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Old 06-22-07, 08:17 PM
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Help I can't decide!

Well here's the story. I've been looking into buying a kona shred and saving for a while now. Now that I have the money I can't find one in stock anywhere. I've just about given up on it and have been looking around. I've looked at a specialized rock hopper with discs for 660 which I'm not sure if I like it that much. And I've looked into a haro thread 8 also which is a bit out of my price range. What should I do? The type of riding I want to do is alot of street riding with some trails and some djing and even some downhill. I guess I need to know what bike would be the best for all of these? I kinda like the rock hopper but I'm worried the frame won't take what I wanna throw at it. Does anyone else make a bike like the shred? I saw a GT a while back that looked to fill that role but it seems after GT went bankrupt they are not the best brand anymore. Anyone that could help I'd appreciate it.
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Old 06-22-07, 10:34 PM
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Just get the Kona.
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Old 06-22-07, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by WannaGetGood
Just get the Kona.
Any reason why? I really want it but I can't find one in stock anywhere and the nearest place that can order one is 150 miles away.
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Old 06-22-07, 11:54 PM
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I owned a Kona for a while. A 2001, so it had been used alot before me aswell. Its still going strong. Well, the frame is.
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Old 06-23-07, 08:03 AM
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If you're buying a bike that was built for it's intended purpose, it will be fine. GT is probably the best value, especially if you're looking at Performance. I think Specialized has a lifetime warranty on their frames, if you are using them for their intended purpose. Not sure on the others.
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Old 06-23-07, 09:46 AM
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Well I went today and looked at some bikes. I still can't find anyone that can order a kona for me so I looked at some specialized bikes and I liked the rockhopper pretty well. I wonder if that is ok for jumping and downhill stuff? If I wanna upgrade the fork later for more travel can I do that?
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Old 06-23-07, 10:39 AM
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you'll need to change your name if you get anything but a kona.
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Old 06-23-07, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by junkyard
you'll need to change your name if you get anything but a kona.
Not really because no matter what I get I'll always wantakona lol.
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Old 06-23-07, 04:23 PM
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Define your vision of jumping and downhill. I don't know anybody that runs a hardtail on downhill runs, unless you're riding the brakes all the way down. It is not a DH bike.
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I know hardtail isn't good for downhill but I want a bike with enough fork travel to soak up some decent bumps wether it be downhill or on flat ground. I would go full suspension but it isn't in the budget. A lot of the trails I will ride have big rocks very loose downhill sections. I'd like to be able to go down them with some speed. All the local trails consist of flat and boreing. I wanna use this bike for whatever goofing off I can do around town. Meaning possibley skate parks, drop offs, and other street style tricks. I also know of some dirt jumps around town I wanna hit. I have a bmx right now and the problems I have are the fact that It's way too small for me, the wheelset is old school 3/8" axles so they aren't strong enough, and the single speed isn't enough for getting to the trails fast enough, and the solid fork on the trails are a no go on any of the rocky trails I mentioned. Basically my reason for looking at a kona was that it seems like that bike will fit what I need best. But since I can't find one anywhere I am gonna have to go with a rockhopper or hardrock. I'm not so sure either of those will work as good but I've been told they are both great starting points and can be built on to do more of what I want later.
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Old 06-23-07, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by iwantakona
Not really because no matter what I get I'll always wantakona lol.
then why dont you get a kona even if they dont have one near were you live you could order one off the internet
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Old 06-23-07, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by taylor p
then why dont you get a kona even if they dont have one near were you live you could order one off the internet
Kona does not permit the bikes to be shipped outside of a dealers range if it is the current model year. Kona is out of all sizes of the shred except small and medium. I can't find anywhere that has 2006 models in stock. I did go to the site and it says to email them if you are having trouble finding what you want in stock. So I did and I got an email asking if I would be interested in a medium rather then a large frame. I told him sure but being as my "local" kona dealer is 150 miles away I'd like to have it shipped. I'm still waiting on a response. If I dont get an answer or something by wednesday I'm gonna go buy a specialized at the lbs. I would try ebay but when it comes to bikes on ebay it is so easy to get ripped off. Kona looks to have a nice product and all but the dealer network is really horrible.
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Old 06-24-07, 09:20 AM
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Make sure the kona geometry works for you. Quick-n-easy test is to ride the bike in as small a circle as you can. A bike should feel very neutral and handle as tight a circle as imaginable (on a iron horse I could easily do a 8' circle). I found my kona dawg does not handle all that great for me so I am considering selling it.
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