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  1. #1
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    Kona Coiler 2004 Frame

    I'm looking at possibly buying a 2004 coiler frame. Just got a few questions:

    - It's a 18" frame. I currently ride a 17" 2004 specialized rockhopper - will there be much of a difference in sizing? Is a 17" specialized the same size as a 17" kona (I could probably cope with a 1" larger frame if it is) - if not what is? I'm 5'8", with a 30/31" leg in-seam. I'm only 16 years old, so I may still grow a bit - is it sensible to get this size frame?

    - I mainly do all mountain/aggresive xc riding. I like to do small jumps (perhaps 2-3') if I can find them, but still like to be able to ride up and down most trails. I'm not seriously worried about having a super light bike, but would like it to not be too heavy so that I can still do relatively xc rides. Will the coiler be able to cope with this? How light can the coiler be built up with not too expensive components?

    - I will be fitting fox vanilla 130r forks, deore 525 discs, shimano lx/xt drivetrain, easton handlebars. These suitable for the frame?
    Last edited by dav1d; 06-21-2005 at 02:30 PM.

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    The '04 Kona geometry charts are on their web site. Specialized should have their specs available online, too.
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    Hi Dav1d,

    I can't comment on the Specialized, but earlier this year I got a 17 in. '04 Coiler frame and built it up. I'm around 5'8" with a 30 in. inseam and it fits perfect. An 18 in. would definitely be too big for me.

    As for the ride, I do trail riding, with some drops and jumps up to around 3 foot, and I love the bike. It climbs as good or better than the '02 K2 Launch 4.0 that I was riding.

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