Kona Splice 29er 2012 hardtail mountain bike £349.99 delivered @ Chain Reaction Cycles
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Kona Splice 29er 2012 hardtail mountain bike £349.99 delivered @ Chain Reaction Cycles

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Found 30th Mar 2013
I'm shopping around for my first 29er, and spotted this. Available in 18", 19", and 20". Yes, it's not the highest spec, but I challenge anyone to find a decent branded 29er at this price.

*Now down to £349.99 plus use code NAVPPGKM to get another tenner off, bringing it down to £339.99

Frame Material: Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted
Rear Shock: N/A
Fork: Suntour XCR 80mm w/LO
Crankarms: Suntour CS-XCC
Chainrings: 42/32/22
B/B: TH 7420
Pedals: Wellgo LU-A9
Chain: YBN S8
Freewheel: Shimano HG31 11-32 8 spd
F/D: Shimano Altus
R/D: Shimano Altus
Shifters: Shimano Rapidfire
Brake Calipers: ProMax Mechanical
Front Brake Rotor: ProMax 160mm
Rear Brake Rotor: ProMax 160mm
Brake Levers: ProMax Mechanical
Headset: TH No. 10
Handlebar: Kona Aluminum Riser
Stem: Kona Control
Seatpost: Kona Thumb
Seat Clamp: Kona QR
Grips: Kona Race Light
Saddle: WTB Valcon Comp
Front Hub: Formula Disc
Rear Hub: Formula Disc
Spokes: Stainless 14g
Rims: Alex SX44
Front Tire: Vittoria Mezcal 29x2.1
Rear Tire: Vittoria Mezcal 29x2.1

14 Comments

Can anyone tell me what the supposed advantage is of a 29er over a standard mountain bike?

Supposed to go further on the same peddle action, and lower rolling resistance i think.

Original Poster

What he said, basically. Having larger wheels, they eat potholes (craters, going by our local roads) for breakfast! I intend to keep my 26er after getting a 29er, so I don't really see them as being replacements for 26ers as such.

The 29er will be used for commuting the daily seven miles each way to work, and for the odd weekend trail run, whereas the 26er will be kept mainly for off-road rides. But that's just me. Others may have different uses for each type.

Banned

Decent deal. Iv heard they 29ers are amazing for off road, i just imagine 29 inch to be a bit ungainly and less maneoevreable and they also look so ugly.

Heat added

Original Poster

Macdory

Double the price, but more than double the spec ... … Double the price, but more than double the spec ... http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=81010



That's nice. Really, it is. For people who have double the money to spend. Sadly, for the rest of us that live in the real world and don't have money trees growing in our back yards...

Original Poster

Seriously though, if they did 0% finance on the Vitus, I'd have bought it in the blink of an eye.

That Virus is a good spec as the £1k Specialized Rockhopper Pro

Original Poster

my-planet

This, or: … This, or: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-big-rr-53-mountain-bike-white-id_8202905.html ?



I tip my hat to you, sir. It certainly seems to be more bang for buck than the Kona. Better fork, better running gear, and a five year guarantee on the frame and two years on parts. Nice.

I haven't bought anything yet, as I'm waiting for my employer to sort out the CycleScheme thingy...

fleabittenvarmint

I tip my hat to you, sir. It certainly seems to be more bang for buck … I tip my hat to you, sir. It certainly seems to be more bang for buck than the Kona. Better fork, better running gear, and a five year guarantee on the frame and two years on parts. Nice.I haven't bought anything yet, as I'm waiting for my employer to sort out the CycleScheme thingy...


I'm actually considering this: decathlon.co.uk/roc…tml through the cycle scheme thingy.

Not a 29er, but much better spec all around. Advice I've been given seems to suggest that you would get a better spec 26er in this price range.

Problem is, it's just recently gone up £30...which just grates me!
Edited by: "my-planet" 3rd Apr 2013

Original Poster

my-planet

I'm actually considering this: … I'm actually considering this: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-80-mountain-bike-orange-black-id_8206681.html through the cycle scheme thingy. Not a 29er, but much better spec all around. Advice I've been given seems to suggest that you would get a better spec 26er in this price range.Problem is, it's just recently gone up £30...which just grates me!



I already have a 26er, but if I were after one, I'd be looking at the Voodoo Hoodoo from Halfords. It's £499 at the moment, but they have had it for £450 before, maybe less if they happen to have any discount codes going at the time. It has a Suntour Raidon X1 Air fork with 120mm travel, and a better 7005 frame. Gets 5/5 in What Mountain Bike, if review ratings hold any weight in your opinion.

Halfords ain't with Cyclescheme.

my-planet

Halfords ain't with Cyclescheme.



They aren't with Cyclescheme but they are run their own version anyway. Just depends on which one your employer goes with.
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