Kona Kula Deluxe XC Hardtail Bike 2009 £764.10 @ Chain Reaction Plus another £23 Quidco/TCB (RRP was over £1850)
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Kona Kula Deluxe XC Hardtail Bike 2009 £764.10 @ Chain Reaction Plus another £23 Quidco/TCB (RRP was over £1850)

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Found 25th Feb 2012
Quality bike at a cracking price (Note:use code TEN£ to get this price). Review here: bikeradar.com/gea…965

High spec components. Yes you can get five bikes for this price from suupermarkets for this price, you won't get up the steeps on them and you'll probably come off in a an air ambulance.

Remember Quidco 3% or TCB for 3.03%, bringing the price to an unbeatable £741-ish.

The TEN£ Code expires 29/2/12, so be quick.

Spec:
Kona Kula Deluxe XC Hardtail Bike Specifications:

Frame tubing: Kona Race Light Scandium Butted
Fork: RockShox Reba SL 100mm
Headset: FSA Orbit DL
Crankarms: Shimano SLX
Chainrings: 44/32/22
B/B: Shimano SLX
Pedals: Shimano M520 Clipless
Chain: Shimano Deore
Freewheel: Shimano SLX (11-32, 9spd)
F/D: Shimano XT
R/D: Shimano XT Shadow
Shifters: Shimano XT
Handlebar: Kona XC/BC Deluxe Riser
Stem: Kona XC/BC Deluxe
Grips: Kona Race Light
Brakes: Shimano SLX Hydraulic Disc
Brake Levers: Shimano SLX Hydraulic
Wheels: Mavic Crosstrail Wheelset
Tyres: Maxxis Ignitor 26x2.1 Kevlar
Saddle: WTB Rocket V Comp Cromo
Seatpost: Kona XC/BC Deluxe
Seat clamp: Kona Clamp

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Anyone got one?
Just ordered the 17" frame one. All frame sizes currently available.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Images/Models/Full/75087.jpg

Edited by: "Toecutter" 26th Feb 2012
Scandium Tubing:
Light as titanium
More durable than carbon
Half the weight of steel
Five times stronger than aluminum
Faster than a speeding Bullet,
Leaps tall buildings in a single bound,
Stronger than a locomotive,
It's SUPERBIKE !
gavinwb

Faster than a speeding Bullet,Leaps tall buildings in a single … Faster than a speeding Bullet,Leaps tall buildings in a single bound,Stronger than a locomotive,It's SUPERBIKE !



Oh, I forgot to add that bit! Lol
How does this compare to the Kula Gold 2011 they have on the site for a similar price. Wondering if it's worth going for the newer version or not.
Ricky

How does this compare to the Kula Gold 2011 they have on the site for a … How does this compare to the Kula Gold 2011 they have on the site for a similar price. Wondering if it's worth going for the newer version or not.



This has the better frame in theory, as they changed Kula's frame to Aluminium last year/year before.
The 2010 version was £1800. Anyone know the rrp of the this 2009 version?

bikeradar.com/gea…683

Either way this is an amazing deal!!!
The review of the 2009 version is in the OP, retailed at over £1800 and better reviewed on bikeradar.
carleast

The 2010 version was £1800. Anyone know the rrp of the this 2009 … The 2010 version was £1800. Anyone know the rrp of the this 2009 version?http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-kona-kula-deluxe-10-35683Either way this is an amazing deal!!!



£1859, and you're right, it is an amazing deal, just a shame only a couple of us think so.
Adidas Addict

This has the better frame in theory, as they changed Kula's frame to … This has the better frame in theory, as they changed Kula's frame to Aluminium last year/year before.



Scandium IS Al with <~.05 of scandium included. I'm of the opinion it helps (helps with welding) a little, but really at the end of the day its a new material (or was) that was great for marketing with. I really doubt it severely impacted the weight of bike frames. Compared to 6x or 7x Al.

Basically boils down to Al, Steel, Ti and Carbon Fibre. They make up the base weight of a standard frame. Then a GOOD frame design can tweak that, but really but can't pull much extra out of the materials. I'm fairly sure manufactures are at limits.

Carbon Fibre is the only exception, and it's truly versatile and we a re still making leaps and bounds in tech on that front Even just leading up to easier/better/reliable mass production etc...

Hence why Carbon Fibre is super expensive, and out of date every weekend.

Just my 2p, from a cynical cyclist who thinks you should just ride whatever bloomin' bike you can get that suits you!

(I ride a 2003 heavily upgraded Spec HardRock XC, and the one thing I probably don't like about my frame is it's geometry, it was before the time of my 125mm front sus i'm running clearly, it doesn't really sit right. My only reason for a new frame would be for this reason and maybe a slightly newer design, but thats it :))
alexdodd

Scandium IS Al with



That's why I put better in italics, and said "in theory". (_;)
I think I'm going to bite the bullet and go for this. Just seems such a good deal. It'll replace my Carrera Fury which has been a great introduction to mountain biking. The Kona just seems a step up.
Ricky

I think I'm going to bite the bullet and go for this. Just seems such a … I think I'm going to bite the bullet and go for this. Just seems such a good deal. It'll replace my Carrera Fury which has been a great introduction to mountain biking. The Kona just seems a step up.



It's a great bike & deal dude, go for it.
Fork alone would have cost £400ish....great deal.

Wondering if the fork has lock out?
I've been trying to find out the same thing. Looks like it is poploc compatible but don't know if it comes as standard.

My biggest concern is the change from flats to spd's
Just buy some nice new MG1's for £30 and away you go.
Ricky

My biggest concern is the change from flats to spd's



You could probably recoup £15-£20 on ebay for the pedals and get yourself some nice flats. (I could never get into SPD's either.
Gone for it. Just couldn't resist at that price.

Sold my Asus laptop which was bought on here as a misprice and my existing Carrera Fury to fund it. Went for the 18" in the end, I'm 5 ft 11 so should be about right.
one day, your gonna pull up to a set of lights, and Lance Armstrong is gonna be next to you on his 2012 model Kona Kula Deluxe and he's gonna give you that smirk
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You could probably recoup £15-£20 on ebay for the pedals and get yourself … You could probably recoup £15-£20 on ebay for the pedals and get yourself some nice flats. (I could never get into SPD's either.


Strange isn't it, once I started to use spds (many years ago...) I could never imagine going back to flats.
Great bike/price anyway.
For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want to burn your pocket.
In my opinion a Bike should not cost more than a £300 what ever the material they use unless if it is a Gold Or Titanium.
Cold from me.
ragus_ae

For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want … For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want to burn your pocket.In my opinion a Bike should not cost more than a £300 what ever the material they use unless if it is a Gold Or Titanium.Cold from me.


Oh dear, it had to happen didn't it.........;)
Great price, would snap it up, but already got an orange 5, and specialized rockhopper. Other half would kill me.

Ragus - your a fool.
I've got the 2011 Kona Kula, I've had a few Kona's over the years, including Cinder Cones and Caldera's, but this is the best by far. Very Light, very fast, the best bike I've ever had. I use it for a 20 mile commute to work, but also off-road on the weekends. Worth every penny, and those people that talk about never spending more than a few hundred on a bike, just don't know what they are talking about. A few hundred will get you a decent bike for the summer, but if you want a bike which will last then you need to invest a bit of money.
Ricky - Give the SPD's a go. Like you I was unsure, but eventually tried them. honestly after 10 minutes you will get used to them. Would now never go back.
Nice
ragus_ae

For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want … For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want to burn your pocket.In my opinion a Bike should not cost more than a £300 what ever the material they use unless if it is a Gold Or Titanium.Cold from me.



All I saw of your post was 'herp derp flubble hehhhh internet' then I kind of zoned out as you obviously don't know what you are speaking about. It's a bargain if you use the bike as intended. If I could I'd buy it but instead I'm using a £500 jobbie. Bikes break easy when put through hard use.
ragus_ae

For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want … For a Bike £764 its absolutely waste of money, unless if you really want to burn your pocket.In my opinion a Bike should not cost more than a £300 what ever the material they use unless if it is a Gold Or Titanium.Cold from me.



I totally agree. Who would be mad enough to pay more than £300 for a mountain bike when you can get one for £70 from Sports Direct. Ok it will have a rubbish frame, forks, shocks, wheels, brakes, gears, bars, headset, stem, levers, cables, saddle, seatpost, bottom bracket, cranks, chain, pedals and tyres but it will come with a bell and be reassuringly heavy (over 20Kg).
Most people seem to be impressed by this deal, but I'm a little sceptical. Bike tech and trends move pretty quickly and this is over 3 years old! I'm not too familiar with the market but there must be something better value than this. Saying that Kula's are awesome and the scandium tubing is sought after. I have a 96 Kula and it's still going well.
I thought that Markaay but the shimano stuff doesn't seem to have changed that much recently so hoping its still going to be decent.

The fact that you're still riding a 96 frame speaks volumes for the quality. I had a kona mini mula many years ago and it was a great bike.
Muuuust reeeeeesist ...... Managed to get away with just some gloves, but it was close with payday being tomorrow. That 10% code works on anything, and there are some pretty good deals on there.

This site is killing me
a 2009 hard tail for £800... not really impressive. depends what you want i guess.
Edited by: "morales" 27th Feb 2012
Also discounts on some BeOne bikes - e.g. claims BeOne Karma is down from £1599 to £750 chainreactioncycles.com/Mod…901 Don't know how good a deal these are (just after a hybrid for use mostly on the roads myself, so look like overkill for my needs!)
Toecutter

Scandium Tubing:Light as titaniumMore durable than carbonHalf the weight … Scandium Tubing:Light as titaniumMore durable than carbonHalf the weight of steelFive times stronger than aluminum


and twice as much marketing bullshït it seems
Scandium is just a sexy marketing name for an aluminium mix to try and make it sound as alluring as titanium and carbon...
Does it do the dishes aswell? Lol
I've got one of these ordered through the good ol' cycle to work tax dodge which I'm looking forward to receiving as long as the muppets at halfords set it up right.

chainreactioncycles.com/Mod…087

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Images/Models/Original/73087.jpg
Great deal - have to add that if you spent £800 on a bike in Andover you'd be getting your end away for months . . . !

Adidas Addict

I've got one of these ordered through the good ol' cycle to work tax … I've got one of these ordered through the good ol' cycle to work tax dodge which I'm looking forward to receiving as long as the muppets at halfords set it up right.



I have to admit, that's an aesthetically nice bike. There are few bikes I actually think that about, not since my felt q720 anyway!

Be careful with that cycle to work scheme - its not as good as you might think and it backfired for a lot of people - retailers don't give you all the details as they just want to shift the bikes - they get paid either way.
Adidas Addict

I've got one of these ordered through the good ol' cycle to work tax … I've got one of these ordered through the good ol' cycle to work tax dodge which I'm looking forward to receiving as long as the muppets at halfords set it up right.http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=73087



Since when did halfords sell cubes?
Anarchist

I have to admit, that's an aesthetically nice bike. There are few bikes … I have to admit, that's an aesthetically nice bike. There are few bikes I actually think that about, not since my felt q720 anyway! Be careful with that cycle to work scheme - its not as good as you might think and it backfired for a lot of people - retailers don't give you all the details as they just want to shift the bikes - they get paid either way.



It's all cosha, works out for the £500 voucher £3 per week before tax so actual difference in you take home pay is roughly £1.90 per week, at the end there is a charge of £8 to 'buy' the bike you have 'rented' for 18m. We all do it at work every 18m and sell the bikes on after 18m.
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