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Old 02-03-03, 07:43 AM   #1
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Kona or Rocky Mountain

I am going to buy a new mountain bike soon and have narrowed my choices down to;

2003 Kona Blast
2003 Rocky mountain Fusion

Does any one have any experience with these bikes? Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 02-03-03, 08:08 AM   #2
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I doubt you can go wrong with either of them. The Kona has a better fork, the Rocky (likely) has a better frame. I say likely because the 2003 Fusion and Trailhead are no longer hand welded in the BC factory. They come to Rocky from overseas, and are then inspected and painted at the Rocky factory. Also these two models no longer use Easton Aluminium.

Try them both and see which one you like better. Me, I'm biased, I'd go with the Rocky.

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PS - do you have the Rocky CD? If not ask your LBS for it, it might help you make up your mind. Even if it doesn't, it's fun to watch!
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KONA (they rock)
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I would go for kona. RMs are pretty overspriced due to the handbuilt in canada hype they bare. plus lowend RMs dont have their decals coated so soon you ll loose them ...personally i am a specialized fan but i like Kona....real mtbs.
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Both basically the same. I don't like RM decals and prefer Kona as a compan so I go with Kona...But really you won't loose with either. test ride them and see which you prefer...

A Krisa thanks for the heads up. I hadn't heard anything about that
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Just a follow up to the end of the "hand built" low end Rockies. Using the RM Custom 7005 tubing and the computer welds allows the 2003 TH and Fusion to have better forks than last years models for the same price. Inspect the welds vs the hand built models, you can cleary see that the computer welds are much more "polished" whild also having a definate point where the final weld was made. Supposedly they still put the fully welded frame in a jig to see if it is straight. If it is not they trash it. If the Kona frame is not straight they heat it to bend it straight.

To me the build of the Rocky is worth the extra $. I shopped the 2002 Trailhead against the 2003 Kona Nunu. While the Nuno has higher end shifters/derailers, fork, and brakes I still went with the Rocky. Why?

1) Weight - the Rocky felt much lighter, despite having the pig Judy TT fork.
2) Build quality - the look/feel of the rocky was in another league
3) Brakes - while the Nunu's disks looked cool, the feel sucked and I don't intend on doing enough down hill runs to worry about superheating my brakes.

As far as the decals go, I personally don't want to be stuck with the factory decal package forever. I like the idea that I can change it if I want to.

What's an extra couple of bucks for a better made bike that you will likely have for many years to come?
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