New to downhill - Kona, Weyless, or others?
Ok, so I recently took lessons at Panorama on a 15.5 inch Kona Stinky Garbanzo and had a great time. I'm looking to invest around $1000 or less on a bike (so that means going used). The rental place that provided the Kona sells them for around $1000 in September, but after seeing the abuse that they go through on a daily basis as rentals I'm a little hesitant. It was a great ride and I loved the way it handled the trail, but 5 months of daily downhilling seems pretty harsh.
I've started looking in the local classifieds and this bike popped out but I've never heard of the Weyless brand: http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-...QAdIdZ59443110
Reviews seem pretty good, but I was hoping that someone here could provide comments on this bike, suggestions about the heavily used Kona, etc...
As I mentioned, I'm a beginner - went down a 3.8 km easy trail at Panorama, BC 8 times in one day, that is it. I loved it, but don't want to invest too heavily right off the bat. The other alternative is to rent when I go: around $100-$120 with gear. If I rent the I'll only be going a few times a year, but hopefully if I buy I'll go more -- although options around Edmonton are rather limited (I think).
Last edited by stony; 07-30-08 at 03:37 AM.