hi guys. sorry to post another which bike is better post but i just dont like basing my decisions on what sales man tell me. im in the market for a decent bike for some light trail riding and street use. ive narrowed it down to these 2 bikes. ive done what research i can and so far am leaning towards the kona for its rock shox over the rst on the hardrock. both bikes are the similar priced and the limit for what i can spend. ive ridden both and am comfortable with both. which one should i buy?
'07 kona blast
Frame sizes 14", 16", 17", 18", 19", 20", 22"
Frame tubing Kona All-Mountain Butted Aluminum
Fork Rockshox DART 2 w/Turnkey 100mm Travel
Braze-on fittings 2 bottles, fender
Crankarms FSA Aplha Drive Powerdrive
B/B FSA Powerdrive
Pedals Wellgo LU-926 w/Toe clips and straps
Chain Shimano IG-70
Freewheel Shimano Deore (11-32t, 8speed)
F/D Shimano Acera-x
R/D Shimano Acera-x
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Handlebar Kona Riser
Stem Kona Control
Grips Kona ************
Brakes Hayes MX4 Mechanical
Brake Levers Avid FR-5
Front hub KK Disc
Rear hub Shimano FH-M475 disc
Spokes Stainless 14g fr & rr
Tires Maxxis IGNITOR 26x2.1
Rims ALEX ACE-18
Saddle WTB Speed V Sport SE
Seatpost Kona Thumb
Seat clamp Kona QR
I like the Kona for the fork, and the Specialized for the brakes.
Assuming the DART is enough for you, brakes are the cheaper upgrade down the road. Id get the Kona.
I had those Shimano brakes on my 2005 Blast and changed them within my first season of riding the bike. I found they weren't enough brake for me but I was also riding like a chicken-****. I upgraded to the BB7 and had no trouble after that.