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    '04 vs '05 Caldera

    Kona caldera '04 ($820) vs. '05 ($999). I'm thinking '04 no question, but i'd like to know from someone who knows more about the components than I if much has really changed. The '05 feels lighter, but i dont think it feels $180 lighter.

    specs copied and pasted from kona's website:

    '05 (italics changed items from last year)
    Frame tubing: Kona 7005 Butted Aluminum
    Fork: Marzocchi EXR Pro 100mm
    Headset: Aheadset STS
    Crankarms: RaceFace Ride
    Chainrings: 44/32/22
    B/B: RaceFace SRX
    Pedals: Shimano PD-M505 clipless
    Chain: Shimano CN-HG53 (9sp)
    Freewheel: Shimano Deore 11-32 9 speed
    F/D: Shimano Deore
    R/D: Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters: Shimano Deore
    Handlebar: TruVativ LE Riser
    Stem: TruVativ XR
    Grips: Kona Jack****
    Brakes: Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Brake: Levers Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Front hub: KK Disc
    Rear hub: Shimano FH-M475 disc
    Spokes: Stainless 15G front, 14G rear
    Tires: Tioga Red Phoenix 26 x 2.0
    Rims: Sun DS2-XC
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Sport
    Seatpost: Kona Thumb
    Seat clamp: Kona QR
    Color: Cream White
    1st Production: 'August 2004


    04:
    Frame tubing: Kona 7005 Butted Aluminum Butted
    Fork: Marzocchi EXR Pro Coil 100mm
    Headset: VP-A71
    Crankarms: Shimano FC-M445 Hollowtech Octalink
    Chainrings: 44/32/22
    B/B: Shimano BB-ES30
    Pedals: Shimano M505 clipless
    Chain: Shimano CN-HG53
    Freewheel: Shimano Deore (11-32 9 speed)
    F/D: Shimano Deore
    R/D: Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters: Shimano Deore
    Handlebar: Kona Aluminum Riser
    Stem: TruVativ XR
    Grips: Kona Jack****
    Brakes: Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Brake Levers: Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 XC
    Front Hub: Shimano HB-M475 disc
    Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M475 disc
    Spokes: Stainless 15g fr/14g rr
    Tires: Tioga Terra Firma 26 x 1.95
    Rims: Sun Mach IV
    Saddle: Kona Comfort Comp
    Seatpost: Kona Thumb
    Seatclamp: Kona QR
    Color: Red/Black

    Any other (new) hardtail reccomendations in this price range?
    Thanks.

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    For economical reasons, '05 bike prices shot up from '04. Some companies added minor component changes to make buyers think the increase is justified. In this case, the components that really matter (frame, fork, derailleurs, shifters, brakes) have stayed the same, so I'd go with the '04.

    For what it's worth, Kona kept it's price shifts pretty reasonable compared to some other companies. My '04 Marin Pine Mountain, for instance, had a MSRP of about $1300. The '05 Pine Mountain's MSRP is $400 MORE at $1700, and there were no significant changes made.
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