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Added a product review for 2014 Kona Explosif Bike 7/26/2014 12:48 PM
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2014 Kona Explosif

Rating:

The Good: Price, SLX/XT Spec, Party Geometry, Tubeless Ready Wheels

The Bad: Rear Tire Clearance, Deore Shifters

Overall:

As soon as this bike was released, I knew I needed one. Having wanted a steel hardtail for the last couple seasons to complement my quiver, a quick review of the numbers on the Explosif confirmed my initial impulses. Missing the mid-season release of the 2013, I promptly ordered a 2014 for Spring delivery.

The important components are spot on with a complete SLX build and a XT rear changer. The only miss on the mechanical components in my opinion are the Deore shifters, which do not allow for inboard adjustment when married to the brake levers. Regarding the cockpit spec, the stock Kona parts will work for a majority of riders, however I quickly went full Canadian and threw a 50mm Atlas stem and an uncut Fubar on to increase the party factor. The Ardent tires were a good spec as well, but I strapped on some Hans Damfs and removed the tubes for extra plow-ability.

Regarding the frame itself, the geometry is on point for loose, rowdy hardtail rallying. Paragon sliding drops make for easy attitude adjustments and the rear thru-axel is confidence inspiring. The only issue I have with the frame is the rear tire clearance, which is tight with the high volume Hans Damfs. If I lived somewhere where it actually rained, this lack of clearance would be an issue.

Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. Never having ridden a wheel size other than 26, I did not notice the larger wheels at first, but am starting to notice the subtle benefits of the 27.5 with increased roll on the buff and better plow through rocks. From slickrock to singletrack, flow trails to chunder, this bike has exceeded my expectations on every adventure I've taken it on in the last four months. In my 20 years of riding singletrack, I've never had more fun on a bike- hardtail or full suspension. I'd recommend this bike to anyone who is on a budget and looking for maximum fun-factor. The Explosif is a mountain biker's mountain bike.

-JT

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Added a new video 4th Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championship 8/6/2013 8:02 AM
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The 2013 Ride Sun Valley Festival featured this 4th annual pump track race at the Ketchum Bike Park. All entrants received a t-shirt courtesy of Ride Sun Valley, and entry fees sponsored a $700 cash purse for the top three spots in Men's and Women's Open classes.

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Added a comment about video Life Behind Bars : SEASON PREMIERE - Return of the Intern 7/30/2013 12:29 PM
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nice YEAH RIGHT! shout-out

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Added a comment about photo Prototype Giant 650b Carbon Trail Bike! 4/11/2013 2:48 PM
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edit: i am blind

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Added a comment about press release North American Enduro Tour Schedule Released for 2013 2/16/2013 3:50 PM
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Sun Valley Super Enduro June 29th and 30th:

http://www.ridesunvalley.com/events.php

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Added a comment about video Video: Hafjell World Cup Track Preview 9/9/2012 12:04 AM
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variety is king.

gravity racing should be a reflection of contemporary gravity riding and everything that's led up to it, not some archaic notion of one track type.

If that were the case we'd all still be riding the kamakaze dh track!

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Added a comment about video Rapid Fire: Dave Smutok Shredding Highland 9/8/2012 11:48 PM
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amazing transfers!

wish you had made it to Idaho!

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Added reply in a thread please vote and help out a board member! 7/11/2012 10:51 AM

thanks for the support everyone!

Started new thread please vote and help out a board member! 7/10/2012 10:32 AM

i've been nominated for an award from ski area management magazine recognizing me as one of the "top ten under thirty' in the ski industry. if you'd take a moment to vote for my cause, that would be great! cheers, julian ... more »

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Added reply in a thread 3rd Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championship [video] 7/5/2012 2:44 PM

it was my event, and was too big for me to put down a time this year. in the past we've run more open/ speed type courses on the track, but really wanted to put the 'pump' back in 'pump track state championship' this time around. ... more »

Started new thread 3rd Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championship [video] 7/4/2012 7:24 PM

a video of our homegrown event here in sun valley, idaho by mark oliver: Idaho Pump Track State Championships 2012 from Visit Sun Valley on Vimeo.

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Added reply in a thread UCI World Cup Rumors via @TeamRumours 11/1/2011 4:55 PM

cheese is the new carbon.

Added reply in a thread Steamboat has a bike park 10/9/2011 4:34 PM

working on it!

Added reply in a thread Who has experience with 1x10 speed for enduro/light dh? 9/6/2011 11:16 AM

32 up front and a 9 sp 11-34 on my 6" bike. gets me up burly climbs and gets me going as fast as i want to go. I live in the mtns and ride a lot of pump track...

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Added a comment about photo Andy Devault 8/13/2011 9:28 PM
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looks raked.

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