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Old 07-09-06, 02:38 PM   #1
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Help me choose a bike *updated*

Okay, i've been doing a lot of research so I buy the best bike. Not any specific money range, I could do anything from $500-1200 dollars. I'm getting back into biking and want a decent mountain bike. Something that I'm not going to have to fix a lot of stuff on. I'm just getting back into it, so I'm not trying to buy a really badass bike, just something that has a good bang for the buck. The bikes I'm looking at are:

specialized rockhoppers:
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12987

Gary Fisher Genesis series:
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/ser...=trail-genesis

Trek 6500 or 6700:
http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1037600&f=19
http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1044600&f=19

Kona cross country series:
Kikapu: http://konaworld.com/shopping_cart/F...6&parentid=253
Kula:
http://konaworld.com/shopping_cart/F...0&parentid=253
Caldera:
http://konaworld.com/shopping_cart/F...2&parentid=253

KHS alite 3000:
http://www.khsbicycles.com/04_alite_3000_06.htm

or maybe a giant, or any other bike - i'm open to suggestions

I've been talking with the guys at the LBS and riding some of the bikes around. One says the genesis is a good series because of how you sit. But when I look at the parts it seems like you get the best combo of parts on a specialized or trek for your money.

Also I found a 2005 kikapu from a guy who has only rode it about 25 miles. I took a look at it and it was in great shape. He said he would sell it for $650.

What would ya'll recommend??

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Old 07-09-06, 02:44 PM   #2
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i would have to say go with a kula or the rockhopper.
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Old 07-09-06, 03:34 PM   #3
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Fisher bikes are very similar to Trek...go with Fisher
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Old 07-09-06, 03:39 PM   #4
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I agree. Kula or Rockhopper. But Rockhopper Pro is the top of the line for that model, so I think it would be good to get the RH. Nonetheless, they both are good.
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Get the Fisher 29'er. Seriously.
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Old 07-09-06, 04:14 PM   #6
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if that 650 kikapu fits/rides well, it sounds like the best deal...
but as with all bikes, ride what it is that fits best.
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Old 07-09-06, 06:19 PM   #7
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Try them all and get what you like most.
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Old 07-10-06, 04:38 PM   #8
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okay, talked with some more shops and test rode bikes.

I preferred the ride of the trek 6500 over the rockhopper series, so I think rockhoppers are off the list - sorry specialized.

The kikapu rode very nice aswell, but I have some things against it. First off, i'm just getting back into biking so i'm not sure that I need a full suspension bike just yet, re-learning riding (which won't take long) and learning to use a fork w/ shocks will be new. Furthermore, it seams that for your money you get much better components on a hard tail as far as fork, derailleurs etc are concerned.

Here's what the LBS that sells kona has to say: Kona website doesnt list any 19 or 20 inch kula's. We could give you a good deal on a kula deluxe which has a much better frame, fork, etc. He said that the fox forks are great forks and are what all other forks are compared to. He said he could sell me one for $1249.

So I'm down to these options:
Kikapu (mint condition), used for $650
Kula Deluxe (new) $1249
Trek 6500 $720
Trek 6700 $1100 MSRP (not sure exact price I can get it for)
Or a Gary fisher

I'm kinda leaning towards one of the kona's, although I have not yet rode a Kula. I really liked the way the kikapu rode, so i'm hoping that the kula's ride well too.
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The Treks are nice but in my opinion the 2007 version is worth waiting for

If you just can't wait, get the Kula Deluxe if you enjoy the ride.
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the Kula Deluxe in this case is the best deal. comes with the best fork out of all of those bikes and just better all around parts.
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the Kula Deluxe in this case is the best deal. comes with the best fork out of all of those bikes and just better all around parts.
Yea, it has the greatest reduction in msrp, especially considered its new, but do the better parts warrant the five to six hundred dollars? It seems I could get a bike with nearly the same parts but not as good frame/fork for a few hundred cheaper. The LBS used the clever line that the frame of the bike is the core and all the rest of the parts can be changed etc. and that you can't go wrong investing in a good frame in the long run.
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ok, I decided on the kona kula deluxe. Put my order in last week, should be here late next week. Thanks for the help everyone. I talked to the guy at the lbs and asked him to put some platform pedals on, atleast until I get back into the swing of things. Do ya'll have any other suggestions, or other things you think I should get?

Heres my list of things I need so far: Helmet, Extra Tube (maybe slime tubes) or some kind of inserts to protect my tires, a small tool set to put in a pack behind my seat, and eventually shoes for the clipless pedals.
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Also get a hydration pack to carry water, spare tubes, pump, tools, food and maybe a first aid kit [you are a beginner, right?].
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The Treks are nice but in my opinion the 2007 version is worth waiting for

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I'd buy the Kikapu. A number of the folks in the MTB group at work moved up to dual suspension fairly quickly. Also, from a financial standpoint, if you buy the Kikapu and decide to upgrade, you probably can sell it for what you purchased it for. None, I mean NONE of the new bikes will be able to do that.
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Rockhoppers are nice but heavy bikes.
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