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    '07 kona blast vs. specialized hardrock comp disc

    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
    Headset TH
    Crankarms FSA Aplha Drive Powerdrive
    Chainrings 42/32/22
    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
    Color Blue

    '07 specialized hardrock comp disc

    FRAME A1 Premium Aluminum, disc only, double butted TT, ORE DT, externally relieved head tube, reinforced disc mount, forged dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 hanger
    REAR SHOCK N/A
    FORK RST Gilla Plus RA Disc, 100mm, Cro-Mo steerer, 30mm stanchions, coil spring, rebound and preload adjust
    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless
    STEM Specialized 3D forged alloy, two bolt, 25.4mm, 10 degree rise
    HANDLEBARS Alloy 25.4mm, 38mm rise, 620mm wide, 8 degree back, 6 degree up sweep, 3.2mm thick
    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual density Kraton
    FRONT BRAKE Avid BB5, mechanical disc, 6" G2 Clean Sweep rotor
    REAR BRAKE Avid BB5, mechanical disc, 6" G2 Clean Sweep rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid FR-5, alloy "V"
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Acera M-330
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio M-410
    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Alivio M-410 SL Rapid Fire
    CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano MFHG-40, 8-speed, 11-32t
    CHAIN Shimano HG-50, 1/2" x 3/32"
    CRANKSET Shimano FCM-341-8, Octalink Spline, replaceable rings
    CHAINRINGS 42S/32S/22S
    BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano ES-25, Octalink Spline, cartridge bearing, 68 x 126mm for 50mm chainline
    PEDALS Specialized alloy platform, 9/16"
    RIMS Specialized/Alex HRD 26, double wall disc w/ eyelets
    FRONT HUB Specialized Hi Lo disc, 36h, CNC flange and disc mount, QR
    REAR HUB Shimano M-475 Disc, cassette, 36h
    SPOKES 2.0mm (14g) stainless
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Resolution, 26x2.1", 60TPI, wire bead
    REAR TIRE Specialized Resolution, 26x2.1", 60TPI, wire bead
    TUBES Specialized schraeder valve
    SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry, ATB
    SEAT POST Alloy micro adjust, 30.9mm
    SEAT BINDER Alloy collar w/ QR
    NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak
    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.
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    Interesting you found the bb5 not enough but the bb7 adequate. They're essentially the same brake with only some minor differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak
    Interesting you found the bb5 not enough but the bb7 adequate. They're essentially the same brake with only some minor differences.
    I didn't have the BB5 on my Blast, I had the Shimano mechanicals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    I didn't have the BB5 on my Blast, I had the Shimano mechanicals.
    Neither of those bikes comes with Shimano mechanicals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsGT2
    Neither of those bikes comes with Shimano mechanicals.
    Reading comprehension is such an important skill to have but sometimes I speedread/scan through and don't pick up on important details. This is one of those times.

    Let this be a lesson to you kids out there, take the time to read what's written and make sure you picked up the key information.
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