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  1. #1
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    Which is the better of these two?

    Ok, I'm looking for a replacement bike after my previous one got stolen on the first day out of the garage this spring.

    I'm kind of new to the whole mountain biking thing; please be gentle :P
    I'm currently living in Poland, so I'm not sure whether anybody here's going to be familiar with these bikes (or the names of parts - I've translated what I could) but I've come up with these two options:

    Option 1 - Kross Level A4 (obviously with the correct frame size though):

    Frame: 26''Aluminium 7005
    Fork: Rock Shock Dart2TK
    Gears: 27
    Przerzutka przód: Shimano Alivio
    Przerzutka tył: Shimano Deore SGS
    Front brakes: Tektro Auriga
    Rear brakes: Tektro Auriga
    Manetki: Shimano Deore
    Korba: Trvativ X-FLOW
    Chain: Shimano CN-HG53
    Kaseta: Sram PG-950 9-speed
    Piasty: Joy Industrial
    Tyres: Ralf Bohle 26"x2.1" Black Jack
    Obręcze: Mach 1 EXE
    Handlebar (?): HL Corp aluminium
    Wspornik kierownicy: Trvativ XR
    Wspornik siodła: HL Corp aluminium
    Stery: Super Express H-142
    Saddle: Selle San Marco BLAZE
    Pedals: NATTY CS-90KA
    Weight: 12,9kg
    Suport: Cartridge VP-BC73

    Option 2 - Author Solution (the model I'm looking at is identical, but with disc brakes)

    Size: 15", 17", 19", 21", 23"
    Frame: alloy 6061 26"
    Front Fork: RST Capa ML mechanical lock out (76 mm)
    Head Parts: PRESTINE Integrated 1-1/8" (ahead)
    Chainwheel: SUNTOUR XCT-V2-302 42-32-22 170 / 175 mm cranks
    B. B. Parts: SUNTOUR XCM cartridge
    Front Derailleur : SHIMANO C-101 (34.9)
    Rear Derailleur : SHIMANO Acera
    Shifters: SHIMANO Altus (24)
    Freewheel: SHIMANO HG-30-8I 11-32
    Chain: SHIMANO HG-40
    Hubs: QUANDO 32 holes
    Brakes: TEKTRO 37AL
    Brake Levers : SHIMANO Altus
    Rims: JALCO ATB 220 doublewall 32 holes
    Spokes: steel
    Tires: MAXXIS Copper Head 26" x 2.00"
    Pedals: AUTHOR alloy / resin
    Handlebar: KALIN steel 20 mm riser
    Grips: AUTHOR high density foam
    Stem: ZOOM alloy
    Seat Post: KALIN alloy (31.6)
    Seat Clamp: AUTHOR (34.9)
    Seat Bolt: AUTHOR alloy QR
    Saddle: AUTHOR Mega Top
    Speed: 24
    Weight: 13,60 Kg / 19"

    I'm exactly 6' and around 78 kilos. Most of my riding is going to be on trails in the forest (nothing too rough though) but this bike also going to serve as city transport and I'd like to be able to do some longer distance holiday road trips on it too.

    I'd be really grateful if anyone could give me any advice on weaknesses or strengths of either of these bikes - as I say, I'm kind of new to the whole mtb scene.

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
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    I voted for the Author - only because I hate when bikes are listed as 26'' for the size - other than that, I don't know, I've never heard of either.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

  3. #3
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    The Kross - better fork, 27 speed, hot chick on the webpage. No contest!
    I'm beginning to overcome my "momentum issues" but even that is happening slowly.

    MTB Name - Crustius Maximus

  4. #4
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    Thanks for the responses.

    Sadly, I don't think the girl comes with the bike (though maybe they'd take my current model on part exchange ), so I'm going to take it on the technical merits alone.

    I had read somewhere else as well that RST suspension was supposed to be weak, so it's good you confirmed that.

    I've actually just noticed that there's a 2010 version of the Kross available for the same price. While it's a drop down to 24 gears instead of 27, it looks a bit nicer and features an SR Suntour XCR-D LO fork in place of the Rock Shock Dart2TK. I have no idea whether that's a good thing, though....

    ...to be honest, I'm totally out of my depth with all the technicalities here, so maybe I'll let the specs speak for themselves:

    Option 3 - Kross Level A4 2010

    Frame: Kinesis Aluminium 7005 potrójnie cieniowana
    Fork: SR Suntour XCR-D LO
    Gears: 24
    Front shifter?: Shimano Acera
    Rear shifter?: Shimano Deore
    Front brake: Tektro Auriga Comp
    Rear brake: Tektro Auriga Comp
    Manetki: Shimano Alivio
    Korba: Truvativ X-Flow 3.0
    Support: Cartridge
    Chain: Shimano
    Kaseta: Sram 8-speed
    Piasty: Joy Tech
    Opony: Trax Trail 26x2.1
    Obręcze: Mach 1 EXE
    Handlebar: Satori Flat
    Wspornik kierownicy: Satori
    Wspornik siodła: Aluminiowy
    Stery: Super Express
    Saddle: Selle Royal Seta HRC
    Pedals: Natty
    Weight: 12,9 kg
    Wheel size: 26"
    Break type: tarczowy hydrauliczny

  5. #5
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    Kross w the dart 2

  6. #6
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    +1 on the hot chick + bike.

    On a side note, I first went to the Author web page. And there's definitely no chick there. Just some guy making a "money shot" face as he's climbing some hill. NOT COOL! (It changes every time you refresh the page.)

    EDIT: As for the Dart 2 versus the XCR, the XCR is slightly better, but both are entry level forks.

    The second bike looks nice specs-wise, but the 24-speed thing is pretty lame. And more expensive than most other deficiencies to fix down the road.
    Last edited by tsmosher; 04-22-2010 at 04:01 PM.

  7. #7
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    The original Kross if it's me spending the money.
    I'm beginning to overcome my "momentum issues" but even that is happening slowly.

    MTB Name - Crustius Maximus

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