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Old 03-24-18, 11:16 PM
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Is this bike any good?

Hi guys! hope all of you are ok!
Guys I was looking for a fixed gear bike to commute, a friend of mine told me that he has this KONA PADDY WAGON on his garage that he doesn't use anymore because of time, before I take the decision about buying his KONA, I want to see what do you guys think about it since many of you know more about bikes than me. He's selling me the bike cheap($300) since he's my friend but I really wanna know if is worth it, I'll do upgrades little by little.



FRAME: 52cm kona paddy wagon.
Origin 8 urban risers
selle italia respiro saddle
green guru saddle bag.
Origin 8 flask with flask holder.
Fsa (rpm)crankset 42/16. Origin 8 straps.
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Old 03-24-18, 11:49 PM
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Will your commuting take you through any potholes? That thing looks pretty frail to me, especially the wheels.
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Old 03-25-18, 01:13 AM
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Lack of caliper brakes relying on back pedal pressure only is not ideal. I would at least budget in a front brake setup as additional costs unless he still has them and has just taken them off.

It's a nice bike but Kona's full price is always a bit high for the spec you are getting. I would of thought $300 was more like the going rate but don't know the US market. At $200 he would be doing you a favour.

What year model is it and what steel tubing is it using? Wasn't there a model using Dedacciai italian tubing as well as Reynolds chromoly tubing. If I was guessing the year looking at it I would say 2007 so quite an old bike. I wouldn't normally worry about a steel frame but I think the Dedacciai tubing was weaker than the Reynolds tubing so the age of the bike is a bigger factor if Dedacciai tubing. I personally wouldn't pay $300 for it due to age and missing brakes. However you have to go with your own feelings. If you really want a fixed gear bike and you really like this one and he won't budge on price then its $300 or finding something else.

I bought a Kona Lanai many years ago probably a 2007 model. I thought I got a bargain at half its new price on ebay. When I got it I thought the seller had switched out all the parts for lower quality parts but on checking the spec everything was correct. Such a crap bike both frame and parts. I never took the Kona brand seriously again and look at their bikes on a bike by bike basis. The Lanai was an entry level model for sure but similar brands like GT, Marin and quite a few others were selling much better bikes for the same money. Lanai had twist grip gears, freewheel and low end parts all round. I think the only reason I got it so cheap was the original purchaser had completely rejected the bike and just wanted shot of it. I was happy with the price I paid but it wasn't the bargain I was expecting. Just making the point that you should look exactly at what you are getting and compare that to other similar products you can buy rather than buy purely on the Kona brand. Kona have done many poor and overpriced bikes.
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Old 03-25-18, 02:33 AM
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If you decide to buy it keep the flask full.
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Old 03-25-18, 02:50 AM
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I can't comment on the price.

The Kona Paddy Wagon has a good reputation as a sound bike. Only you can check the condition, etc.

Fit at least a front brake. The mounting point for it is there and believe me, it's nice to have a brake in an emergency or for when your legs are tired (my fg run front and rear). They aren't expensive.
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Old 03-25-18, 03:32 AM
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I commute on a stripped down single speed when the weather is nice. Get a front brake for it, and enjoy! If the bike came with one, or both front and back, your friend might still have the parts.
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Old 03-25-18, 09:43 AM
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It's missing brakes..
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Old 03-25-18, 09:52 AM
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Kona is a solid brand. Get a front brake and call it good.
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Old 03-25-18, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by hillyman View Post
If you decide to buy it keep the flask full.
Yeah, and don't ever let it out of your sight. That thing is a thief magnet.
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