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    Brand Selection???? HELP!!!!

    Well, I have a dilemma on my hands gentlemen...

    I am looking to get a new mountain bike... i dont want to spend alot of money on one bike becasue i am thinking if i can get a good mountain bike for around 400 or less, i am going to buy a good road bike as well... i have narrowed my brands down to the following and the models i am seeking following their makers.


    KONA
    "road bikes"
    *dew - $399.99

    "mountain bikes"
    *cinder core - $699.99
    *blast - $599
    *fire mountain - $459
    *lanai - $359.99
    *hula - $349.99



    Trek USA
    "mountain bikes"
    *3700 - $309
    *3900 - $349
    *4300 - $379
    *820 - $279

    ~I know the top 3 of the Trek line I have listed are "aluminum" frame... the 820 is steel frame. i was wondering what is the main difference in these makes other than the steel and aluminum framing... are the 820's good reliable bikes? what of the other 3 aluminums?



    GT
    "road bikes"
    *2007 zum 4.0 - $399
    *2006 timberline - $329
    *2007 aggressor 24 - $279
    *2007 aggressor - $279

    ~i was wondering the main difference between the aggreesor and the aggressor 24. they appear to be very similar... can someone clear this up for me as well as suggesting a good bike here in the GT line?



    Gary Fisher
    "mountain bikes"
    *wahoo - $439
    *marlin - $549
    *marlin gs - $549
    *piranha - $659

    ~i was wondering, like on the GT line, what is the main difference between the marlin and the marlin GS? they appear to be very similiar like the GT aggressors.... help me.






    As, you all can see, I have a huge list of bikes here that i am trying to choose between. If anyone can shed some light here, though lengthy, i would greatly appreciate it.. i love bikes and i want to get the best one that i can do mountain biking on and then ride some centuries on... thats why i was looking to get a good mountain bike at a good cost and then if i didnt spend too much i was going to get a KONA dew for $399 or a GT Aggressor for road riding.

    It should also be noted that the prices i listed are from the retail pricing lists, off of the brands websites.. i imagine i can get them for a little cheaper at the actual place i buy them... Help me out guys!!! i am looking for some good info and direction out of this thread as in it has taken me a long time to type it and make it look half way decent. thanks again.


    -armyrider

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    For MTB, my choice, brand-wise would be:

    1. Kona
    2. Specialized
    3. Trek
    4. Everyone else

    Others may disagree with my choices. I've owned a Kona Dew Deluxe (GREAT hybrid!) and currently own an '06 Specialized Rockhopper. I have nothing but good things to say about either Kona or Specialized.

    I believe that if you want to ride centuries, you'll be better served by a true road bike (even a used one) than a hybrid such as the Kona Dew. The Dew is a great bike, and an unbeatable value for the money, but having lighter wheels and drop bars are strongly-desired virtues in a century bike. Happy shopping!

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    Far, the dew may be all i can get so it will have to do and i dont mind pulling some extra weight... it will be a great bike to train on right? plus, it will allow me to get more than one bike.. i would rather have a decent mtn bike and a KONA dew than get one good road or mtn bike, ya know?

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    Couple questions:

    Are you going to be mainly road riding or bombing trails? You can't go wrong with Kona, Trek, or Gary Fisher. All three make great stuff. I don't know much about GT, so can't say anything good/bad about them.

    PS: You might shop around the stores in your area. One shop may have a Kona for one price, another shop may have a significant price cut on the same thing. I picked up my commute bike (a Kona Lana'i) for a great price from a LBS while another LBS wouldn't cut any slack on the price. To boot, the store that had a good price tossed in a free http://tinyurl.com/ndf4g which is being used to keep the bike from being stolen out of my courtyard.

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    Print up all the brands, tape them to a wall, throw a dart.

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    I had a Trek 830 cromoly for many years, and still ride it. I have absolutely no complaints. I have crashed it, slammed into boulders, run through streams, rode many miles on the road(with slicks of course) and it is still great. I can't imagine doing grip shift over 100 miles though. That is just beggin for a blister.

    It has essentially the same specs as the new 820.
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    The Kona Dew doesnt have the unnecessary weight of a suspension fork. Bar ends set low would be nice for long rides so you can have a position close to riding on the hoods of drop bars. The Agressor 24 has 24" wheels for small riders.

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    There is only one Mountain bike on the list that I would go for as a mountain biker- The Kona Cinder Cone. The rest do not come near it but If you want to come down on mountain quality- just stay away from the GT's. The new owners of GT seem to have the Marketing without the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efrobert
    Print up all the brands, tape them to a wall, throw a dart.

    LMAO! classic. i figured all of these brands were about the same. I have a GT palomar, but it is like 6 years old and needs heavy modifications done to it to bring it back up to speed... for the $ it will cost i could about get a new bike..

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    i thought about going with the dew from KONA for my road bike and the TREK 820 for my mountain bike.... that way i can get 2 solid bikes versus getting one for like $800.... what do you guys think?

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    You can't go wrong with a Dew, Armyrider - they're bulletproof and a bargain for the $$. If you want to upgrade the Dew later on, ditch the flat bars & shifters, add some drop bars with DiaCompe 287V levers and some bar-end shifters. That'll give you a true touring bike with road cred for virtually nothing after you resell your original parts on e-Bay. I agree with the "throw a dart" advice on entry-level MTBs. I bought my Specialized not because the bike was superior but because I liked the store (and its service). Happy Shopping!

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    thanks far. are the dews hard to find? i hope not... thats the one i am wanting the most.... plus KONA just looks cool.... i almost got one back when i was a kiddie but dad bought me a GT instead.

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