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    Kona vs Giant vs Cannondale

    Suggestion required on some bikes guys. As a reference looking to ride down Blue (intermediate) of Spirit Mountain at least twice this summer. May be Lutsen.

    Mostly staying in Twincities and trails around.

    Kona Honzo - $ 1499
    Negative - outer cable wire routing, not a design?

    Giant Fathom 1 - $ 1500
    Negative - 27 inch tires

    Giant 29 - 1 - $1500
    Negative - not a trail bike

    Cannondale Trail 2 - $ 1365 on sale
    100 mm shock, no dropper post.

    Running out of options at local bike stores

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocimetry View Post
    Suggestion required on some bikes guys. As a reference looking to ride down Blue (intermediate) of Spirit Mountain at least twice this summer. May be Lutsen.

    Mostly staying in Twincities and trails around.

    Kona Honzo - $ 1499
    Negative - outer cable wire routing, not a design?

    Giant Fathom 1 - $ 1500
    Negative - 27 inch tires

    Giant 29 - 1 - $1500
    Negative - not a trail bike

    Cannondale Trail 2 - $ 1365 on sale
    100 mm shock, no dropper post.

    Running out of options at local bike stores
    You should pay more attention to geometry, bike fit, and components. Pay less attention to cable routing, labeled tire size, and other superficial things that won't matter.

    All things aside I'd buy a Kona or a Giant over a Cannondale. (I own 5 Kona's) Good bikes!
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    What he said, your looking at superficial crap instead of what matters.

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    That's a sad group. Maybe the Hanzo but really none have good geometry. I look at reach, head tube angle and seat tube angle. I prefer 66 hta, 75 sta and 470 reach on a large frame. None of these bikes would be fun at Spirit. Scary yes, fun no.

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    Go demo bikes. Like actually ride them and pound out some miles on them. A $50 rental cost could save you from getting a bike you don't like.

    My Pony Rustler has a 68 HA and I wouldn't feel the least bit out of sorts on Duluth trails. Don't do downhill (Spirit) trails though, so take that for what it is worth.

    Even bikes with "similar" geo numbers can feel vastly different on the trails. Even bikes with supposed more "progressive" bikes vs. "old school" bikes can be great or fail based on frame stiffness, design, etc. Recently on Hardtail Party (love that channel) he rode a Salsa Timberjack (more traditional geo) and a Commencal Meta HT AM (super progressive geo). He loved the handling on the Timberjack and hated the Meta, even though he admitted the geo numbers on the Meta looked better. Turns out, riding a bike tells you more than a geo chart.

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