Kona Explosif vs. Gary Fisher Paragon 29er vs ???- Mtbr.com
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  1. #1
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    Aug 2006

    Kona Explosif vs. Gary Fisher Paragon 29er vs ???

    My first mountain bike. Have ridden hybrids and touring bikes for years, long distance. I tend to ride very hard, not relaxed at all. Thinking about racing... but I am pretty old (42) and a bit heavy (5'10 and 190).

    Don't want a FS bike and am used to the feel of 700c wheels on a stripped down steel frame. Always ride on cleats.

    Enjoy tricky singletrack.

    Tend to keep bikes a LONG while. This is my first bike purchase in 10 yrs(!). As a result, price not a big issue as it is amortized over many years.

    Quite willing to build something up (have been looking at the niner EMD etc).

    I like the Explosif because of the good components and the cromo frame (and I can get it for a good price).

    I like the Paragon because of the good components and the 29" thing and because I can buy another set of wheels and have a great road bike.

    On the other hand I HAVE a decent road bike.

    Other stuff I have looked at includes:

    GT Zaskar Expert (think I would break it, not convinced by GT as a brand)
    Cannondale F600 (can't deal with the Cannondale image, sorry)
    Trek 8000 (nice bike... a bit middle of the road?)
    Looked at Ibex but they are out of stock of the stuff that would work for me
    Kinley RX Disk (not convinced by brakes)
    Motobecane Fly stuff (not convinced by generic parts)


    (The 2006 Paragon with the tasty yellow frame and the Juicy 7s is the one for me)

  2. #2
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    Aug 2005

    Since you it narrowed down...

    how bout an alu 26er and a steel 29er, just ot cover all your bases.

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    May 2005
    you can run road wheels 700c no problem on a 26inch bike (disk brakes not vs)

  4. #4
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    Aug 2006
    yeah I think that is the way forward

    I'm focusing on a Qball steel 29er to build up now, and maybe a cheaper alu bike like one of the kinleys for Christmas...

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