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I’m looking for a bicycle, here's my criteria:

- strong frame (I weigh ~300lbs)

- doesn't have to be the latest, trickest or lightest by any means

- hard tail with front suspension (not a must)

- ~$700-800 range (willing to go a little higher if the bang-for-buck is worth it)

- I'd like to get as much value as possible

- I've looked at the Kona Mahuna...any input from someone one who owns or has ridden one would be great

- I'm open to other brands - (although I already have a Kona and like it)

- type of riding will be urban pavement, possibly some mild offroad/trail riding.

I then discovered Surly…they’re wayyy out of my price range...

Anyway, here's my summary of bikes I’ve looked at so far:

Giant Revel 0:

- good bike overall
- front forks could be a weak point (Suntours)
- 29er wheels could be a weak point
- mid-priced of the bikes discussed here

Potential upgrades required later: forks & wheels


Kona Mahuna:

- good bike (possibly better frame than the Giant)
- same issues as Revel...
- highest priced of the bikes discussed here

Potential upgrades required later: forks & wheels


Giant Seek 0:

- very strong frame
- no front fork concerns as it's a rigid
- wheels could be a weak point
- lowest priced of the bikes discussed here

Potential upgrades required later: wheels

Then…I went to the nearest Surly dealer. They had two on the floor. A Moonlander (med frame) and a Neck Romancer (small frame).

The Moonlander's stickered at $2800.

The shop guy said a large frame would suit me. He assured me the Surly frame & wheels are more than up to the job of handling my weight.

He gave me the owner's XL Moonlander to ride around the parking lot. I love that bike!

It's totally different...sounds like an ATV or an off-road buggy rolling on the pavement.

I want one!

They'd have to order in a large frame...said they could put it on the road for me @ $2300 (+ tax) - as much as I love the bike, it's wayy too $$$$.

The two shops I've visited have sort of steered me away from 29ers as they're concerned about the larger wheels handling my weight - especially if I do delve into any kind of moderate to hard offroading.

Anyway, sorry for the long post – any bike recommendations would be appreciated…
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Gary Fisher, I think trek makes them now. Not sure what that says about their quality. But my step dad, best friend, and all of them have late model Gary Fishers and are amazing bikes. My late step dad left me his new-er gary fisher he got from Trek and it's awesome.

I'm pretty sure you can find on in your price range too

i used to race BMX, so I am...erg...was more familiar with the racing bikes more so than trail..but I still can tell a good bike from a bad. They have dual purpose Gary's...for trail/street...just like what you want!
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I know Kona has really stepped up their game in the last couple years with their DH/Freeride bikes. Not sure if that's trickled down to their other bikes as well. Either way, they are a good company and do make a good product.

Some other ones I would consider are Specialized (they make some of the best bikes on the NA market IMO) and Rocky Mountain.

I don't have too much experience with Giant but I'm not really a huge fan off them. Something just seems a little off with their bikes. I feel like they don't keep up in the market and technology too much. But again.... I focus more on the DH/Freeride side of things than the cruiser hardtails.

My last two bikes have been Norco's (2007 Atomik and now a 2011 Team DH) and I've loved both of them. Both have been great bikes and have lasted through everything I throw at them (which have been some hard crashes). I know Norco's warranty is also very good. One of my friends snapped his frame riding in Whistler a couple years ago, brought it down to the local Norco shop and they started swapping all his stuff to a new frame right away, no questions asked. He was riding again that afternoon. Definitely can't get mad about that.
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I know Kona has really stepped up their game in the last couple years with their DH/Freeride bikes. Not sure if that's trickled down to their other bikes as well. Either way, they are a good company and do make a good product.

Some other ones I would consider are Specialized (they make some of the best bikes on the NA market IMO) and Rocky Mountain.

I don't have too much experience with Giant but I'm not really a huge fan off them. Something just seems a little off with their bikes. I feel like they don't keep up in the market and technology too much. But again.... I focus more on the DH/Freeride side of things than the cruiser hardtails.

My last two bikes have been Norco's (2007 Atomik and now a 2011 Team DH) and I've loved both of them. Both have been great bikes and have lasted through everything I throw at them (which have been some hard crashes). I know Norco's warranty is also very good. One of my friends snapped his frame riding in Whistler a couple years ago, brought it down to the local Norco shop and they started swapping all his stuff to a new frame right away, no questions asked. He was riding again that afternoon. Definitely can't get mad about that.
Kona is a very good bike. I have a Gary Fisher (prior to Trek taking over) and it is also a very good bike.
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I'm not even sure what you're asking.

I presume that by the previous posts you're looking for a "mountain" bike but what are you going to use it for. dirt, pavement, gravel, combination?

I was just wondering if it was going to be recreational or commuter only because of the differences and a general idea of how many speeds, etc...

It might help narrow it down a little. I've got a hand-me-down Gary Fisher road bike that I don't even know what model it is anymore. I replaced the tires with small lug off-road tires because there are mostly paved trails around here and it's a lot easier on the legs with the street tires. Not to mention it makes pulling the Schwinn trailer a lot easier.
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I have a Kona Race Lite that I picked up at a yard sale and love it. Nice light bike. I am not up on any others to make recomandations for bikes other than to find one that fits your bill and then start checking Kijiji or other sources for used that someone has bought and then decided not to use any more and just wants to sell it off for whatever they can get. You can save yourself big bucks for a lightly used bike that fits you needs.
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I'm not even sure what you're asking.

I presume that by the previous posts you're looking for a "mountain" bike but what are you going to use it for. dirt, pavement, gravel, combination?

I was just wondering if it was going to be recreational or commuter only because of the differences and a general idea of how many speeds, etc...

It might help narrow it down a little. I've got a hand-me-down Gary Fisher road bike that I don't even know what model it is anymore. I replaced the tires with small lug off-road tires because there are mostly paved trails around here and it's a lot easier on the legs with the street tires. Not to mention it makes pulling the Schwinn trailer a lot easier.
"type of riding will be urban pavement, possibly some mild offroad/trail riding."

thats 3 for a Gary Fisher!
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I’m looking for a bicycle, here's my criteria:

- hard tail with front suspension (not a must)

- I've looked at the Kona Mahuna...any input from someone one who owns or has ridden one would be great

- type of riding will be urban pavement, possibly some mild offroad/trail riding
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I'm not even sure what you're asking.

I presume that by the previous posts you're looking for a "mountain" bike but what are you going to use it for. dirt, pavement, gravel, combination?

I was just wondering if it was going to be recreational or commuter only because of the differences and a general idea of how many speeds, etc...
I'm thinking these 3 points in his post should describe exactly what you don't understand. By suggesting the a hardtail and the Kona Muhana a quick google search will show you exactly the kind of bike he's looking for and then his type of riding point is pretty self explanitory.... Not really sure what there is to not understand here....
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Hehehehe...

I realize I'm sort of all over the map with listed bikes, the Mahuna and Revel are comparable but admittedly the Seek is far more road oriented and then the Moonlander is wayyyy offroad biased (and too $$$$).
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I'm thinking these 3 points in his post should describe exactly what you don't understand. By suggesting the a hardtail and the Kona Muhana a quick google search will show you exactly the kind of bike he's looking for and then his type of riding point is pretty self explanitory.... Not really sure what there is to not understand here....
I wasn't trying to be argumentative . I just considered that since he weighs 300lbs these may be more for comfort and/or durability and wasn't intending to assume they were strictly because he had a ramp in his backyard, as he included one bike for pavement. I guess the 2/3 wins.



How about that, it can hold the weight, easy to mount and dismount for a big guy...
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