1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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  1. #1
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    '12 Scott Scale 29 Team vs. '12 Kona Kahuna

    got my bike search narrowed down to two bikes, relatively the same price, relatively the same bike as far as i know. but since i have no where near the experience as many of you i wanted to post up here and see what the outcome would be. i am already leaning towards one of the bikes, but only slightly so wanted to know whats best when i can get either for virtually the same price... so for thoes who are lazy:

    Scott Scale 29 Team

    Kona Kahuna

    For thoes who are SUPER lazy

    Scott Scale 29 Team:

    -Frame
    Scale 29 Alloy 6061, custom butted superlight tubing, forged race disc dropouts PM160, bridgeless seatstays, Integ. Headset, replaceable hanger
    -Fork
    Rock Shox XC 32 TK 29 Coil, Alloy Steerer, remote Lockout, rebound adjustable, 100mm travel
    -Headset
    Ritchey OE 1 1/8, semi integrated 44/50mm
    -Rear Derailleur
    Shimano SLX, RD-M663 SGS, Shadow Type, 30 Speed
    -Front Derailleur
    Shimano Deore, FC-M590-10, 34.9mm
    -Shifters
    Shimano Deore, SL-M591-10, Rapidfire Plus, 2 way release, w/gear indicator
    -Brake Levers
    Shimano BL-M445 Disc
    -Brakes
    Shimano BR-M446 Disc, 180/F and 160/R mm Rotor
    -BB-Set
    Shimano ES25 Octalink, 68-118mm
    -Handlebar
    Scott Hot Rod T OS 31.8mm, T shape Flat, 680mm, 9 bend
    -Stem
    Scott Comp, 4 Bolt, OS 31.8mm, 1 1/8, -6 angle
    -Pedals
    Wellgo C128
    -Seatpost
    Scott Comp zero offset, 31.6mm
    -Seat
    Scott Racing
    -Front Hub
    Scott Team Disc CL
    -Rear Hub
    Shimano FH-RM66 Disc CL
    -Chain
    Shimano CN-HG54
    -Chainring
    Shimano FC-M522, 42Ax32Ax24T
    -Cassette
    Shimano CS-HG62-10, 11-36 T
    -Spokes
    Stainless Black 15G, 1.8mm
    -Rims
    Alex XC-49 Disc, 32H, Eyelets
    -Tires
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron, 29 x 2.25, 67EPI, Kevlar bead, Performance Serie
    -Weight
    12.50 kg / 27.53 lbs

    Kona Kahuna

    -Frame:
    Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
    -Fork:
    Rock Shox XC 32 TK 100mm
    -Crankarms:
    SRAM X5
    -Chainrings:
    44/33/22
    -B/B:
    SRAM X5
    -Pedals:
    Wellgo LU-A9
    -Chain:
    SRAM PC-1031
    -Freewheel:
    SRAM PC-1030 11-36 10 spd
    -F/D:
    SRAM X5
    -R/D:
    SRAM X5 SGS
    -Shifters:
    SRAM X5
    -Brake Calipers:
    Avid Elixir 1
    -Front Brake Rotor:
    Avid G2 180mm
    -Rear Brake Rotor:
    Avid G2 160mm
    -Brake Levers:
    Avid Elixir 1
    -Headset:
    FSA No.57B
    -Handlebar:
    Kona Energy
    -Stem:
    Kona XC/Road
    -Seatpost:
    Kona Thumb w/offset
    -Seat Clamp:
    Kona Clamp
    -Grips:
    Kona Race Light LOG
    -Saddle:
    WTB Valcon Sport SE
    -Front Hub:
    Formula Disc
    -Rear Hub:
    Formula Disc
    -Spokes:
    Stainless 14g
    -Rims:
    WTB SpeeDisc All Mountain
    -Front Tire:
    Maxxis Ignitor 29x2.1
    -Rear Tire:
    Maxxis Ignitor 29x2.1


    Thanks everyone!

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    Go with the team, the r-der is better and Scott's geo is awesome. Then again, you should ride both and see which one feels better.
    They were willing to give their lives for yours, some of them did, others just gave up their way of life. Support the WWP.

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    I completely agree with the post above. I have a 2011 Scott Scale Team and I love it. My 65 year old dad has a 2012 Scale Elite that he bought after riding my bike and he loves it. The bikes really fit well and inspire confidence. My bike has been ultra reliable and my list of complaints is small and minor.
    Tim

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    I'm a Shimano fanboy, I'd buy the Scale.

    As others have said, though, getting the one that feels right for you is more important than the parts that are hanging on it.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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