Kona Tanuki DL All Mountain Full Suspension

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $2099.00

Product Description

It might not be the smartest thing we do: building a bike you'll never replace. But we can't help ourselves. Designed for riders needing a cost-effective, super durable, performance oriented do-it-all mountain bike that excels in trail conditions that run the spectrum, the new Tanuki DL features an air sprung RockShox Sektor fork with tapered steer tube and lockout. A simple, reliable, classic terrain craving Kona mountain bike.

  • Fork: RockShox Sektor TK Solo Air 130mm
  • Crankarms: FSA Alpha Drive
  • Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore
  • Brake Levers: Avid Juicy 3

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by tsny a Weekend Warrior from Boston, MA in the US of A

    Date Reviewed: November 7, 2011

    Strengths:    Frame strength, suspension set up, climbing ability, eats up rock gardens.

    Weaknesses:    FSA Crankarms, stock shimano m505 pedals

    Bottom Line:   
    Well, this being my first full suspension bike, I am completely satisfied thus far. My first ride was yesterday and it was a pretty nasty 18 mi loop at my favorite local spot. I'm 215lbs and was worried about feeling like I was riding a pogo stick, but not at all on the Tanuki. On climbs, I feel that my energy is put completely into the ground and the bike actually feels like it digs harder on slow technical climbs. On the decent I felt more confident because the bike allowed my to bomb over things I would have avoided prior. I've heard mixed reviews on the Avid Elixir 5s, but so far they have provided more than enough stopping power and good modulation. I did throw the rear wheel out a bit yesterday, but I figure it is still being broken in. Won't take much to get it back true. I did have to air up both front and rear shocks to give me a more responsive ride. I haven't dialed in the rebound yet for the front or rear, but everything felt plush and responsive on my first long ride. Overall, I feel this bike is very forgiving as on a couple of occasions it cleaned up some sloppy riding choices that I made. This is the first time I have ever felt like a bike has gotten me out of trouble on a tricky section. Also, getting this Kona for just over half off on Chainlove.com was a complete bonus. IMO, it is alot of bike for the buck! I hope this helps out anyone who is checking out the 2011 Tanuki DL, because in my research there is not alot of info out there about user experiences with this Kona.

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    Favorite Trail:   HP

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1149.00

    Purchased At:   Chainlove.com

    Similar Products Used:   This is my first Kona experience. Rode at Trek 8900 hardtail for 10 years before this.

    Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Sektor TK fork, Kona Stock rear shock, Avid Elixir 5 Hydros, Shimano MT15 Wheels, Shimano Deore/XT mix, Maxxis Ardent rear tire, WTB Stout front tire.

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