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Old 04-18-08, 05:21 PM
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kona hoss for urban assault?

I'm looking for a new bike.... I'm 6' tall and weigh about 260#. When I was younger I rode a lot of BMX and street. I'd like to do some urban assault riding and lose some of the lard.

I have searched - but still am not sure. Is the Hoss a better fat guy XC bike or can I put some street tires on it and ride walls and down stairways and bunny hop up onto stuff with one?

My worry about the Hoss is that even though I'm 6' the 22" frame might impede me from having too much fun with it.

I am looking at buying one I spotted on Craigslist.... believe it or not the guy had put a motor on it. (I don't want the motor - that's what I'm for)

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Old 04-18-08, 05:32 PM
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A Kona Stuff came up too.



What fork is that? That's the one on it.... Will I destroy this bike? I am just kinda worried the Hoss might be too big to get rad on. I'm 260# but no one ever guesses that when they see me. THink of me as having.... an XL frame and a soft suspension.
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Old 04-18-08, 05:53 PM
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no real input here, but at #260 if you are really getting rad, you are going to probably have a good deal of wear and tear on the most durable bikes. You are going to bottom out most anything considered XC. I know nothing about DH bikes. Good luck to you.
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So you're saying that I'd probably smash the Kona Stuff. ?
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I know nothing about that bike so I do not know. I just think you will challenge a lot of different bikes.

Although, in reality it sort of depends on what your definition of rad is. Well, besides it being a 20+ year old out of date term.
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Well I'm 34 and am feeling a little out of date.

What I mean....

dirt jumping, wall rides, hopping onto/off stuff. My goal is to get my game back, lose some lard, and get another bike that's set up for riding park, so I can pretend like I'm 17 again, only without braces.
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I understand Kona overbuilds their frames and the Hoss was meant for "larger" riders. You might want to give Kona a call. They would be able to tell you best what the frame limitations are and explain the warranty (if transferable) as well. I'm pretty sure strength to size ratio is a consideration when they build the frames.

BUT!

If the guy put a motor on it, I'd be concerned that it was put through stresses it wasn't meant to handle.
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The Stuff is a solid frame. If you're ganna be beating on it you will most likely want to go with a fork more suited for that type of riding. A DJ type fork would work for you.


Urban Assault????.......that sounds so violent!
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The Stuff turned out to have a totally inappropriate set of cranks and fork on it.

I'm not gonna buy a bicycle and then have to change half the parts....

I'll keep looking!

Thank you all for your help.

I'm also concerned about the motor that was put on the Hoss. What a weird thing to do.

If you ever want a good laugh go to Craigslist and look at the bikes on sale. It can be real entertaining.
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