Purchasing my first entry bike and I'm having a difficult time differentiating between the components on both models Kona offers. My local dealer told me the Deluxe may brake a little easier, be more responsive and light, and there feel like a quicker while riding it. I didn't get the chance to ride the bike but tried some other frames in similar height etc.
I commute to work everyday about 10 miles roundtrip, and ride semi-aggresively on an old road bike. The bike I'm on now is really, heavy.
I'm not so concerned that this is or isn't the bike for me, but wondering if the deluxe model is a better investment? Is it? Can I justify the cost for someone being new to riding regularly anyway?
I plan to put a trunk bag & rack on the back to carry clothes and other items, so I'm factoring in that additional weight as potentially impacting the overall heaviness of the bike.
I've attached two screenshots below of the components listing in comparison from both models. The left column is Kona's base model & the right is the Deluxe.
Any input is appreciated! Thanks guys.
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