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    Good job! Just took the plunge...

    ...and put a deposit down on an '05 King Kikapu!! Should have it at the shop and assembled in @ a couple of weeks! Will post pics in the pic thread when I get it.

    BTW, if in Naperville,IL, Bike Line is one of the best bike shops I've been to yet! Well worth the 1hr, 20min drive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinsyd
    ...and put a deposit down on an '05 King Kikapu!! Should have it at the shop and assembled in @ a couple of weeks! Will post pics in the pic thread when I get it.

    BTW, if in Naperville,IL, Bike Line is one of the best bike shops I've been to yet! Well worth the 1hr, 20min drive!!
    Bikeline in Naperville... those guys are great! I just bought my Dawg from them and picked it up last week. They are definately the coolest people to do business with around here. I drove far too. I live in Westchester, and there's another Kona dealer about a block away from me, but I chose to do business with Bikeline just because of their sincerity and service. Sometimes you just get a gut feeling...

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    Couldn't have put it better myself...

    Couldn't have put it better myself! I think the Kona dealer in Chicago was going to be a bit closer to me, but once I stopped in Bike Line and saw what their customer service was like, I was sold! I definitely will be doing business with them in the future. Hope you're enjoying your Dawg, and I can't wait 'til I get my bike in! I'll keep ya posted!

    ...now if only the weather would improve and the trails would have a chance to dry a bit.....possibly 70 degrees next week! WooHoo!

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    Sweet. I use to have relatives in Naperville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinsyd
    Couldn't have put it better myself! I think the Kona dealer in Chicago was going to be a bit closer to me, but once I stopped in Bike Line and saw what their customer service was like, I was sold! I definitely will be doing business with them in the future. Hope you're enjoying your Dawg, and I can't wait 'til I get my bike in! I'll keep ya posted!

    ...now if only the weather would improve and the trails would have a chance to dry a bit.....possibly 70 degrees next week! WooHoo!
    Yea, it sucks I have this shiny new bike staring at me, and it's still too sh*tty outside to go and enjoy it. Talk about blue-balls!

    70 next weekend?!?!?!!!!!. Oh man, that's good news. I really need to get outside and get over this cabin fever.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm 70's on the way!?!

    Yep, good ol' Tom Skilling was calling for us to possibly hit 70 next week. Sounds like the warmer weather may arrive @ Tuesday, but I also think there may be a chance of, who woulda thought, rain.....ugh, does it ever end?!?!

    I may just hop on my hardtail to get the legs going again, so I'm ready to go when the King Kikapu gets here!

    Siberian, ever ride at Deer Grove in Palatine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinsyd
    ...and put a deposit down on an '05 King Kikapu!! Should have it at the shop and assembled in @ a couple of weeks! Will post pics in the pic thread when I get it.
    BTW, if in Naperville,IL, Bike Line is one of the best bike shops I've been to yet! Well worth the 1hr, 20min drive!!
    Took a short spin in the woods yesterday on my friends 05 KingKikapu , U wont be regret it !
    Now how to find the funds for one myself ? , dont think my 97 Ti KingKahuna will ever feel the same after that spin on the Kikapu.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinsyd

    Siberian, ever ride at Deer Grove in Palatine?
    No, never heard of it. I work right near that area too... Rolling Meadows just off 53 and Euclid. I'm actually just getting back into the sport after about 10 years so I have to re-learn where all the good riding places are. The only offroad trails I rode before this was in Oak Forest.

    My buddies all go to Palos a lot, and Kettle Marin in Wisconsin. Where is this place in Palatine?

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    Thx Caspar!

    Quote Originally Posted by caspar
    Took a short spin in the woods yesterday on my friends 05 KingKikapu , U wont be regret it !
    Now how to find the funds for one myself ? , dont think my 97 Ti KingKahuna will ever feel the same after that spin on the Kikapu.
    Cheers
    Thanks for the confidence booster! I really can't wait until I get it, and until the trails dry up a bit, and the weather warms up a bit...that's all I want! Ok, maybe not ALL, but it's a start!

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    Deer Grove directions

    Quote Originally Posted by Siberian
    Where is this place in Palatine?
    It's off of Quentin just south of Lake Cook Rd. There are reviews about it on the mtbr trail reviews. It's pretty fun. I've ridden there twice and plan on hitting it some more this year. I mostly ride at Petrifying Springs next to UW-Parkside, since it's only about a 15-20 minute drive for me.

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    Hey Siberian....Deer Grove directions!

    Doh! It put my original reply in the middle, so here's in case you didn't noticed it mixed in!

    It's off of Quentin just south of Lake Cook Rd (west of 53). There are reviews about it on the mtbr trail reviews. It's pretty fun. I've ridden there twice and plan on hitting it some more this year. I mostly ride at Petrifying Springs next to UW-Parkside, since it's only about a 15-20 minute drive for me.

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    King Kikapu update

    Just a quick update to the thread. Spoke with BikeLine in Naperville and they said that Kona said the bike was to ship this past Friday, so give it @ a week to arrive in Naperville, and time to assemble, and then I can pick it up.....finally!! This lack of sleep is killing me!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinsyd
    Doh! It put my original reply in the middle, so here's in case you didn't noticed it mixed in!

    It's off of Quentin just south of Lake Cook Rd (west of 53). There are reviews about it on the mtbr trail reviews. It's pretty fun. I've ridden there twice and plan on hitting it some more this year. I mostly ride at Petrifying Springs next to UW-Parkside, since it's only about a 15-20 minute drive for me.
    Thanks for the info.. I'll have to check that place out!

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    Not a problem at all!

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    Finally!!!

    Well, after @ 3-4 weeks, sounds like the bike is in, and was being built today. Time to pick it up tomorrow, after a night of no sleep, I'm sure!!!! Will post pics when I get it, before it gets dirty!!!!!

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    Finally Purchased My Dawg And It Just So Happened To Be At Bike Line
    You Guys Summed Up The Store The Same As I Feel. I Walked In The Service Was Great And A Good Selection. I Went To 3 Other Dealers Before I Checked Out Bike Line, They Sold Me On Service Alone. Not To Mention The $200 I Got Them To Knock Off The Sale Price. Great Help, Well Worth The 2 Hour Drive For Me.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Glad to hear!

    Quote Originally Posted by DAWG_HOUSE
    Finally Purchased My Dawg And It Just So Happened To Be At Bike Line
    You Guys Summed Up The Store The Same As I Feel. I Walked In The Service Was Great And A Good Selection. I Went To 3 Other Dealers Before I Checked Out Bike Line, They Sold Me On Service Alone. Not To Mention The $200 I Got Them To Knock Off The Sale Price. Great Help, Well Worth The 2 Hour Drive For Me.
    Glad to hear you agree with our recommendation! That shop is definitely worth the 1.5hr drive for me too! Picked up my '05 King Kikapu, and the bike is built and dialed in perfectly! Hope you like your bike! I know I'm loving mine more and more each time I ride it! I was originally going to post pics when I got it home, but could not resist the urge to get it on the trails! Not to mention the fact that I have to get out of the 1990s and actually buy a digital camera! For now, I have to take the pics, and have them put on disc, since no, I don't have a printer/scanner either.....hmmph, I guess all of my money DOES go to my bike nowadays!!!!!

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    Congratulations!! -- Here's my '05 King Kikapu

    I've been riding my '05 King Kikapu since late-January, and it's been incredible. I just got back from a week in Fruita, Colorado with it, and it worked awesome out there. I really don't have any wants or complaints, that's for sure! If I need longer travel, I'll just hop on my Stinky DeeLux...

    You can check my full review of my '05 King Kikapu in the '04 Full Suspension reviews (since no '05 reviews exist yet). http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/xc_full_...t_123019.shtml
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    Ooooops... wrong pic -- Here's my King Kikapu...

    Here is my '05 King Kikapu... Sorry about attaching the wrong pic to my prior message.
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    Smile Great Pic man!

    Only one problem though. The tongue hanging out says you're struggling on this bike instead of a $@&% eating grin which would indicate the bike is awsome (as I am sure that it is). Cool socks though.

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    Now those are some NICE pictures!
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    King Kikapu

    I really have to get off my butt and get some pics taken. Maybe I'll bring the cam with on the next ride! The King Kik is definitely a blast to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debaser
    Now those are some NICE pictures!
    Yeah, well here's a nice 'nother shot -- this time of you (sorry it isn't a King Kikapu...).

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    oh, wait... that's pablo

    ... i had the pic named wrong. i guess i don't have any of you from the trip here at work.

    bummer, 'eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Yeah, well here's a nice 'nother shot -- this time of you (sorry it isn't a King Kikapu...).

    mg
    I do not possess the skills of that man. Close, no cigar.

    To get this back on track, mgersib was riding like a superhero on his Kona in the desert. Very nice looking bike too!
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Yes, next tiem take the cam with for sure (for river exploration). Maybe I should hold onto it just in case though! Still need to christen the Kikapu!

    Dave

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    Mgersib, I've seen that pic before, i think Cory, our NE rep showed it to me. From the sounds of things, you just never have any fun on a bike! Sweet pics, by the way.

    psinsyd, Congrats on the bike, you're going ot love the King Kikapu. I like it more than any of our previous Kikapu models, some of the minor changes amount to big riding differences, it's a great bike!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe - Kona
    ... it's a great bike!

    Cheers,
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    Hey! I bet you are paid to say that!
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    Nope... No fun for me! :-}

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe - Kona
    Mgersib, I've seen that pic before, i think Cory, our NE rep showed it to me. From the sounds of things, you just never have any fun on a bike! Sweet pics, by the way.

    psinsyd, Congrats on the bike, you're going ot love the King Kikapu. I like it more than any of our previous Kikapu models, some of the minor changes amount to big riding differences, it's a great bike!

    Cheers,
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    Hey, thanks Joe. Yeah, I'm never into having fun... Oh wait. I've had djcrb9's '04 Stinky Deluxe in my possession for a couple of weeks now too, and that thing has been quite an awakening for me. I'm an okay technical rider, but man, pair 7 inches of travel with big 2.5 tires, and you've got a technical riding beast! Here in Nebraska, we're just starting to get enough stunt-laden trails to justify such a bike, but to say that I'm hooked would be an understatement! I just hope that my wife somehow lets me get a Coiler of my own before djcrb9 hollers for his bike back...

    The reason you haven't seen Debaser much in the pics is because he's most often behind the camera, shooting all of those sweet photos. Here are a few of Debaser from our Fruita trip, courtesy of our photographer friend Mitch Kline (www.mitchkline.com).

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    Yeah, it's true... the '05 King Kikapu kicks b**ty...

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Hey! I bet you are paid to say that!
    Even if it is true

    Joe's just lucky he can speak the truth when he says that! :-}

    It's amazing how much performance you can get out of a few small tweaks to materials, leverage ratios, and of course that freaking awesome Fox RP3 rear damper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Hey! I bet you are paid to say that!
    Even if it is true
    Heh, i suppose i am. I try not to state opinions on stuff like that, bercause it does come off as trite, but it really is a fun bike. Ok, i'm shutting up now. Really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe - Kona
    i think Cory, our NE rep showed it to me....
    Joe.
    I met Cory at the Midwest MTB Summit....great guy....and the rumors about drinking beer from a Kona pitcher and naked biking are all untrue!!!

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    Good job! Hey Joe....

    Thanks for the King Kikapu comments! I'm having an absolute blast ever since I got the bike. After only three rides, I can feel already that I'm a better rider. The bike fits perfect, climbs unbelievably, and descents faster than [creatively fill in the blank]!!!! In other words, it's blazingly fast on the descents!!! Hittin the trails first thing in the morning tomorrow again, and can't wait! Also got my first night ride under my belt on this great bike!!!

    Jason

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    Pwerks....

    Ya know, now that ya mention it, that waterproof digital camera isn't sounding like such a bad idea now!!! That should hold up a bit better than the non-waterproof cell phone!!!!

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    I hear ya there man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinsyd
    Ya know, now that ya mention it, that <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=waterproof%20digital%20camera" onmouseover="window.status='waterproof digital camera'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">waterproof digital camera</a> isn't sounding like such a bad idea now!!! That should hold up a bit better than the non-waterproof <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=cell%20phone" onmouseover="window.status='cell phone'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">cell phone</a>!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAWG_HOUSE
    Finally Purchased My Dawg And It Just So Happened To Be At Bike Line
    You Guys Summed Up The Store The Same As I Feel. I Walked In The Service Was Great And A Good Selection. I Went To 3 Other Dealers Before I Checked Out Bike Line, They Sold Me On Service Alone. Not To Mention The $200 I Got Them To Knock Off The Sale Price. Great Help, Well Worth The 2 Hour Drive For Me.
    IT'S BEEN A FEW WEEKS OF RIDING THE DAWG NOW AND I CAN'T NOW GIVE MY REVIEW. THIS THINGS ROCKS. I DIALED IN THE SUSPENSION AND READY TO GO I HAVE JUMPED A STAIRCASE W/ A 5' DROP WITH A 6' GAP TO IT AND THE BIKE JUST SUCKS UP THE IMPACT. THIS BIKE IS SO SWEET, WAY BETTER THAN MY TREK 8900 SL. I'VE TAKEN IT TRIAL RIDING AND UP HILL IS A BREEZE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL FUN DH ON THIS THING IS SICK. HOPPIN LOGS AND TIGHT TURNS THIS DAWG DOES IT ALL. I KNOW A LOT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THE STOCK BRAKES, BUT THESE ARE MY FIRST SET OF HYDROS AND I LOVE EM THEY STOP ON A DIME. I MUST HAVE FLIPPED OVER THIS THING 10 TIMES ALREADY DOING STOPPIES. THE BRAKES JUST LOCK UP SO NICE. WHAT CAN'T I SAY ABOUT A DAWG, THEY'RE MAN'S BEST FRIEND. AND NO MATTER HOW YOU TREAT THEM THEY STILL COME BACK FOR MORE. THIS BIKE IS SOLID. I HOPE EVERYONE HAS AS GREAT TIME THIS YEAR WITH THIER DAWG

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    Good job! Decided it was time........

    for another upgrade! Wanted to shave a bit more grams off of the King Kikapu and ordered up a D-T Swiss Disc wheelset from Dave's Wheels at http://speeddream.com. Spoke with Dave Thomas directly, and that guy is 1) super-nice and 2) ultra-knowledgeabe at what he does. I have to say about 40% of our conversation was over my head when it came to spoke types and tensioning, and spoke theory! He also asked my weight, which bike I'm riding, what type of riding I do, and how much rear travel my King Kikapu has. I even was able to pick the colors of the spokes and the spoke nipples. Based on the reviews in the mtbr reviews section, I'm very confident in the wheelset I've ordered, and also feel that it has been custom tailored for me, my bike, and my riding style.

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