Kona Kahuna £719.99 (RRP £1499.99 - 52% off) Chain Reaction Cycles
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Kona Kahuna £719.99 (RRP £1499.99 - 52% off) Chain Reaction Cycles

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Found 20th Jul 2013
Looks like a good deal, free delivery plus it's a 29er, £5 more than the Cannondale SL1 I posted (inc postage) so Vs that...

This has Recon Gold's Vs Recon Silver forks
Avid Elixir 3's Vs Elixir 1 brakes.

Everything else is pretty comparable.

Specifications:

Frame Material: Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
Rear Shock: N/A
Fork: Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air 20mm TA
Crankarms: SRAM X5
Chainrings: 44/33/22
B/B: SRAM X5
Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless
Chain: SRAM PC-1031
Freewheel: SRAM PG-1030 11-36 10 spd
F/D: SRAM X5
R/D: SRAM X7 SGS
Shifters: SRAM X5
Brake Calipers: Avid Elixir 3
Front Brake Rotor: Avid HS1 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor: Avid HS1 160mm
Brake Levers: Avid Elixir 3
Headset: FSA No.57B
Handlebar: Kona Energy
Stem: Kona XC/Road
Seatpost: Kona Double Clamp w/offset
Seat Clamp: Kona Clamp
Grips: Kona Race Light LOG
Saddle: WTB Valcon Sport SE
Front Hub: Formula Disc
Rear Hub: Formula Disc
Spokes: Sandvik Stainless 14g
Rims: WTB SpeeDisc All Mountain
Front Tire: Maxxis Ignitor 29x2.1
Rear Tire: Maxxis Ignitor 29x2.1
Technologies:

Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum:

Kona Race Light 7005 is a lighter, more performance-oriented fabrication of our 7005 Aluminum tubing. Designed to meet Kona's discerning race specifications, Race Light 7005 uses custom butting to create thicker tubes at weld areas and at important parts of the frame, providing incredible strength and torsional integrity to the ride. We remove wall thickness in other parts of the frame set to lighten up the bike, providing the perfect balance between quickness and stiffness. The emphasis here is on performance, lightness and speed built the Kona way: a Kona Race Light 7005 bike will get you to the podium for years to come.

Sloping Toptube:

Kona recognized the advantages of sloping toptube frame design right from the beginning. Designed by inaugural MTB-Hall-of-Fame legend Joe Murray back in 1988, the very first Konas were some of the first mountain bikes to feature sloping toptubes (STT). As a company we've stayed true to this philosophy, going so far as to pioneer the design in road bikes long before its benefits were understood by most of the industry. Because of the many positives STT design brings to overall bike performance and comfort, you'll find it today throughout our entire line of road, commuter and mountain bikes.
Here's why: Firstly, STT design allows the toptube to be lower, providing more room for correct positioning and free body movement and enabling more standover clearance, which is particularly useful on dual-suspension bikes that have higher bottom brackets. Riders have a more secure riding position, a real benefit when riding downhill sections.

Secondly, a big benefit of STT is a longer and more compliant toptube. As the top and downtube become more parallel, there's less triangulation, resulting in more compliancy. Not only is the frame stronger and more responsive, but it absorbs more shock than frames with horizontal toptubes.

Compact Rear Triangle:

Short chainstays and seatstays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedaling hard. Shorter seatstays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate faster than longer stays. The shorter rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight-twisting sections of trail. Our new Entourage short-travel downhill bike is a good example of an incredibly compact rear triangle. Our goal was to create a bike that was easy to jump and trick, and could also corner aggressively. With seatstays measuring just 415mm, we've created one of the most nimble short travel DH bikes in the industry.

Internal Headset:

By having the headset bearing located inside the headtube (called zero stack), rather than the top and bottom, we are able to achieve a number of advantages when it comes to front-end stiffness, durability and overall riding performance. The major benefit of an internal headset is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.

36 Comments

Original Poster

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£720 for a bike with no pedals....... Great deal

A great deal!

Hot deal
Don't forget quidco

Heated as a good deal, nice looking bike but I must resist. I'm just rocking a cannondale fatty hybrid atm as I only have time to ride with the mini me so there's little point in anything else. I got it out the shed today to discover someone's scratched the frame....no I must resist!!
Edited by: "capriboycraig" 20th Jul 2013

Looks a bit jump bikey aka you might need a long seat post

discowill

Looks a bit jump bikey aka you might need a long seat post



Can't see a 29er being any good for jumping. (_;) Terrible press photo as it makes it look that way with the seat low.

Nice, poor photo though

Doesn't look as 'wrong' in this photo:

http://www.evanscycles.com/product_image/image/cad/d92/183/69623/large/kona-kahuna-deluxe-2012-29er-mountain-bike.jpg

Cracking deal!!

Good deal from a reliable company.

Cold, no basket on the front...

Classic Joe Murray style frame , good kit, great deal.

Banned

Ah yes Joe Murray forks were on my very first kona, straight and rigid.

Thanks, some good discounts on full sussers too. (with pedals)

Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless

I think they just take the photo's without the pedals as they usually don't ship a bike with the pedals attached.

Lot of bike for this money!

Banned

Just waiting for a deal on the kona operator and im there.

This bike isn't worth anything near the 'RRP' - the sale price is a good price, but there are similarly spec'd bikes for less, though probably not 29ers

Banned

Lets see these similarly specced bikes then.

Also specs can be misleading. Take a bike like the operator, most of the money is in the frame, very often the component specs are not earth shattering.

Elton Chong

Lets see these similarly specced bikes then.Also specs can be misleading. … Lets see these similarly specced bikes then.Also specs can be misleading. Take a bike like the operator, most of the money is in the frame, very often the component specs are not earth shattering.



The Kona above does have a better fork, and it's a 29er, but otherwise it's no better than this:

Rockrider 8.1

So the sale price it's at now seems about right? I agree on paying for a good frame, but from what I've heard, it's better value to get a bike like the 8.1, sell the frame, and buy a very good frame to use with those components.


Edited by: "stringsonfire" 21st Jul 2013

late drunk question/oppinion. What really makes the difference between a £200 halfords bike and something like this? Can a good/ experienced rider not get the same out of both bikes?

I.e. worth the money/ golf club syndrome?

Love kona have a hybrid and just got the zing road bike, heat added!

stringsonfire

The Kona above does have a better fork, and it's a 29er, but otherwise … The Kona above does have a better fork, and it's a 29er, but otherwise it's no better than this:Rockrider 8.1So the sale price it's at now seems about right? I agree on paying for a good frame, but from what I've heard, it's better value to get a bike like the 8.1, sell the frame, and buy a very good frame to use with those components.



The Rockrider 8.1 is really excellent value, it's a really nice bike. The frame isn't exciting, but it is well made, not too light or heavy. You can't beat it for value. It doesn't have Kona written on it though.

Resale value on this will be great. Not so hot on the Decathlon bike although it is good value.

29ers aren't for everyone though. If you are short <5'8" or want to do lots of slow, technical or jumpy stuff go for a regular MTB.

Grohller

late drunk question/oppinion. What really makes the difference between a … late drunk question/oppinion. What really makes the difference between a £200 halfords bike and something like this? Can a good/ experienced rider not get the same out of both bikes?I.e. worth the money/ golf club syndrome?



A £200 bike will try to get all of the key features (front shock, disc brakes, high number of gears) in, and all of them will be pretty poor quality. The front shock on most <£300 bikes is next to useless - wastes power when you don't need it, doesn't help with bumps when you do. Disc brakes will be fiddly to adjust mechanical ones where you can't find replacement parts easily. If it has rear shocks, the whole thing will probably weigh almost twice as it needs to. All of it won't be designed to be replaced - weird integrated bottom brackets seem normal, parts are hard to find, nothing is adjustable.

If you spent £200 on a fixed fork bike with cantiliver brakes, it would be a lot lighter and more fun.

Of course, if all you want to do is ride along the road, a hybrid is better.

If all you want to do is be a teenager with a full suspension bike, the £200 Halford is probably best.

SpamJavelin

Resale value on this will be great. Not so hot on the Decathlon bike … Resale value on this will be great. Not so hot on the Decathlon bike although it is good value.29ers aren't for everyone though. If you are short <5'8" or want to do lots of slow, technical or jumpy stuff go for a regular MTB.



I would go further and say that, regardless of how you want to use the bike, you should try a 29er and an equivalent 26er. I was pretty much set on a 29er after doing a bit of reading about, until one video convinced me to try both types out, one after the other (same spec, same manufacturer, just different sizes wheels), at a local bike shop.

I really disliked the 29er: it felt sluggish and cumbersome and I've been massively happy with the Kona fire mountain I decided on.

FunkyMunkey

I would go further and say that, regardless of how you want to use the … I would go further and say that, regardless of how you want to use the bike, you should try a 29er and an equivalent 26er. I was pretty much set on a 29er after doing a bit of reading about, until one video convinced me to try both types out, one after the other (same spec, same manufacturer, just different sizes wheels), at a local bike shop.I really disliked the 29er: it felt sluggish and cumbersome and I've been massively happy with the Kona fire mountain I decided on.



I agree, 29er feels and rides so wrong to me.

Grohller

late drunk question/oppinion. What really makes the difference between a … late drunk question/oppinion. What really makes the difference between a £200 halfords bike and something like this? Can a good/ experienced rider not get the same out of both bikes?I.e. worth the money/ golf club syndrome?



A £200 bike from Halfords will be poor - as many 'features' as possible no matter how bad the components. Get a budget bike from a local bike shop - they usually have one or two hand picked budget bikes as they only have to sell what they want to, and they'll hear about it if they start selling bad bikes. Large chain stores don't have to care.

However, a £200 less than this one bike from Halfords, and you can have a Carrera Kraken or Fury, or the Voodoo Hoodoo. Unfortunately, they've just slightly downgraded the Voodoo Hoodoo, still ok, but the Carreras are worth looking at, though still not at the Rockrider 8.1 level. All worth a look before spending more, just to be clear what you can get for your money.
Edited by: "stringsonfire" 21st Jul 2013

Original Poster

there's a reason the top 3 xc riders all have 29ers, that's all i'll say!

SpamJavelin

Resale value on this will be great. Not so hot on the Decathlon bike … Resale value on this will be great. Not so hot on the Decathlon bike although it is good value.29ers aren't for everyone though. If you are short <5'8" or want to do lots of slow, technical or jumpy stuff go for a regular MTB.



Missed this one. Resale value on the 8.1 is pretty good, though cheaper Decathlon bikes resell like any other. Unfortunately, bikes depreciate massively. I've seen enough almost new 2013 bikes worth around this new put on ebay only to sell for £150 to £200 less, even if they're immaculate, purely because they're no longer 'new'.

stringsonfire

Missed this one. Resale value on the 8.1 is pretty good, though cheaper … Missed this one. Resale value on the 8.1 is pretty good, though cheaper Decathlon bikes resell like any other. Unfortunately, bikes depreciate massively. I've seen enough almost new 2013 bikes worth around this new put on ebay only to sell for £150 to £200 less, even if they're immaculate, purely because they're no longer 'new'.



Sorry mate but you haven't a clue about bikes and resale values! Decathlon stuff goes for naff all but Kona always gets a premium. Show me auctions where Kona bikes like this go for £150! I'm not saying it's deserved but it's true.

SpamJavelin

Sorry mate but you haven't a clue about bikes and resale values! … Sorry mate but you haven't a clue about bikes and resale values! Decathlon stuff goes for naff all but Kona always gets a premium. Show me auctions where Kona bikes like this go for £150! I'm not saying it's deserved but it's true.



"£150 to £200 less"

Great bike for the price a 29er is great for a commute

stringsonfire

"£150 to £200 less"



Sorry, missed the 'less' bit! That's true of all bikes though so a pretty pointless comment nevertheless.

with £200.. your better off getting a decent used bike from ebay or gumtree.. just saw a specialezed p all mountain go for £230.. normally would cost you £700 brand new.. resale value for bikes above £700 are not that good to be frank... especially this summer when everybody suddenly wants to "upgrade"... (_;)

I have no where near me that sells Kona bikes.Would 19" be okay for someone who is 6ft tall ? Currently have a 8 yr old Specialized hardrock sport with 19" frame but not sure how these two size wise compare.
Edited by: "chuzzwuzzer" 17th Aug 2013
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