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What is the main biggest difference between the Kikapu and Kikapu Deluxe?

Old 06-06-06, 05:43 PM
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What is the main biggest difference between the Kikapu and Kikapu Deluxe?

I am looking into buying a Kikapu, but I am wondering what the main difference between the Deluxe and normal Kikapu is... Is the deluxe worth 400 dollars more or should I just stick with the Kikapu. I plan on riding the bike a lot, abot 4 times a week.

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

Kikapu Deluxe- http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...5&parentid=253
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Old 06-06-06, 08:03 PM
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The main differences are:

Rear Shock:

On the standard you get a coil shock which is heavier and may be more prone to pedal bob (i.e when pedalling the force causes the spring to suspension to contract so you loose power from the pedal stroke and the bike bobs in the rear)

On the deluxe you get an air shock which should be lighter and can be easily adjusted in terms of pressure with a shock pump to control how hard or soft you want it (the coil is also adjustable but I don't have much experience with them).

I don't have much experience with coils but I have a bike with an air shock and as long as you not hamering out of the saddle I don't get any shock movement while pedalling.

Brakes

On the standard you have mechanical disc brakes which use a cable to apply force to the caliper and pad

On the deluxe you get hyrraulic breaks which means less pressure needs to be applied (by your hand) to stop and these brakes need less adjustment.

I have two bikes, one with cable discs, one with hydraulic. I frequently have to adjust cable tension on the cable brakes and you do notice the extra force required to stop. It should also be noted that the hydraulic disc breaks are probably relatively entry level so my not be the best quality but will still function better than the cables.


Gears

You get higher quality gear components on the deluxe (Deore and Deore XT) compared with standard (acera and alivio).

This means shifting should be smoother and components should last longer.

I again have two bikes with similar comparable components. I can notice the difference between shifting smoothness of the two but that being said I have not had any trouble with breakdown from the cheaper components after riding the bike nearly everday comuting and trail riding.

Those are the three main things I can see which are different. If you are riding it frequently and can spare the extra $$$ I would recomend the deluxe for the reasons mentioned above.

I'm sure others will give you some more opinions and ideas.

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the coil shock will not blow like the air shock. DHers use coils for this reason. you can bottom out a coil repeatedly and it should hold up. a couple of bottom-outs on a shock and you'll be looking at a new one.
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Old 06-06-06, 09:45 PM
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Thanks for the great reply!
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