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Kona Smoke vs. Kona Dew

Old 09-18-06, 11:00 PM
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Kona Smoke vs. Kona Dew

well which one should i go with? i am not sure if i like the fender wells on the smoke model... here are the links to check them out if yall dont know what they look like....

Smoke
http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...4&parentid=253

Dew
http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...6&parentid=253



well which one would you get? they are about the same but i wam having trouble deciding... i am leaning more towards the dew but then again the smoke is the featured bike on the "asphault" category.... so i dont know... help me out fellas.
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Old 09-18-06, 11:24 PM
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What kind of riding do you do? How far will you be riding?
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Old 09-18-06, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
What kind of riding do you do? How far will you be riding?


i will be training on whichever one i get and doing centuries... hopefully with one of my buddies.. i figured both would be alright for this kinda riding...
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Old 09-19-06, 12:00 AM
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For doing centuries you should seriously consider a road bike with drop bars, what is commonly called a 10 speed. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck if you buy used.
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The dew is more road-ish, because it have 700c wheels. The smoke is more of a commuter type bike.

They're both really nice.

But for century, IMO you should get drop-handlebars. Entry level road bikes can be bought for $500-ish.
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Old 09-19-06, 08:17 AM
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Between the choices you list, Armyrider, you should go with the Dew. The Dew is more "upgradable" for later in case you want drop handlebars. The Smoke is a great commuter bike, but you won't need or want fenders for a century.
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Old 09-19-06, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by FarHorizon
Between the choices you list, Armyrider, you should go with the Dew. The Dew is more "upgradable" for later in case you want drop handlebars. The Smoke is a great commuter bike, but you won't need or want fenders for a century.


those were my thoughts as well..... i like the dew a little better anyways. thanks guys
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Old 09-19-06, 10:46 AM
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but you won't need or want fenders for a century.
Uh, not true. Ever ridden for 6 hours in the rain? Fenders are a godsend.
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Old 09-19-06, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
Uh, not true. Ever ridden for 6 hours in the rain? Fenders are a godsend.


LOL, then maybe the smoke might be a good thought... can you take the fenders off the smoke and then easily put them back on? i know you can get a rear fender well to just snap on to any bike from shops and all but i was wondering about the smoke and how easily this bikes fenders come off....
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If you really need them, you can ADD fenders inexpensively to the Dew. No matter how you cut it - for what you want to do, the Dew is a better choice than the Smoke.
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Old 09-19-06, 03:31 PM
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thanks far..... i am looking at a few GT and gary fisher bikes too... gary fisher makes a great line of bikes as does GT. but then again i am pretty sure i am going to get the Trek 820 as my mountain bike, then maybe the kona dew for my road bike...
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I test-rode both earlier this summer, and for the kind of riding you speak of my personal vote's for either the dew or to spring for a drop-bar'd road bike.

if you can handle one gear, there are some decent to nice singlespeed or fixed gear bikes in the same price as the dew.
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Old 09-19-06, 10:49 PM
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+1 on the dew ...

a salesman told me that the smoke is basically an updated version of Kona's original MTB frame with slicks and fenders, and you could just do that with the 820.

of course you could always consider a cyclocross (in place of both bikes)

...multiple hand options are nice.... if you get the dew at least consider a touring bar/ Long bar ends, or something similar.

good luck with your purchase
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Old 09-20-06, 01:32 PM
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i am going to go with the dew... be excited fellas, pictures will come as soon as i can get her.
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I bought the dew in April. I have no regrets at all. When I compared the two before I bought, I found the smoke to be a litte clumsy. The dew seems more diverse in the terrain it can tackle. The smoke seemed to be good for street riding but I think the dew is better for varied terrain.

I hope you are enjoying your new bike!
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Army...didn't you just get a new bike? Already getting a second one? You sound like me.
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Old 10-12-06, 12:31 PM
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Do the Dew. If you have any big hills the 11-34 cassette will make you happy.
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