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    New question here. 2019 Salsa Timberjack Deore vs 2019 Kona Big Honzo vs 2018 Salsa Timberjack NX

    Hi all,

    I'm currently in the market looking for a killer hardtail bike. I'm trying to decide between the 2019 Salsa Timberjack Deore, 2019 Kona Big Honzo, and the 2018 Salsa Timberjack NX as best bang for buck and the overall better bike. I'll mostly be doing trail riding and I want something aggressive and versatile. If you have any other Canadian options that would be cool too.

    Thanks!

    Here are some links (prices are in Canadian currency):

    2019 Kona big honzo C$1,899:
    KONA BIKES | MTB | BIG HONZO | Big Honzo

    2019 Salsa Timberjack Deore C$1,699:
    https://salsacycles.com/bikes/timber...rjack_deore_29

    2018 Salsa Timberjack NX C$1,379:
    https://salsacycles.com/bikes/archiv...berjack_nx1_29

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    Unless they have stepped up their game (and they very well may have), I generally wouldn't be inclined to buy an SR Suntour fork, as on the '19 Salsa.

    The '18 Salsa is intriguing and seemingly a smokin deal.

    Kona makes great bikes though. Might be worth the extra $$
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    Timberjack NX 2018 is what I have. It's really good. Notable exceptions are lack of a dropper post, not really tubeless tires (they seat but they seep), and a QR, not thru axle rear hub. But it's the bottom build on a really good frame and those things can be added. It's my second bike with 11 speed NX and it works great.

    The fork on the NX 2018 is the Judy, which has the old second-tier Motion Control damper. The Suntour one has bigger stanchions, I think, and 10mm more travel. Some of this and some of that.

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    Ragley Big Wig, Sunday Soundwave (BMX), 91 Schwinn High Plain (single speed "gravel" bike), Nashbar CXSS (workout)

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    That 2018 TJ has 23mm rims against 29mm on the 19. The fork is almost a Raidon. Except it has one metal bushing and one plastic one inside instead of two metals. Should be OK.

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    Bro... you have hardcore hardtail fever and the only prescription is......



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    Oh! 29ers. Oops. The 2018 TJ has a different fork, not the Judy. I almost bought it anyway, the main thing that put me on the 27.5+ version is that the 29er was the color of a PG&E truck.

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