What to choose between Kona and Marin (hardtail) ?

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What to choose between Kona and Marin (hardtail) ?
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Posted: Oct 9, 2009 at 9:34 Quote
Hi
I am checking for a friend. He want a signle suspension mountain bike for half trail-riding and half tourist-road-biking with his girlfrind.

What should he choose between :
- Kona Cinder cone 2009, used location, 600$
- Marin Bobcat 2009, new end season 710$ +tx
- Marin Alpin 2009, new end season 600$ +tx

He is 6 feet tall and 225 pounds.
His budget is preferably 500-600$.

Thanks for your help answering this one.

Posted: Oct 9, 2009 at 9:40 Quote
Look into the Alpine 29er.

Posted: Oct 9, 2009 at 12:15 Quote
singlespeedtoday wrote:
Look into the Alpine 29er.
no thanks, preferably regular wheels please
thank you.

Posted: Oct 11, 2009 at 20:55 Quote
I just picked up a 2009 Cinder Cone also lightly used a few weeks ago, havnt fully tested it yet. Seems okay so far, gonna swap a few bits though: bars, stem, 3rd ring for bashring. I'm 6'0 and 165.

For light to mid trail I think its good. For more extreme trail maybe something more built.

Posted: Oct 11, 2009 at 21:06 Quote
Well, I haven't ridden the exact bikes you're mentioning, but I do ride a Marin hardtail ('08 Indian Fire Trail) and I love it, and a lot of people that I know ride Marin hardtails also, and I've always heard good things. I think Marin has their hardtails pretty dialed.

Posted: Oct 11, 2009 at 22:59 Quote
maybe also have a look at the marin nail trail http://www.cyclesuk.com/139-201078

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