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    Kona Howler 06 or Haro Werx 7

    sup,

    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$)
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    http://www.konabikes.co.uk/2k6bikes/howler_2k6.php (at 1900$)

    Which one is the best? !

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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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    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!

    Edit:
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason222
    The Howler is a kid's DH bike.
    Umm, no it's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro
    Umm, no it's not.
    +500

    The howler is a 4x rig.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
    Words and Stuff.

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    *keekels*


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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.
    Last edited by cryptid01; 08-27-06 at 10:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konarider24
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason222
    The Howler is a kid's DH bike.

    And thats why Trent Kidd rides one????
    Quote Originally Posted by Killer B
    The way I ride requires the most advanced, toughest wheelset's available.

    Chicago Freeride

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro
    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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