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Old 01-17-06, 11:01 PM
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Hi I'm new. And could use advice.

Hey all.

I live in Alamo, CA at the foot of Mt Diablo so I get to do all the riding I want right from my doorstep. I try to bike commute as much as I can and once in awhile I can actually take a shortcut thru the trails, which is awesome. I prefer to keep it simple with equipment. Hardtail. Flats. Coil n oil. VBrakes. I smoke, but not on the trail. And I like Indian food.

There, that's me. now I need a little advice. I love my bike but my kona frame is not a great fit (just a bit small@ 16") but more importantly it's hard as a rock. I want to frame swap with something a little springier. So I'm looking at steel. I was eyeing a Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame, but at 490 bucks that would be stretching. Hope that gives you an idea of my price range.

Anyways, I'm looking for a steel frame taht wouldn't mind a four inch fork and will have clearance for bigger tires. I'm thinking ~2.7 with ample mud clearance. It's a tall order, I know.

That's why I would totally appreciate any suggestions that fit taht bill. Anyone think of anything? Does anyone know if the tire clearance on that Blizzard?
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Rear clearance on a blizzard is around 26x2.2.

Also you can get a Kona Explosif which is steel in anywhere from 14"-20", can handle a 4" fork easily and is $40 cheaper than the Rocky Mountain Blizzard.
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Hmmmm 16 inch. Gollygoshgeewillikers it's just my size. Which Kona do you have? Pics?
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Originally Posted by KonaRider24
Rear clearance on a blizzard is around 26x2.2.

Also you can get a Kona Explosif which is steel in anywhere from 14"-20", can handle a 4" fork easily and is $40 cheaper than the Rocky Mountain Blizzard.
Checked out the Explosif and it doesn't have alot of tire clerance either. Seems like a trend with the steel frames. The only ones I can find with wides stays are the over the top stuff like Surly Pugsly. I might have to live without fat tires for awhile. Life goes on, but I'll keep looking.

Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
...what kind of Kona...
You did it now.

So I've been riding my old Rocky Mountain Element for like five years. It was a little big for me, (18.5) but hey it's such a nice bike that it worked out fine. Eventually, stuff starts breaking and you know, you replace it. Okay that's chapter one.

So about about a year back my friends ask me where I was all the time on my bike. So I told them and they all wanted to go mountain biking. So I had them all go buy cheap bikes (like 300 dollar Ralieghs and stuff like that) so that they could just try it for a season and get all their equipment together. Then if they were really into it they could get nice bikes. Soo... I'm showing them the ropes and over and over again I keep telling them why a hardtail is better for this and a hardatail is better for that. I realized that I wanted a hardtail again.

Chapter 3:
So I was looking around on craigslist and I found a 98 Kona Fire Mountain for 160 bucks. I went to check it out and it was a 15 year old kid selling the bike. Apparantly he had "grown out of it" because he was like twicke my size. He showed me his new Fisher Cake and told me about his dissapointment that it didn't have an attachment for a kickstand and he couldn't lay it down on the ground becasue the stupid brakes were hydrolic. Right. So the Kona was this sweet gold color and even tho the components (and I'm talking every single thing on the bike) were cheesy, I knew the frame was quality. Best of all, it looked like it had been put in a time capsule. It was perfect. So I gave him 150 bucks for it.

I only swapped on my peddles and saddle at first. Just rode crap out of it and when something broke, I'd swap out the piece from my Rocky. This did not take very long. I'm a gentle rider but I crushed the fork in about a month and nothing else lasted much longer. It was real junk.

So now its a little gold Kona with Race Face Cranks and bars/stem/post. Sram 8-speed stuff working with Deore deraillers (I used Deore on my Rocky, to but these ones are a fresh pair). Some Mavic/XT wheels. Avid Vbrakes. And the same old Free Agent flats and Velo saddle that I've been riding for the last 5 years. So it's My Kona.

I'll get some pics if you're still interested.
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pics pleaseeeeee!!!
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Most Freeride hardtails have a lot of tire clearance. I'd get one with a larger frame.
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Originally Posted by Jason222
Most Freeride hardtails have a lot of tire clearance. I'd get one with a larger frame.
You know, I looked into those but they're all so slack! My friend rides a Norco Bigfoot and to me the position feels like sitting on a toilet. I even swapped out the bar and stem to stretch out a bit but it didn't help much. Frame looks butch tho. =D

The other thing is that they're way over built for me as I'm only 135 pounds. I probably couldn't break my Kona if I tried.

Okay and I'll try to get some pics up!
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Okay there's a pic. I posted the same pic with the details in the "Post your rig" thread.
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(Gasp!) ooooooh, pretty~~~
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Hey, thanks! It's not usually that clean, tho.
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Originally Posted by TwinCam
I was eyeing a Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame, but at 490 bucks that would be stretching. Hope that gives you an idea of my price range.
Where'd you find a Blizzard frame for $490? Or is that used? Sounds like an excellent price to me if it's new and fits.
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Where'd you find a Blizzard frame for $490? Or is that used? Sounds like an excellent price to me if it's new and fits.
Mike's Bikes in Berkely, CA.
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Will you let me borrow it?
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
Will you let me borrow it?
Aren't we trying to get together a Bay Area group ride?

If you and me ride the same size anyhow, we might as well test ride each others bikes for a bit. Right? Be fun to see how my Kona compares to a factory spec'd one.
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Oh I didn't know you wanted to come for sure. Of course we are. As soon as NoF3ar gets his cranks. Did you PM him to be put on the list?
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If I come, you both can try a sled for a hardtail.

I wish I could make it though.
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Yeah it'd be fun to go and meet some new people. Only thing is that I'm afraid it's going to fall on a weekend and it might be tricky to get the day off.

Konarider: What do you mean by sled?? You mean your Cowan?

That reminds me, I need to learn how to jump. I was never very good at getting air.
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I was planning on a saturday dude. People have school and stuff during the week.
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If we give you advanced notice, maybe you can request the day off? I have to.

KonaRider, it would be an absolute joy to have you join us. I'm not a real mountain biker yet (just a newbie to it) so I have a lot to learn from this meeting.
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I was planning on a saturday dude. People have school and stuff during the week.
Yeah, I can probably get a weekend off but last couple times I tried there's been kung fu battles and shark attacks and all kinds of unnecessary drama just for a day off.

Got the day off tho! yeah just gimme heads up and I should be go.
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As said, I wish I could, but I'm starting to put things together for a book.
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Yeah, I can probably get a weekend off but last couple times I tried there's been kung fu battles and shark attacks and all kinds of unnecessary drama just for a day off.

Got the day off tho! yeah just gimme heads up and I should be go.

Well hey, I'm a blackbelt. I got you back, baby.
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Well hey, I'm a blackbelt. I got you back, baby.
This is good to know. I need friends who can kick ass. I'm a lover, not a fighter.
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Yeah, you let the girl handle it
What? The loving or the fighting? Hell, she can take care of both. The climbs are steep around here, I need to conserve my energy.
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