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.
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    Giant Revel 1 or Kona Fire Mountain

    Hey guys I'm looking for a XC/mountain bike and can't decided between these two:


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    Revel 1 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | Canada

    The Kona is tad more expensive but seems to have better parts.

    What do you think is better?

    Thanks !

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    Ride some 29ers like--
    Revel 29er 0 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | Canada
    And the similar Kona bikes.
    Many have a Suntour fork designed for bike paths and easy trails. If you start riding more difficult/fun terrain you may be able to get an upgrade Raidon air fork from Nick at Suntour for 175+ship. Check with him about shipping to Canada.

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    I have a revel 1 that I purchased about 1 1/2 months ago that I got at my lbs. I think it's a great ride but if I can do it all over again I'd probably spend a little more money and do some more research(first mtb). I can't speak for the kona, but on my revel 1 the brakes are not that great and the xcm fork is a bit spongy. Only complaints I have that can easily be replaced.

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    Re: Giant Revel 1 or Kona Fire Mountain

    Read some of the similar threads on here, you'll see that some of us recommend checking out the value brand like motobecane and airborne since you will end up with higher tier components at any price point. Eg your bike includes a dated 8 speed drivetrain while the airborne has 9 speed and higher tier derailleur s and shifters

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    Quote Originally Posted by james035 View Post
    I have a revel 1 that I purchased about 1 1/2 months ago that I got at my lbs. I think it's a great ride but if I can do it all over again I'd probably spend a little more money and do some more research(first mtb). I can't speak for the kona, but on my revel 1 the brakes are not that great and the xcm fork is a bit spongy. Only complaints I have that can easily be replaced.
    Come over to the Revel Thread - Revel Thread and we can fix that.

    OP.... IMO, pick up the bike that feels great "to you" and within your budget.

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    thanks for all the input, i think im going to go with the revel 1 and buy some fast rolling continental slicks for the road.

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