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Old 04-30-06, 07:46 AM   #1
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Kona stuff for xc?

I know it's a dirtjumping bike, but I can get a hold of one for a really good price. I figure if I put a 3rd ring on the front and get a new post it could be somewhat ok for xc riding. I looked at new low end mountain bikes like the hardrock comp disk and the kona blast and it seems to have a similar frame design (but worse components such as forks, brakes), and the LBS said those bikes would be allright for what I want to do.
All I want it for is to do a little cross-training and to try mtb, maybe one day try a race (for fun). I just can't offord droping to much on a new rig as my roadie self seems to go through a lot of parts.

What do you guys think?
Think of any problems I may have?
Do you think I'll be able to keep up with folks on full xc rigs? (on casual rides)
Or should I just go for the Hardrock comp disk? I find the fork to soft (morzzachi 3?) do you guys think the fork on the stuff will be stiffer?

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Old 04-30-06, 08:42 AM   #2
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The Stuff is nowhere near the same as the blast and hardrock, way more slacker angles. I'm using a Cowan as an All Utility bike(All Mountain, Freeriding, Street, Downhill) To climb with it, it requires alot of patience, it's not exactly the easiest bike to climb with.
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