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  1. #1
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    Kikapu as a trail bike?

    HI. I was considering buying a King Kikapu as a trailbike.. I have enough parts to get the bike down under 26lbs pretty easily.

    What do you think of the Kikapu as a capable trail bike? I want something moderately responsive, but not overly twitchy: this will be a trail bike first and foremost. I tried the Dawg, but it was too laid back for my tastes. I liked the travel, but it was very slack and didn't seem responsive for non-technical singletrack riding. Plus, the frame seemed overbuilt and heavy for a trail bike: it seemed like something that would be good for occasional FR use, but a bit fat for a trailbike.

    Most of my riding comes either on flowing singletrack to moderately technical, rocky riding (Tahoe-style). The biggest drops I ever take are only 1-2 feet: your typical trail obstacles, no FR stuff. For these applications, would the Kikapu get the job done? I am only 145lbs, so no need to worry about breaking things. Thanks!

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    Should work fine.
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  3. #3
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    I agree.

    Would make a good bike for you. I have had a Kikapu and a Kahuna and I think they're pretty nice bikes. Though, check the geometries, the Kikapus actually have a slacker head angle the Dawgs.


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    I use mine as a trail bike. I even put a Vanilla 130 on it and like the slaker angle even better, probably 68 or 68.5 degrees and l love it. I think it's cracking though. I sent it in the Kona and they said it wasn't a crack but it looks like it's growing. I'm not going to pay another $50 to ship it to WA again though to have the same frame sent back. I'll just wait until it snaps, shouldn't be too catastrophic of a failure.

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    YES, YES , YES!!! ALL bikes are "trailbikes" I ride the same trails with my 5" travel FS rig that I did when I rode hardtails. All over the country, nothing has changed. Bikes get better but, contrary to popular belief, you can use a 22lb "race bike" on the same trails as a 30 lb "trail bike".

    Sorry to hijack the thread but just buy the bike you like and ride it.

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