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Old 07-10-06, 07:27 PM   #1
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is the concept better then the snake

i am mulling the cross concept but wonder if it is truly a much better bike then the kona jake the snake. will i get my moneys worth. do you folks think the bianchi is truly that much better or am i waisting 1200? i dont want to worry about brakes or shifters or anything really other then riding and getting back in shape. if i am going to make the investment i want to know what the experts (you) think? is the bianchi cross concept worth it?
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Old 07-11-06, 08:25 PM   #2
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it's not really a fair comparison, since the Bianchi costs $1000 more than the Kona everywhere I've looked. $1200 is the price for the Bianchi Scandium frame by itself, while that's what the Kona bike costs all together.
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true, i was wondering if the 1200 difference was worth it. if the bianchi was really that much better stronger faster. all that stuff. is it worth the price? or is the kona jts almost as good and simply a better bang for the buck.
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I've got the Cross Veloce--same frame. It's a delight and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. Whether it's worth the coin is purely a personal question.
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On paper, the Concept is the better of the two, and is designed for the more serious cyclocross racer. Not that the Kona itself is not a serious race bike, but the true answer is which of the bikes is better for your intended riding. Will you be racing, or just riding? Will your riding be on road or off? Will it be serious fitness cycling or commuting to work?

If I had the money, as somebody who rides a cyclocross bike in a serious cyclocross fashion, I would get the Bianchi if I had the money, and I would get the Bianchi if I had to stretch a few dollars to buy it. Otherwise, unless you're planning for a winter of backcountry cyclocross racing in the rain, snow, and mud, the Kona will be just a good a bike for you as the Bianchi. Of course, as always, test ride both bikes first and entrust your dollars and purchase to a knowledgable bike shop.

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i bought the bianchi veloce. i am pumped.
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