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    Kona Caldera vs. higher end bikes

    I've been spending the last few months going back and forth between purchasing a specialized Stumpy and a Cannondale F600. During the last warm spell I had a chance to check out the Caldera and i was impressed. It's kind of a brick but the geometry was sweet, and I can get one for a bout 300 bones cheaper than the other 2--which the wife kind of digs. I'm kinda torn here, anybody with any advice???

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    is slower than you Peek the Geek's Avatar
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    Get the Kona. The voices in your head are saying, "Get the Kona."
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    Get the Kona, They got their geometry down.

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    Don't own one, but have ridden one. Fantastic. Feels a bit heavier than my normal stead, but Didn't have to worry about hitting anything harder than normal on my XC route, and I did because from the word go, I had confidence in the bike. As I said Fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff williams
    Nice link to the 2002 model

    Here's the correct link http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/XC_Hardt...t_123279.shtml
    Here's one for the Stumpy
    http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/XC_Hardt...t_123462.shtml
    Either are fine bikes. I'm partial to Specialized myself as they simply feel better to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jburnsdo
    During the last warm spell I had a chance to check out the Caldera and i was impressed. It's kind of a brick but the geometry was sweet, and I can get one for a bout 300 bones cheaper than the other 2--which the wife kind of digs.

    Sounds like you want us to tell you what you already know.

    I don't see any reason NOT to go with the Caldera, it's a sweet bike. If you've ridden all three, and prefer the KONA, get the KONA.
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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    Sounds like you want us to tell you what you already know.

    I don't see any reason NOT to go with the Caldera, it's a sweet bike. If you've ridden all three, and prefer the KONA, get the KONA.
    Yup bikes are about feel. If the Kona feels best then that's what you need

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Nice link to the 2002 model

    Here's the correct link http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/XC_Hardt...t_123279.shtml
    Here's one for the Stumpy
    http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/XC_Hardt...t_123462.shtml
    Either are fine bikes. I'm partial to Specialized myself as they simply feel better to me.
    You remind me of most of my highschool teachers right now.

    Errr...Thought a little background info..past products reviews...ummm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Yup bikes are about feel. If the Kona feels best then that's what you need

    Word.

    (Thanks. I needed that)

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    Plus if you spend more on the Stumpy and it doesn't feel "just right" or as good as the Kona, you're not going to be as happy with your purchase and you're not going to feel as though you got your money's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jburnsdo
    Word.

    (Thanks. I needed that)
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    He's as cool as ice. Willing to sacrifice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peek the Geek
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    I own a Caldera and I'm very happy with my first 6 weeks of use. The fork and the wheels are heavy but the bike is solid. Any of the bikes will be great just pick the one that feels the best. Get the Kona.

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