I'm looking for the best bike I can get for around $1k. I've always known Kona to be fine dealers in the bang-for-buck aspect, so I started peaking at their 2003 bikes. I stumbled upon the Caldera (http://www.konaworld.com/2k3/2k3_caldera.cfm) and wet myself. I'll grant, I wet myself a lot, but I was excited about this. My largest concern with it, however, was the Deore disk breaks. While the idea of finally getting my hands on hydraulic disk breaks is appealing indeed, I've never known Deore stuff to be especially impressive. That is, I've hated every piece of Deore I've had on a bike. Are these an exception? http://www.singletrackworld.com/article.php?sid=158 speaks somewhat highly of them, and I don't see many nay-sayers at http://www.nsmb.com/product_reviews/...stems&letter=S .
The practical side of me is making some annoying noises, but I'm not paying much attention to them. I'm more interested in getting my hands on some hydraulic disk breaks :cool: