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post #171 of 477 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 07:40 PM
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Okay, I'm a believer now. Rented a hardtail 29er Kona Mahuna up in Whitefish, MT today and knocked out 14 miles of singletrack. Holy shit what a difference those big wheels make! You can just devour a trail on those things! I gotta get me one of those things! I'm more wiped out after 4 miles on my 26" bike (at 8k' elevation compared to 3k' to be fair) than I am right now. Not only that, but just the way you can bulldoze over shit and maintain your momentum without hitting the pedals. Just a completely different experience. I purposely rented a HT even thoughost a FS was only $10 more because quite frankly I don't have the cash to dump on a FS 29er right now. But a decent HT? Yeah, I can swing that.
Rented a Specialized Rockhopper today here in Missoula and took it over to the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. That bike sucked compared to the Kona Mahuna. The fork was bad. It was pogo sticking me all over the place. I ended up just locking it out and riding it rigid. The brakes also sacked. They were supposedly hydraulic discs but I would've rather had my rim brakes off my old Kona Stuff and it wouldn't even be close - I would greatly prefer them. Same frame size as the Mahuna but I was just never comfortable on it. Mahuna >>>>>>> Rockhopper for me.
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A few things. Did you check the shock pressure and rebound? The Kona also probably had better components which really makes a difference. All that aside, sounds like the Kona is a better bike fit in this instance.

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Yeah the rockhopper was out of its league I would also say, I know I went from a DB sortie to a DB scapegoat and it was night and day. I am sure if you took the time you could dial the rockhopper in and it would be ok. Nothing is going to beat an all mtn bike downhill or a xc bike for up hill just have to live with the trade offs. That is also why I have to many bikes or so says my wife but what does she know.
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A few things. Did you check the shock pressure and rebound? The Kona also probably had better components which really makes a difference. All that aside, sounds like the Kona is a better bike fit in this instance.

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It was a very basic shock. No rebound or pressure adjustment. Just preload and a lockout.
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What do you expect from a rockhopper? It's not a high end hardtail from specialized.

I know... I have one
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It's in the same price range as the Mahuna so I guess I expected it to be similar to that. Nope.
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Got started on the next round. Pretty excited.
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I am far too ignorant on the subject to have any clue what I'm looking at here. All I see is a bike frame. Please feel free to elaborate.
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Got started on the next round. Pretty excited.

Are you making the frame yourself?
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Titanium?.........can't see the welds.
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