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    2013 Kona Unit or 2014 Kona Unit

    Hey everyone,

    I can't decide which one to get. I really like the raw look of the 2013 but the 2014 has upgraded reynolds 520 butted cromoly and tubeless ready rims.

    I can get the 2013 for $799 and 2014 for $825.

    I really love the raw frame but I also like the idea of the 2014 upgraded. Help me pick which one. Anyone have experience with both? Which did you like more?

    I'm going to the LBS this weekend. Thanks everyone.

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    I have a 2013 Unit but if i were in your position I would go with the 2014. the tubeless ready rims alone make the price increase worth it. Also The raw finish on the 2013 looks great but I am having issues with the clear coat coming off and I am now getting some surface rust so i need to look into getting the bike painted. Either way I'm sure you'll be happy, I love my Kona Unit and ride it twice as much as my $3,500 road bike. Hope this was helpfull.

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    Thanks Jondc84, I figure if I wanted a raw frame I could always strip the paint and clear coat it.

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    Man, that sounds like a no-brainer! 520 should be a tick lighter, and perhaps springier, but the wheels sound great. Already have a steel SS, but love the Kona!

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    I agree with going with the 2014. Personally I love the look of both bikes and before upgrading my wheels on my 2012 I was a bummed that it didn't come with tubeless ready wheels. I'd jump at that! Good luck, I'm sure you're going to love your new Unit.
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    I'm using crank skins matte clear frame protection on my 2013. It works great and you can't see it unless you are right up on the bike. $30 for a good piece of mind.

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    I had a raw BMX bike before and I actually liked the rusted look. It gave it some character.

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    I going to buy the 2014 Kona Unit. Thanks all for the replies.

    The WTB ST i23 TCS Wheel set that comes with the bike already have the tape and valve installed and just need some stan's sealant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evosil98 View Post
    I going to buy the 2014 Kona Unit. Thanks all for the replies.

    The WTB ST i23 TCS Wheel set that comes with the bike already have the tape and valve installed and just need some stan's sealant?
    Mine didnt come with valves.

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    Mine didn't come with the valves either. I'm pretty sure its just regular tubes in the stock build even though the rims are taped. However WTB does make some sure nice alloy valves that are ano blue, red or black, with a removable core. I haven't seen many comments on them but I have had a great experience with the set of blue ones I'm running. 2014 Unit with paint and bits.
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