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    Thoughts on Kona One20?

    I came across this on CL the other day and seems pretty appealing to me.

    2010 Kona One20 Deluxe 19".

    KONA 120 DELUXE BIKE 2010

    I currently have a 2007 Kona Coiler 19", which overall I really enjoy but for the riding I do, its a bit on the heavy side and have been thinking about lighter wheels and other bits and pieces to drop some weight. Wondering if the One20 would make more sense instead. Thinking I can sell mine for 700-800, so perhaps $500 to upgrade to this bike.

    Worth it?
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    Been trying to do some research on this bike. Looks like they only made the One20 for 2 years, so guess not too many of them out there. Did they just not sell well, or were they not well liked? From what I can find seems like a fairly nice bike for the cost and so much lighter then my Coiler! Have not had a chance to go see it yet, hopefully this weekend. Would still love to hear anyones thoughts on the bike, on the price....
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    The scandium frame is very strong frame and so light. The bike is called the primo in Oz. I have had mine for two years now and love it. I mainly ride hard xc or all mountain and drop off everything i can. also i take it to the local jump park with problems at all.
    You will be happy if you go with the one 20. (I have upgraded mine though ) pic attached at theberm.com.au/photo/img-0241]IMG_0241

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    Floyd1, thanks for the comments. I took a look at the picture of your bike, Outstanding! It may not be everyone's favorite choice, but I love the look of a white frame with blue accents. Looks great, and glad to hear rides well too.
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    Great bikes. If you aren't hucking or descending like a mad man you will prefer this over the Coiler. Solid frame design that needs minimal maintenance. I love Kona for their ease of service and the longevity of their frames. Go for it!

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    Took it for a quick test ride Saturday afternoon, bought it last night. Looking forward to getting it out on some trails this weekend! Side by side with the Coiler, yeah WAY lighter! Anyone in the market for a Coiler?
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    Thought I'd post some comments on the One20 now that I've had a chance to ride it a half dozen times or so. Faster and lighter. The handling is different from the Coiler, steeper head angle, and took me till my 3rd day out to get used to it. Can't really put my finger on the difference, but first day or two just could not take the corners correctly, and ended up the trees several times. I've been able to climbs hills without using my granny gear like I had to with my Coiler, and generally finding climbs take less effort. So far no issue with small jumps and drops, feels comfortable and soaks up the landings with no issues. So far I'm delighted with it, enjoy riding it and looking at it! Sold the Coiler, got just slightly less than I hoped, but more than I paid for it, so can't complain.
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    Been riding the One20 for a bit over three years, averaging at least one ride a week, almost all single track. I switched to 1x9 a year ago. Starting to daydream about a newer bike but not really sure why. I am still getting faster and better and still having a blast riding it. Wish the seat tube was a bit larger so I had more options to consider for a dropper post. The frame seems to have some flex in it, really only notice on climbs while on paved roads, not sure what affect that has on the trails. Handles gnarly rooty single track and 3-4' drops without issue, climbs tight switchbacks easily enough. So why do I want a new bike?

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    I know why

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    My buddy bought a Santa Cruz Bronson this spring. Got to say, that bike rides very nicely. I would be very tempted if Kona comes out with a Carbon a Process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilely View Post
    My buddy bought a Santa Cruz Bronson this spring. Got to say, that bike rides very nicely. I would be very tempted if Kona comes out with a Carbon a Process.
    Check the weights, metal Process and carbon Bronson are kinda close in weight. Ride them both and you might feel like I did, the Process rocks. To be fair I compared the SC 5010 with Process 134, but I felt the Kona was just as fast and more flicking/hopping fun.

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    It may just be in my head but that Carbon frame seems both very stiff and damp, very different in an appealing way from my Scandium frame. Not really ready for a new bike, but I am starting to be less interested in possible upgrades to this bike and more interested in leaving it as is till I replace it. I think wider rims, going to 10 speed and a dropper post would be nice, but would need to commit to keeping it a lot longer to justify those upgrades.
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    Regarding carbon frames, I think you are right. I know a guy who cracked a Jamis Dakar and upgraded to the carbon frame when the factory offered a deal. Same components moved over to new frame. he immediately dropped time on the loops, and moved up to the podium at the next race. It is the way the frame material flexes that makes a difference in the ride.
    That said, the frame design (not material) is what I felt jumping on the 134. Can't blame you for waiting a year to get carbon, the rumors say it's coming. Don't spend money on the old ride.

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