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    Buying First Good Bike

    As the topic says I am looking into buying my self a new bike, largely for trail riding. I have pretty much narrowed it down to two bikes, but please give me suggestions or tell me if I am making a huge mistake or something.

    1.Kona Hoss. Spent quite a bit of trail time on one and found it to be solid and all around likeable, but it is a little beyond my price range (but not too much).
    Specs: $899
    Frame sizes 16", 18", 20", 22"
    Frame tubing Kona Clump Butted Aluminum
    Fork Marzocchi Dirt Jam Comp 100mm
    Headset Aheadset STS
    Crankarms TruVativ Blaze ISIS
    Chainrings 44/32/22
    B/B TruVativ DHLT ISIS
    Pedals Shimano PD-M505 Clipless
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53
    Freewheel Shimano Deore CS-HG50 11-32 9 speed
    F/D Shimano Deore
    R/D Shimano Deore
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebar
    TruVativ LE OS Riser
    Stem
    TruVativ XR 3D OS
    Grips Kona ************
    Brakes Hayes Sole
    Brake Levers Hayes Sole
    Front hub KK Disc
    Rear hub Shimano FH-M475 disc
    Spokes Stainless 14g
    Tires Nokian NBT 26 x 2.3
    Rims Alex DM-24
    Saddle WTB Speed V Sport SE
    Seatpost Kona Double Clamp
    Seat clamp Kona QR
    Color Blue

    2. Specialized Hardrock. Limited ride time with one, but I liked it and it is a little more affordable. Only real question is, should I save my pennies a little longer and go with the Rockhopper pro disc.
    Specs: $710
    FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, disc only, tig welded, double-butted ORE DT, externally machined head tube, forged disc D/O, w/06 replaceable derailleur hanger
    REAR SHOCK None
    FORK Marzocchi MZ-3, 100mm, 30mm stanchions, coil/MCU w/ preload adjust
    HEADSET 1-1/8" threadless, sealed ball retainer
    STEM Specialized Mobius, alloy, 10 degree rise
    HANDLEBARS Alloy, 38mm rise, 6 degree upsweep, 8 degree sweep, 640mm width
    GRIPS Specialized Enduro, Kraton dual compound
    FRONT BRAKE Avid BB5, mechanical disc with 6" Roundagon rotor
    REAR BRAKE Avid BB5, mechanical disc with 6" Roundagon rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid FR-5
    FRONT DERAILLEUR SRAM X-GEN, 34.9mm top clamp, bottom pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM X-7, short cage
    SHIFT LEVERS SRAM X-7, triggers, 9-speed
    CASSETTE SRAM PG-950, 9-speed 11-34t
    CRANKSET Truvativ Blaze PS 6066-T6 w/ 24/36t/poly bash
    CHAINRINGS 36t heat treated Cr-Mo x 24t heat treated Cr-Mo w/poly bash guard
    BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ, 68x113mm, Power Spline, sealed cartridge bearing with double crank stops
    PEDALS Specialized alloy platform with 9/16" Cr-Mo spindle
    RIMS SUN Singletrack disc, double wall, 36h, eyelets
    CHAIN SRAM PC-951 w/ power link
    FRONT HUB Joy-Tech, disc, 36h, ground race double sealed loose ball w/ alloy QR
    REAR HUB Joy-Tech, disc cassette, 36h, ground race double sealed loose ball w/ alloy QR
    SPOKES 2.0mm stainless steel, brass nipples
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Enduro Sport, 26"x2.2", wire bead
    REAR TIRE Specialized Enduro Sport, 26"x2.2", wire bead
    TUBES Specialized 26x2.2", schraeder valve
    SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry Sport MTB
    SEAT POST Alloy 30.9mmx300/350mm, micro adjust
    SEAT BINDER Alloy collar with Q/R
    NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Both bikes are great. I would go would the Hardrock, its a solid bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airpressure
    Both bikes are great.
    ditto, but i would go for the hoss. just because i like the feel of my kona over my mates specialized hardrock pro... not much point to that statment allthough the 2 bikes you mentioned are the updgraded version to the two i have rode.

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    kona, seems better specced (to me)
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    The hardrocks get plenty of good reviews and I think it would suit you.

    The Hoss is a very strong bike aimed a bit at the hardtail freeride end of the market so it will probably be heavier. It comes with Hydraulic brakes which will give you better stopping power. Not sure how the Sram shifters compare with the shimano Deore but I know Deore components are not top of the line but are good quality.

    It depends on whether you are going to be riding "gnarly trails" that need an extra tough bike thats worth lugging round a bit more weight for. Also if you are a heavy rider this bike mike suit you.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Hardrock only has 2 chainrings so you wont be able to go as fast as you could with the Kona.

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    If your going to spend 800 bucks on a bike you should go with the rockhopper instead of the hardrock. for same price as the kona you could get comp disc and for the 700 you could still end up with a better frame and good components.

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    Thanks for all the replies. I think I am leaning more toward a hardrock Largely for economy sake (poor college student). Now it's time to wait for the next few paychecks and hopefully soon I will be beating the crap out of it on the local trails.

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