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    Kona honzo

    Hey guys, About to pull the trigger on a Honzo. is the al/dl that much better of a bike for 1000 more? or would the al/dr would be sufficient for some not so crazy trail riding?


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    IMHO, get the cheaper one and use the $1000 in a month or two to upgrade what you don't like. You can pretty much pick a fork from the highest tier with that and could offset further if you sold the original parts you swap out.

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    Kona Honzo Al/DR $1,699

    Kona Honzo Al/DL $2,199

    The price difference is not $1k. The Revelation fork on the DL is all the fork you will ever need. It's a stout 35mm platform, is highly tunable, and responds well to upgrades like the MRP Ramp Control should you ever feel the need. No need to drop $900 on a "top of the line" fork based on your description of the riding you intend to do.

    I'd go with the DL for the extra $500. Wheels, drivetrain, brakes (questionable), and fork upgrade built in.
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    I failed mention that i live in canada. With the exchange rate, it equates to close to 1000.

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    Get the most bike that you can afford. It is cheaper to get a bike with better components from the factory than upgrading later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by domacles View Post
    I failed mention that i live in canada. With the exchange rate, it equates to close to 1000.
    OK, my point is that's it's still worth the extra money, if you value the nicer components being offered.

    The bottom line is that either bike will get you down the trail. "worth it?" is a very subjective question.
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    Thank you @onespeed

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    Just checked the specs. The AL/DR is perfectly trailworthy IMHO. Nothing that needs to be immediately replaced or that I wouldn't trust on a long day on the mountain. Not a sexy spec list but perfectly functional and servicable.

    Is the AL/DL better equipped? Yes. Is it worth the price difference? It's your money so I can't answer that, but if you are heavy the burlier fork and wheels may be worth it.

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I pulled the trigger on a Marin nail trail 7. Offered good specs for the price.

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