Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    I Dig Hardtail Ludovico's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Calgary, Canada
    My Bikes
    2006 Kona Kula deluxe
    Posts
    41
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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

  2. #2
    one less horse cryptid01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    East Jesus NY
    My Bikes
    are better than yours
    Posts
    5,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Last edited by cryptid01; 05-23-06 at 04:25 PM.

  3. #3
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    4
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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...

  4. #4
    Commited Suicide WannaGetGood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Abbotsford.BC
    My Bikes
    2001 Kona Stuff & 2004 Rocky Mountain Switch SL
    Posts
    2,416
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  5. #5
    Senior Member FreeRidin''s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Boulderado
    My Bikes
    Intense SS, Old spesh P series, ski/snow bike, fixie conversion
    Posts
    1,474
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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!
    Quote Originally Posted by Killer B
    The way I ride requires the most advanced, toughest wheelset's available.

    Chicago Freeride

  6. #6
    I Dig Hardtail Ludovico's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Calgary, Canada
    My Bikes
    2006 Kona Kula deluxe
    Posts
    41
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    After looking more into it, I think the Kula would be a better choice. Thoughts?

  7. #7
    Eat. Lift. Ride. Drink. Sinfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    pdx
    Posts
    572
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  8. #8
    blithering idiot jhota's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    beautiful coastal South Carolina
    My Bikes
    1991 Trek 930, 2005 Bianchi Eros, 2006 Nashbar "X," IRO Rob Roy
    Posts
    1,263
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    also, the '06 Cowan isn't as pretty as the '05.

  9. #9
    rider of the east sherpaPeak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    722
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    "....You are never lost, if you dont care where you are...."

  10. #10
    Banned. CrashVector's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    United States
    My Bikes
    Kona Dawg Deluxe, Cannondale Super-V DH, Cannondale Super-V Raven
    Posts
    409
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.


  11. #11
    rider of the east sherpaPeak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    722
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.....
    "....You are never lost, if you dont care where you are...."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •