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Old 04-29-06, 10:18 PM   #1
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Oh no, another looking for a new bike thread...

Hi,

Obviously I'm a noob to this forum and a relative noob to riding. I have some questions about getting a dual suspension bike.

I currently have a Kona Fire Mountain which I have had for 6 months and have got into a fair bit of trail riding and a bit of moderate downhilling. I am after something a bit more comfortable and tougher that wll still climb ok.

I am looking to spend around 2 grand and was after some opinions/experiences.

I have my eye on a Kona Dawg, possibly a trek 70/80 or Giant Reign or Trance.

Some of these are probably floating a bit above the price bracket. Also would be keen for a Specialized enduro but would have to go second hand to afford.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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I would have to say on of the Giants. Problaby for XC riding, look at the trance.

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I always thought the faith was more downhill orientated so might be a bit of a struggle up hill or have I got it wrong?
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I thought about the anthem but it seems a little too cross country orientated which is why I was looking at the trance or reign within the giants.

Does anyone have an opinion on the kona dawg?
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Dawg sounds perfect for you. My friend has one and it is easy to pedal, strong as hell and looks pretty sweet. However, I would much rather have a Giant riegn. It has a virtual pivot point linkage and will peddle and perform even better. I also like the fram and fork on that bike better. I have a faith, and the maestro suspension is amazing (I like it better than my friends v10). Go for the reign.
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Thanks peoples for your help.

Yeah I thinkits between the Dawg and the Reign and will come down to price. My LBS hinted that there might be some 05 Dawgs coming on sale and some o6 Reigns. Depending on what comes out best (I'd be keen for an air shock on the Dawg) price wise will probably clinch the deal. The suspension design on the Reign sounds pretty popular tho.

Maybe I'll get one of each...one day.
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Kona Coiler may fit the bill.Good,tough,and you can still get it to the top.
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Yeah the coiler is a possibility. According to the guy at the shop the 2005 if cheap might be a bit better suited to my needs than 2006 which I think is a little heavier.

Will have another look at it, cheers
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