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  1. Thread: Kona Advise

    by teicher
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    Then the only difference you have left to...

    Then the only difference you have left to consider is the price, and you should go with the Kona and use the money you save on other things you need or enjoy.

    Kona makes a good bike. I have a...
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    I'm going to go against the grain here and...

    I'm going to go against the grain here and suggest you sell the bike (as is, unmodified) and get a new one that you can test ride first. It's the only way you'll really be happy with the results.
    ...
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    I wouldn't buy any book for the kinds of work you...

    I wouldn't buy any book for the kinds of work you are planning to do, online resources are better. Use this:

    Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog

    and search youtube for videos when you need more info...
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    I didn't mean to give you the impression the 32s...

    I didn't mean to give you the impression the 32s won't fit, they definitely will. I just meant to provide some background on why the 32s you rode earlier were more like 29s in real life. You can...
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    Given what you said about where you are going to...

    Given what you said about where you are going to be riding, wider tires might be nice to have. I'm a 700x35 guy but I thought I'd try 32s on my latest set and I ride in similar conditions as you. ...
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    You can get a good idea of your tire options by...

    You can get a good idea of your tire options by looking at their website, I've never seen any of the stores near me carry anything that wasn't on the site. The only way you might get the same brand...
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    The montare definitely has better components, but...

    The montare definitely has better components, but it is used and I'm on the internet and have no idea what condition they're in. I assume they're fine. You didn't mention that the montare felt big...
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    The bike is nice but I think you should look at...

    The bike is nice but I think you should look at different brands. You're not going to be comfortable with either size and will likely spend the next year swapping components like stems, seat posts,...
  9. Get the Raleigh. Who cares if the Giant specs...

    Get the Raleigh. Who cares if the Giant specs are better, the Raleigh felt better. End of story. Parts can be swapped out as needed, but a bike that feels like crap will always be a bike that...
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    You sir have made my day. So many people come...

    You sir have made my day. So many people come onto this forum, ask questions about a bike they liked at the shop, and get steered towards all sorts of unnoticable upgrades or brands or materials...
  11. Thread: Bike or Parts?

    by teicher
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    Personally, I'd get the parts and fix it up. A...

    Personally, I'd get the parts and fix it up. A new 300-400 bike is not going to be as good as yours with a little TLC. I'd replace the chain and cables for sure, the others I'd try to clean up and...
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    I found that my disc brakes require less...

    I found that my disc brakes require less maintenance than my old caliper versions. Pretty sure the misceos use mechanical rather than hydraulic discs, so you may need to tighten up the cable every...
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    A 2013 Kona Dew Plus. Love it, I really do. ...

    A 2013 Kona Dew Plus. Love it, I really do. Like the Quick CX, it has a pretty short TT and made a world of difference in my comfort. Kona offers more frame sizes for Dew series (6 instead of...
  14. I think you have some conflicts to sort out. The...

    I think you have some conflicts to sort out. The Trek is the most road hybrid and you said the most comfortable, priced right between the others. Spec wise, it's low end. For the money you can do...
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    I went through this problem last year. My first...

    I went through this problem last year. My first bike had a long TT and my neck and shoulders were always sore after I rode for a long time. I, too, tried to recreate the shorter TT feeling on my...
  16. My 53cm weighs almost 27 lbs.

    My 53cm weighs almost 27 lbs.
  17. Yeah, I think that's the norm for all manf. I...

    Yeah, I think that's the norm for all manf. I didn't have any such problems with my Dew Plus, I bought it from our bikeshop that sells Kona and it was in tip top shape when I picked it up. Might...
  18. The Kona Dew Plus worked for me because it was...

    The Kona Dew Plus worked for me because it was offered in 6 frame sizes (instead of the usual 4 or 5 by other manf) and the effective top tube and reach was shorter than my previous bike, a Giant. ...
  19. I have the 2013 Dew Plus and purposely chose it...

    I have the 2013 Dew Plus and purposely chose it over the Dew. The shifters, brakes and rear derailleur on the Plus were the key upgrades for me, I much preferred the Tektro hydraulic brakes and the...
  20. I have a Kona Dew Plus and I love it. I bought...

    I have a Kona Dew Plus and I love it. I bought it to replace a bike (Giant hybrid) that was too long for me and have no regrets whatsoever. Kona has more frame sizes to choose from (6) so the...
  21. If they both fit you well, get the CX4. Nothing...

    If they both fit you well, get the CX4. Nothing wrong with picking a bike that looks better to you, just means it'll put a smile on your face each time you look at it.

    I've ridden a CX4, it's a...
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    Hey chaadster, what kind of trailer is that blue...

    Hey chaadster, what kind of trailer is that blue one in your photos?
  23. Rigid fork ought to be fine. Some brands I'd...

    Rigid fork ought to be fine.

    Some brands I'd look for are Giant, Trek, Specialized, Fuji, Raleigh, Kona, Marin, etc.

    Basically, look for nice bikes that sold for more than $300 new, but weren't...
  24. $300 max per bike is pretty low for a decent...

    $300 max per bike is pretty low for a decent quality bike, you might want to look at used bikes so you can picke from a better brand than Diamondback. Raleigh makes a good bike for the money. $400...
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    Here's my advice. When you get the bike, make...

    Here's my advice. When you get the bike, make sure it fits. If it does and you like it and feel good about your purchase, don't come back to this forum for a while. Enjoy your bike.

    I've seen...
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