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    Looking at a Big Honzo CR frame, what else am I missing?

    Like the title says, I'm looking at a 2019 Big Honzo frame. I set my budget at $1500 for the frame, so the Honzo is stretching it a bit, and it has me wondering if there's anything else out there I'm missing. The requirements:

    -120-140mm fork
    -67-68 HTA
    -73-75 STA
    -Sub 4lbs
    -~$1500
    -Two bottle cages
    -Can fit a 2.4" tire
    -Not superboost
    -29er capable.

    I'm coming off of a 2013 Stumpjumper carbon hardtail that was awesome when I lived in Raleigh, but its a little undergunned here in WNC. I do like the light weight of the stumpy, but it needs to be able to handle a little larger tire and the 71.5 HTA is not confidence inspiring in Pisgah.

    So anyways, tell me why I shouldn't get a 2019 Kona Big Honzo, and what I should get instead.

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    Oh and also no sliding dropouts. That's eliminated the Stache and the Chameleon for me.

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    Personally, I like that bike a lot, even though I'm not a HT fan for "real" mtb.

    The only down-marks I've read and heard are a low-ish BB (taken care of by fitting 29er wheels, I suspect), and tight rear tire clearance in 29er mode, though I may have that confused with another bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    Personally, I like that bike a lot, even though I'm not a HT fan for "real" mtb.

    The only down-marks I've read and heard are a low-ish BB (taken care of by fitting 29er wheels, I suspect), and tight rear tire clearance in 29er mode, though I may have that confused with another bike.
    Tight clearance with 29s, really? Dang, I had no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msrothwe View Post
    Tight clearance with 29s, really? Dang, I had no idea.
    MBA review says Kona designed around 29 x 2.4.

    Though we all know those numbers are often overly conservative from the mfgs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    MBA review says Kona designed around 29 x 2.4.

    Though we all know those numbers are often overly conservative from the mfgs.
    Ah, I can handle a 2.4. I'd like to run a 2.35 Ikon in the summer and a DHRII 2.3 in the winter. Anything more than that and I think climbing would be a chore. And we have a shitload of climbing here.

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    According to Kona the new big Honzo can handle up to 2.6 29er tires. It is a different frame from the regular Honzo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBRT View Post
    According to Kona the new big Honzo can handle up to 2.6 29er tires. It is a different frame from the regular Honzo.
    Yep: KONA BIKES | INNOVATION | BIG HONZO

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