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    Post your Kona Explosif's...

    Since I'm getting an Explosif soon, thought about starting a new thread with very nice Explosif bikes.

    Anybody interested in posting pix?

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    '96

    My '96 Explosif.
    Chainstay cracked a couple of years ago so had it repaired and repainted white.
    The specs changed now as I'm using it as my winter/commuter bike but I still love it.

    I have to admit that it hardly compares to my old Rocky Mountain Blizzard (stolen) and my new RM Vertex though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffbomb
    My '96 Explosif.
    Chainstay cracked a couple of years ago so had it repaired and repainted white.
    The specs changed now as I'm using it as my winter/commuter bike but I still love it.

    I have to admit that it hardly compares to my old Rocky Mountain Blizzard (stolen) and my new RM Vertex though.

    Fluff
    Ya prefer the RMs then, right? Which tubing was it made from in those years? If I remember correctly, the 97 was made from Colombus tubing, not sure about the 96 though. Nice bike btw. Thx for the pic.

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    The '96 was Columbus Max OR tubing for the main tubes. Not sure what the back end was.

    Maybe a newer Kona would be better but the Explosif back end is less forgiving than both my Blizzard or Vertex. I also find the shorter top tube on the RMs better for more technical trails.

    Don't intend giving up my Explosif for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffbomb
    The '96 was Columbus Max OR tubing for the main tubes. Not sure what the back end was.

    Maybe a newer Kona would be better but the Explosif back end is less forgiving than both my Blizzard or Vertex. I also find the shorter top tube on the RMs better for more technical trails.
    I agree re the RM geometry. How's the Explosif's build quality compared to the Blizzard? Atm I'm browsing the net re. any issues with the sliding dropouts found on the latest Explosif's / Unit's - got any experience with those? Thx for the previous reply.

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    The Blizzard was a bit nicer finished than the Explosif from what I recall (it was stolen 5 years ago). The Explosif's welding is pretty compotent and I've never had a problem with the dropouts, BB shell, head tube or the seat tube (no slipping posts). Still it is almost 10 years old so its probably wrong to compare it to a new frame.

    Not being into singlespeed I've not tried any of the sliding drop out frames. I have seen threads on the UK forum of Singletrackworld.co.uk so could be worth asking on there as well.

    I'm sure the Explosif will be a good addition to your stable of Rockies!

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffbomb
    The Blizzard was a bit nicer finished than the Explosif from what I recall (it was stolen 5 years ago). The Explosif's welding is pretty compotent and I've never had a problem with the dropouts, BB shell, head tube or the seat tube (no slipping posts). Still it is almost 10 years old so its probably wrong to compare it to a new frame.

    Not being into singlespeed I've not tried any of the sliding drop out frames. I have seen threads on the UK forum of Singletrackworld.co.uk so could be worth asking on there as well.

    I'm sure the Explosif will be a good addition to your stable of Rockies!

    Cheers,

    Fluff
    Thx the reply, Fluff. I'm not planning to ride the Explosif in SS neither. Gonna get the Kona since I have a lot of parts lying around (most of them are mid-to-high-end stuff) and a basic n' heavy Gary Fisher Mamba frame fitted with LX stuff. Therefore I'll use most of the stuff I have lying around and shift the best parts from the GF onto the Kona and reverse the GF almost to its original state.

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    My '04...

    Here is my 2004 singlespeed. It is a great bike and I may switch back to a rigid fork eventually. The F80RLC is nice though.
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    Rigid fork

    Trying to get a rigid disc fork sorted out for my Explosif at the moment. Got suspension forks on my other bikes and fancy the extra challenge of riding rigid.

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    my 03 fresh from powdercoating
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    Nice...

    Yuri,

    That looks great!!! I was thinking of doing the same thing when I get back to the states.

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    Here`s mine...

    1997 MAX OR Columbus tubing, powder coated w/ new decals. I rode it for a year. A great riding frame but alas... it has been sold because it was too small for me. It was an 18", I am better suited to a 19". Now I ride (3) Konas in stead of four. 97 Kilauea / 97 King Kahuna and a 05 Kula Primo. I love them all.


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    My '04 Explosif:


    I'm very happy with how it rides (it's my first steel frame since my first ever MTB). I'm running a fork with adjustable travel but tend to keep it with 95-100mm travel most of the time.

    I'm thinking about treating it to some TLC next summer - remove the canti bosses, fit some crud catcher bosses on the downtube and a respray. The big Q is: what colour should I go for???

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    Quote Originally Posted by allygmitchell

    I'm very happy with how it rides (it's my first steel frame since my first ever MTB). I'm running a fork with adjustable travel but tend to keep it with 95-100mm travel most of the time.

    I'm thinking about treating it to some TLC next summer - remove the canti bosses, fit some crud catcher bosses on the downtube and a respray. The big Q is: what colour should I go for???
    The original blue's cool, i would think.... hmmmm white maybe. If I were u, i'd opt for powder-coating. What about the decals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mervyn_b
    The original blue's cool, i would think.... hmmmm white maybe. If I were u, i'd opt for powder-coating. What about the decals?
    Yeah, I quite like my current colour although it looks a bit flat in some lights (spot the bike pimp ). I was toying with the idea of powder/baby blue too... Also, is powder coating harder wearing than the original finish? I haven't found the original paintjob to be that hardwearing - I take care of my bikes yet it's still pretty shabby after 18 months use. And yeah, I ain't sure where to get decals from - can anyone help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allygmitchell
    Yeah, I quite like my current colour although it looks a bit flat in some lights (spot the bike pimp ). I was toying with the idea of powder/baby blue too... Also, is powder coating harder wearing than the original finish? I haven't found the original paintjob to be that hardwearing - I take care of my bikes yet it's still pretty shabby after 18 months use. And yeah, I ain't sure where to get decals from - can anyone help?
    I have 2 Rocky Mountains (the Blizzard & the Hammer) - both of them are powder-coated. I strongly think it's much more durable - Haven't found a single scratch or stone-chip. I take great care of all my bikes. It looks to me that Kona's paintjob isn't very durable - looks like they get scratched quite easily. Try to contact your local Kona dealer about the decals - or you can design your own! I think that would be rather cool - a completely unique Kona Explosif!!
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    Cheers! I'll ask around about decals before I go ahead with the respray as I really want original decals for that 'proper' look.

    Forgot to add in my earlier posts that I've had no issues with the sliding dropouts - they're not the prettiest but they do the job very well IMO. I've bent the rear mech hanger/dropout in a crash but just bent it back into shape and have ridden it with no problems since!

    I am having problems with a slipping seatpost though - I'm using an old FSA post (as in the pic) but am going to measure the seat tube diameter just to confirm the size. Although I'm sure it is 27.2...

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    Thx for the info...

    Quote Originally Posted by allygmitchell
    Cheers! I'll ask around about decals before I go ahead with the respray as I really want original decals for that 'proper' look.

    Forgot to add in my earlier posts that I've had no issues with the sliding dropouts - they're not the prettiest but they do the job very well IMO. I've bent the rear mech hanger/dropout in a crash but just bent it back into shape and have ridden it with no problems since!

    I am having problems with a slipping seatpost though - I'm using an old FSA post (as in the pic) but am going to measure the seat tube diameter just to confirm the size. Although I'm sure it is 27.2...
    Thx for the info. Agree re. the "proper" look. I'd probably do the same. Will be getting mine next month most probably. Looking forward for it! I've already got a Thomson s/p. Hoping I won't have slippage issues though

    Thx anyway...

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    Here's my '05 Explosif...

    I just replaced this bike with an '06 Unit 2-9.
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    Whoa... that`s a wild looking setup you`ve got there. Is that a 29er front wheel with a 700c fork? Tell me you didn`t use this as a SS cross bike?

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    An 05, SS in the pic, gears other times. Marathon SL, 11degree sweep Salsa Pro-Moto bar, RF Diabalous HS/Dues Crankset, XTR hubs-717s, XTR brakes/XT levers (none of that dual control crap), 2.1 IRC Mibro's, and Sram X9 triggers/derail when it's got gears.
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    Here's mine

    It's a 853 98 that I bought new as a frame.
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    Actually no... This is what I raced as a SS cross bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by top_ring
    Whoa... that`s a wild looking setup you`ve got there. Is that a 29er front wheel with a 700c fork? Tell me you didn`t use this as a SS cross bike?
    I ran the Explosif in several configurations: 29/26 rigid and 26/26 hardtail with several different forks. My favorite setup was the XVert Super (which ironically is now on the Unit 2-9) reduced to 85mm of travel (for reduced ride height/steeper headtube angle).

    Attached is a pic of me racing my '06 Jake the Snake in the singlespeed class at a recent race here in Nebraska.

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    99 model

    Here's my ex ... well it's still in the garage, been rebuilt for a friend, but this is what it looked like before I went FS (El Salty)

    So 99 model, Reynolds 853, 18", 517 on sram 9.0sl hubs, XT k7, sram 9.0sl RD and 9.0 shifters
    XT FD, XT cranks with Stronglight rings, avid 3.0 vb ('97) sram 9.0 brake levers, Marz Z2 light ...
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    Will ever be a sticky Exposif thread?

    There was already a Explosif thread some time ago, now another...
    Here is mine. A 03 custom build. Some upgrades since my last post: Fork, some ti bolts, ritchey wcs handlebar..
    I will never get used to that clumsy disc mount weld !
    Now it´s around 10.7kg, 23.5lbs
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    Here's mine... It's a goofy, fun bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djcrb9
    Here's mine... It's a goofy, fun bike.

    ... for a goofy, fun guy!

    cheers,
    mg

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    ... for a goofy, fun guy!

    cheers,
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    Heh, thanks... you know me all too well.
    BTW, we're on our 23rd straight day of rain here.

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    bring on the ark!

    Quote Originally Posted by djcrb9
    Heh, thanks... you know me all too well.
    BTW, we're on our 23rd straight day of rain here.
    ouch!!! no wonder you've got the fenders on. we're having a super january so far here. no snow on the ground at all...

    you should see how i've got the unit 2-9 built up now. it's now a 1x8 with my sc32 on the front. the geometry is awesome with that fork! it's one of the most maneuverable 29ers i've ever ridden. the only others that compare (among the 29ers i've ridden) are mw's fully-rigid soulcrafts. i'll get pics posted here and on my blog soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    ouch!!! no wonder you've got the fenders on. we're having a super january so far here. no snow on the ground at all...

    you should see how i've got the unit 2-9 built up now. it's now a 1x8 with my sc32 on the front. the geometry is awesome with that fork! it's one of the most maneuverable 29ers i've ever ridden. the only others that compare (among the 29ers i've ridden) are mw's fully-rigid soulcrafts. i'll get pics posted here and on my blog soon.

    cheers,
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    Nice!

    Here's mine, but i have some Industry Nine wheels right now, with gold spokes. TACKY!
    I'll get a photo with the new wheels here soon. They're great wheels, too. Stiff as hell.

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    i couldnt help but notice that about half of the explosifs are rigid, do you guys just not want the extra weight? how much do the frames way?

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    I've made a few changes since this pic, but this is when I first put it together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djcrb9
    Nice!

    Here's mine, but i have some Industry Nine wheels right now, with gold spokes. TACKY!
    I'll get a photo with the new wheels here soon. They're great wheels, too. Stiff as hell.
    Hey, that's not an explosif - it's a schweet unit! i just picked one up. Just waiting for the parts to roll in. I would like to see a pic of the elusive I9 29er wheels...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    Hey, that's not an explosif - it's a schweet unit! i just picked one up. Just waiting for the parts to roll in. I would like to see a pic of the elusive I9 29er wheels...
    Here's one quick pic of them... They're really stiff. And hell, gold spokes!

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    1988 Explosif

    Check this out. The mother of all your Explosif babies.



    1988 Explosif, first one imported into Europe. All original apart from new LX hubs and Syncros Shotgun straight bar.

    And she rides well!

    If anyone has a 1996 or 1997 Hot, let me know!!

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    1988 Explosif

    1988 Explosif, the mother to all your Explosif babies.



    Was one iof the first Konas imported into Europe. All original apart from LX hubs and Syncros Shotgun bar.

    If anyone has a 1996 or 1997 Hot - let me know!

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    it's not really a weight thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by carnage
    i couldnt help but notice that about half of the explosifs are rigid, do you guys just not want the extra weight? how much do the frames way?
    ... it's more of the fact that the explosif rides really well with a rigid fork. my 19" frame was right at 5lbs -- the dropouts add some weight to the overall package, but they're a good design, and the frame rides the way I want a steel frame to ride. springy yet stiff, with the right amount of give to make it feel and corner just right.

    here's a pic of my '05 explosif set up in 26/26 config. with a x-vert super on the front (reduced to 85mm travel for this application). the pics i posted before were of the bike in 29/26, fully-rigid mode.

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    ... it's more of the fact that the explosif rides really well with a rigid fork. my 19" frame was right at 5lbs -- the dropouts add some weight to the overall package, but they're a good design, and the frame rides the way I want a steel frame to ride. springy yet stiff, with the right amount of give to make it feel and corner just right.

    here's a pic of my '05 explosif set up in 26/26 config. with a x-vert super on the front (reduced to 85mm travel for this application). the pics i posted before were of the bike in 29/26, fully-rigid mode.

    cheers,
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    Nice racin there, buddy. Why not bust out the 96er for SS race duty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamgent1
    1988 Explosif, the mother to all your Explosif babies.



    Was one iof the first Konas imported into Europe. All original apart from LX hubs and Syncros Shotgun bar.

    If anyone has a 1996 or 1997 Hot - let me know!

    Check out my othe Konas here
    WOW! That's an awesome bike. I nabbed an old 1989 Fire Mountian off Ebay to show off, but that's way cooler. Nice, thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamgent1
    1988 Explosif, the mother to all your Explosif babies.

    ...

    Was one iof the first Konas imported into Europe. All original apart from LX hubs and Syncros Shotgun bar.

    If anyone has a 1996 or 1997 Hot - let me know!

    Check out my othe Konas here
    Checked out your site - very nice Kona's!

    That HOT's awesome!

    If only I can find old steel Kona's for sale!!

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    04 Explosif

    Quote Originally Posted by Mervyn_b
    Since I'm getting an Explosif soon, thought about starting a new thread with very nice Explosif bikes.

    Anybody interested in posting pix?

    Thx
    Her's my 04. It's got a different wheelset now and I got rid of the bashring.
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    Got the Explosif

    LBS just phoned me that he's got my Explosif frameset - will pick it up later on today. Still need to receive some parts though. (cranks, brake booster etc.) This would be the last addition to my stable of bikes HOPEFULLY, or at least, for the time being (can't foresee what'll happen in 10yrs time ) Will post pics in the near future.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Here's my Explosif. Built it up mainly with parts i had laying around...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    Hey, that's not an explosif - it's a schweet unit! i just picked one up. Just waiting for the parts to roll in. I would like to see a pic of the elusive I9 29er wheels...
    mine is finally done.
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    My new Explosif

    I just built up this 2001 Explosif. I had been riding a 95 Specialized Stumpjumper M2, with a set of Mag 21's, and they finally went. I spent a torturous couple months trying to find a replacement fork, and after a few dead ends I called up Kona (working at a bike store this summer) and asked if they had any Explosif's in a 20". They told me all they had was a 2001, and they didn't seem to realize (and niether did I at the time) that this year wasn't a steel frame, but a scandium one. I was dissapointed at first until they told me how much they were going to charge me (Less than a keg of beer) and how much the frame retailed for originally. I am broke as hell right now, so I had to build it on the cheap. I took some parts from my faithful stumpy (which will become a commuter next summer) and bought some stuff on the cheap and voila, my Explosif. Went for my first long ride today, and my god this thing handles like a dreamn. To say its flickable is a massive understatement. I'm now obssesed, and I am dying to get my hands on a steel explosif to build up when I get some more cash.

    <img src="https://www.metachemix.com/Explosif.JPG" height="600" width="800">

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    1997 MAX OR Columbus tubing. The ride is smooth as silk, especially with the custom built titanium fork made by James at Black Sheep Bikes.


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    Just a few hours old from the LBS. Taking her out for her shakeout ride in Flagstaff, about 4 hours from now (which is why I'm posting this @ 2:30 -- can't sleep!).

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    Explosif 2006

    i have been riding this for a few weeks now & enjoying it. it seems to just glide over singletrack, climbs easy & gets up to a decent speed when the track widens out or turns into road. it took me while to find a good steel frame here in Australia, i'm glad I chose a kona.

    now for 3 green explosifs in a row:
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    Quote Originally Posted by greendream
    i have been riding this for a few weeks now & enjoying it. it seems to just glide over singletrack, climbs easy & gets up to a decent speed when the track widens out or turns into road. it took me while to find a good steel frame here in Australia, i'm glad I chose a kona.

    now for 3 green explosifs in a row:
    I can't believe I'm the only one to post a root beer colored Explosif. It's the prettiest color in the whole bunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    I can't believe I'm the only one to post a root beer colored Explosif. It's the prettiest color in the whole bunch!

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    The rootbeer is not too shabby. I wanted either a blue or silver model, but the frame itself is only available in green for 2006. The color option is only on full builds.

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    greendream, how do you like that reba on there? I am considering it for my SS. Which model Reba is it?

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    hey mud'n'sweat,
    i'm impressed with the Reba Race '06 (with pop loc) plush ride, very adjustable & stiff. set up with 80mm of travel which i found improved the geometry of the bike compared to 105mm of tralvel from the OEM fork. (the interesting thing about fork travel is when you read the KONA frame specs they indicate that the explosif is designed for 80mm forks yet fit a105mm fork?)
    i'm not a small bloke (100kg+) & these forks cope really well with anything i've dished out to date. heaps better than the OEM Marz.gran fondo 1

    unfortunately here in OZ, green is the only colour selection availble.

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    Awesome! I am running a 80mm fork on mine so I haven't felt it with 100mm on. It feels perfect now so I wanted to stay with the 80mm. I'm a clyde myself and lateral stiffness is very important. I think I'll end up going with that Reba pretty soon. Gotta sell off some parts to pay for it.

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    I've been thorougly impressed with the Reba Race. I have it set at 115mm on my Explosif and I'm not a small guy -- 220# when I'm loaded up for a ride. Easy to adjust, plenty stiff, fun to fiddle with while I close in on the perfect ride characteristics. I'm a long-time Marzocchi fan but the Reba has got me taking another look at RS's other products.

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    For those of you running an Explosif 2-9 with gears are you sliding the dropouts all the way forward?

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    nope

    Quote Originally Posted by cycljunkie
    For those of you running an Explosif 2-9 with gears are you sliding the dropouts all the way forward?
    gotta run mine most of the way back so the tire doesn't hit the front dur

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    greendream, i scored a Reba race on closeout yesterday for $315! I put it on last night and I absolutely love it so far. Very plush and responsive for an air fork.

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    Good job! Congrats!

    Quote Originally Posted by mud'n'sweat
    greendream, i scored a Reba race on closeout yesterday for $315! I put it on last night and I absolutely love it so far. Very plush and responsive for an air fork.
    I'd like to add that the Reba is a very easy fork to service. I have two (29'er versions) and both forks perform incredibly well!

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    well done muddy. looks like this fork/frame combo is surely the way to go.

    & junkie, how often do you service the reba's, to what extent & any tips for the unwary? thaks
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    Quote Originally Posted by greendream
    well done muddy. looks like this fork/frame combo i'm surely the way to go.

    & junkie, how often do you service the reba's, to what extent & any tips for the unwary? thaks
    Every 6 months do a complete tear-down. Clean all the parts (my o-rings were still good) and fresh oil. Just download the instructions from the RS site. Super easy!

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    cool, thanks very much.

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    Here is my Explosif. Hadley/Mavic wheels. White Industry cranks. R7 Platinum forks.

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    Really nice build positron!

    That ENO chainring looks huge! What is it, a 38t?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mud'n'sweat
    Really nice build positron!

    That ENO chainring looks huge! What is it, a 38t?
    Thanks. Took a bit of time to get it together.

    It is a 36t. It is pictured there running 36x14 for dirt crit racing.

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    In honor of the 29er wave sweeping America...

    Here's my newly acquired 2006 26er Explosif!





    "Nobody ever told me not to try" - Curious George Soundtrack by Jack Johnson

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    99 explosif

    Here is my old kona explosif. Now it's ensambled with xtr brakes. It's the best hardtail frame I ever ride. I'm from Spain
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    After seeing positron's pic, now I'm really itching. I've got an '06 frame on the way....supposed to be delivered Thursday. Damn those UPS guys for taking Jan 1 off!!!!

    Especially cool seeing it with an R7 fork since that's what I'm going to run on it.

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    Any of you guys kno anyone interested in buying a 2005 explosif frame? i'm selling mine to fund the new king kahuna or a cove hummer. its in good condition with a bit of cable rub on the top tube and only a few chips on the underside of the chainstays

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    I've got an 04 explosif that is currently back with Kona (hopefully) pending a warranty replacement. I've been looking at the 06 & 07 models and am struggling to tell from photographs, but is it just me or has the tube profile changed? What I mean is that the downtube no longer looks round. Also, does anyone know if there is a neat way of removing the canti bosses from the rear triangle, or will this void warranty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jj260676
    I've got an 04 explosif that is currently back with Kona (hopefully) pending a warranty replacement. I've been looking at the 06 & 07 models and am struggling to tell from photographs, but is it just me or has the tube profile changed? What I mean is that the downtube no longer looks round. Also, does anyone know if there is a neat way of removing the canti bosses from the rear triangle, or will this void warranty?
    The top and down tubes aren't round. They are a tear drop shape of sorts (the top tube would be an upside down tear drop). It's very hard to tell that about the top tube at a glance. The down tube is very well pronounced. I think is pretty cool myself. Quiet different for steal tubing.

    Any mods to the frame would almost certainly void any warranty from any frame manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jj260676
    does anyone know if there is a neat way of removing the canti bosses from the rear triangle, or will this void warranty?
    The bosses will come off with a wrench,they're removable. Cutting off the boss braze-ons will undoubtedly void a warranty.

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    I don't want the braze ons off the frame, just the bosses. I had no idea they were removable, they certainly are tight. Is it just a case of grab tightly with a wrench then counter-clockwise turns? (This is all dependant on actually getting the frame back.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jj260676
    I don't want the braze ons off the frame, just the bosses. I had no idea they were removable, they certainly are tight. Is it just a case of grab tightly with a wrench then counter-clockwise turns? (This is all dependant on actually getting the frame back.)
    Ok, well most bosses are removable, check to see that yours has wrench flats and obvious threading into the braze-on. You should be able to see if they're removable from the backside of the braze-on whether the boss is threaded. Removable bosses are heavily lock tited and do require some torque.

    Beautiful bikes, by the way. I fix on getting one next time I'm in the market.

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    hav u guys actually succeeded in getting the bosses off as when i tried they just wouldnt budge

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    Thanks for the advice Spinny. I just checked my Santa Cruz frame and it turns out that one has flat spots too. I had no idea they would come off. That's a job for the weekend. Oh and I just heard back from Kona (UK) and it turns out they are going to replace my 04 explosif with an 07. Should have it by end of next week, and if someone can point me in the direction of some instructions on how to, I'll try to post some pictures when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haggis1978
    hav u guys actually succeeded in getting the bosses off as when i tried they just wouldnt budge
    I want to make it clear that I don't have an Explosive. I'm assuming that the bosses are removable as they are on Kona's aluminums.
    Have you tried a dollop of triflow or WD40, allowing it to soak in for 10 minutes? Afterward, give the boss a few LIGHT taps with the handle of a wrench in a 3 dimensional way--top, bottom, sides, front--- in order to help break loose residue and binding. This has worked for me.

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    1997 Columbus Max - 19" piece of riding greatness. This is surely a "top ten" XC ride, especially with the Black Sheep custon titanium fork.

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    Are those a set of classic anodized Odyssey flat pedals on that babe? I still have a new pair of Odyssey's in the box that I bought a long time ago and never got round to using--went eggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinny
    Are those a set of classic anodized Odyssey flat pedals on that babe? I still have a new pair of Odyssey's in the box that I bought a long time ago and never got round to using--went eggies.
    They are actually Wellgo but I know the ones you are talking about. I have a pair on my 97 King Kahuna and 05 Kula Primo, and they have titanium spindles too. Try and find those now? Even the cromo spindles are hard to get. Keep yours and use them or sell them to me. lol

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    This WAS an Explosif...

    I picked up my Explosif over the winter on Ebay as complete bike. I ended up selling all the parts off of it and making a few mods to the frame. Here's what I did - stripped the stock paint, removed ALL the housing stops, cut off the brake posts, cut the der tab off of the drive side drop out, attached some hydro line guides and had it repainted with a beautiful gloss black fade to Mazda Copper.

    Everything turned out better than I couldve hoped for. I love it.
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    Nice work. Looks light! That copper fade would've looked nice on the head tube also, fading half way back. Get some repro decals, or perhaps you like it clean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by top_ring
    Nice work. Looks light! That copper fade would've looked nice on the head tube also, fading half way back. Get some repro decals, or perhaps you like it clean?
    I couldn't be happier with the finish and I think for the time I will leave naked. Its not all that light, the frame is over 5lbs and the complete bike is approximately 23.5lbs

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    One from Finland..!



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    What size Explosif frame would you recommend for a 5'11 rider?

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    I'm 5'11" and am on the 19" frame. I started with an 18" which is what both Kona and Bikeman figured would be right but it was too small. The 19" feals dead on to me. The only reason I even tried the 18" was due to the Kona spec sheet for standover clearance. It turns out that they are a little off (in my opinion) on their measurements. Based on their numbers, I would have no clearance on a 19" with 80mm fork. I'm riding a 19" with 100mm fork and have good clearance.

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    Heres mine. 99 frame. The rest is newer. 24.5lbs I love the bike. Nothing like a quality steel HT.
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    94 Explosif 1/2 build

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/harleyparson/Kona02/photo#5149555187543065714"><img src="https://lh5.google.com/harleyparson/R3blKNjGRHI/AAAAAAAABk0/f-tSa0_5yr4/s288/HPIM0092.JPG" /></a>

    Looking to re-build and having a hard time finding the seat post cable guide.
    Any help out there?

    TIA

    Vintage Retro Classic forum link as well: https://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retro-classic/kona-explosif-2008-a-369345.html

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    Hi, Im from Spain and this is my first post. My 96 explosif needs some updates, but its still a good bike to ride. Is it possible to find original 96 decals for this bike in Europe? Is it very difficult to single-speed it?

    I hope you enjoy the pics

    Thank you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrSOn1980
    Hi, Im from Spain and this is my first post. My 96 explosif needs some updates, but its still a good bike to ride. Is it possible to find original 96 decals for this bike in Europe? Is it very difficult to single-speed it?
    I hope you enjoy the pics
    Thank you!!
    Original decals are not available anywhere, but you could get good quality copies made if you could find good quality digital images to copy from. Do you think the colour of the originals goes well with the white respray though? This is what the bike originally looked like:
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyinhove
    Original decals are not available anywhere, but you could get good quality copies made if you could find good quality digital images to copy from. Do you think the colour of the originals goes well with the white respray though? This is what the bike originally looked like:
    Oppsss, so i must keep the decals ive already have. Thank you

    Its strange...my father has got 96explosif too in the original colour...but both my fathers and mine were yellow. Maybe there were different colours for US and Europe...because in 1996 in Spain there were two different options for explosif frames: Tange Ultimate (Green) and Columbus Max OR (yellow).

    Has anyone else the yellow frame for 1996 explosif?? I can take a photo of my fathers to show you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrSOn1980
    Oppsss, so i must keep the decals ive already have. Thank you

    Its strange...my father has got 96explosif too in the original colour...but both my fathers and mine were yellow. Maybe there were different colours for US and Europe...because in 1996 in Spain there were two different options for explosif frames: Tange Ultimate (Green) and Columbus Max OR (yellow).
    Has anyone else the yellow frame for 1996 explosif?? I can take a photo of my fathers to show you...
    Yes, post a photograph and we'll date it for you.

    The green bike in Tange Ultimate was the 94 Explosif, it was then made from Columbus Max from 95 to 97. The 97 bike was kind of yellow, but more mustard, but yours isn't a 97 as it has down tube cable routing for the front mech. It is definitely a Columbus Max Explosif though as it has the biovalised top and down tubes (as has the 96 bike in the photos I posted, which were taken in England).

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyinhove
    Yes, post a photograph and we'll date it for you.

    The green bike in Tange Ultimate was the 94 Explosif, it was then made from Columbus Max from 95 to 97. The 97 bike was kind of yellow, but more mustard, but yours isn't a 97 as it has down tube cable routing for the front mech. It is definitely a Columbus Max Explosif though as it has the biovalised top and down tubes (as has the 96 bike in the photos I posted, which were taken in England).

    Here they are
    I must say that I would have preferred the green one if Id known it...but as i told you, in Spain I never saw it. However, the main thing is that i really love this bike...the only thing id like to do is single-speed it. Is it difficult with the spinergy? Is it necessary to change the rear hub?
    Thanks for all
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrSOn1980
    Here they are
    I must say that I would have preferred the green one if Id known it...but as i told you, in Spain I never saw it. However, the main thing is that i really love this bike...the only thing id like to do is single-speed it. Is it difficult with the spinergy? Is it necessary to change the rear hub?
    Thanks for all
    Wow! Thanks very much for showing that bike, I've never seen one of those before and I think it looks great. Definitely 96 as you say, those are the right decals and the cable routing is right. It could be a special colour for the Spanish market, I have heard of another case of that being done, or it could be that they made a late batch of bikes in a different colour for the second part of the 96 model year - they definitely did that with the Explosif in 95 - here are the two 95 colours just out of interest - the brighter colour being the original, the dark one the late season variation.

    Well at least you have perfect examples of the original 1996 decals to photograph in case you ever want to have copies made! Incidentally the black decals on your white bike are 98 ones designed for the Hei Hei and the Kula. The Explosif had red decals that year, which explains why they couldn't get a matching top tube decal.

    I can't advise on singlespeed I'm afraid, but there is a very active singlespeed forum on mtbr, so I'm sure you could find expert advice there.
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    My '06

    This is pretty much what it looks like today. I did swap out the '06 Reba with V-brake mounts for an '07 Reba without V-brake mounts. I didn't realize the fork colors weren't identical from '06 to '07--I have gotten used to the brushed light silver, but I prefer the glossy darker silver seen here. I ran it 1x8 once; the flexibility of the bike was a big draw. That, plus it's steel.

    More about the build: LX crank and brakes; 717 rims with XT rear hub and Specialized front hub.

    Great geometry and ride quality. It's been a real workhorse. I love this bike!
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    Here is mine, updated with an older Fox F80. That is a '04 OX Platinum 18" frame with canti bosses totally removed. Hope Pro II SS hubs, wtb rims and R. Ralphs. Truvativ riser, FCF stem, Cotroltech seat post and Selle Italia saddle. Running with 36 teeth Blackspire Mono Veloce on old LX cranks at the front and a 17 teeth Surly Single Cog at rear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamgent1
    1988 Explosif, the mother to all your Explosif babies.



    Was one iof the first Konas imported into Europe. All original apart from LX hubs and Syncros Shotgun bar.

    If anyone has a 1996 or 1997 Hot - let me know!

    Check out my other Konas here
    I love that...since I have one.

    My '88 frame just went to the powder coaters... all the original paint was gone and it had a hideous paint job. From what I know it was bought as a frame set and fork and built up locally.

    I plan to build it up as a rigid ss with a virtually unused 1992 Deore DX group, including DX hubs and handbuilt wheels.

    And yes...it will be a lovely shade of green.
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    Though not exactly an Explosif but almost identical here is my 97 Kilauea (Columbus Cyber - 19") after a bit of work: (I doubt there re enough Kila's to warrent their own thread)


    Johhny at Kona told me that it was discontinued because there was only room for one high end steel bike in Kona's line-up (Oct 98), I'm glad Kona still offers the Explosif as I'm itching to build a new race bike this fall and aluminum just doesn't do it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photograph
    Though not exactly an Explosif but almost identical here is my 97 Kilauea (Columbus Cyber - 19") after a bit of work: (I doubt there re enough Kila's to warrent their own thread)
    Johhny at Kona told me that it was discontinued because there was only room for one high end steel bike in Kona's line-up (Oct 98), I'm glad Kona still offers the Explosif as I'm itching to build a new race bike this fall and aluminum just doesn't do it for me.
    If the UK is anything to go by, the 97 Kilauea far outsold the Explosif, but I guess what Johnny meant was they only sold enough between the two to justify one model. So they chose a ridiculous paint scheme for the 98 Kilauea, sold just about none and that was the end of it.

    I wish mine was in such superb condition as yours!
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    Here's my Explosif. Started off as a singlespeed then got gears. As with any toy this may not be the end of the build cycle. And yes, the tires are both 2.1's. Kinda interesting how different manufactures view sizing.






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    Photos cross-posted in 29er forum. See here for complete write-up: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=408588











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    1998 Explosif

    Reynolds 853 main tubes, 725 stays. Size 17 weighs 4.35lbs. Thats a quarter of a pound heavier than the 96 Columbus Max Explosif that Im currently working on, so its presumably stiffer, or at least stronger. On first impression it feels very fast - solid and direct, but not at all harsh and with a very well-controlled rear end.
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    A 92 Explosif Pro. Currently stripped down and being rebuilt without the purple.



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    Explosif's look good in green... this is my '88's frame with some fresh powder.

    I ride with 65'er...he's a mountain goat....But then again, we need to throw him in the mud and pack his pockets with lead shot before a scale will read him. - Psycho Mike

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    Got mine out of the garage this week for the first time in a while for a ride



    I'll get some more pics when i've cleaned it up again, as a few bits have changed since it was born in 96/97 time

    Lovely bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epoch_02
    Got mine out of the garage this week for the first time in a while for a ride

    I'll get some more pics when i've cleaned it up again, as a few bits have changed since it was born in 96/97 time

    Lovely bikes
    Nice. Thanks for sharing. I had a 97 and I'm sorry I let it go. Also... welcome to the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top_ring
    Nice. Thanks for sharing. I had a 97 and I'm sorry I let it go. Also... welcome to the forum.
    Sorry thanks, I haven't had the chance to look around much yet and make the obligatory newbie post (Google search brought this thread up )

    I'm hoping to learn a little about what's changed in the world before carrying out a few mods to the old girl, she still rides really nice, although it was only a gentle run out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epoch_02
    Sorry thanks, I haven't had the chance to look around much yet and make the obligatory newbie post (Google search brought this thread up )

    I'm hoping to learn a little about what's changed in the world before carrying out a few mods to the old girl, she still rides really nice, although it was only a gentle run out.
    Looks pretty good already, except you do really need some nobbles on your tyres! Steel frames don't come much better, or lighter, than a Columbus Max Explosif.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyinhove
    Looks pretty good already, except you do really need some nobbles on your tyres! Steel frames don't come much better, or lighter, than a Columbus Max Explosif.
    Totally agree with Anthony.

    BTW Ant - latest acquisition... 95 Columbus MAX frame is exactly 1930 grams (4.25 lbs.) stripped down. I believe Kona had a claimed weight of 4.0 lbs.

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    Here it is... my latest Kona score. Not the Score. A 95 Columbus MAX Explosif. It is now stripped of its parts and being prepared for something special. Stay tuned.

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    Lots of good looking classic Explosifs in this topic.

    Here is my modern 2008 Explosif:



    It's set up with a carbon fork, Hone Cranks and some awesome Luv Handles from GroovyCycleworks.

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    Here's my 2004 Explosif. I built the bike up in '04 and then didn't really ride it much (got married, had a kid, blah blah blah). About 3 months ago I got back into mountain biking and got bitten by the upgrade bug. It started with a simple upgrade to disc brakes and a compatible wheelset. Now the only things remaining from the original build are the forks and headset (and there's a new headset in the mail). I absolutely love this bike - everything is dialed in perfectly and it handles like a dream.



    Rock Shox SID Race, SRAM X.0 Twisters, SRAM X.9 rear D (KCNC jockeys in the mail), Shimano XT front D, SRAM PG990 11-32 cassette, Race Race Deus XC cranks, Crank Bros Eggbeater SL pedals, Thomson Elite stem, Ritchey WCS Carbon Rizer bars, Thomson Masterpiece set-back seat post, Selle Italia SLR XC saddle, Sun-Ringle Charger wheelset, KCNC skewers (in the mail), Avid BB7 brakes, Avid SD7 levers, Alligator Wind Cutter rotors, Kenda Small Block 8 tires. Two Fenix P3D lights up front, and a Cateye in the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by top_ring
    1997 Columbus Max - 19" piece of riding greatness. This is surely a "top ten" XC ride, especially with the Black Sheep custon titanium fork.

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    Hey Topring.
    Nice Ride.
    I have the same frame, but it still has the original Judy XC fork, which needs to go.

    I am not sure what rigid fork would be best. Do you have the measurments of your Black Sheep?

    I am looking at these:

    Kona Project 2, 410mm a-c: . The distance from the center of the axle to the crown race is 410mm.

    or

    Kona Project 2, 440mm a-c: . The distance from the center of the axle to the crown race is 440mm.

    Any info would be sweet

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by burtondogs
    Hey Topring.
    Nice Ride.
    I have the same frame, but it still has the original Judy XC fork, which needs to go.
    I am not sure what rigid fork would be best. Do you have the measurments of your Black Sheep?
    I am looking at these:
    Kona Project 2, 410mm a-c: . The distance from the center of the axle to the crown race is 410mm.
    or
    Kona Project 2, 440mm a-c: . The distance from the center of the axle to the crown race is 440mm.
    Any info would be sweet
    Thanks
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    You need the 410mm version to give you a 71 degree head angle with your 97 frame Jim. Although it's worth bearing in mind that Kona kept exactly the same geometry in subsequent years, so the frame would still be happy with forks like an SID set at 63mm or a 70mm Z2. i.e., oldish forks that actually work, in contrast to elastomer Judys!

    The 440mm P2s give a very slack angle (as well as being very ugly), so I'm not sure what they're actually intended for.

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    It's either a 91 or 92. Original paint, the original owner said he bought it when they were having a promotion and you could choose any paint(s) you wanted.




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    My Explosif from '93. I use it mainly for commuting nowadays.
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    Here's mine after a respray, a long bike trip, and some crude oil on the road in Mexico. Looking good eh?


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    crude oil in the road eh, a novel approach to lubing your bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweptwind
    Here's mine after a respray, a long bike trip, and some crude oil on the road in Mexico. Looking good eh?
    I've seen worse, a lot worse.

    Am I right in thinking it's a 95? Size 17?

    Bit of a classic really.

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    anthonyinhove - nearly there; a '94 size 16. If you look carefully you'll just be able to make out the Ultimate ribbing. This is my favorite bike - it's not the most capable; I've got other arrows in the quiver for that. But you can never really love plastic and alu, eh?

    Stolen in '95, returned by the coppers eight months later ('upgraded' by the thief with Ringle, spds etc) ; stolen again in Peru in 2004 when someone pointed a gun at my head and took it off me; returned by me 2 minutes later when I took a gamble and decided he wasn't going to shoot. Now resprayed again, and used for wheelie practice I tried to get the framebuilder to restore the original olive green but I think he thought I was talking about the green Sutra.

    There are some lovely bikes on here. Isn't Chksix's Explosif a '92? I thought the '93s were two tone.


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    jesus lol you and your bike sure have some history, glad ur still here to talk about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweptwind
    anthonyinhove - nearly there; a '94 size 16. If you look carefully you'll just be able to make out the Ultimate ribbing. This is my favorite bike - it's not the most capable; I've got other arrows in the quiver for that. But you can never really love plastic and alu, eh?
    Aw shucks, I couldn't see the fluting til you said it was there, now I can. The power of suggestion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweptwind
    Stolen in '95, returned by the coppers eight months later ('upgraded' by the thief with Ringle, spds etc) ; stolen again in Peru in 2004 when someone pointed a gun at my head and took it off me; returned by me 2 minutes later when I took a gamble and decided he wasn't going to shoot. Now resprayed again, and used for wheelie practice I tried to get the framebuilder to restore the original olive green but I think he thought I was talking about the green Sutra.
    You've got me confused - how is it now, white and oily or green with disc brakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweptwind
    There are some lovely bikes on here. Isn't Chksix's Explosif a '92? I thought the '93s were two tone.
    No, I don't think so - I think it's a 93 as stated. It has the striped 93 decals and the 93 pattern of P2s in silver with white letters and a gold badge. Also I think we can see the fluting there, just like yours (unless that's the power of suggestion as well).

    For some part of the 93 model year, there was a single-colour range of Konas that was sold only in North America. This is the catalogue pic of the black 93 Explosif, in a size 18 (Chksix's bike is a 16).
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    Hi guys!
    I bought it in 93 but I'm not sure myself if the store had kept it for 6 months on the shelf.
    The saddle is a cheap seat I got from a newer frame. I'll switch back to my (the original) Ti Flight seat I use on the DJ now (pic in my profile). Since I'm never seated on that bike I don't need a fancy saddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyinhove
    If the UK is anything to go by, the 97 Kilauea far outsold the Explosif, but I guess what Johnny meant was they only sold enough between the two to justify one model. So they chose a ridiculous paint scheme for the 98 Kilauea, sold just about none and that was the end of it.

    I wish mine was in such superb condition as yours!
    Yay, it's good to see some Kilaueas being sneaked into the Explosif thread .

    Mine's one of the 1998 models that you mentioned. One person described the colour of my bike as "baby diarrhea yellow". Still, I love it and have been riding it for years.
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    2007 Explosif & Project 2 rigid fork, with Rohloff. The derailleur cable guides are perfect for a nice clean cable routing.
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    Another '95 Columbus Max . Fairly non-original obviously
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    2006, 2008 parts. Really good handling for singeltrack. Maxxis SpeedKing running tubeless, with low pressure it flows over roots and rocks.

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    My Kona Explosif '96 SS, Spanish Color.




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    2005 Explosif

    Here's my 2005 Explosif + Morati fork, Morati M-bar ......









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    Wow! Nice titanium bits you've got there. Some pretty rare stuff indeed. I like it!

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    Has anyone got any pics of the '05 UK only black explosif? I had one but can't find the pics

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    does anyone know if running a 100mm travel fork on an older explosif, say, 1999 would be a bad Idea. I couldn't figure out at which point they changed frame geo to accommodate longer travel forks. how is the tire clearance with the older reynolds tubeset like the 99' or so. The help is greatly appreciated. Im trying to decide on a purchase.

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    I post this with reserve in this thread because the aesthetics have changed, but the foundation has remained the same. Aside from a cable guide mod this 1995 Columbus MAX tubeset is still a Kona Explosif... or should I say KOMA!

    Sort of a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    Weight = 18.5 lbs.

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    unbelievable! what kind of brake levers are those? and the band-aid is priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxplosif
    unbelievable! what kind of brake levers are those? and the band-aid is priceless.
    The Levers are Extralite. 32 grams each and very responsive.

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    um, does anybody know of, or have a 19" explosif frame they'd like to sell me?
    preferably a 98 or 99 - i want 853
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    92 Explosif Pro
    Original paint believe it or not


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    That's really excellent. With such a distinctive custom colour scheme, it's really every bit as good as a Hot (and there's no disrespect implied to Mr Teesdale in that comment).

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    I'm kicking myself for not having a camera along, but I got to ride an all-black '92 or '93 Explosif with the Project Two fork yesterday. It's in mint shape, still with the original tires (dry and cracked, but with good knobbies)! We did a 90-minute singletrack loop here in BC's Okanagan Valley.

    I ride an '07 Coiler these days, and it's been almost 10 years since I had ridden any steel hardtail. What a pleasant surprise! Even fully rigid, it was surprisingly supple over bumps and roots...which probably won't surprise anyone on this thread. The cantilever brakes were set up well, but honestly they were the only major weakness of the bike (I know this may be blasphemy, but compared to new gear they were somewhat terrifying on the descent). The old XT thumbshifters performed remarkably well...much better than I remembered from my bikes of that era.

    The thing climbed like mad, rocketing up mid-grade steeps and rolling so well on flat sections. Rougher sections on the way down were challenging and slower, but mostly in a good way that kept me on my toes, paying attention to every rock and root. With a bigger tire on the front and maybe a v-brake or two, it would have been easier, but maybe not more fun.

    Although partly my enjoyment was nostalgia, I hadn't had that much fun on a ride in a long time! Now I just have to find a way to convince him to sell it to me...

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    Whoah, what a blast from the past...

    J, hope you're well and the Okanagen is treating you nicely still! Ironically, I'll be in Kelowna this weekend for a stag party. Gonna hit Silverstar one day, Gillard and Powers Creek as well.

    My best to you and the fam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headspacej
    I'm kicking myself for not having a camera along, but I got to ride an all-black '92 or '93 Explosif with the Project Two fork yesterday. It's in mint shape, still with the original tires (dry and cracked, but with good knobbies)! We did a 90-minute singletrack loop here in BC's Okanagan Valley.

    I ride an '07 Coiler these days, and it's been almost 10 years since I had ridden any steel hardtail. What a pleasant surprise! Even fully rigid, it was surprisingly supple over bumps and roots...which probably won't surprise anyone on this thread. The cantilever brakes were set up well, but honestly they were the only major weakness of the bike (I know this may be blasphemy, but compared to new gear they were somewhat terrifying on the descent). The old XT thumbshifters performed remarkably well...much better than I remembered from my bikes of that era.

    The thing climbed like mad, rocketing up mid-grade steeps and rolling so well on flat sections. Rougher sections on the way down were challenging and slower, but mostly in a good way that kept me on my toes, paying attention to every rock and root. With a bigger tire on the front and maybe a v-brake or two, it would have been easier, but maybe not more fun.

    Although partly my enjoyment was nostalgia, I hadn't had that much fun on a ride in a long time! Now I just have to find a way to convince him to sell it to me...

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    My very first post!

    I'm in the process of restoring my 1995 Explosif back into an XC bike, while at the same time building up a fixed-gear commuter. However, the funds are finite so I have to do it bit by bit...

    For now, here is my freshly re-painted frame with some new bits and pieces. The shop didn't do quite what I was after, but it's still a dramatic improvement on ol' rusty

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    folks - very geeky posting this, but just got my forks back from the framebuilders. Going to the Himalayas in a month or so on tour, so had rack points attached for a low rider, and then resprayed. They tried to match the frame colour, but couldn't, so had to go for the old dull grey (they were originally black).


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    ...I just picked up a 2005 (?) Explosif frame with only the SS dropouts...anyone have some with the RD hanger sitting around? Or know of where I could buy a set...

    I suppose I should start looking at the most logical place- the local Kona dealer...but they're closed right now.

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    I've got an 07 Explosif myself.

    Rarely do I see people with green bikes (except one with the same green as mine a couple dozen posts up), so it's nice to stand out once in a while. I apologize for the terrible image quality, but all I've got at my disposal is a cell phone. I've got to borrow my dad's camera one of these days.

    Before I post pictures, what's the longest fork I can put on an Explosif? I've got an 80mm Fox Float on there now, and I can take the spacer out to get it to 100mm. How much abuse can the Dedacciai chromoly take? I'd ride it mainly XC style but drops and AM/FR stuff is catching my eye. I've only done a couple two foot drops, but I'd love to keep doing it without thinking about possibly cracking my frame.




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    Here's some pics of my '01 Explosif:- https://s776.photobucket.com/albums/...otos/?newest=1

    Recent additions include the White Bros forks, Hope headset and road tyres... After seeing some of the other Eplosifs on here though I'm very jealous, especially the "Koma", nice work indeed.
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    First post on here but noticed there's quite a few Retrobike faces on here I've had Konas for years but its usually been a Kilauea in the stable

    Picked this up a little while back on ebay and I've barely been off it since I've had a 97 Kilauea in the past and I'm suprised by just how much more fun this is to ride

    I think its completely original and by the looks of it has barely been ridden I'd heard horror stories about the Indy forks but their not half as bad as I'd been lead to believe although they'll probably be replaced fairly soon




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    That's a nice find. No, those Indys really aren't good enough! You must be quite light though, so you may find an early SID wouldn't be too flexy and one of the few forks that will give you a nice colour match (with the decals).

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    Good job! Explosif Riders' Group

    This thread's now on FaceBook! If you're currently riding an Explosif, then you might consider joining the group.

    http://www.facebook.com/n/?group.php...267G2b853ffG40
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrSOn1980
    Hi, Im from Spain and this is my first post. My 96 explosif needs some updates, but its still a good bike to ride. Is it possible to find original 96 decals for this bike in Europe? Is it very difficult to single-speed it?

    I hope you enjoy the pics

    Thank you!!

    You can get reproduction decal's from a guy called Gil_M on retrobike.co.uk.

    Heres an example of my 97 Cindercone decals from Gil_M. These ae going on a white re-sprayed frame. (he can do other decals too, just ask him)


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    Final Build

    Not pretty but finally done:



    Built up wheels with new old school Suntour XC Pro Grease Guard hubs.
    From kind VRC forum folks:
    Bar stem combo
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    Shimano front derailleur and crank.
    Found the Grease Guard Bottom Bracket and Project Two Fork on Ebay.

    Stuff I had:
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    Picasa Photos of the job Here.

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    My Restored 1993 Explosif

    Hi guys,

    Here's a pic of my 1993 Explosif running on single speed for street use. The slight chain slack has been taken care of since the photo was taken.

    I had it powder coated and lacquered. The decals were home made. The brakes are XTR M960s and levers are M950s.

    The Project Two triple butted fork is brand new.

    Will be upgrading to an M960 crankset in future and ditching those heavy Alex DM20 rims and cheapo Shimano hubs.

    Cheers!
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    My now drop barred explosif.
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    Nice explosifs, everybody! Here's a shot of mine after jumping some snow banks last winter. I've got some new fifteenG cranks at home that I have yet to add so as soon as I get those on I'll post a new photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfbrother
    Nice explosifs, everybody! Here's a shot of mine after jumping some snow banks last winter. I've got some new fifteenG cranks at home that I have yet to add so as soon as I get those on I'll post a new photo.
    Nice green.

    I thought I was the only one with that green but you and another guy up there have one.
    Now with eggs.

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    Hi Everyone,

    Just bought a 2005 Explosif frame(dark metallic grey),want to use as a SS.Please tell me,how it works as a single speed.I'm very curious about the sliding dropouts...
    I had a bike a few years ago, which has more or less the similar dropout method(4hex screws) It was very annoying...after tightened the chain,and put the wheel to center,locked the screws,and 2 minutes later the chain was loose...
    So...are those four hex screws strong enough to hold the rear wheel in position?Have you had any problems with?
    From 2007,the dropouts have "built in" chain tensioner and screws...it is the perfect solution,but here in Hungary it costs cca. 40 Euros,per side...80 Euros for the pair.
    So,if you say, it's O.K. no problem,I'll be very-very happy...
    Thanks!

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    I have one, though i never use it as SS the drop out never slip even in the worst xc trip i did. Maybe i just lucky, but so far she still serves me well.
    And although not recommmended by the manufacture, you can drill it, put screw and make stop by yourself.

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    pretty basic, 2x9, rigid.
    having this light a front end is awesome, front wheel up and over something? sure...
    nice thing about the explosifs' headtube length combined with the easton stem's over 2" stack height is I didn't even have to cut the carbon steerer! lazy git am I.

    oh, 26x2.5" muddy marys fit with the drops slammed forward, 29x 2.1" nanos with them all the way back.
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    I finished building up my '96 Explosif earlier this week and took it for a few hard rides on the local trails. I don't think it was built for a 100mm travel fork but I found the handling to be really nice even with the longer fork, to me it felt just about perfect.






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    I just built up my new Kona Explosif frame last night. Pretty happy with it! I was told that all 2011 frames would be metallic blue (not very excited about that), but they shipped the wrong frame to the store, and I insisted that they not send it back. I guess it is a team color or some kind of one-off.

    BTW, anybody know where to get Rohloff-specific sliding dropouts? I had to modify the Speedbone and remove the tug-bolts to make it work. Also could do a Monkey Bone adapter, but it looks like everybody is sold out.

    And while we are at it, any recommended pannier racks out there you guys like? I'm worried about heel-strike with the short chain stays.






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    hey Kona... climbercraig's orange explosif is hot!
    if you're taking polls, please let this be a colour for the explosifs soon!
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    Now available in mud brown

    Finally got some trail testing done during a weekend charity ride. The new bike is awesome! One word to describe it? Trustworthy. It does exactly what I tell it, when I tell it. My old full suspension bike would squat while cornering, squish while climbing and squirm on uneven tracks, all of which led to a slightly unpredictable ride. But the new bike is rock solid. I also enjoyed the lighter weight and better geometry, and was able to kill every climb, some of which I used to have trouble with on my old bike, even when I was in better shape. But being my first hardtail, I still gotta remember to get my butt off the seat when things get choppy.

    I had some sense and mounted a new pair of SKS Beavertails before the ride. Got great coverage despite the fenders being largely unsupported. I like them because they don't look as goofy as clip-ons, but have just the right (for me) coverage and clearance for both commuting on the road during the week and doing backcountry rides on the weekends.

    Stiffer fork spring, Ergon Grips, and Monkey Bone are in the mail. Life is good.



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    Winter Explosif:

    Last edited by stenu; 01-29-2011 at 01:59 AM.

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    Chain Growth w/ Sliding Dropouts?

    As many of you may know, just got and built my first hardtail and mounted my old Rohloff. This is my first bike with sliding drops and no chain tensioner, and I am surprised by how often it seems that the chain grows and has significant slack. Seems like after every ride, be it a weekend trail ride or a 20 mile daily commute, the chain has gotten much looser than it was the day before. I know I am setting the correct initial tension, and I also haven't noticed any sliding or bolts loosening. Chain is a SRAM PC-58, with plenty of miles left on it (as checked with Park Tool's chain gauge).

    My bike has chain tugs and I tighten the sliding drops (two bolts per side) to what I would call "very tight". I have a torque wrench, but my new frame came with no relevant instructions or torque callouts.

    So how often do you adjust your chain tension on a sliding drop system? Any torque recommendations for the slider bolts?

    Thanks,
    Craig


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    I have replaced the original bolts with ones that have wider head. I use them without the washers and I have no sliding problems. There are no tensioners in my 2004 model.

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    Thanks Stenu,

    I added some wider washers over the knurled washers, but it still must be slipping. So how tight do you go on your bolts?

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    Question for those with slider dropout Explosif's: anyone use the rack mounts on the dropouts? Any issues with them? (ie: do bolts interfere with the sliders?) I don't see any upper mounts on the seat stays, but that can be fixed with some clamps.

    Reason for me asking was that I was thinking of a Surly Troll, but saw the 2010 Explosif's on sale at Cambria. My criteria for the bike is ability to run SS and geared, fit a rack, and 2.4" tires. The Surly ticks all the boxes, but costs more, and I've always liked Kona's, especially after the beating I've given my 2004 Jake the Snake over the years.

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    Ended up going with the 2011 Explosif as my do it all hardtail. It's orange. Geometry is kinda strange, its changed from the 2010, from my measurements they have added 20mm to the headtube, 10 to the toptupe, and 5 to the bb width. The tall headtube is a bit different to what I'm used to, couldn't get any saddle to bar drop, even without the headset top cap installed. Other than that I'm pretty happy with it, the ride is super smooth and the handling is very stable.
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    Can anyone recommend where to get touch up paint for my 2006 Explosif? It is the vibrant green color...almost kelly green.
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    Green Explosif

    I have the same frame, and at last found what you ask for.
    Almost perfect colormatch, Layla nailpolish, no 111, Layla Cosmetics.

    Dan

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    Where to purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graytones
    I have the same frame, and at last found what you ask for.
    Almost perfect colormatch, Layla nailpolish, no 111, Layla Cosmetics.

    Dan

    Dan,

    Thanks for the info! Where did you purchase the polish?
    "Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?"

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    I think is was Italy. Home in Norway I had given up, and there, almost accidentaly, I found it! They have a website, maybe you can find a retailer nearby?

    The series you should get is called, Smalto and no111


    Dan
    Last edited by Graytones; 04-25-2011 at 12:58 PM.

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    Another GREEN one for the collection




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    That is just stunning! Original and absolutely beautiful......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R
    That is just stunning! Original and absolutely beautiful......
    Even those crazy gear outers, which are original and far too long

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    Agreed, I'd have to be shortening those.

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    finally done (x-post from single speed forum)

    I finally got all the pieces of the puzzle together. Given budget restrictions and my 200lbs carbon or light steel frames were out of the question and since it's rigid I definitively did not want an alloy frame. Ended up getting a killer deal on a 2010 Kona Explosif frame and had plenty of $$$ left over to bolt on some sweet and light parts.

    The bike performs fantastic and is the perfect match for my tight and twisty home trail. I picked up mountain biking in the early 90's and never rode a rigid MTB. This ride reminded me so much of the instant acceleration and exposure to the trail of my old BMX bike. It also reminded me of the fact that I'm 43 years old and have become lazy and unprepared after decades of suspension and gears
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    DaBear, very nice machine you have there, looks like a blast to ride. could you post a full spec for it please.

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    Frame: Kona Explosif 20""
    Fork: Exotic Carbon 425mm
    Headset: Cane Creek S-3
    Wheels: Easton XC One SS
    Sqewer: Tune Titanium 100/135mm
    Tires: Kenda SmallBlock 8 2.1
    Tubes: Continental Presta 26/1.75-2.50
    Brakes: Hope Tech X2
    Rotors: Hope floating 160/160mm
    Cranks: Ethirteen 175mm
    BB:Ethirteen
    Ring: Ethirteen 32
    Cog: Rennen Singlespeed 16
    Pedals: AX08
    Chain: KMC D101 1./2x1/8
    Stem : East Haven 85mm
    Bar: Easton Haven Carbon 711/31.8mm
    Grips : Crank Brothers Cobalt Foam
    Seatpost: Easton Haven Carbon 400/27.2mm
    Seat Clamp: Kona
    Saddle: Specialized Henge 143mm

    Total build: 20.2 lbs

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    This one is a senior but still youthful.


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    I have a 93 explosif with a judy fork...but elastomers are gone...cant find replacements?
    which threaded forks do you recommend to use and keep it retro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabear View Post
    I finally got all the pieces of the puzzle together. Given budget restrictions and my 200lbs carbon or light steel frames were out of the question and since it's rigid I definitively did not want an alloy frame. Ended up getting a killer deal on a 2010 Kona Explosif frame and had plenty of $$$ left over to bolt on some sweet and light parts.

    The bike performs fantastic and is the perfect match for my tight and twisty home trail. I picked up mountain biking in the early 90's and never rode a rigid MTB. This ride reminded me so much of the instant acceleration and exposure to the trail of my old BMX bike. It also reminded me of the fact that I'm 43 years old and have become lazy and unprepared after decades of suspension and gears
    That is exactly what I am thinking of building up!

    How big of a 700c tire do you think will fit in the rear?

    I have a 445mm fork for it... hope that fits.

    Also, how tall are you and what is your inseam.

    I'm 5'8" with a 30" and trying to determine what size I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound View Post
    That is exactly what I am thinking of building up!

    How big of a 700c tire do you think will fit in the rear?

    I have a 445mm fork for it... hope that fits.

    Also, how tall are you and what is your inseam.

    I'm 5'8" with a 30" and trying to determine what size I need.
    Not sure if this will help or not but I tried a conversion on an old Kona Fire Mountain (probably had similar rear chainstay length) and I was able to fit a 38c tire in back with room. I was inspired by a Kona Hot 700c CX conversion that I came across on the web.

    Good luck with your project Rockhound!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib View Post
    I just replaced this bike with an '06 Unit 2-9.
    Sweet. Love the drops in #2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabear View Post
    I finally got all the pieces of the puzzle together. Given budget restrictions and my 200lbs carbon or light steel frames were out of the question and since it's rigid I definitively did not want an alloy frame. Ended up getting a killer deal on a 2010 Kona Explosif frame and had plenty of $$$ left over to bolt on some sweet and light parts.

    The bike performs fantastic and is the perfect match for my tight and twisty home trail. I picked up mountain biking in the early 90's and never rode a rigid MTB. This ride reminded me so much of the instant acceleration and exposure to the trail of my old BMX bike. It also reminded me of the fact that I'm 43 years old and have become lazy and unprepared after decades of suspension and gears
    Sweet ride, dude. Is that Seattle?

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    my explosif 94
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironman13 View Post
    my explosif 94
    Looking good. Would I be right in thinking that the Tange Ultimate Superlight seat tube sticker means that it's one of the rare 94 Explosifs that has a plain smooth down tube, not the ribbed Ultimate Ultrastrong down tube that most of them had?

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    Project 2 Fork

    Quote Originally Posted by rudymexico View Post
    I have a 93 explosif with a judy fork...but elastomers are gone...cant find replacements?
    which threaded forks do you recommend to use and keep it retro?
    Get one of these:


    Kona Project 2 fork. PM me with the steer tube length you need. I might know where one is.

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    My buddy Aaron's Kona.



    Sweet bike...





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    Any word on more Explosifs coming to the US? I would love to get my hands on one of the 2011's in Orange (XL) if anyone knew of a place that had them.

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    My Explosif...
    (found at parents house)
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    Rebuilding my 2001 Scandium Explosif at the moment, should come out pretty unique. Fox F80 RLC for the front, everything else is pretty much scavenged parts. Buddy just got an oven for powder coating, so lots of little custom details

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    How she was:



    Being reborn:



    Lots left to do, most parts will be harvested from the old build, with a few new key elements
    Last edited by mr2peak; 01-26-2012 at 11:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudymexico View Post
    My Explosif...
    (found at parents house)
    Worth resurrecting. 1992 Explosif with 1996 Judy XC? Judy looks correct length, so fingers crossed the elastomers could be ok.

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