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Old 08-26-06, 12:36 PM   #1
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Kona Howler 06 or Haro Werx 7

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I've gotten nice prices on these two bikes but I dont know which one to buy :/
So I was wondering, What does the experts have to say?

http://www.harobikes.com/2006/atb/werx7.php# (at 2000$)
or
http://www.konabikes.co.uk/2k6bikes/howler_2k6.php (at 1900$)

Which one is the best? !
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Old 08-26-06, 08:34 PM   #2
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depends

On one hand, you have a FR bike, and a DH bike on the other.

What kind of riding will you be doing exactly?

The Kona is a little short on travel (IMO) for a true DH rig, but it has a FAIRLY solid component set...the Haro has good travel, but I'm not a fan of Manitou forks or shocks, and the geometry of the rear swingarm doesn't allow a true vertical movement of the rear wheel.

Also, 6061 aluminum isn't as strong as the 7005 Al used on the Kona frame.

On looks, I definatly think the Haro beats the Kona. The Haro is certainly a nice-looking bike.

I can definatly see good and bad points about both bikes....for the money, i'd go with the Kona.

And no, I'm not being biased because I own a Kona Dawg Deluxe.
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Old 08-26-06, 08:39 PM   #3
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I don't think you should get either. The Howler is a kid's DH bike. The other has Manipoo stance suspension (STAY FAR AWAY) and I just wouldn't trust it.

Keep looking though!

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http://www.norco.com/ts/pass/templat...ree&col=silver
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here is a good bike in that price range:
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/CUSA/model-6VG6.html


I used to own a Cannondale. The bike was nothing short of bomb-proof.

The link I posted is to a Cannondale Gemini 600, a good DH rig.

Fork is the Marzzochi Drop-Off Triple 170mm
Shock is Fox Vanilla R.

Good solid frame, good components, good reputation, and it costs $1799USD.
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The Howler is a kid's DH bike.
Umm, no it's not.
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Umm, no it's not.
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The howler is a 4x rig.
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You guys are bad. Shame shame shame.
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I rode an 06 Howler with a 150mm travel 66 today. Definitely a passable trailbike.

One thing to note - the Howler is single ring specific. The chainstay is not configured to allow a granny ring, nor is the crank tapped for it. Not a bad design, just purpose built.

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The howler is a 4x rig.
Then why is it listed under downhill?

I guess it could go either way.
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That's actually the Downhill/4X category. http://www.konabikes.co.uk/

It's certainly not in the kids' category.
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I would go with the Howler.
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The Howler is a kid's DH bike.

And thats why Trent Kidd rides one????
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That's actually the Downhill/4X category. http://www.konabikes.co.uk/

It's certainly not in the kids' category.

Oh he's kidding us, didn't you get it? Jason knows his stuff, man.
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