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    Default Kona Honzo owners

    Hi Guys

    I'm in the market for a new hardtail and just wanted some opinions or experiences with the Kona Honzo. I'm looking for a bike to use mostly for the more 'XC' style tracks in Victoria ie. Lysterfield, Forrest, buxton and Anglesea, but I also enjoy hitting a few jumps and rock gardens at You Yangs every now and then too. I don't intend to race or worry about strava too much, but is this bike overkill regarding weight and geometry this sort of riding.

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    Mike

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    Hi Mike
    Have owned one since April. Bought the frame and built it up with a really nice spec. Absolutely love it. It corners really well and still climbs like a hardtail even though is on the heavy side. The best way to describe it is a XC bike that doesn't want to kill you whem pushed hard. If you like climbing lots i would get a 120 mm fork
    I got a 130 pike and the front gets light on steep climbs.
    If you are worried about the weight ans can afford it get the Ti frame or the new carbon one, they look sick. The Explosif seems like a really fun bike also.

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    This is it

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    To finish answering your question I think is pretty perfect for the trails you are mentioning. I swapped my Scott Scale carbon for this and couldn't be happier. My usual trails are Plenty Gorge, Smiths Gully and Youies and it's perfect for it. AM hardtails are a lot of fun and a good compromise between short travel trail bike and full XC race machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go View Post
    To finish answering your question I think is pretty perfect for the trails you are mentioning. I swapped my Scott Scale carbon for this and couldn't be happier. My usual trails are Plenty Gorge, Smiths Gully and Youies and it's perfect for it. AM hardtails are a lot of fun and a good compromise between short travel trail bike and full XC race machine

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    Thanks Go

    Awesome bike and also exactly the info i'm after. At this stage my budget only allows the base 2016 aluminum kit, but i'm just having a look at the deluxe model and trying to work out if the upgrade for an extra $1000 is worth it. thanks

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    Go's is a Honzo ST, frame only option.

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    Save up and get the Ti!!!

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    I'd say spend the extra coin on the DL, much better spec than the AL but for 3k you should be able to get a frame ( $999 ) and build it up if you shop around. Steel is real.

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread but you guys know of anywhere in OZ I can get a medium ST honzo frame?

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