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Old 05-23-06, 04:11 PM   #1
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2006 Kona Cowan - thoughts?

I've recently been getting more into mountain biking, and am getting ready to buy my first decent bike. I wanted to get some opinions on the 2006 Kona Cowan - so far I think it's the one I want. I will be using it largely on dirt roads/forest & mountain trails, but also will be riding about 25km to work 4 days a week on it. What are your thoughts on the bike? Thanks for your help, I appreciate all the input I can get
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Old 05-23-06, 04:19 PM   #2
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Unless you weigh 3 bills or more, the Cowan is more bike than you need for that type of riding.

Also the geometry is far from optimal.

It is a great frame with a decent spec though.

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Old 05-23-06, 06:59 PM   #3
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Agree. From what I understand, the Cowan is a hardcore DJer. If most of your time is spent commuting to work, I'd seriously think about getting something with at least two chainrings up front. The Stuff comes to mind first. I was in a similar situation as you and wanted something fun, yet able to commute without spinning myself to death. I bought an STP1 and it's perfect so far...
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Old 05-23-06, 07:09 PM   #4
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Cowan = Dirt Jumper/Freeride. I think you are looking in the more direction of a XC bike. Unless you are hoping to hit some dirt jumps. I think if this is your first bike, go with something like a Stuff/Scrap. If you really like the bike, then upgrade and the 2005 Cowan, only like $300 bucks.
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yeah like everyone else said why would you get a dj/fr bike for commuting and trails. Maybe look into a specalized hardrock or rockhopper. Btw the cowan is a crazy nice bike for dj and fr but not for commuting!
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Old 05-24-06, 01:15 PM   #6
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After looking more into it, I think the Kula would be a better choice. Thoughts?
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grab a rockhopper. It'll be able to handle a little light duty freeride if you decide to take it in that direction, but it's also a great all around bike for xc or commuting.
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also, the '06 Cowan isn't as pretty as the '05.
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kula is a good choice.

any of the Kona XC series shouls be fine. if you fine tune the bike to fit your commuting needs Kona XC bikes should serve you well. I personally disagree with the rockhopper option. i dont think it would be that good for a long commute.

if you are interested, also take a look at the Gary Fisher XC line with Genesis geometry.
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Dawg

I just bought an 06 Dawg Deluxe.

After breaking in the shocks, I can honestly say that it is the most comfortable bike I ever owned.

It is an cross between FR and XC. Lighter than a true FR, but more sturdy and with longer suspension travel than your typical XC bike.

I think it was like $1800 or something. If you have the money, its gonna be hard to beat it.

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cool bike and I am glad you like it.

but, seriously, you are suggesting this bike for 25km commute 4 times a week? I personally think using this bike for road riding/long commute would be a crime.

get the Kula......if it fits you.....
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