Similar Products Used: trick bikes mostly all i use
Bike Setup: all stock
from Cheshire, England
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Strengths: Sweet geometry, Hayes brakes, looks great in Orange!
Weaknesses: Kona front hub, Truvativ BB, machine built wheelset, aluminium frame for DJ
· This was my first DJ bike. I've used it to go from small tables, to doubles that you can comfortably backflip, therefore this bike has great sentimental value. However, would I recommend that you buy one - probably not. If you're spending this kind of money, I'd recommend building a bike to your specific requirements to overcome the componentry shortcomings.
· The front hub was made by Kona. The width of the spoke flanges meant that the spokes rubbed on the brake calliper. Not good. It helped by using a disc spacer to move the disc, therefore calliper away from the spokes. The clearance was still tight so I ended-up changing the front hub. · I’m guessing that the wheelset is machine made as the spoke tensions were all over the place. I buckled both rims before I realised this and tensioned them correctly. I could never keep them straight, so eventually built a new wheelset. · Truvativ bottom brackets are rubbish. The original one lasted 8months. I bought another Truvativ BB(to fit the crankset) and it lasted only a couple of months. Ended-up with a Saint crankset. Seems pretty good so far. · And the big one – I was coming-up short on high double, so I ditched. The bike and I landed separately but I cracked my shin on the toptube and dinted it! A bruised skin and dinted frame! That’s what you get by using oversize aluminium THIN WALL tubing to make Dirt Jump frames. They look good and can be lighter than steel but they can’t take the bumps and knocks. I’m about to buy a steel DJ frame. It’s a trade off, next time I’ll have a bigger bruise but I won’t be throwing away a £500 frame. Aluminium is fine if you expect to never (or rarely) crash. In DJ, crashing is inevitable. Even when you’re really good, you may crash rarely but when you do, it will be a big one! Buy a steel frame.
Similar Products Used: Kona Coiler Dee-lux, Giant ATX
Bike Setup: Single speed, short bars, Halo SAS - rear wheel, Mavic325 rim / Hope Bulb hub - front wheel, Saint crankset with Slim Jim pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from new zealand
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2007
Strengths: This great bike has everything,has a good frame 90% of the parts are top of the line. Comes with one of the best hydrolic disc brakes you can get. perfect for someone that is keen to get out there and go hard. will stand 6ft jumps. trust me. good shocks. probley the the best bike you can get for what you pay for it. all the parts are reliable
Weaknesses: hard to say. maybe the gears. but not really.
a very good buy. will take anything you through at it. durable. very good components. good bike made by a great company. good frame design. if you were to buy you wouls not bedissapointed. it is the best rigid frame kona makes.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007
Strengths: Frame is incredibly strong. I can't imagine being able to break it.
Weaknesses: The rotors were a little warped so there is a slight rubbing or wobble when the brakes are applied.
I ride pretty much in the city. There is a street park not too far from where I live so I have been there a few times and I have also been down to some loading docks. I have hot a couple of drops with the largest being about 6 or 7 feet. I think I will break before the bike ever does.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Street series and KHS DJ Series
Bike Setup: I bought the bike used on ebay from a shopowner. He built it up for a friend who didn't end up buying it. It is a 2004, 15 inch frame, marzocchi z1 freeride fork, hayes 9 disc brakes, and an azonic wheelset.
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2006
Strengths: It is light, real good forks, nice handlebar bend, good for the money,basicly everything is good
Weaknesses: Not the best dirt jumping around frame not the best
It is a good bike its like good forks and other components are good quality. Good for the money. Not the best frame not rigid enough(maybe its not aggreaaive enough but I don't know how geometry work).the frame doesn't seem to have a low center of gravity ethier. My specialized p.3 is 4 pounds lighter than my friends stuff so I don't really know how much lighter if the cowan is than the stuff. the stuffs frame size is medium and I don't know the size f my p3 but its pretty much the same as the stuff. Good bike but I don't really like the frame as much as some other companies like sanacruz and specailized for dirt jumpers.
I have a Cowan I have upgraded to a trail machine! 3x9 gears manitou minute expert 100mm fork and tons of other upgrades! Nothing on the bike is older than 3 months old, frame is an 07' but was in my basement hanging on the wall until Christmas last year! Tougher than Superman's elbow at 31lbs
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Ok, kind of a weird question but I have been building/putting my bike together for about a year piece by piece and want to know what some if the more experienced guys think my bike is worth.
So here is what I have:
-2007 Kona Cowan Frame (Hardtail)
-Manitou Minute Expert (100mm) fork
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Great footage there of early NS riding. Found this video through a link in the NSBM forum about the article on The Flying Circus.Read More »
Hey guys, heres my situation. I currently have a 04 Trek Liquid. My riding style has changed a bit and I'd have more fun on an aggressive hardtail for riding trails and ripping some dirt jumps. I'd like to do this as cheaply as possible so I'd like to switch my components from the Trek to a new fram ... Read More »