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    Kona Lele

    Hey,

    I have the opportunity to snatch a Kona Lele for $1700 new but I have no knowledge of the bike and it's really hard to find reviews on them. Im in the market for a full suspension all around bike. I' 5'6, ride mostly singletrack in Northern California.

    Any one have any experience with the Kona Lele, good or bad? I can't find any opinions of it really. I'm wondering if it a good bike and or if its worth that price.

    Thanks in advance!

    Megan

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    I don't have specific knowledge of that bike, but I know the retail on the 2012 LeLe was around $2700, so $1000 off for an unused, one-year-old bike is a pretty good deal. Being a 4" XC-oriented bike is perfect for singletrack, Kona geometry is usually very nice for trail riding.

    I have ridden lots of Kona's over the years and they make great bikes, durable and fun-to-ride. If you can take it for a short demo ride, I would...if it fits you and you like it, I'd go for it.

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    Here are the specs if anyone can tell me about it:

    Frame Material Kona Scandium 69 Butted Aluminum 100mm travel
    Sizes 15", 16", 17", 18"
    Rear Shock Fox Float RP2 BSD
    Fork RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo-Air 100mm
    Crankarms Shimano M552
    Chainrings 42/32/24
    B/B Shimano
    Pedals Shimano M505 Clipless
    Chain Shimano HG54
    Freewheel Shimano HG62 11-36 10 spd
    F/D Shimano Deore
    R/D Shimano Deore
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Brake Calipers Avid Elixir 3
    Front Brake Rotor Avid HS1 180mm
    Rear Brake Rotor Avid HS1 160mm
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir 3
    Headset FSA No.57B
    Handlebar Kona XC/Women's Riser
    Stem Kona XC/Road
    Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset
    Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
    Grips Kona Lisa
    Saddle WTB Speed SHE Sport SE
    Front Hub Easton XC Wheelset
    Rear Hub Easton XC Wheelset
    Spokes Easton XC Wheelset
    Rims Easton XC Wheelset
    Front Tire Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1 Kevlar
    Rear Tire Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1 Kevlar
    Paint Color White/Black/Gold
    Extras N/A

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    Awesome thanks! Good to know. I just don't know anything about it or the components.

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    The components list is pretty decent. The rear shock and fork are solid choices, the wheelset is pretty good. Things like saddles, stems, grips and handlebars vary widely on personal preference. A bike shop worth it's salt will work with you on components swaps if you have old favorites, or you can swap parts off an existing bike, so the new bike will start to feel like an old friend.

    Brakes and drivetrain all look like solid spec.

    I don't have any experience with those tires, but I often ride the snot out of tires I don't like and then switch to something that I do.

    I ride a Kona Scandium FS bike (Kona Dawg, 2008) and I really love the ride of it. Full disclosure, I'm a man and have not tried the Kona WSD frames, but I know a few ladies that have and speak good things about them.

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    How does this bike compare to a Safire Comp, because that is my other option, a year or 2 old Safire Comp?

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    Both years of the Safire Comp (2011 and 2012) look like they have a pretty similar drivetrain spec, maybe slightly better. The front fork on the Specialized is better than the Kona. The Specialized also has more travel, so it would be a little more comfortable on rougher terrain.

    If you can get a good price on the Safire, that would also be an excellent bike. My take is to try to ride them both, back to back, if possible. Fit and feel matter more than outright specifications, but all bikes you've mentioned are great choices with solid specs.

    Good luck and more importantly, have fun!

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