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Old 10-03-06, 08:51 PM   #1
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Kona 'Stuff' - Marz Drop-Off IV

I'm looking at a Kona 'Stuff', and I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy it. It comes with a Marz Drop-Off IV. Any info, suggestions, precautions, or warnings about this fork before I go ahead and purchase? My only concern thus far is that there isn't a lock-out option on the fork. Also, if there are any other suggestions regarding the standard components on the bike, feel free to let me know. The saddle, I'm sure, will be the first thing to go. Probably before I get out of the shop with it.

Here is a link to a page with the bike and a list of all it's components:

http://konaworld.com/shopping_cart/F...9&parentid=253

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Why are you concered that the fork doesent have lock out. It is only "safe" to lock out a fork and ride it is when doing some light riding, NOT when dirtjumping. If your not going to be doing any DJs or FRing then this is not the bike for you.

As for the components they are all pretty solid except for the derailleurs, you will probally have to replace them in a year or two. Or you could go single speed, witch is what I would do.

edit: Why is the saddle the first to go? my friend got one for $20, it's is a great DJ seat. Why do I get the impression that this bike is not for you??
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Why are you concered that the fork doesent have lock out. It is only "safe" to lock out a fork and ride it is when doing some light riding, NOT when dirtjumping. If your not going to be doing any DJs or FRing then this is not the bike for you.

As for the components they are all pretty solid except for the derailleurs, you will probally have to replace them in a year or two. Or you could go single speed, witch is what I would do.

edit: Why is the saddle the first to go? my friend got one for $20, it's is a great DJ seat. Why do I get the impression that this bike is not for you??
The bike is great for me, I'm concerned about the lock-out because I'm going to be riding the bike to-and-from trails on roads and such. Also, I'll probably be using it for some light commuting when I feel like riding it instead of my other bike. The saddle is fine for dirt jumping, since I'm sure the last thing I want is to be sodomized by my sadle, but I'll probably be using the bike for freeriding, and light downhill more than I would dirtjump. Aside from that, I think it looks stupid.

I've noticed that all the components are low-end Truvativ. How do these compare to the Bontrager components that come with the Trek/Gary Fisher bikes?

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I've noticed that all the components are low-end Truvativ. How do these compare to the Bontrager components that come with the Trek/Gary Fisher bikes?
The Truvavtiv components on this bike are by no means low-end. All the Truvativ components are Hussefelt, that is Truvativ's second best DH/FR/DJ components (number one is holzfeller). I would say the Truvativ components are some of the best components on the bike. The components to be concerned about are the Shimano alivios.

Some like Bontrager more, but your hussfelts are the same if not better than Bontrager's top DH/FR/DJ components.

Hey and I could use a new seat, wanna send that sucker this-a-way???

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here is a real derailleur
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...rlr+135Mm.aspx
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Agreed. Not entirely relevant; though the derailleurs on the Kona 'Stuff' are quite inadequate. Aswell, the rims seem to have a bad rep.

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