Kona Dawg Matic XC Full Suspension

4.1/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $1299.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MTBCanuck a Weekend Warrior from Scottsdale, AZ

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2011

Strengths:    Great geometry, bulletproof fork, acceptable tires

Weaknesses:    Shimano mech brakes. Wish Kona had put some Hayes mechs on this rig like a GX2 seen on many other bikes in this range. Would be a significantly better mech but I'll deal with the shimanos.

Bottom Line:   
Solid full suspension rig for XC and all mountain use. If you can find a used one in great shape (like I did) it's a great way to buy into the FS market on a budget.

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Favorite Trail:   Lost Dog

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   CL

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana Disc

Bike Setup:   Stock with crankworks pedals and grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Logyboy a Cross Country Rider from Halifax, NS, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2010

Strengths:    Good solid frame
Great bike to build on


Weaknesses:    weak stock components

Bottom Line:   
So far this bike has been rock solid. Brought this bike used and is a complete joy for XC riding. I've been through rock gardens and tree root laden trails and the bike just eats it up. The stock components are not the greatest, but gives you a great excuse to upgrade to better components.

I would not recommend this bike to someone who primary would use this bike for downhill racing or landing 4' drops/jumps as the bike is not built for this type of riding. But if you are a budget XC rider I would recommend getting this bike as the frame is solid and it is a great bike to build on.

Cheers

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Favorite Trail:   Spider Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Kijiji

Similar Products Used:   Norco Katmandu, Rocky Mountain Fusion

Bike Setup:   Hayes Sole Hydraulic disc brakes, Marzocchi EXR Comp forks, Fox Float rear shock, SLX Rear Derailleur, Deore front Derailleur, Specialized Enduro tires wrap around Sun-Rims Double Track Rims.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Woodz a Weekend Warrior from U.K.

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2009

Strengths:    Great frame to build on, solid and sturdy, low center of gravity, handles well with 4 inches of travel. Great for XC in 04 an still use it now after upgrading many parts.

Weaknesses:    EXR forks only good for small drops up to 4 feet, little bit of flex, front hub,bars n stem flex too. poor tracking over rough stuff, roots etc.

Bottom Line:   
A great frame to build on, only no longer used for single track and XC , more of an all mountain machine now. After 5 years nothing broke, just wore out,just changed parts to suit my riding. If you find this bike cheap now its still worth a good look.

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Favorite Trail:   My Local

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1133.00

Purchased At:   Partridge Cycles, Ke

Similar Products Used:   Previous bikes were hardtails. Tried a few bikes out, Kona just felt right out of the box!

Bike Setup:   Bomber Z.1. sport RV 150mm forks, Sunn V.1. headset, Truvativ Holl` bars,stem,cranks. W.T.B. treads, Mavic 325 rims,20mm stout front hub,threaded rear axle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PointlessUpgrades a Weekend Warrior from NY, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2008

Strengths:    Solid Frame, Rear suspension stress points.

Weaknesses:    Compenents... but overall good for what you pay for, considering the frame

Bottom Line:   
frame can take a bomb... I have had it for a solid 5 full seasons and with proper maintainence the bike has held up.

However, I will finally purchase a new ride next season.

(you can see my review from 4/5 years ago talking about this bike)
5 turds on value, because it took a heck of a beating... even flew off the roof of my car doing 65mph.
overall - a 3 because well, the base bike/compenets etc. are kinda crappy/ frame i great.

bottom line: frame is still great.

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Favorite Trail:   Ringwood

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Campmor

Similar Products Used:   all of the old 4" to 4" travel bikes (apparently they are prehistoric now) its 5 and 5 or nothing

Bike Setup:   odi lockons, full x-9, org. brakes (haha), manitou 2min (rebuilt), Manitou 3way rear (rebuilt), wtb seat, thompson stem/seat post, king headset, crossland rims, dts rubbers, crank brothers mallet c.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by geordie racer a Weekend Warrior from newcastle, england

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2008

Strengths:    Reassuring frame feels steady as a rock - good ride position compared to my 04 marin rift zone which always felt twitchy but is heavier than the marin - single pivot back end better for big hits not as good for for rapid succesive hits like the marin quad link but overall i love it more dont ask why it just "feels right" and i feel i could hit almost anything on it and stay alive - never got that from the rift zone marin.

Weaknesses:    components but there upgradable over time you pay for the frame and most componentry is ok for my style of riding - would mainly upgrade for weight saving purposes - fork is a bit crap both fork and shock could do with lockout for climbing/riding to the trails as it bobs like a bee-atch.

Bottom Line:   
quality frame, confidence inspiring, most comfortable ride position i ever found - will suit me fine with better shock/fork.

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Favorite Trail:   south downs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   secondhand

Similar Products Used:   rift zone marin, trek fuel 98 carbon, specialized epic.

Bike Setup:   nokian gazzaloddi rear tyre, panaracer fire fr front tyre,hayes 200mm front rotor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sidney a Weekend Warrior from Corpus Christi, Texas

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2007

Strengths:    Frame. It loves punishment. Very comfortable to ride for long periods of time in just about any terrain.

Weaknesses:    EXR Comp fork. No setting seems to suit me.

Bottom Line:   
Bike feels like a BMX big brother. Feels great on drops, jumps and cornering. Great for climbing too. A little heavier than most bikes but great all around. If I can only have one bike, this is it.

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Favorite Trail:   Flat Rock Ranch, Comfort TX

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Rush, Prophet and my old reliable Raleigh hardtail.

Bike Setup:   Selle Italia seat replaced the stock Kona, and rear shock replaced with spring loaded fox float.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad Lawder a Cross Country Rider from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2007

Strengths:    i race it and i have no complants.

Weaknesses:    shimano deore rear derailler i broke the aluminum arm on it and it went it to my spokes

Bottom Line:   
its for people that like a bit of all worlds its good on the road, fast single track, fast dubble track, farly tequnical sections,over logs, and it doesnt ming going over the odd drop or jump it's a great all around bike and i love it.............by the way Mavic 117disc rims are not the best for the way i ride ive bent the rear one like 3 times

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   no kona's the best

Bike Setup:   Maxxi swamp things, Mavic 117disc rims, lizard skin kallroy 400mm seat post.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by konarider a Weekend Warrior from ottawa

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    Just gota love that frame, handle well and can take masive hits (well it's still holding) great for climbing(Could be better..)

Weaknesses:    Total front end was change the original suspention was realy crappy and the total thing was wabelly

Bottom Line:   
For what i payd for this bike it just worth it i guess.
Didn't like the main composant on the bike but if you dont really care if you demolish it in the woods well will be fine for you, the angle are just perfect for me you sit realy confortable ider for climbing or downhill, even drops, just dont exagerate. if your staring or not this bike is for you..

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1699.00

Purchased At:   Bertrand cycle

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi All Mountain I Easton handle bar was my main expense on this, new 2.5 tire and a lizard skin made the job

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank a Cross Country Rider from nj

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2006

Strengths:    Frame is very strong and can take a beating.

Weaknesses:    Bike is a little heavy which makes climbing a tad more difficult. Downhill it handles excelent

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for begginers who fall alot, frame takes a beating.
components can still break as they can on any bike given the right crash.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   campmour

Bike Setup:   upgraded front fork to a fox, made a big difference. Rear cassette upgraded also to a 34, came with a 32.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by daniel xc a Cross Country Rider from tel aviv, Israel

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006

Strengths:    Suprisingly it's very light.Climbs.Comfortable.Cool for every purpose.

Weaknesses:    Frame-it's seems to be weak and made of regular aluminium.I don't trust it.The paint sucks, very easy to make scratches.

Bottom Line:   
Good machine for beginners, i think it's not worth to upgrade.I'll fly on it for a few years, then i'll buy something REALLY serious.

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Favorite Trail:   all terrain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $890.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   changed just tires and grip

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Garner a Cross Country Rider from Nashville, TN USA

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2005

Strengths:    Super bike - especially for the price. Fork & rear shock are really forgiving. I ride all kids of terrain, from fast singletrack to technical & the Dawg Matic performs very well. I just switched to full suspension & have noticed my bike handling skills have improved dramatically. It handles logs, ledges, etc. particularly well.

Weaknesses:    The front wheel is a little difficult to line up in the disk brake. Sometimes it rubs - even after I've made adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
If you're looking for a full suspension under $1500, I'd highly recommend at least test riding one of these before you purchase. It's a sweet ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Montgomery Bell

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Harpeth Bicycles in Franklin, TN

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSRxc, Trek Fuel 70, Trek Fuel 80, Litespeed full suspension

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by corey a Weekend Warrior from raleigh, nc, usa

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2005

Strengths:    tough frame and welds. for 2.1, the tire treds really grip the trails. strong gears. nice handle grips that come standard.

Weaknesses:    a little heavy. wish the handlebar stem as longer and a had a taller headset.
Brake pads worn out fairly quick.
wish you could put bigger tires on it.


Bottom Line:   
Love the bike! It really climbs! Gives me great balance and control for variable terrain. Tires are holding up nicely.
If you ride trails with roots, log rolls, elevation and descents, this is a great bike. The weight might keep you from getting the air you want if you are into the big jumps. But the bike is great, recommend it for any hitting the trails who want a bike that will take it lumps and keep going.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   local bike store

Similar Products Used:   just an old wal-mart bike

Bike Setup:   easy is standard, except I added platform pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by alex a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, On, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2005

Strengths:    Beefy Frame
Decent stock components (for the price)
Handles well on the trail
Nice Looks


Weaknesses:    Rather Heavy
Takes a bit to get used to the steering


Bottom Line:   
I purchased this bike at the Toronto Bike show in March. It was an amazing price for a full suspension (that was a factor in purchasing it). It handles very well on the trail, climbs well for its weight, combines freeride & XC qualities so you can use it to race and punish on drops/jumps (don't go to crazy though). It also handles quite nicely on the pavement. It took me a while to get used to the steering but otherwise an all around decent trail bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Toronto Bike Show

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by J cro a Weekend Warrior from nyc, ny, usa

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2004

Strengths:    frame, surprisingly good brakes

Weaknesses:    front end (stem, headset, bars, shock), tires, pedals, seatpost.

Bottom Line:   
solid frame will keep for at least 4 years. perfect for aggresive xc riding/endurance riding. ive given this bike a serious beating and its still riding new... well despite all the upgrades i threw in, but its a hobby.

the exr comp drove me nuts so i had to get rid of it, and i opted to do the front end over... if your gunna do it do it right, and i think i did it alright.

the bike wieghs in at a beefy 34.x lbs, (17"), with the up grades i did so far its probably teetering on breaking 30 lbs... HUGE DIFFERENCE... good frame, thats the bottom line

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Favorite Trail:   rinqwood

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   campmor

Similar Products Used:   nrs 1, kona bear, gary fisher cake 3.5 dlx, jamis xlt 2.0

Bike Setup:   Upgrades:crankbros mallet C, manitou minute 2, thompson stem/seatpost, azonic doublewall riser bars, chris king head, michelin hot s 2.1 tires with stans notubes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Foster a Cross Country Rider from Macomb, Illinois, USA

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2004

Strengths:    Awesome bike! Nice rear shock and Marzocchi fork, Brakes, Rims, Solid Frame, Good all round bike for still being able to climb hills for Xc as well to play around on some jumps and drop offs.

Weaknesses:    Components, handlebar/stem. Those are the only things really.........haven't really had it any longer to find anymore.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet bike for the money. The components are a little week but thats what you get for that amount of money. I would definetly get different components and new handle bar/stem. Overall it's pretty dang sweet!

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Favorite Trail:   Mountain Goat

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1293.00

Purchased At:   Little Ades

Similar Products Used:   khs, Shwinn

Bike Setup:   Stock

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Can my 2004 Kona Dawg Matic handle a 140mm fork?

OEM spec on the dawg matic is a 100mm EXR and I have since been running a 130mm fox TALAS with no issues. An opportunity to swap for 140mm fork has arisen. I know it is ill advised to add longer forks than a frame is built for but with a 68 degree head angle I feel it should be slack enough to me ... Read More »

Can my 2004 Kona Dawg Matic handle a 140mm fork?

OEM spec on the dawg matic is a 100mm EXR and I have since been running a 130mm fox TALAS with no issues. An opportunity to swap for 140mm fork has arisen. I know it is ill advised to add longer forks than a frame is built for but with a 68 degree head angle I feel it should be slack enough to me ... Read More »

Can I turn my 4" x 4" Kona Dawg Matic into a 5" x 5"?

Looking at adding a Fox RL 130mm shock to replace the Marzocchi EXR comp 100mm fork and a Fox triad 120mm to replace the rear 100mm fox float on my 2004 Kona Dawg Matic. I can see on the bottom rear shock pivot joint there is an additional bolt hole further back then the one the shock is currently ... Read More »

Help upgrading fork on Kona Dawg Matic

Hey guys posted this in the shocks/suspension section didn't get much feedback, hoping someone can help me out here. I recently picked up an 04 Kona Dawg Matic. Used it for about a season and i'd like to change out the shocks. Any recommendations? I'm a beginner, and not looking to brake the bank ... Read More »

Adjustable rear travel on an 04 Dawg Matic?

I just picked up a used 04 Dawg Matic, bikepedia shows it as a 4" rear travel bike. I was looking at the rear shock mount and noticed it has another set mounting holes rear of the existing hole. No markings on the two holes, it's mounted in the front holes now. Looks like adjustable travel? Could be ... Read More »

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