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    KONA or Marin

    I am buying a new hardtail and need some advice. Both of these bikes have 1x and similar geometry. But I am looking at the KONA honzo al and the Marin nail trail 6. Thoughts? I like that the KONA comes with a dropper post

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    I'd go with the Kona. Lower stand over, no internal routing and shorter chainstays.

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    Both good options honestly. Kona has a bit of an edge, they tend to fit like a glove with their sizing options as well.

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    What do you mean edge?

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    The Honzo has a 120mm fork and is more suited for trail type riding. The Nail Trail is a bit more XCish (I think 100mm fork) and longer chainstays. Honzo has bigger tires stock for aggresive riding, Nail Trail is kind of a boarderline between XC and trail riding. Depends on your preference I guess.

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    Well currently I'm riding a niner air 9 so it's all cross country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbnel5on View Post
    Well currently I'm riding a niner air 9 so it's all cross country
    if riding that, what's your goal with a new hardtail? Hardtail trail bike? the Air 9 can do that. do a 120mm fork and ride the crap out of it
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    It's a loaner bike that I've been using for about 2 months just got back into riding after a 5-6 year break

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbnel5on View Post
    It's a loaner bike that I've been using for about 2 months just got back into riding after a 5-6 year break

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    out of the two bikes you listed. I'd do the Kona.

    But I wouldn't sell myself to just those two bikes with that is out there
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    I'm Completely open to options. Another bike I'm looking at is the salsa timberjack and eventually upgrading the fork

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    Are you definitely wanting an aluminum hardtail? If not you could also look into a Marin Pine Mountain. It sounds like it would be around your budget and would also be 27.5+ like the Salsa, Timberjack. But steel.

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    I was going with the 29 timberjack I don't believe I want + tires as I like the 29x2 on the niner and think the 29x2.5 would fit my style and terrain better. I rode a honzo the other day and loved the tire size is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbnel5on View Post
    I'm Completely open to options. Another bike I'm looking at is the salsa timberjack and eventually upgrading the fork
    The timberjack is badass. I'm getting a XS for my son to race on




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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbnel5on View Post
    I was going with the 29 timberjack I don't believe I want + tires as I like the 29x2 on the niner and think the 29x2.5 would fit my style and terrain better. I rode a honzo the other day and loved the tire size is
    Timberjack can be ran both
    27.5x3 or 29x2.5




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    I'd also go TJ. You may find value in wide rims and tires down the road. Maybe after a demo. It's sometimes hard to make a good evaluation without actual seat time.

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    Indemoed a bike the other day with + sized tires and though they were comfortable I just don't think I would like them in the long run. May pick up a set to swap out... but would want the 29ers most of the time

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    My wife would say thumbs up to the Kona...racing, riding, steeps, just phenomenal do-anything geo...for a hardtail.

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    Just found out I can pick up a timberjack from the local shop tubeless done for 800$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbnel5on View Post
    Just found out I can pick up a timberjack from the local shop tubeless done for 800$
    Which model



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    Quote Originally Posted by brent701 View Post
    Which model



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    I'm guessing the nx1

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    Kona bikes are very reliable and good fitting. I would go with the Kona. Marin bikes are nice too but I would still go Kona.
    I just began Mountain Biking, and it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made. :thumbsup:

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    Where can one still find TJ for $800 still?

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    Probably nowhere given that that price was reported more than 2 years ago and didn't sound like some normal retail deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    Probably nowhere given that that price was reported more than 2 years ago and didn't sound like some normal retail deal.
    Thank you
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    Ah, Thank you, i thought it might have been end of the year clearance sale.

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