Feels sturdy and fairly maneuverable on trails. Much more efficient pedaling than the Specailized P2 I used to have. It was my favorite bike I've ever owned before I customized it. Now that I've built it up wouldn't trade it for any other.
Similar Products Used: Iron Horse Maverick Team, Specialized P2
Bike Setup: Fox Float Fork, RaceFace bottom bracket and crank, Cannondale grips, SRAM cassette, and a Wipperman chain.
a Cross Country Rider
from victoria, BC, canada
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2011
Strengths: This bike is a BEAST, the frame will pretty much take anything you throw at it
Weaknesses: all the stock components are alright, tires are alright, pedals (I didn't like them but they're personal preference). Gears are not very good, they skip a lot and at times that can be quit painful. NOT FOR UPHILL.
this is a good bike but will probably upgrade parts, great bike for downhill but not for uphill
Chappers is baest
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2011
I got this bike off ebay cheap £270 and i flipping love it only used twice by previous owner. GReat for everything really holds in dirt jumping and also good for downhill. Strong versatile bike that can take a hit or two and lets you carve every burm and lip. Recommended for anyone whos biked before and also just starting out. I would tell anyone who hasnt tried this bike to try it or the cowan another great ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a Weekend Warrior
from London, UK
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2010
Strengths: A great looking bike that always turns heads and invites complimentary comments.
Weaknesses: Used on the road it can be a little sluggish, but its looks eliminate anything negative. Oh, it's only got 16 gears, but again, its looks win through.
The bottom line is that if you want a strong bike, that's versatile and looks good, then the Scrap is for you. If you like to be on the receiving end of complimentary comments like, "Hey, that's a cool bike!" then go get a Scrap. The problem is they don't make 'em any more, apparently, so you'll have to look around on the internet or in the windows of your local newsagent. You know what's really good about owning a Scrap? It's knowing you're unlikely to see someone else on the same bike. I've been on the London to Brighton, the London to Oxford, the London to Cambridge and I've never seen anybody on one – unless it's me passing a mirrored wall.
Bike Setup: stock with an intense racing tire, avid juicy 3 back brake, single chain ring up front with a truvative chain guild, blackspire C4 bashguard.
a Cross Country Rider
from Houston, TX
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2009
Strengths: It’versatile. Geometry is excellent. It’s strong and not very heavy. Looks are great. It's a Kona
Weaknesses: Bosses for rear V-brakes, that's all that has ever bothered me...
The frame is made for jumping but can be perfectly ridden in the trail for abusive XC. It is so strong and solid (without being too heavy), and so easy to maneuver that results exceptional for singletrack, roller-coaster hilly rooty trail riding (especially if you are 220 lbs). It’s long enough for XC-AM riding but offers very low standover so you can really play with it. The short chainstays add responsiveness too. It was supposed to be a dirt jumping frame but can be used to built the perfect all around/trail /real XC hardtail if you value strength and stiffness versus lightness.
Similar Products Used: Giant Iguana, Merida Matts, 'cause I am using this Kona for XC/singletrack/trail and playful commuting; and not for dirt jumping.
Bike Setup: Marzocchi All Mountain III '05; Avid BB7 180/160; 1x9 gearing, 36 teeth front with Dog Fang chain guard, 32-11 in the rear with a Shimano LX derailleur; Shimano Deore BB and cranks; Azonic HD1 looong seatpost; Specialized saddle; Syncros AM stem; Truvativ Hussefelt 31.8 Riser Bar; F wheel is Giant generic, R wheel is a Mavic 317; Specialized Enduro 2.2 tires (30-few PSI); Drive platform pedals.
Strengths: Good Frame, good handlebars. This bike is a tank when its working properly. Has a high level of impact forgivness, but like all bikes it has its limits. Good for "bombing around" riding to the store (always have a buddy with you to watch your bike. $1000 is still alot of money so be careful). If if you go camping with your family its a handy tool if you need to ride to the store and tell the manager to haul out his tractor because your dad got the truck stuck in mud, lol this happened to me! It is a gorgeous bike and gets lots of attention. Try to ride it somewhere were $1000 mountain bikes are uncommon, for example Virginia Beach. I took advantage of it being a hardtail and rode it on the boardwalk. An od man apporached me and asked if its the kind of bikes people do backflips on.
Weaknesses: Cheap parts. I would not recommend this bike to a seasoned dirtjumper, or one who will be doing tricks. Broke first week after purchase. I've replaced many parts more than once. Cheap Derraluer. Tires dont offer any grip so if you can replace the rear tire. I have an Intense DH tire on the back.
Good bike for a beginer, as I said before, a bad choice for a skilled dirtjumper. Good use for XC, Tecnical trails (rock gardens, small jumps, skinnies, decents, replace back tire for climbing) , northshore trails (not freeride northshore but something less aggressive like the Bruce Pennisula, no drops or anything that will bang the bike around alot). Take it to the skate park if you want but watch the Derraluer you dont want to lose it on rails or boxes, etc . I would recommend removing the front derraluer and replacing it with a chainguide if you are going to dirtjump. Kona could have done a better job at asembling the bike because parts on the bike will rattle lose very quickley. Overall a must for first time riders who want a tank of a bike for a good price.
Similar Products Used: Kona Stuff. Kona Garbonzo (Whistler signature bike).
Bike Setup: Scrap frame, Marzocci DJ 3 fork, chainguide (I put it on myself. The stock bike does not come with it).
a Cross Country Rider
from Ester, Alaska, USA
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2008
Strengths: Strong frame
Not too heavy
Excellent for beginners
Weaknesses: Not a big deal, I would put on more beefy grips.
I absolutely LOVE this little bike. As an older-than-average rider and female, this is an excellent dirt jumper, urban assault bike that allows a new rider to develop skills and have fun.
Using this bike close to home--jumping, cornering down steep hills--has helped me with my XC MTB riding abilities.
No, you don't get the top of the line deraileurs or levers, but for the money it's sic. I would recommend this bike to anyone.
from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2008
Strengths: I really love this bike,it has so many things that i like. The fork is said to be heavy but it's fine and works awesome,once you have it you'll have no complaints. The brakes work fine...might upgrade though. The shifters are good, the seat is comfortable. I really love the crank and bars as well.
Weaknesses: not many...the grips are kind of annoying but they work,also the pedals are really nice but they can really hurt your shins gonna probably get some shin guards though.
this bike is really nice gets me excitted to go biking, love it a lot. It's probably more of a beginner to intermediate bike and with a few upgrades could be riden by anyone.
Bike Setup: all stock for now thinking about upgrading brakes,maybe just bigger rotors, put a lizard skin on when i bought it
a Weekend Warrior
from Lafayette,California, USA
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2008
Strengths: It has nice cranks and good bars and strong frame
Weaknesses: The seat post gets stuck in seat post tube ,bash guard cracked and broke, fork is terrible and makes annoying popping noise, rims are to heavy and bad,
This is a really nice bike and has alot of potential becauase the frame is only about 4 pounds and just needs money put into it to get it good, only 3 chilis for the value cuz u gotta put at least $300 into it to make it good
Bike Setup: 2007 stock except xt rear derailer and decore front derailer
Date Reviewed: October 24, 2007
Strengths: its a kona..so i got warrenty..i got a black one..so thats cool..ive turned it into a dirtjumper
Weaknesses: i got triple crowns on,,hope frame holds up,,im not a hard rider so...
i work at a bike shop so i got this bike cheap..this kid broke the forx and left it and got a new bike,$150 the bike was mine..had parts laying around to build a sweet hardtail up ,about $600 bucks later i got a desent dirt jumper ,not many hardtails have triple crown forx on em...
Bike Setup: stock, didn't like the grips so swiched
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2007
Strengths: Awsome looking and great colour. Wheels feel stiff as hell. Been experimenting with 180's and no problems so far. Have taken a few nasty falls and not so much as a derrailleur has skipped or broken. Forks work well besides the fact that they're psycho heavy and top out every time. Pedals offer decent grip, but I have spiked myself several times resulting in stitch-needing cuts. The cranks, handlebars, and stem are AWSOME. Cannot say enough good things about the Gravity components on the bike.
Weaknesses: Grips sucked, Pedals leave some decent sized gashes.
Feels great in the air, a decent climber due to the grippy tires and low gear ratio.
4 Flamin' chilis for value because they could've put on a deore derrailleur, although no problems with the alivio yet.
5 Flamin' chilis overall because the bike feels great and is all i need for intermediate DJ.
I'm kind of attached to this frame, plus it seems still lighter than anything I can get in my price range ($1000 max) if I look into getting a new or used complete bike.
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