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    Kona Stab Deluxe

    Good bike? I haven't been able to find to much info on it, other than it is a pretty DH-specific bike...

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    It's an okay spec'd entry level DH specific bike that is heavy and is very sluggish and not lively feeling.

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    and has won multiple World Championships.

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    Yeah I worked with a guy who had a Stab Delux; it has a super long wheel base and is very sluggish on technical tight trails. On the other hand its super stable at speed on open terrain.

    Kona DH bikes are okay, but you can do better for the money
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    I raced a Stab for 3yrs.

    Super stable at speed, can take a serious beating, a tried and true linkage system, good bang for the buck.

    A bit heavier then the "new" rides out there, not the latest and greatest linkage, not great in the tighter sections but it can be manhandled to get through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession
    Kona DH bikes are okay, but you can do better for the money
    What would be a good DH bike for around 3k?

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    Dude you just broke yer arm... What are you doing buying new bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelalamo45
    Dude you just broke yer arm... What are you doing buying new bikes?
    Haha just looking into my options for the future. I'm super bored

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacemarine5
    Haha just looking into my options for the future. I'm super bored
    I tend to do that too. I want a Banshee Legend MK1, but that's 3k for the frame:
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    bike is solid, but I wouldn't ride it....IMO many others are better
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    bike is solid, but I wouldn't ride it....IMO many others are better
    Like what?

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    im putting together a Sinister R9....used frame and boxxer team. with all the parts put together, itll be less than $3k.

    brand new bike though....hard to find at that price. maybe mongoose or giant?

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    Oh and I would like it to be 8" travel and have a DC fork.
    I saw the moongoose EC-D and the Norco Atomik which seem to be near my price range. How are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOriginalDBD
    I raced a Stab for 3yrs.

    Super stable at speed, can take a serious beating, a tried and true linkage system, good bang for the buck.

    A bit heavier then the "new" rides out there, not the latest and greatest linkage, not great in the tighter sections but it can be manhandled to get through.
    Does anyone know the weight of this years Stab Deluxe?

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    search fabien barel in NWD8 on youtube he is riding a stab and dominates

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew4president
    search fabien barel in NWD8 on youtube he is riding a stab and dominates
    Yeah that was a sweet segment

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    Fabien would dominate on an EC-D or a Dhr or a V10 or most modern DH bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover Nick
    Fabien would dominate on an EC-D or a Dhr or a V10 or most modern DH bikes
    But the Dhr and V-10 are more than 3k so what are some more good bikes for around 3k?

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    best buy for that kind of money would be buying a Transition Blindside... you can find one for around 3500. i know its not 3k, but the 500 extras are far worth it than buying a kona stab for 3000
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertomannil
    best buy for that kind of money would be buying a Transition Blindside... you can find one for around 3500. i know its not 3k, but the 500 extras are far worth it than buying a kona stab for 3000
    Does the Blindside handle pure DH and some racing well?

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    the blindside is a racebred DH bike... http://www.transitionbikes.com/2007/Blindside.cfm
    can be FR too and will take a FD if u want
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    And I mostly do resort riding at places like Keystone, Winter Park, and Solvista.

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    How are the iron horse sunday expert and the EC-D? I've never really been fond of mongoose, but then again I don't know much about their DH bikes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacemarine5
    But the Dhr and V-10 are more than 3k so what are some more good bikes for around 3k?


    What I was getting at is Fabien Barel would shred no matter what bike he was on.

    But to add to the thread, personally, I would ride the EC-D, mainly due to the geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover Nick
    What I was getting at is Fabien Barel would shred no matter what bike he was on.

    But to add to the thread, personally, I would ride the EC-D, mainly due to the geometry.
    Barel would shred in a wheelbarrow with a flat tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman2058
    Barel would shred in a wheelbarrow with a flat tire.

    Hahaha



    Does anyone know where that segment in NWD8 with Barel was filmed?

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    the EC-D is the best bang for the buck you can possibly buy if you're not buying a custom build or extremely high end bike. Dont confuse mongoose pro with mongoose. mongoose pro makes awesome bikes at a great price. Mongoose makes crap.

    At that price range, there is nothing short of sponsorship or shop deal to compete with the EC-D. think 4000-4500 bike for 3200.

    anyway, the funny thing here is that barel is now on mondraker, which uses FSR and his results this year have been nowhere near results he's thrown up in previous years.

    Just go to show as definitive proof that SP 4bar>>>>>.FSR!

    yes, I am kidding, but in all seriousness stabs are great bikes. I've had enough of this "SP suck and is outdated technology" nonsense. Its been shown time and time again that single pivots rock - the current world champs in both men and womens are on single pivots. yes, they're great riders and could ride anything, but then again, its pretty proven that steve peat, greg minnar etc are also great riders and could ride anything, and so the bikes are on a pretty level playing field. difference in types of linkage is preference, not because of any actual performance benefit a the marketing tells you

    in short, the stab is a great bike at a good price. The mongoose EC-D is also a great bike but at a better price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311
    Hahaha



    Does anyone know where that segment in NWD8 with Barel was filmed?
    The first part of his segment is Argentina I think...then there's some stuff from Whistler perhaps no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacemarine5
    What would be a good DH bike for around 3k?
    Iron Horse Sunday Team - much better bike for around $3k
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