Butted Main Tubes, and rumoured to have 725 Stays.
Dropouts on some early 1996 Altitude Hot frames have a similar flat design to the later TET frames - these frames have one Rear Brake Cable Stop at the front of the Top Tube & require a Dog Collar, with Down Tube routing for the Front and Rear Mech.
The later 1996 Hot frames have Goathead Investment Cast Dropouts – these frames have two Rear Brake Cable Stops on the Top Tube, with Down Tube routing for Front and Rear Mech.
Serial Number format 1996 frames - HT### & HT0### (currently with one exception).

The 1997 frames also have Goathead Investment Cast Dropouts, but with two double Cable Stops on the Top Tube at the front and the rear for the Front Mech and Rear Brake, with Down Tube routing for the Rear Mech.
Serial Number format 1997 frames - H096MM###.



1998 Enigma Design & Manufacturing: U.S.A. & Hodaka: Taiwan (built in ‘99).
The 1998 Enigma Hots are allegedly manufactured entirely from 853 Reynold tubing including the Stays. They have an Opposite Oval Downtube and lack the Bridge across the Chain Stays, similar to all Kona Ku frames.
Dropouts are the New (Dew) Drop Investment Cast “K” style.
Serial Number format: KH7M### & KH8M###.

The 1998 Hodaka built Hot rolled over into 1999. They have Rack Eyelets on the Seat Stays, and a Chain Stay Bridge. These also have the Opposite Oval Downtube, and may be all 853 tubing similar to the Enigma built Hot.
Dropouts are the New Drop Investment Cast “K” style.
Serial Number format: H9N1 ###.


Tom Teesdale:
TET 18 - 19” 1991 Orange, resprayed same colour c/w extra Rear Brake Stop – Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Integral under B.B. Cable guide, Triangle cut-out Dropout. (also stamped- 90KH0827C).
TET 040 – 19” 1991 Red - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 066 - 19” 1991 repainted Purple by Peter Weigle c/w Custom Rear Brake Noodle (requested by Kona Grassroots Racing program member), No Decals - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 095 - 16” 1991 Purple / White fade - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 097 – 16” 1991 Blue - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 102 – 16” 1991 Silver - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 107 - 16” 1991 Purple - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 142 – 19” 1991 Steel Blue - Integral Welded Seat Post Clamp, Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 171 - 19” 1992 Steel Blue - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 175 - 19” 1992 Black - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 181 - 21” 1992 Blue – Dropouts out of shot.
TET 253 - 19” 1993 White stays / Black front triangle - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 262 - 19” 1993 Silver Lilac tint - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 270 - 19” 1993 Reddish/Orange - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 307 - 18” 1993 Metallic Purple - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 336 - 21” 1993 Metallic Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 338 - 21” 1993 Originally Dark Blue, now Apple Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 350 – 19” 1993 Red - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 360 - 19” 1993 Purple c/w 1994 Decals - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 364 - 19” 1993 Burgundy c/w 1992 Decals, now Raw - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 367 - 19” 1993 Dark Green c/w custom U-Brake - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 377 - 18” 1993 Originally Purple/Blue, now Yellow c/w ‘94 Headtube Decal & remainder ‘96 Decals - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 408 - 19” 1993 Red/ Black fade - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 420 – 19” 1993 Metallic Grey by Chris Dekerf c/w rear rack mounts, No Decals - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 431 - Picture of Bottom Bracket Shell only.
TET 465 - 18” 1993 Silver / Purple fade, now Aqua or Mint - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 472 – 19” 1993 Deep Aqua Blue - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 488 - 19” 1993 Porsche Red – Triangle cut-out Dropouts.
TET 490 - 19” 1993 Originally Burgundy, now stripped - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 526 - 19” 1993 Blue - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 528 - 19” 1993 Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout
TET 535 - 17” 1993 original colour unknown, repainted Yellow - No Decals – Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 551 - 17” 1993 Apple Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 576 - 16” 1993 Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 591 - 19” 1993 Orange c/w 94 Decals & Post Mount type Disc Tab, (possibly for Factory Team bike) - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 593 - 19” 1993 Purple / Green fade, (possibly Team frame) - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 640 - 19” 1993 Purple - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 687 - 18” 1993 Grey - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 769 - 18” 1993 Black, Tange Ultimate Ultrastrong Decal only (allegedly Max Jones Team Bike) -Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 787 - 18” 1993 repainted Orange c/w ’94 Decals & I.S. Disc Tab - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 798 - 16” 1993 Sliver - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 822 - 17” 1993 original colour unknown, repainted Lemon Yellow, No Decals - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 853 - 20” 1993 Champagne - Triangle cut-out Dropout. Tom Teesdale’s!
TET 907 – 16” 1993 Original colour unknown, now Mustard, No Decals - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 910 - 16” 1993 Purple c/w 1994 Silver/Orange Headtube Spiral Decal, and Silver Top Tube & Down Tube Decals, but also c/w 1995 “KONA Custom” Italic Decal – Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 924 - 14” 1993 Metallic Blue - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 930 - 20” 1993 Dark Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 966 - 19” 1993 Originally Burgundy front / repainted Orange Stays, now Raw Steel - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1010 - 19” 1993 Purple/Pink - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1015 - 19” 1993 Purple - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1106 - 18” 1993 Aqua Green - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1122 – 14” 1993 Teal Green c/w 1994 Decals - Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1189 - 20” 1994 Aquamarine Blue – No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1200 - 14” 1994 Metallic Green – No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1216 - 19” 1994 Champagne Gold – No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1222 – 17” 1994 Champagne - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1225 – 17” 1994 Grey – No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1245 – 16” 1994 Metallic Green (original colour unknown) all Top Tube cable routing & and Disc Mount added - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1304 - 19” 1994 Dark Green - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1305 - 19” 1994 originally Dark Green, now Raw, Tange Ultimate Utrastrong Downtube - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1310 - 18" 1994 originally Silver Grey, now Pastel Blue c/w extra Rear Brake Stop - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1322 - 18” 1994 originally Green, now Metallic Blue c/w Custom Cable Guides - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1373 - 19” 1994 Aqua Blue, Tange Ultimate Utrastrong Downtube - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1392 - 18” 1994 Silver - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1431C - 22” 1994 Burgundy - Unique Custom sized Seat Tube length, with a shorter Top Tube from Joe Murray’s Geometry - No Triangle Cut-out Dropout.
TET 1450 - 18” 1994 Blue - Top Tube Cable Stop removed! - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1463 - 18” 1994 Cobalt Blue c/w Block “Kona Custom” 1994 Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1507 - 18” 1994 Tequila Sunrise c/w 1994 Silver/Orange Headtube Spiral Decal, and Silver Top Tube & Down Tube Decals, but also c/w 1995 “KONA Custom” Italic Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1530 - 18” 1994 White c/w Block “Kona Custom” 1994 Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1548 - 16” 1994 Dark Blue c/w Block “Kona Custom” 1994 Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1637 - 20” 1994 Yellow to Orange fade (possibly Factory Team bike) - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1638 - 20” 1994 Burgundy c/w Gold 1995 Decals including “KONA Custom” Italic 1995 Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1645 - 20” 1994 Burgundy c/w Gold 1995 Decals, Kona Custom Decal missing – Picture of Dropouts not clear.
TET 1657 - 17” 1994 Yellow to Orange fade (possibly Factory Team bike), Sliver Decals c/w 1994 Block “Kona Custom” Decal and Factory Team Headtube Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout..
TET 1681 - 17” 1994 Orange c/w Gold 1995 Downtube, Toptube & Headtube Decals, Kona Custom Decal missing (allegedly Trish Sinclair Team bike) - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1682 – 17” 1994 Burgundy, Silver Decals c/w 1994 Block “Kona Custom” Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1705 - 17” 1994 Yellow to Orange fade (possibly Factory Team bike), Silver Decals, Kona Custom Decal missing - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1713 – 19” 1994 Creamy Yellow with Custom Cable Guides, Silver Hot and Headtube Decal only, no Kona Custom Decal - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.
TET 1882 – 14” 1995 Silver Tange Ultimate frame c/w 1996 Blue Decals - No Triangle cut-out Dropout.

Altitude:
HT0111 – 17” 1996 Burgundy, Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
HT 121 – 19” 1996 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Flat Dropouts, Dog Collar.
HT 123 – 19” 1996 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Flat Dropouts, Dog Collar.
HT0127 – 16” 1996 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop, bought early Spring ‘96.
HT0130 - 20" 1996 Gold (1996 Team Issue Gold / 1997 Explosif Mustard), Goathead Dropouts, Rear Stop.
HT0176 – 17” 1996 Orange (1996 Team Issue Gold), Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
HT0192 – 18” 1996 Stars ‘n’ Bars (possibly ex-Team member’s bike), Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
HT 209 – 18” 1996 Stars ‘n’ Bars Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
HT 218 – 17” / 18” 1996 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
HT 262 - 17” 1996 Burgundy, Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
HT 277 – 20” 1996 Electric Blue, Goathead Dropouts, Rear Brake Stop.
H09606036 - 18” 1996 Burgundy rear half, Orange front half c/w Maple Leaf design, Goathead Dropouts, 1996 Cable Stops – no Decals.
H09607048 – 18” 1997 Rasta Green & Yellow Flame, Goathead Dropouts.
H09611004 - 14” 1997 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Goathead Dropouts.
H09611034 – 19” 1997 c/w ’96 Decals, Blue with Burgundy Flame, Goathead Dropouts.
H09611049 – 18” 1997 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Goathead Dropouts.
H09611059 – 19” 1997 Stars ‘n’ Bars, Goathead Dropouts.
H09611102 – 19” 1997 Rasta Green & Yellow Flame, Goathead Dropouts.
H09611110 – 17” 1997 Burgundy with White Headtube & Spears, Goathead Dropouts.

Enigma:
KH77017 - 17" 1998 Sparkle Green c/w '95 Decals (original colour Green), Enigma w/o Chainstay Bridge.
KH77023 - 18” 1998 Purple with Green Flame, Enigma w/o Chain Stay Bridge.
KH78005 – 18” 1998 Black (then apparently Orange), Enigma w/o Chainstay Bridge.
KH78007 – 18” 1998 Stars ‘n’ Bars (sold 27/02/98 on Ferndale receipt), Enigma w/o Chainstay Bridge.
KH89067 – 19” 1998 Cherry / Purple, no picture of Chainstay Bridge.
KH89083 – 19” 1998 Metallic Orange, Enigma w/o Chainstay Bridge.
KHB0118 (possibly KH80118 or KH89118) 20” 1998 Mustard Yellow, Enigma w/o Chainstay Bridge.

Hodaka:
H8A2 6608 - 17” 1998 in 1997 livery with Rasta Green and Yellow Flames, and 1998 Cable Routing – claimed to be a Demo frame. No Opposite Oval Downtube, which is a feature of the Hodaka built Hot – therefore possibly a ‘98 Explosif.
H9N1 7763 – 21” 1998 Green.
H9N1 7857 – 18” 1998 Sparkle Red.
#H9##350 (possibly H9N1 #350) – 18” 1998 Metallic Green.

To Be Continued, Pip

Please send me a Private Message if you would like to add a serial number to this list, or discuss the year currently documented for a frame.
 
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Rightyho, I have updated the Serial Number List with the addition of another frame. This came from a new member via a Private Message to me. Out of respect I won’t reveal which frame it is, just in case they would prefer to keep the Serial Number private - let’s not get into a discussion here why that matters to some people :) .

Please do keep the Private Messages coming with any new additions for the list, or if anyone would like to discuss the year of a frame currently documented.

Thank you everyone who has helped with compiling this list – particularly those frames that have featured on Public Media…. that I don’t do :oops: ;) .

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I have updated the Hot Serial Number list again with a few additions, and a couple of edits.

We now have what appears to be another 1994 Factory Team frame. I only have a few pictures of these frames, some of which are poor quality, but they were painted in either Orange or Yellow to Orange fade. I’m unable to currently locate where I read that these ‘94 frames were painted up for use by the Team riders, but I assume they were for the girls, as they are 17” frames.

I have pictures of Cindy Devine riding an early 17” Hei Hei, and Lesley Tomlinson riding a 17” 1995 Hei Hei, which is painted in the Rasta Green / Yellow Flame. I do think however that all of the girls rode 17” frames, including Trish Sinclair and Leslie Greene.

Does anyone have any information on these 1994 Orange or Yellow/Orange fade Hot Team frames?

The edits on the list are with regards to a couple of “1995” frames. I’m struggling to decide what year they actually are. Before I published this list, I asked in Retro MTB Chat if anyone knew what year to serial number Tom Teesdale’s frames are. I can only assume that he serialised his frames sequentially as he produced them. It appears to me that if a frame hadn’t sold in the year for which it was produced, it ended up with the following years’ livery, regardless of any tubing changes specified for that following year.

The most stark example is a Tom Teesdale 14” 1995 Tange frame TET 1882 that ended up with 1996 Livery. The 1996 frames of course were built from Reynolds 853 by Altitude.

Anyway, I have documented a couple of 20” frames as 1994 (numerically) but with 1995 Decals. The catalogue Spec. lists the same tubing for both years. There is also another high profile frame that sits in the same category, but I’ll leave that for the owner (or anyone else) to object to how it is now listed!

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pipmeister":gbr6oto5 said:
but I assume they were for the girls, as they are 17” frames.
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:shock: i ride 17" frames! :LOL:

And am really suprised at how long a list you have, great work Pip :cool:
 

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pipmeister":2ed9s6zi said:
but I assume they were for the girls, as they are 17” frames.
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:shock: i ride 17" frames! :LOL:

And am really suprised at how long a list you have, great work Pip :cool:
Ah yes, oops and apologies Mark! :oops:; that does sound like I'm calling you a girl for riding a 17" frame. It would have been better if I had written it the other way round and said that the likes of Dario Cioni, Steve Peat, Roland Green & Ryder Hesjedal all rode 20", so those frames couldn't have been ridden by those boys!

....and thank you for the praise. Sándor asked me the other day how long did this take; what with the Titanium and the Ku Lists. I said that it gave me something to do while I was convalescing ;) .

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al-onestare":y8z1wjox said:
I was about to add the red 20" 94/95 Hot SN but you have it (it's been sold by the looks of it).
Talking of '94/'95 transition.....

I have tweaked the list again in order to accommodate the dating of the 1994/5 Tom Teesdale frames.

The U.S. and U.K. 1994 Catalogues show both the Kona Downtube Decal, and frame's model Top Tube Decal with Block font in Sliver across all models.

Catalogue 1994 page 17 by Philip Mock, on Flickr

The Gold colour Decals with the same font were not available until the 1995 Catalogue was published, but only on some models - Hei Hei, Explosif, Kula, Cinder Cone Lava Dome etc., but surprisingly not the Hot :roll: :

Catalogue 1995 page 4 by Philip Mock, on Flickr

The Top Tube Kona Custom Decal is where the main difference occurs between the two years:

1994: Block “KONA” & “CUSTOM” c/w Oval “K” in between.

94 Kona Custom Decal by Philip Mock, on Flickr


While the Block “KONA Custom” italic Decal was not available until the 1995 catalogue was published.

95 Kona Custom by Philip Mock, on Flickr


I have therefore documented the TET frames in numeric order, and added some detail regarding the style of Decal on those that are 1994/5 transition. I believe that the tubing was identical for both years.

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