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Originally Posted by Bikedud
Does anyone know where I can get specs on bikes/frames from a few years ago?
I am trying to find a good used steel frame/bike from the mid to late 90's that is front suspension compatible. You know, another project. I search all the normal classifieds and auction sites but often I come across a potential prospect where not enough info is provided (or known) about the bike.
Case in point. What appears to be a nice late 90's Kona Hot. I don't know if a Kona Hot is steel or alum. and it is my experience that many frames are now being made in alum. but a few years ago they were steel.
I guess I could post a question to the forums every time but I figure we may have better things to do than help me play.
Suggestions and comments are welcome and will be appreciated.
Hi! I am also looking for info about Kona Hot!
I just put in a downpayment on a used frame from -99.
I canīt seem to find out where they were made, US or Taiwan? If they were made in the US, where and by who?
They were however all made out of steel tubing, no cheep substitute here
and was produced until -99! I think Kona also tried to quit the Explosif model then. But they brought it back in 2001 or 2002 and tried to make the Explosif model in Alu/Scandium. This material got a bad rep for braking and the customers wanted their classic Explosif back. So in -03 they switched and are now made out of True Temper! Not nearly as nice as the Hot/853 model, but it can still hold its ground as a do-everything MTB. The Hot model was the fancier team-version on the same theme.
I think however that no one was made to take anything longer than 80mm. You could use 100mm on the later 80mm models(Reynolds 853 tubes)but, frankly I donīt see the point. If money is an object and you want a do-it-all-XC-racer, a Kona Hot is, in my view, your best pick. Thatīs why I am getting one, while they are still around!
Here are some links where you will find old catalogs, determin what year it was made and from there determin what fork will fit: