Kona 2000 Caldera Hardtail Bike

4.69/5 (36 Reviews)
MSRP : $859.00


Product Description

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Marzocchi Bomber Z-5 fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gray Mauch a Weekend Warrior from Alberta

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002

Strengths:    Good quality, strong frame. Decent components for the money. Begs to be upgraded through time.

Weaknesses:    Stock wheelset sucks. Stem/bar combo way too upright for cross country.

Bottom Line:   
This is my third Kona bike and I swear by them. They've always made comfortable, stable, good quality frames. The parts mix is good for the money. Switch out the wheelset, tires, and stem/bars with something decent, it will be worth it. A little heavy but I'll trade it's durability anyday for someone else's wet noodle feather-weight. With some smart upgrades you can shave the weight down to be competative. In general, a kick-ass trail bike that can take any abuse you dish out.

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Favorite Trail:   cyress hills

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   trek
GT avalanche
Haro


Bike Setup:   ALmost Stock. Upgraded to Shimano discs & Sun Rhyno Lites. Thomson stem, kore bars. Time pedals. Raceface crank

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt wirzba a Weekend Warrior from lathbridge, alberat, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2001

Strengths:    Good match between durability and weight, am amazed at the strength of the bike considering that it is a 850$ bike and is called a cross country bike. I have hit a 6 footer with it and it help up fine (I am even a bigger guy)

Weaknesses:    Only 80mm of travel on z-5 bomber fork. Saddle is comftorable yet weak. You get what you paid for.

Bottom Line:   
Good all around bike if you do a lot of trails and are into Urban/freeriding. Gets high ratings for its all around strengths. If you are like me and do pretty much everything for biking and are low on cash I recomend it

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Favorite Trail:   Muff

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $875.00

Purchased At:   Acsent Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Landgear

Bike Setup:   Stock components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kdoggers a Racer from Santa Rosa

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2001

Strengths:    Great all arround bike. This was my first bike in 10 years and it has yet to dissapoint. A little heavy but then again you get what you pay for. *Caution the wide handle bars will have you clearing the trail* (very wide).

Weaknesses:    Weight, weak bottom braket.

Bottom Line:   
Great begginner to hardcore downhiller or XC rider. Some of the componets are week and should be replaces ASAP. Over all a great bike for the price payed.

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Favorite Trail:   Rough Go

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Peddler

Bike Setup:   Mavic Crossmax UST, Rock shox seatpost, Serfas gel saddle, IRC mythos tires, Profile designs bar ends welgo clipless pedels and Kestral carbon fiber flat bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy from New York

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2001

Strengths:    Good strong frame with midline components

Weaknesses:    The stock fork which is the Z5 bommer is a bit heavy and makes the bike feel heavier in the frount when going down hill

Bottom Line:   
It is a good bike for the price but just a little unbalanced between the frount and the back weight

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Amber Cycle

Similar Products Used:   K2


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bryan a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2001

Strengths:    Reliable, inexpensive, great for medium speed single track!


Weaknesses:    Slight flex in the frame, with some cheap and heavy components.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. The guys at Kona did a great job. For the North West terrain, this bike does not disappoint (i.e. single track, medium speed--Not Cali terrain). Slightly heavy, but what do you expect. This bike will do until I get enough $$$$$ for an Intense Uzzi.
Ride hard!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Elliot Bay

Bike Setup:   Basically stock except for XT brakes and a 120 stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Portland Oregon

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2001

Strengths:    Burley construction, great feel, nice all around mountain bike for people who like to ride hard.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy, but I'll take tough and heavy over light and flimsy any day. Stock rims suck.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I ride it so hard that I had to put on much better wheels, but otherwise the package is a great deal. The frame will last a long time, and the bike is definately worth upgrading. I am a big fan of Kona frames and I would buy another were I in the market again.

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Favorite Trail:   palatine hill graveyard

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Fat Tire Farm

Similar Products Used:   trek, specialized

Bike Setup:   deore / xt, avid, bomber z5, sun rhyno lite wheels with 2.4 inch WTB tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vjekoslav Miloradovic a Cross Country Rider from Umeå, Sweden

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    -stiff
-design is good
-playfull


Weaknesses:    none, perfict hardtail bike on market

Bottom Line:   
It's very good geometry, stiff frame. Look's and feel very playfool. If someone wont bike for trails this is perfict machine for mudd. If someone wont to spent more money, he shoul upgrade brakes and put magura or shimano disc's.

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Favorite Trail:   not special

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GT backwoods, GT talerra

Bike Setup:   all on bike is LX, judy TT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johhny a Weekend Warrior from Harrington Park, NJ

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2001

Strengths:    ALMOST everything!!!

Weaknesses:    rims are really weak, seat rips in the corners, and the tires gind down fast. The cranks and chain rings could be better.

Bottom Line:   
god bike for the money, minus the rims and cranks. Busted both within one month of purchase. the rest of the bike is holding up real well. It creaks alot.

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Favorite Trail:   beechwood

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Tenafly Bicycle Workshop

Similar Products Used:   homemade junk bikes

Bike Setup:   snafu pedals, xt cranks, deore/XT setup. Hoping for Sun Rhyno Lites in the future

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eugene Pascual a Weekend Warrior from Morganton, NC

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, tough, and stiff frame, Marzocchi fork, disc brake ready, a lot of bike for the money.

Weaknesses:    Stock rims, a little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I am very happy with this bike. It has taken quite a beating on rocky, rooty, technical trails. Due to my lack of skill, I have been over the handlebars more times than I can count, and the bike is doing just fine. This bike may be a little heavy for serious cross country racing, but it is still a great climber. This is the kind of bike that you just ride and not worry about. It works great for technical trail riding, downhill riding, cross country riding, or for just romping around in the dirt. It is definitely worth upgrading. For those looking for a durable frame and a good value, this is an excellent choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Pisgah National Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $860.00

Purchased At:   Univ. City Bike Shop Charlotte

Similar Products Used:   None, my first MTB.

Bike Setup:   Mavic Crossride wheelset, XT front derailleur.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mazapekka a Weekend Warrior from Riihimäki, Finland

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2001

Strengths:    Frame. Doesn't weigh too much and still strong. Well made component choises.

Weaknesses:    Fork, rims and brakes. Fork have should been with 100mm travel.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is, that this bike is a very good two-wheeler for those who like to jump, drive trial and XC. With changing the rims and the brakes, you will have a nice all-around bike. I like my own VERY much.

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Favorite Trail:   KV

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Lauttiksen pyörä ja urheilu

Similar Products Used:   Roast '00

Bike Setup:   Original. Except pedals, stem and tires, witch are H. Jumbo 2.2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaysen a Racer from canada

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2001

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    the seat (realy uncomfortable)
wheels are heavy


Bottom Line:   
You can't beat it for the price a great entry level bike with lots of potential a few easy upgrades and you have a race ready machine that can stand up to anything. If your just starting to mountain bike or have been doing it for years but don't want to spend alot of money this is the bike for you. go buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   kelso

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   mcphails

Similar Products Used:   you name it I tried it.

Bike Setup:   stock with xt front dr bontrager race light bars & bar ends Sworks saddel mavic cross link wheels and fire xc tires and soon to add sid xc fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Johhny a Weekend Warrior from Harrington Park, NJ

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2001

Strengths:    Components, Light Frame, Nice fork, Disk Compatible

Weaknesses:    Thin Rims, Paint scratches with brake cables hitting it on headtube

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the value. I got mine on sale from last year with a short stem and snafu pedals. $150 off original price. great deal! Holds up like anyother bike i've ever used on trails, jumps and downhill slalom

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Favorite Trail:   hilltop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Tenafly Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Homemade bike with xr80 forks

Bike Setup:   Stock for now, still paying off mx bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cam a freeride not a Downhiller from Campbell River

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2000

Strengths:    All around good bike; frame, shocks, drivetrain

Weaknesses:    trie wore quickly
weak rims


Bottom Line:   
a real Mountain Bike. CAn be used for any type of riding once change to fit your style. The frame is great and can handle a beatting. Buy this bike, then change it to suit
you. YOU WILL LIKE IT. Ge rid of wheels quiockly everything else can stay.

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Favorite Trail:   Guss's trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Bike Setup:   Rhino lites, Z.3 QR20, platform pedal

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by philippine machine a Cross Country Rider from san angelo texas usa

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2000

Strengths:    prestigious company for solid, strong-as-hell frames. great xc riding and getting big air. won several races for me in texas series. solid package containing a marzocchi z5 fork, xt rear, deore front, 9 spd, avid single digits, and 7005 db Al frame.

Weaknesses:    weak wheelsets, heavy fork

Bottom Line:   
for a base price of $840, it came w/ great components that you cannot find on any other brand bike package at that price. any beginner planning on racing xc can utilitize this bike in many ways: having fun jumping obstacles, racing, touring, transportation, or training. you can always upgrade in the future if money is tight. i suggest that you upgrade the wheelsets first. giving it a weight reduction can make it an excellent climber.

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Favorite Trail:   playground

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $930.00

Purchased At:   ozone bike shop

Similar Products Used:   schwinn rigid

Bike Setup:   everything stock w/ a pair of new hutchinson python tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Beefy Carp a Cross Country Rider from London, UK

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2000

Strengths:    Frame geometry, ultra-plush Z5 Bombers, XT rear mech, deore hollowtech cranks, Kona Pseudopod glow-in-the-dark-grips,
HG72 chain, cheep but nice avid 10 series brakes.


Weaknesses:    Rims are a bit heavy. saddle is comfy but heavy and it creeks. Tyres are alright bur wear fast. XT groupset would be nice but deore/XT rd is still amazing value at this price

Bottom Line:   
If you'r into xc but like to make it a bit more extreme then buy this bike. I got it for 700 UK pounds but I coundn't have got better for 900. The components in order of importance: the frame is light-ish and stiff. It climbs and decends imposibaly well. I will keep it till it breaks. wheels are ok while they last but I upgraded to 517 ceramics on XT which are lighter, tougher, and stiffer. when I start racing next year I will put Z2 X-flys on. drive-train is not bad at all. The XT rear mech and HG72 chain are great, and I have already put an XT fd on. will soon upgrade shifters, block and chainset to XT as well. the tires didn't grip so I upgraded to continental cross-countrys. The saddle, seat post, stem and bars are all OK but I will upgrade to lighter ones by selle italia, U.S.E, Race Face and X-Lite next season.

Weekend Wariorrs: Buy this bike.

Soon-to-be racers: Buy this bike and upgrade. you will get a better and more individual bike than if you spend $2000 straight off.

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Favorite Trail:   Wescot Woops

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Evans Croydon

Similar Products Used:   Test ride on GT Backwoods and Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   Stock, exept for XT front mech, Continental Cross-Country tyres, Mavic 517 Ceramic/XT wheels and LX levers (I broke the Avids)

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