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Originally Posted by Ricardo
Is a Kona Blast a "lower end" bike?
Thanks for the info,
I definitely wouldn't call the Blast a lower end bike. Maybe lower middle, but for recreational riding (including offroad XC-style riding) the Blast will be a great bike. Lower end bikes in the Kona lineup would be the Lanai, Hahanna, Fire Mountain. Those are all still great bikes compared to what you'd find at walmart and such.
As far as cartridge (higher end) vs. sealed/adjustable (lower end), both are goind to eventually fill up with grit and lose performance. The cartridge bearings will take longer to do so, but you'll have to replace the entire headset/hub/bottom bracket unit when they do. The sealed/adjustable bearings will get dirty faster, but you just have to overhaul them (clean the bearings and races and repack with fresh grease) and they'll be good as new.