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    Calling on experienced opinions on component... I know you're out there

    Hi I had a post the other day looking for a FS "all mountain" bike. I have narrowed it down to two which are about the same price, an 06 Giant Reign 3 and an 05 Kona Dawg. It would be aswsome if you guys could have a quick look at the specs and let me know which one you think offers the best value (I have pretty limited experience).

    Thanks in advance,

    Jim

    Giant Reign 3

    frame ALUXX SL FluidFormed™ alloy Maestro 6” of travel
    rear shock Manitou Swinger Air 3-way adj. w/SPV
    fork Rockshox Tora 318 Solo Air w/Motion Control & PopLoc, 130mm/5.1”
    headset Cane Creek ahead integrated
    rear derailleur Shimano Deore LX high normal (standard action) 9 speed
    front derailleur Shimano Deore LX 34.9
    crankset Raceface Evolve XC X-Type integrated crank/BB 22x32x44T (with outboard style bottom bracket* )
    derailleurshifters Shimano Deore rapid fire 27 speed
    cassette SRAM PG950 9 speed 11-34T
    chain Shimano Deore 9 spd
    hubs Fr: Formula disc | Rr: Shimano M475 9sp cassette disc
    rims Mavic XM117 disc 26” x 32H
    spokes 14/15G stainless
    tyres Hutchinson Bulldog Airlight foldable 2.3”
    brakes/levers Hayes Sole hydraulic w/6” rotors
    pedals Shimano M520 SPD clipless
    handlebar Easton low rise
    stem Easton 1 1/8th ahead
    seatpost Easton alloy 30.9
    saddle WTB Rocket V saddle
    grips Giant Lock-on


    Kona Dawg

    Frame tubing Kona Clump Light 7005 Butted Aluminum/5" travel
    Rear shock Fox Float R
    Fork Marzocchi EXR Pro 120mm
    Headset Aheadset STS
    Crankarms RaceFace Ride XC ISIS
    Chainrings 44/32/22
    B/B RaceFace SRX ISIS
    Pedals Shimano PD M505 clipless
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53 (9sp)
    Cassette Shimano Deore 11-32 9 speed
    F/D Shimano Deore
    R/D Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebar TruVativ LE Riser
    Stem TruVativ XR 3D Stem (HS-05-XR)
    Grips Kona Jack****
    Brakes Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Brake Levers Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Front hub KK Disc
    Rear hub Shimano Disc FH-M475
    Spokes 14G Stainless
    Tires Nokian NBT 26 x 2.1
    Rims Sun DS2-XC
    Saddle WTB Speed V Comp
    Seatpost TruVativ XR
    Seat clamp Kona QR
    Color Platinum/Black

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    Thanks Disc,

    Yeah I kinda leaning toward the Kona because it was originally $400AU more and net reviews aren't very favourable on the Giants breaks (but the rest of the bike sounds good). Losing an inch of travel isn't too much of a worry since I don't go really hard but am hoping to go a fair bit harder with a better bike.

    Will see if I can get anyone to push the price down on the giant. In the end I think I would be happy with either.
    You're out of your element Donnie

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