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Old 05-11-04, 02:26 PM   #1
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Kona FM

I just bought this bike... http://www.konaworld.com/kw_index.cfm . I posted about it in the huck thread, but figured I shouldn't derail that thread.

Mainly just curious what kind of drops this package can take. I've done a three foot max. right now, and I'm thinking that's all I should really try for. It is after all Kona's recreational bike rather than one of their serious XC bikes. Although there are few differences when it comes to anything outside of the rims that would hurt this bike in the drop area. Atleast I think so anyway, seeings how the frames are both the same, and the MZ Comps on the Blast are 100 mm instead of 80 like mine.

So, any ideas as to what I can and cannot do? What I should avoid doing, etc? I don't want to break this bike like I broke my old one. I know it's way better than my old one, but it'll get me in to trouble if I think that it can take a lot of abuse.
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Old 05-11-04, 03:24 PM   #2
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Firemountain is a xc bike. It will take the drops but is not built for that kind of abuse.
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Yeah really that bike is not designed for jumping AT ALL and neither are XC bikes. XC bikes are lightweight high speed racing bikes made to climb like a scalded monkey. If you are jumping you want a Roast or Scrap... they are made for jumping.
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Old 05-11-04, 08:17 PM   #4
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Ok, so I should avoid doing such things. I just figured any bike should be able to hand some abuse to a certain extent. And I do like drops, but riding a Scrap or Roast around isn't going to happen as I need it for both things.

Thanks for the replies, no more drops for me.

I just need a friend with a bike like the Roast so that I can satisfy my thirst for bigger drops.
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Old 05-11-04, 11:45 PM   #5
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Not that it can't handle it. It can. It just can't handle repeated drops for any period of time. You'd be riding it in ways beyound it's intended purpose.

Get the right tool for the job!

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BTW, congrats, I'm really glad you like the bike!
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Old 05-12-04, 03:47 PM   #6
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Nice hair, by the way. I had a mohawk once, but it was part of a hazing thing.
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Hehe, yeah, I had it for a week, I felt like a king. Got so much attention, I loved it. I'm thinking of doing another mohawk over summer. Still debating as to whether or not I want to keep my hair and grow and aphro.

I won't go overboard, I just like doing drops. I wish I had the money for a Scrap or Roast or something, but unfortunately I don't. And I do much trail riding than actual drops, so it'd be a waste of money and time I'm afraid.

Oh well, it's a sweet bike thus far. Although it's making this vibration noise in the front, and I don't know where it's coming from. I don't think it's anything important, as I looked over the bike and nothing seemed amuck. Could just be something vibrating due to wind speed... I hope.
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I think you should've gotten one of these: http://www.konaworld.com/kw_index.cfm

I want one!
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forget that, the link takes you to the index page:

This is what I think you should get:


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Hahaha, best bike evar!
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with more travel than you can shake a stick at! woot!
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A2...I WANT THAT BIKE. I have been drooling over it for a while.

Rambler...the Roast is an awesome bike. I can vouch for its strenght. I am 270 and do 3 to 5 foot drops on mine and it has lasted fine. (this is the frame. I don't have any oem parts on it but the crank arms.)
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Old 05-14-04, 02:52 AM   #13
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Grant Allen is occasionally around my trails. I should ask him if he can get me one of those HotRods.
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