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    04 Dr.Dew or 05 Dr.Dew or 05 Dew Deluxe

    I'm having a hard time choosing between the following three bikes: a modified, but new condition 04 Dr. Dew (which could probably get for 650 to 700); a new 05 Dr. Dew (which could get from local shop for ~800); or an 05 Dew Deluxe (600 new, but could get for less if there are any 54s in a month or so). Here are the specs for each:

    04 Dr.Dew - used
    Frame tubing - Kona 7005 Butted Aluminum
    Fork - Kona Project Two Disc
    Headset - Chris King
    Crankarms - TruVativ Elita Triple
    Chainrings - 30/42/52
    B/B - TruVativ ISIS Drive Team SL
    Pedals - Shimano M520 clipless
    Chain - CN-HG53
    Freewheel - Shimano Deore (11-32 9 speed)
    F/D - Shimano FD-443
    R/D - Shimano Deore (RD-M510)
    Shifters - Shimano SLR-440-9
    Handlebar - Easton EA 50 Riser
    Stem - Koski Stronghold Deluxe
    Grips - OURI
    Brakes - Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Brake Levers - Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Front Hub - Shimano Disc HB-M475 XC
    Rear hub - Shimano Disc FH-M475 XC
    Spokes - 14G Stainless
    Tires - Forte ST Cross/K
    Rims - Mavic A 317 Disc
    Saddle - SDG - Kona Slim Jim
    Seatpost - Koski Stronghold
    Seat clamp - Kona clamp
    Color - Dark Blue
    Fenders - Planet Bike

    05 Dr.Dew - new
    Frame tubing Kona 7005 Double-Butted Aluminum
    Fork Kona Project Two Disc
    Headset Aheadset STS
    Crankarms TruVativ Elita
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    B/B TruVativ ISIS SLLT
    Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53
    Freewheel Shimano Deore 11-32 9 speed
    F/D Shimano FD-R443
    R/D Shimano Deore
    Shifters Shimano SLR-440-9
    Handlebar Kona Aluminum Riser
    Stem TruVativ XR
    Grips Kona Jack****
    Brakes Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Brake Levers Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Front hub KK Disc
    Rear hub Shimano FH-M475 disc
    Spokes Stainless 14G
    Tires WTB Slickasaurus 700x37C
    Rims Sun ME14A
    Saddle WTB Rocket V Street Smart
    Seatpost TruVativ XR
    Seat clamp Kona Clamp
    Color Radar Green/Black

    05 Dew Deluxe - new
    Frame tubing Kona 7005 Butted Aluminum
    Fork Kona Project Two Disc
    Headset Aheadset STS
    Crankarms TruVativ Touro
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    B/B TruVativ LE
    Pedals Wellgo LU-A9 with clips & straps
    Chain Shimano CN-HG50
    Freewheel Shimano CS-HG40-8, 11-34
    F/D Shimano FD-T-301D
    R/D Shimano Deore
    Shifters Shimano Rapidfire
    Handlebar Kona Aluminum Riser
    Stem Kona Control
    Grips Velo
    Brakes Shimano Mechanical Disc
    Brake Levers Shimano Rapidfire
    Front hub KK Disc
    Rear hub Shimano FH-M475 disc
    Spokes Stainless 14G
    Tires WTB Slickasaurus 700x37C
    Rims Sun MZ 14
    Saddle WTB Pure V Sport
    Seatpost Kona Double Thumb
    Seat clamp Kona Clamp
    Color Black

    It seems like the 04 Dr is cool and would be nice to get. If that doesn't happen though I'm stuck between the the Dr and the Deluxe again. I'm having a hard time convincing myself that the better specs are worth it for me. Like there aren't any hills here, so is 9 really that much more useful than 8. Dudes at the shop though push the Dr as being much better. They point to hydrolic over mech for breaks, better shifters, different stem, bla bla. I just don't know what to do. Thanks for your input.

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    Come on now, you narrowed it down that much and you still can't decide? They're virtually identical - roll a die and let fate decide!

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    Get the old Dr. Dew - virtually the same thing as the new one, better cranks and brakes than the Dew Deluxe, and free fenders. No brainer.
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    You can't go wrong with any of the three, imho. Personally I'd go with the used Dr, after one ride your new bike will be used anyhow. I got a Dew Deluxe for commuting and I am very happy, but for that purpose alone the plain old Dew would of been fine. And yes there are big ass hills + wind on my commute.

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    I've got the Deluxe,and love it. I personally couldn't see spending the extra dosh for what basically amounts to hydraulic brakes and an extra cog out back. Use what you save for accessories.

    C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport/Qualifier,Dahon Speed Pro TT,Brompton S6L

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    Thanks very much for your thoughts. I'm getting one of the two tomorrow. Hopefully they (dudes at the shop) will be willing to work something out. Anyone seen 06s yet?

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    Haven't seen any of the new Kona's yet, my LBS has the new ones in stock but haven't been by to see them. Have only seen what is on the Kona site.

    Let us know what you end up getting. Good luck!

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    I've seen the Kona 2k6 page so far at:

    http://www.konaworld.com/2k6/preview/

    I went to shop today and argued for a bit. The owner, who is I should say is very nice and very cool, wouldn't budge on the price of his remaining Deluxes, the one 54, which has yet to be put together. This makes some sense since someone here is bound to purchase it at full cost.

    In terms of the Dr., though, he was willing to go to 825 for the only remaining 05 54 cm that he has. It seems like a nice way to get a new bike for nearly 20 percent off.

    But after thinking on it more, reading here, and talking with friends about it, as well as trying to not listen to the marketing of the shop people, I think I'll hold out for a 06 Deluxe, which means Iím bikeless for another month. Although the specs show that the 05 and the 06s are nearly identical, I prefer the blue. Plus if you're going to pay full retail price for something, why not have the latest edition.

    Is it true that the markup on completes is only 20-30 percent, whereas the markup on parts is much higher? So that, for example, an Easton bar might cost the shop a few dollars, but they can sell it for five times as much.

    Thanks again.

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    Nah,mate,not me. I like my black better. Plus I don't like those tires. The '05's Slickosauruses roll real smooth.

    As for parts;when I was looking for fenders for the Sirrus,I got a chance to peak at the computer screen over the parts guy's shoulder. The markup for a set of Freddy Fenders was 100%! So I'd assume there's a pretty good markup for most other bits as well.

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