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    Kona Kikapu for $300?

    Hey,


    I am a die-hard Ibex fan, but I've been wanting a second FS bike just because.

    Anyway, I guy at work is selling an 04 Kona Kikapu for $300, worth it? I think new they retail for $900 or so.

    I think these are the specs, but the specs are kinda hard to find.

    Kona Kikapu-

    FRAME Kona 7005 Butted Aluminum 3.5" travel
    SHOCK Fox Vanilla
    FORK Marzocchi MZ-Comp 100mm
    CRANK TruVativ Five D
    BB TruVativ Square LE
    PEDALS Wellgo A9 with clips and straps
    CHAIN Shimano CN-HG53
    CASSETTE Shimano Deore (11-32 9 speed)
    FDShimano Deore
    RD Shimano Deore LX
    SHIFTERS Shimano Deore
    BAR Kona Aluminum Riser
    STEM TruVativ XR
    GRIPS Kona Mooseknuckle
    BRAKES Shimano BR-M475 disc
    LEVERS Avid FR-1 disc
    HUBS F-Shimano HB-M475 disc
    R-Shimano HB-M475 disc
    SPOKES Stainless 15g fr/14g rr
    TIRES Tioga Terra Firma 26 x 1.95
    RIMSMavic XM 117 Disc
    SEAT Kona Comfort Comp
    SEATPOSTKona Thumb

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    Hell yeah!
    (of course, assuming it isn't totally trashed)

    snap that up! now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose
    Hell yeah!
    (of course, assuming it isn't totally trashed)

    snap that up! now!

    yeah, gotta check it out ...think it is rather new.

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    Grab it

    Jeez John, for $300 it's a great deal provided it's in decent shape and that you understand that it's really a pretty basic full suspension rig with average components.

    Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    Jeez John, for $300 it's a great deal provided it's in decent shape and that you understand that it's really a pretty basic full suspension rig with average components.

    Bob

    yeah, I realize that. I want it as an extra bike.

    I currently have two bikes. My beloved IBEX and moto. I have many different friends without a bike that will occasionally ride with me.

    When they ride with me, I let them ride the IBEX as it is easier to ride on the trails, safer, and handles better. I ride the moto, with the stock tires, but I forget that it does not handle like the IBEX and ALWAY wipe our around corners and such. So, I figure my friends can ride this one, i get my ibex back, and I do not have to worry about wiping out.

    yeah, I could upgrade the tires on the moto to something beefer, but I do not wanna do that as I ride it to work on the street. And buying another wheelset/tires/cassette for the moto would probably cost about $200 ...

    I know the components are lower level, but not too bad:-)

    How is that front shock on it?

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    Hi TJ,
    Sounds like a good deal..But will you be happy with all the weight?
    I know your weight conscious and its gonna be heavier..So really test ride it and see how it responds to the style of riding your accustom to..You don't need a good deal that ends up in park..

    Jake..

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    The weakest link

    Quote Originally Posted by txjohng
    How is that front shock on it?
    I'm going to asy that the MZ Comp is the weakest link on the bike. I'm pretty sure its a coil/mcu fork. Not real high on the sophisticated damping charts.

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    Sorry John, my BAD.. I didn't read through the thread..If its so you don't have to lone out your Asta
    buy it if your happy with the ride

    The fork sucks compared to what your used to

    Jake..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Pay
    Hi TJ,
    Sounds like a good deal..But will you be happy with all the weight?
    I know your weight conscious and its gonna be heavier..So really test ride it and see how it responds to the style of riding your accustom to..You don't need a good deal that ends up in park..

    Jake..

    Oh, yeah, well I cannot expect a $300 bike to compare to my IBEX ASTA.... kinda unfair :-)

    Like I said, it is just a spare bike. I'll will have to take it for a test ride to make sure it fits my style....I'd like another asta or atlas, but do not have $1300 laying around

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    I guess I'm the minority here...
    but 300 dollars for a 'name brand' FS bike, even a bottom of the line model?
    seems like a no brainer to me.
    I bet you could sell the frame for at least that much if it's in decent shape, leaving you with a buncha spare parts.
    but, I guess that's just me.

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    yeah, I think you are right ....it is pretty much a no brainer :-) Think I will buy it

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    here's the valving....

    having had one it's not great, but it does work. Jim

    I don't think Marzocchi ever offered MCU, but I could be wrong.



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    offer $250 and then double your money on ebay or use it as a backup/parts bike

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    **** john... thats just a little over what i paid for my Raleigh frame last time... Jump on it already!!!

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    It is a 20" - I am 6', so I can get by with it, but I wish it was 19" or 18" ...my asta is 18"

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    Quote Originally Posted by txjohng
    It is a 20" - I am 6', so I can get by with it, but I wish it was 19" or 18" ...my asta is 18"
    Hi TJ,
    As a loaner, will it fit most of your riding buds ?

    Jake..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Pay
    Hi TJ,
    As a loaner, will it fit most of your riding buds ?

    Jake..

    it will fit some, but then again, it can fit me:-) I am gonna get it, worse comes to worse, i can easily sell it for what I paid .....

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    Or you can sell me the frame for less than what you paid, rack up some major good karma

    (not entirely joking :P )

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    Got it, bike # 3

    Rides pretty nice, shifting is not bad, and suspension is ok.

    Does not climb like the ASTA, but really worth every bit of $300
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    Good job! Such a bargain !

    Always room for one more in the stable, John. I'm sure you'll find it's sweet spot, and it will certainly make for one hell of a ride when you have a friend that beeds to borrow a bike. Be sure to give us a full report after you've had some time on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    Always room for one more in the stable, John. I'm sure you'll find it's sweet spot, and it will certainly make for one hell of a ride when you have a friend that beeds to borrow a bike. Be sure to give us a full report after you've had some time on it.

    Bob
    Well the 2004 Kona Kikapu retails for $1000, and that is what most stores sell it for. I think $1000 is a bit to much for this bike, it actually sets in between the ignition 2 and 3 in regards to components, and the NEW 2006/7 kikapu is closer to the ignition 2.


    Cassette SHIMANO CS-HG 50 11-32 8 speed
    F/D Shimano Acera-X
    R/D Shimano Deore
    Shifters Shimano Alivio

    But I paid $300 for a used 20", with 2 spare tires, a frame pump, extra set of pedals, 5 tubes, and a odometer ...



    Now the ride, the original tires on the bike are 1.95. Those have gotta go, way to thin for rocky/loose terrain I ride on. I'll replace those with the extra 2.1 panaracer i got included in the deal

    Now, the bike is a bit bigger than I normally ride, but the ride was pretty nice. The bike felt solid, it stopped well ( not great). Better than vbrakes, but less than hydros( to be expected). I found the shocks to be better than expected. They were pretty responsive and smooth, but nothing of my ASTA level.

    I found this bike easier to bunny hop, ride wheelies, and just getting the front tire off the ground than my others ...I am assuming this is because of the geometry.

    The bike was pretty comfortable, and the quick release on the seat is way awesome. on my ibex, it seems to take a ton of pressure to get the seat to stay and not move, but this was a lot easier. Pretty much ZERO effort.

    The deore/lx shifting was as expected. Pretty smooth, and pretty quick. Not to shabby.

    The original owner rode the bike for about 6 months, and put about 100 miles on it. Bike seemed to be in pretty much perfect condition.

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    Good move TJ,

    Sounds like a little wrenching and all is well

    Jake..

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