You will find no large bicycle company making bikes from steel these days. Aluminium is easier – ie cheaper – to work with, and it’s lighter. I’m sure it’s much easier to sell a light bike to the average bike buyer, than it is to try and sell the ride qualities of a steel frame.
All of which makes this bike a real surprise.
The 2014 Kona Explosif. Reynolds 520 steel frame, 27.5″ wheels, 120mm Rock Shox fork with 15mm axle, 142 x 12mm rear end with sliding dropouts, and a retail price of $2300. Old skool frame tubes, new skool design. It’s a mass-produced Chromag Aperture.
I bought the Mountain Bike Action Buyer’s Guide recently just to see what I could buy with $2500. I don’t have $2500 by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a dollar amount I could comfortably amass after a year of saving. I didn’t see this bike in the Guide, but it’s my clear winner.
If only Rocky Mountain would bring back the Blizzard in this style…