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    Idea! 2011 Kona Blast Still Worth It?

    Found one locally for $300 and was hardly used, still looks new it's a 26er. Is this bikes still worth getting as a beginner bike? The other bike I was looking at was a specialized hardrock disc 29er or new old stock kona fire mountain 2012 26er.

    what do you guys think? The kona blast seems like a great price and is in like new condition, but is it worth getting?

    what are your opinions on these bikes? Trying to stay under $600 or so.

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    The 2011 Kona Blast would be a great bike for $300 if it is in new condition.
    It was about $850 new, and has a Rock Shox Tora fork with Deore rear mech and Formula hydraulic brakes.
    We had a Hardrock Disc 26" and it was alright, but not as well specified as the Kona.
    The 2012 Fire Mountain is also a good starter bike, if it is available for a low price. The specification is similar to the 2011 Blast, the new price was about $750.
    It will depend on the price. But the 2011 Kona Blast in "new condition" for $300 sounds like a steal. Just make sure it is the right size for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotusdriver View Post
    The 2011 Kona Blast would be a great bike for $300 if it is in new condition.
    It was about $850 new, and has a Rock Shox Tora fork with Deore rear mech and Formula hydraulic brakes.
    We had a Hardrock Disc 26" and it was alright, but not as well specified as the Kona.
    The 2012 Fire Mountain is also a good starter bike, if it is available for a low price. The specification is similar to the 2011 Blast, the new price was about $750.
    It will depend on the price. But the 2011 Kona Blast in "new condition" for $300 sounds like a steal. Just make sure it is the right size for you.

    Thanks for the reply.
    The fire mountain is $499 new
    hardrock is $580 new


    sounds like the kona blast would be the best value. Provided everything is in good shape. What are some things to look for when buying used? I will take it into my LBS as soon as I can.

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    Check everything works like the gears, brakes, make sure the fork bounces OK, check for damage to the frame and scratches etc.

    Take the bike to your LBS for a service/check over. Although if you go for the NOS 2012 Kona it should be fine.

    Make sure the bike is the right size for you. I made the mistake of buying too small a bike and nearly did my knees in.

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