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    i am looking for a new bike. I am a heavy rider, so i've been doin a bit of research, and asking around. I've come up with 2 bikes.
    Norco bigfoot, and the kona hoss.

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    http://www.konaworld.com/2k4bikes/2k4_hoss.cfm
    Bigfoot site-
    http://www.norco.com/bikes/2004bikes/bigfoot.htm

    Now, i know nothing of these bikes, so i need to know if i am getting ripped off. keep in mind, i am buying in Canadian funds, and i weigh 266 LBS.
    I want a bike that will be able to handle trails, curb jumps, and maybe some small jumps if i get confident.

    thanks guys!
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    In either case you are not being ripped off. Both bikes fit a value point that works for around a grand canadian. Both bike have similar parts so you can't even make a difference there. Both are partially/fully made in canada. Both geometries are almost identical. And both frames are both very strong. Either bike will do everything you want AND more. (I go quite large on my roast)

    Next step. Ride them and find which you like more. The geometries are almost identical but they will still feel different. You may prefer one over the other.

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Next step. Ride them and find which you like more. The geometries are almost identical but they will still feel different. You may prefer one over the other.

    good luck
    alright. i went to my LBS, and i could only find the bigfoot. im gunna head over to Toronto, find a better bike shop to buy it.

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    Kona might be difficult to find in Ontario. It is popular but not like Norco. When i was living in Guelph I could only find Rm's and Norco and sometimes brodie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Kona might be difficult to find in Ontario. It is popular but not like Norco. When i was living in Guelph I could only find Rm's and Norco and sometimes brodie.
    i know a guy who has a kona. i'll talk to him, and see where he got his.

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    i need more opinions eh?

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    You might have better luck posting this in the mountain bike forum. These bikes are trail bikes and you might get more responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    i still like that wolverine. at least for what you want to do.
    but im just worried my weight will break it... well sooner then the bigfoot or the hoss. i know any bike i get is going to break

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    It won't break it. Some parts maybe but unless you have a bigger budget that will happen with all bikes...

    Big abuse chain...what the heck is that and why...sram chains work fine.

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    Dukes on Queen ST carries Kona. Great service to you. They will treat you well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    please get a very big chain and use it to lock the bike up. i recomend an abus granite lock and one of the big abus chains.
    I have a kryptonite(sp?) chain cost me $50, but i think its time for a new one.

    Quote Originally Posted by mindbogger
    Dukes on Queen ST carries Kona. Great service to you. They will treat you well.
    beautiful! i'll go check it out.

    and thank you to whoever moved this thread.

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    ooooo that kind of chain haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    ooooo that kind of chain haha
    is that bad?

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    No I thought he meant the chain that drives your gearing..I wasn't thinking of security. I don't actually own a chain as I never leave my bike anywhere people can get to it. So I just never think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    No I thought he meant the chain that drives your gearing..I wasn't thinking of security. I don't actually own a chain as I never leave my bike anywhere people can get to it. So I just never think of it.
    heh. i only use my lock at school, other places, it doesn't leave my eye sight. when i get my norco or kona, i plan to keep it in a locked up closet in my communications technology class

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    i envy you and your closet.
    i knows its safe in there.

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    ok, heres my next question. please go look at the sites, and tell me why i'd pay 200 dollers more for the kona. i cannot figure it out!
    thanks guys.

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    You shouldn't. The Norco is a better buy.

    I just prefer Kona

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    You shouldn't. The Norco is a better buy.

    I just prefer Kona
    so really there is no difference? i am willing to pay the extra 200 IF it is worth it.

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    Not really worth it. Similar warranty, parts and frame....if it feels the same and is confortable get the cheaper one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Not really worth it. Similar warranty, parts and frame....if it feels the same and is confortable get the cheaper one.
    alright i'm going to go have a test ride on them. check them out.

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    Me likey norco better. Although I do respect Kona but as previously posted, Norco is everywhere around southern ontario. One of my LBS' carries the complete Norco line (the bike shop is full of their bikes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by madbiker555
    Me likey norco better. Although I do respect Kona but as previously posted, Norco is everywhere around southern ontario. One of my LBS' carries the complete Norco line (the bike shop is full of their bikes).
    So you like Norco better, they are more abundant, and yet you are riding a Kona Cowan...

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    HEY man I've got a Kona Hoss Dee Lux and its awesome.....I'm 270 and do the kind of riding like you described...I cant break that thing...the rims are still true after over 200 miles of trai riding. PWRDBYTRD has one also, and he raves about it....(ask him) I cant say I know a lot about the norco line, but I can tell you that I love my bike. I also know a guy MIKABIKE has the regular hoss and is over 500 pounds..........if you got other questions, email me at givempills@aol.com............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    So you like Norco better, they are more abundant, and yet you are riding a Kona Cowan...
    I got the Cowan for a good price, I was going for the Norco Manik but it was $350 more.

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