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    Difference in Rear Suspension?

    Hi all,
    I'm curious as to the advantages and disadvantages of the rear suspension on these two bikes:

    Kona Dawgmatic
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    Santa Cruz Blur Ano 04

    What is the difference between the two types of suspension? Which do you prefer, and why?

    Thanks!

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    Two totally different bikes. One is a faux fourbar(the kona)......the other has a virtual pivot point that stresses the chain a lot. You wont need an SPV shock for the vpp, but for the Kona to pedal well, it would indeed help. The axle paths are also quite different, and arent going to handle the same way. Both are very nice bikes, but what kind of riding are you going to be doing. If I just want to do a majority of easy trail riding, not much climbing, flow......id get the Kona. If I was going to be doing a lot of climbing, id get the Blur. Personally, I dont like the feel of faux fourbar.......

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    Youre also talking about a HUGE price difference.......didnt notice how inexpensive the Kona was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjRider04
    Two totally different bikes. One is a faux fourbar(the kona)......the other has a virtual pivot point that stresses the chain a lot. You wont need an SPV shock for the vpp, but for the Kona to pedal well, it would indeed help. The axle paths are also quite different, and arent going to handle the same way. Both are very nice bikes, but what kind of riding are you going to be doing. If I just want to do a majority of easy trail riding, not much climbing, flow......id get the Kona. If I was going to be doing a lot of climbing, id get the Blur. Personally, I dont like the feel of faux fourbar.......
    Why don't you like the feel of the faux fourbar? I can't feel a difference the times ive tried the Kona.

    I'm going to be doing a majority of singletracks with some moderate climbing.

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    If you had enough, id definetly go with the Blur.....but if you dont, the Kona is a great bike. I just like the VPP setup, doesnt bob when you get outta the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by younghistorians
    Why don't you like the feel of the faux fourbar? I can't feel a difference the times ive tried the Kona.

    I'm going to be doing a majority of singletracks with some moderate climbing.
    It easiest to notice the weakness of the faux bar when going fast and slamming on the brakes. Otherwise, with propedal, the konas feel decent. VPP is a newer and better pedalling technology thouigh

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