Hey guys! How are you all doing?
I am wanting to buy my first mountain bike and have been looking at some local used ones.
I have ridden BMX bikes for 10 years but these last two years I have hardly touched my bike so I want to get into something that interests me as BMXing no longer does. For the record I am currently 230lbs 5'8" but my weight has been dropping tons since I started dieting 3 months ago.
I will be using the bike for some light downhill and a bit of XC. Next year I will be selling my car, moving to a new city and biking to college everyday. Because I will be using it to commute and I am a BMX rider I feel that hardtail is probably the way to go for me. More in my price range too.
I am interested in two local used bikes right now and was hoping to get an opinion on the two.
Canadian bikes at Canadian prices:
2009 Kona Five-0 for $550 (hardly used, open to offers)
2009 Norco Bigfoot for $450 (upgraded bars and pedals)
Since I don't know much about mountain bikes I have mainly been comparing bikes based on their front forks. Both bikes have Marzocchi forks which I have read are good.
The Kona has Marzocchi 55-RS 140mm travel
The Norco has Marzocchi DJ 3, 120mm travel
I'm leaning towards the Kona just because of the 140mm travel. I would assume higher travel is usually better??
The other thing I have been comparing are the brakesets:
Kona has Hayes Hydraulic Stroker Ryde V7
Norco has Avid Juicy 3
Both are very good from what I have read.
What opinions do you guys have on the two bikes? Which one would be a better buy? I like the fact that the Kona has been hardly used and some of the specs seem better.
Which one has better hubs, crankset, bottom bracket?
Sorry for my newbness!
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