Pimp my kona….. 96 Explosif…any techy bods.Advice please.
I am the very proud ( new) owner of a gorgeous 96 Kona explosif the olive green one.
I want to shorten the stem and also fit some pace rc 36 forks.
Im told that the bike will have a threaded stearer….is this going to cause major problems with me finding forks and stem to fit?Posted 8 years agodc2.0Subscriber
If you’re changing the forks and the stem, the only other thing you’ll need to change is the headset itself.
The headtube on that frame is almost certainly 1.125″, which is the same as modern aheadsets, so you can buy pretty much any “threadless” headset you like to go with your new forks and stem.
Beware though that the frame will not like long suspension forks – either opt for short travel, or something with adjustable travel that you can “wind” in.Posted 8 years ago
the original FORKS which came with the bike had a threaded steerer. If it has a headset fitted, it may well be an old-stylee threaded headset.Posted 8 years ago
The frame itself will be fine with more modern forks and stem when you bash a threadless headset in. You might struggle to find a fork with short enough travel though.AndySubscriber
Lovely bike – I have a 98 Kona
96 Kona should be 1 1/8″ steerer so any forks should do. Will need to replace stem with a modern ahead, and wheel/brakes if cant find a fork that runs v-brakes.
The other consideration is that will need forks with only 80mm travel as thats what its designed for.
Apologies if all this obvious!Posted 8 years ago
My ’95 Kilauea is still going strong (after welding back together the snapped dropout…)
As above, the steerer is 1 1/8″ which is still the standard now so as long as you get that, you’ll be fine.
I can’t recall for certain whether the the stem and headset are for threaded headset or threadless which is the norm now though I do think it was threaded. If they are threaded, you’ll need a new stem and headset (I know that ’95 konas had threaded steerers and ’97 ones were threadless)
Forks with 80mm travel (like Pace RC36) work perfectly with it.
spec herePosted 8 years ago
I think the 95/ 96 Konas were the best !
I adore riding my 96 killy….its sch a sweet ride. Its been welded twice and still going strong ( I hope ).
At 5ft 9 I hovver between the 17 and 18” frames. The explosif is a 19 and so will give a totally different ride….hence the shortened stem.Posted 8 years ago
I don’t know if I love mine just because of all the memories and riding I did on it but it is something that I could never sell on.
I’m just putting it back together at the moment as a commuter/bike to put a child seat on but I’m making sure it’s offroadable since I’ll still be doing exactly that when the occassion suits 🙂Posted 8 years ago
If the raving about old school rides baffle you so much…..then why has the trend for steel bikes come back round again?
I have ridden my 96 killy almost every day from new…its ridden over the himalayas,lejog,ireland end to end, been welded on a tibetan plateau, sees me into work every day…..and do you know what she still kicks arse on the trails.
Guess you are right though….old school baffles me too….or is it just about finding something that works for you and sticking with it?Posted 8 years ago
mudguards in Bristol for a bike that’s used all year round are a must 🙂
Same for SS…
(anyway it’s being built up gear now though it may well have mudguards)
Steve, I read the article and TBH I found it a bit suprising – most trails that I ride now are similar to what I rode 15ish years ago when I first got the Kona. IIRC, that article took a 90s bike with a race-orientated setup onto a freeridey type trail and unsuprisingly found it a bit of a handful. No different to if you took a bang-up-to-date XC race bike on them.
I’m no retro freak – as I said above, it’s the history I have with my Kona that makes me love it – but equally if it continues to ride perfectly well what’s the issue? Some bikes stand the test of time (eg original Turners are just slightly shorter travel versions of many contemporary full sussers) so they continue to be fine to ride now.Posted 8 years agosteve_b77Member
Brack – I was only wondering, I have a Steel HT but it’s a ’08 Handjob with U-turn Revs on it. I know it’s steel but it’s a new incarnation of older styled/geometry steel frames.
The whole thing baffled the hell outta me when I was into cars too, but thats just me.
Clubber – suppose so, a better comparison may be a more of a UK trail type centre, no?Posted 8 years ago
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