I'm getting back into riding after taking a number of years "off" for various reasons. Needless to say, a lot has changed. I'm in southern Ontario, so I'm thinking a 29er is probably very well suited to the type of terrain we have. For the money I'm willing to spend (~$1750), I'm looking at a decent HT rather than a mediocre FS machine. I'm 6'0", 185lbs and (was) a fairly technical rider.
The type of riding I do will honestly probably be fairly XC, but do like to do more technical riding on occasion - which for me means some faster, steep-ish rocky descents, smaller drops, etc.
Basically, I'm looking for a relatively burly XC machine that isn't going to want to send me over the handlebars on steeper technical descents (like my previous XC machine - an old steel-frame Rockhopper that I beat the sh*t out of).
Other than this, one of my main criteria is that the bike has a decent fork on it with a reasonable amount of travel (~120mm). I'm willing to replace other components if I need to, but buying a good aftermarket fork is just too expensive, especially since a crappy stock fork has little aftermarket value to sell. I just don't see the value in this.
So....I'm thinking that the new Kona Kahuna Deluxe might fit the bill:
In my crazier moments, I was thinking about the Honzo, but that is probably overkill.
In any case, what do you all think? What else would you suggest in this price range?
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