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Old 12-29-05, 11:51 AM
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hey guys just need some advice in buying a new bike.

i got my eyes set on the SPECIALIZED BIG HIT but i have also been looking at some KONA bikes. im still pretty new to mtb and ive been riding an 05 enduro and i like the light responsive feel , but lately ive been getting air and riding more downhill and im breaking my balls on this bike.i need a bike that i can get BIG AIR and still handle nice in downhill.I guess the qualities im looking for are ,DURABLE,LIGHT,RESPONSIVE .So basically freeride/downhill if that exist. here is a list of the bikes in my price range. i got links with all the parts and specs so if anyone would like to help out, it should be easy.THANKS!!

SPECIALIZED
06 specialized big hit
https://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...keTab=techspec
KONA
06 stab deluxe
https://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...0&parentid=253

06 stinky deluxe
https://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...2&parentid=253

what u guys thinks best for me? thanks
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Old 12-29-05, 01:35 PM
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have you checked out the Santa Cruz VP free?
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Old 12-29-05, 07:13 PM
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Old 12-29-05, 09:53 PM
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I'm a big fan of Specialized. Great warranty, lots of bang for the buck.

Having said that, Kona makes some great bikes, too.

I think you can't go wrong with either of those brands.
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If you have the money, go for the stab deluxe.
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Old 12-30-05, 02:47 PM
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Both are high up on my list. I may be a bit behind on Kona latest offering-- Specialized seems to be leading the bar with suspension design. That being said, I am going to have a very hard time deciding between the two for my All-Mountain bike.

Your choices are all good for your purposes. I'd say test ride them all and go with what feels right to you.
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Old 12-30-05, 06:44 PM
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Go with the specialized!!!!!!!!!
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is that a caldera you got there matey?? and who is that in your pic!!
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That in the avatar is Serenity (my Caldera) and me.
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Old 12-30-05, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
That in the avatar is Serenity (my Caldera) and me.
Whats your phone number???
I'm just messin. But take it as a compliment if you will.

As far as specialized or Kona, go with a coilair if you wnat something lightweight. Weights 33 pounds for 6 inches front and rear. Which is more than enough if you know what your doing. Your enduro should be fine, however. Unless you are hitting really big jumps and drops.


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Originally Posted by harris
Your enduro should be fine, however. Unless you are hitting really big jumps and drops.


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he said he needs something that can he can get BIG air with.

i beleive the stinky was made for what you describe.
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Originally Posted by harris
Whats your phone number???
I'm just messin. But take it as a compliment if you will.

As far as specialized or Kona, go with a coilair if you wnat something lightweight. Weights 33 pounds for 6 inches front and rear. Which is more than enough if you know what your doing. Your enduro should be fine, however. Unless you are hitting really big jumps and drops.


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Thanks. I'm glad you like my bike. If you think that's nice, you should see my squishy. My last avatar was of my Cake.
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Old 12-30-05, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
That in the avatar is Serenity (my Caldera) and me.

Well, that does it. I vote for the Kona.







eww...creepy old guy alert!
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kona for sure
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Old 12-30-05, 09:51 PM
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i like specialized, but i'm a sucker for Kona... one more vote for a Kona
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jeez what a decision!!!!

After careful consideration into Looks, durability, responsiveness, weight, and componentry. This is my conclusion.

If you are looking at durabilty as a priority factor and weight and responsiveness comprimised, then I will have to say go for the Specialized. On the other hand if you want light and responsiveness then I would go for the Kona Stab Deluxe. The only week points I can see on the Kona are the top cast pivot arms and the rear disc break support arm. I cannot really tell what the strength is properly for the castings on the picture so it will be best to take a look yourself.

And then Finally as everyone always say, try and take them for a test ride, at the end of the day, if the is good backup service then I would go for performance.
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Old 12-31-05, 10:14 PM
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Go To you LBS and try them out if they have any of them. Cuase I wouldn't buy anything with out trying it first. Bikes I mean. And thoughs bikes are not cheap so..
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