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Old 12-01-06, 03:38 PM   #1
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A begginer with 400 to spend on a new bike

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I am looking to get into biking and have 400 ($790) to spend on a new mountain bike. So far this is the bike i think is the best for my situation
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70182

Do any of you have an opinion as to if this is a good bike or if there is a better one out there?

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Old 12-01-06, 03:50 PM   #2
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yabba dabba dooo thats expensive.....

in this case, 400 quid does not equal $790, bikes are stupidly expensive in the UK.
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Old 12-01-06, 04:00 PM   #3
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for 400 you can do alot better then a kona fire mountain.

if you can find any, a 2006 carerra fury is 400 quid, reduced from 500 (from halfords, yes, i work there) is a much better bike then the kona at the same price (we also sell the kona)

link Carrera Fury 06

alternatly a GT/giant/specialised/trek around the 400 mark will most likley have better kit on it then that kona. having worked on kona's for a number of years now i cant help but think that your simply paying for a brand name, value for money is very low on sub 1500 kona bikes.
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for 400 you can do alot better then a kona fire mountain.

if you can find any, a 2006 carerra fury is 400 quid, reduced from 500 (from halfords, yes, i work there) is a much better bike then the kona at the same price (we also sell the kona)

link Carrera Fury 06

alternatly a GT/giant/specialised/trek around the 400 mark will most likley have better kit on it then that kona. having worked on kona's for a number of years now i cant help but think that your simply paying for a brand name, value for money is very low on sub 1500 kona bikes.
My personaly understanding of kona is that you do indeed pay for the brand, however the bikes are well made and durable.

Here is a mongoose that looks like it has some nice specs
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70321
is this any better?
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Old 12-01-06, 04:24 PM   #5
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Kona bikes are over price for the components they come with, specially post 2005....

although, they make great frames....no gimmic, durable, very well designed, functional.....you have to ride a kona to feel the difference....so, if you can put a bike together, the best thing would be to buy a kona frame (from ebay or somewhere) and build it with the components you like or can afford....

That Carrera looks like a great deal to me, at your price point in UK......

here in the USA the prices are very different........Fire Mountain for $790...forget about it!
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My personaly understanding of kona is that you do indeed pay for the brand, however the bikes are well made and durable.

Here is a mongoose that looks like it has some nice specs
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70321
is this any better?
indeed they are generally well made, but, cheap components are still cheap components no matter how well they are put together.

the main thing that annoys me on the fire mountain is that its fitted with a screw on freewheel and only uses acera/alivio derailleurs, at this price point i really think thats poor from such a big brand name.
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The Fire Mountain is only$499 here... but I don't like the component group.
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