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    Kona Mahuna 2012 or Trek Wahoo 2013

    I am 66 about 220.
    Been riding for about 10 years and this will be my first 29er, I got a good deal with the Kona, has a 10% rebate and an aditional 10% off due the size not selling.

    The Trek Wahoo would be a little bit under retail.

    In the end i would pay more for the Mahuna, but I also like it a bit more. Could anyone look at both bikes and give an opinion. Probably an owner of one of those bikes could help me.

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    Kona...mainly because the brakes on the Trek are subpar mechanicals vs Avid hydros that will have good power even on their base models.

    I also like the wheels and tires a little better on the Kona

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    I have a 2012 Mahuna. I really like it , but there are a couple things to be aware of:

    - The FD can be a pain to get dialed in. The back tire is wide enough to interfere with shifting into the granny ring unless the shifting is tweaked just right.

    - I found the fork to be under sprung (I also weigh 220). You may want to look around for info on the Suntour trade-up program. I swapped the stock fork for a Recon Gold TK, but would have upgraded if I'd known about the program at the time.

    Hope that helps,
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    Either or

    I ride a Kona Hei Hei 29er and luv it. I also have owned trek and am a fan of the brand. I would choose the Kona just becuase it looks better. They both have about the same spec. I am not a fan of cheap hydro brakes and I switched my elixir 3's for Avid BB7 mechanicals which are the shizzle. However, I have found elixir 1's to be better than the 3's (go figure). I still choose mechanical because they are less maintenance (no bleeding). I hate to say it but you may want to look at bikesdirect.com for a better spec'd bike for less money. Look for a rockshox xc32tk or recon fork and sram x7 or shimano deore components. This would a much better bike component wise. Kona and trek make great frames and ride great. Good luck.

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