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    Entry Level Bike Help

    I'm going to be buying some kind of entry level bike soon, and a friend recommended Kona. I just don't know enough about mountain biking to know which model to be looking at. What would compare well to a Specialized Rockhopper?

    I'll be doing mostly light trail riding along with some pavement riding too. I'm about 5' 11" and 170 lbs.

    Thanks for the help.

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    I'd recommend a Hoss :
    http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...1&parentid=182
    Maybe a 18" one.

    You should probably go and demo as many bikes as you can.

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    I wouldn't consider a Hoss a a "Entry Level" bike.
    My Bike: '19 Giant Talon 2 29er
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    I wouldn't consider a Hoss a a "Entry Level" bike.
    "The Hoss is our entry level Clydesdale bike."
    http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...1&parentid=182

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rix Raw
    "The Hoss is our entry level Clydesdale bike."
    http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...1&parentid=182
    The original poster is looking for an entry level bike, as in, enter into the mountain biking world. Your quote is Kona saying the Hoss is the entry level model of that line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singleanchor98
    I'm going to be buying some kind of entry level bike soon, and a friend recommended Kona. I just don't know enough about mountain biking to know which model to be looking at. What would compare well to a Specialized Rockhopper?

    I'll be doing mostly light trail riding along with some pavement riding too. I'm about 5' 11" and 170 lbs.

    Thanks for the help.

    --Matt
    Kona is a good choice to go with. Check out the Cinder Cone and Blast models. They are definitely entry level bikes, but have enough good components on them so you are not totally skimping on quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleSpeedPA
    The original poster is looking for an entry level bike, as in, enter into the mountain biking world. Your quote is Kona saying the Hoss is the entry level model of that line.
    Well ,he already seemed to know what kind of riding he'd like to do ,since he was looking for something similiar to the Rockhopper.
    Also judging by his height and weight the Hoss would be a good call in my opinion ,doesn't cost much more than a Blast and cheaper than a Cinder Cone.

    Your best bet probably would be to demo as many bikes as you can.

    Edit : Now that I think about it ,I may be confusing the Rockhopper with another bike ,so it's back to what I've said before : Look around in http://www.konaworld.com and your local dealer ,demo as many bikes as you can.
    Last edited by Rix Raw; 01-02-2005 at 08:25 AM.

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    The term entry-level is kind of evil. Those of us in the bike industry tend to see anything under a grand "entry-level." When i worked in bike shops, anything under $800 was "entry-level." To my friends that don't ride bikes, anything under $350 is "entry-level." Of the three, i'd say the bike shop version is most accurate. That said, aim for the Blast, and if you can justify the extra money,the Cinder Cone is an awesome bike.
    Either one you're gonna love riding and get years of use out of, so it's up to you.
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    What is your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Original 6
    What is your budget?

    Well, I'd like to keep it *around* $500-600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singleanchor98
    Well, I'd like to keep it *around* $500-600.

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    Check out the Kona Fire Mountain or Kona Blast which are right in your price range, fairly well equipped.

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    What about the Dawg Matic? 4" of rear travel seems like a entry level all mountian bike to me?

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