The Bicycle Group. Sedermera Kona som vi alla känner till . Modellen Explosif som runt 1990 såg ut såhär med en fantastisk splatterlackering som får det att rycka i kreativitets-centra:
Notera styrstammen Velocity som TBG producerade själva. Gaffeln? En Project Two. Track Two fanns det en gaffel som hette också. Paul Brodie verkar ha varit involverad:
“The bike was welded in Taiwan, and finished and painted by Paul Brodie. At least, I assume he painted it – he painted the regular bikes and it looks as though it’s an original custom paint job to a customer’s special order. The Tange Prestige Concept sticker looks original, ditto the decals.
Brodie worked as an artist before going to Rocky Mountain as a painter. He learned to weld there and then went off to start his own company as well as working with Joe Murray to establish Kona. I’ve never tried spatter, but I would guess it isn’t as easy as it looks – so if you’re going to have spatter, best to have it done by an artist. Your spatter looks similar to Brodie’s spatter to me. He may well have been operating from Vancouver, but whether he painted it in a basement I couldn’t tell you.”
PB hade en instegs-TBG kring den här perioden, en FireMountain från 1990. Modellen finns fortfarande i Kona:s program, likaså Explosif.