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    Please Help, Kona or Giant

    I have a week to decide:

    Kona Lava Dome
    KONA BIKES | 2014 BIKES | TRAIL 29" HT | LAVA DOME


    Giant Revel 29er
    Revel 29er (2014) | Giant Bicycles | United States

    Thanks for your help

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    Test ride them both and decide for yourself. The Kona has hydraulic brakes vs. the mechanical ones on the Revel. The Revel has 20mm less fork travel...

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    I'd go Kona because I already own one and I like the brand a lot.
    I'd go Giant because I can't (*@*& stand Sram style mtb shifters.

    They seem evenly matched enough that I'd probably make the decision based on price... but a test ride is a better way of making that decision.

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    I'd try both, but my first instinct would be Kona, just because I've read numerous articles and reviews about how Giant bikes are tend to be "needy" in terms of maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger View Post
    I'd try both, but my first instinct would be Kona, just because I've read numerous articles and reviews about how Giant bikes are tend to be "needy" in terms of maintenance.
    What part of a Giant hardtail frame needs more maintenance then a hardtail frame of a different brand?

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    Have you test ridden them? Geometry is different, so one will likely fit you better/feel better riding.

    I've never heard that Giants require any more maintenance than any other company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    What part of a Giant hardtail frame needs more maintenance then a hardtail frame of a different brand?
    The frame shouldn't need ANY maintenance. Like I said, I've just read numerous articles about how Giant bikes tend to need more maintenance than some other brands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger View Post
    The frame shouldn't need ANY maintenance. Like I said, I've just read numerous articles about how Giant bikes tend to need more maintenance than some other brands.
    I said frame because that's the only part of the bike that Giant makes.

    I'm curious, what part of a Giant bike would need more maintenance then another brand bike?

    Did these numerous articles say that components installed on a Giant bike which are made by another company will need more maintenance on the Giant bike then if they were installed on any other brand bike?

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    As has been said, ride them both, then decide. These bikes are so close, you should go with the one that seems to fit you better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    I said frame because that's the only part of the bike that Giant makes.

    I'm curious, what part of a Giant bike would need more maintenance then another brand bike?

    Did these numerous articles say that components installed on a Giant bike which are made by another company will need more maintenance on the Giant bike then if they were installed on any other brand bike?
    Dude, it's just what I read. I didn't write the articles, I just read them. As far as I'm concerned, a part is a part is a part, regardless of the bike it's on. For more information, you'll have to Google articles regarding Giant Bicycles.
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