Kona Kikapu Deluxe XC Full Suspension

4.66/5 (44 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nathaniel oakley

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2012

Strengths:    light and reliable

Weaknesses:    head set

Bottom Line:   
over all a good bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eshew a Weekend Warrior from Seattle

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2012

Strengths:    Purchased this frame to replace my (finally) cracked 1996 Kona Sex One. Rips up the corners with confidence, fast and stable.

Weaknesses:    Didnt like the stock Fox R rear shock. It didn't give a real progressive feel. Too harsh due to the inability to turn the propedal off. Replaced it with a 2011 RP23 with Boost Valve. Climbs the hills similarly, When it's time to hit the trails back down it's night and day....Responds much better to the tral chatter, rocks and roots. Tough to find a replacement shock in the 7.25x1.75 size.

Bottom Line:   
Love riding this bike on fast technical XC trails. Handles great. Bushings/bearings should last a long time, never had any issues with my other Kona's

Make sure you get some good shocks on this bike as the shocks make a HUGE difference with all dual suspension frames. Ditch the Fox R rear if you can, it kills fast XC performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Growlers Gulch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   frame only used here

Similar Products Used:   96 Kona Sex One 02 Kona Dawg & Stinky Primo, 2008 Kona Dawg

Bike Setup:   2007 19" Kikapu Dlx, rear rp23, front 2003 Marzocchi Marathon S, X7 shifters & derailuers, 90mm stem, 2012 XT discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by natertots_cc a Cross Country Rider from Juda, WI

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight frame, very responsive, durable, and reliable

Weaknesses:    Heavy components when you first buy the bike, but that is all the fun is lightning it up piece by piece! :)

Bottom Line:   
This bike i got for REALLY cheap on a close out sale. When i got the bike it was extremely heavy. When i striped the bike down,(with the rear shock still installed)the frame was surprisingly light, bear in bind that i ride a 19" size frame.
The bike is an awesome potentially race light bike that is really durable for an aggressive rider!

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Favorite Trail:   Joes ridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Willies Bikes in Mad

Similar Products Used:   '93 specialized stump jumper with NO SUSPENSION! Schwinn Mesa.

Bike Setup:   2005 Kona kikkapu Deluxe. Raceface: seatpost, headset, handle bar (NEXT carbon) generic stem, truvative crank, XT disc brakes and SLX rapid rise shifters, XT rear derailleur, deore front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by frdfandc a Cross Country Rider from Elkton, MD USA

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2008

Strengths:    Purchased as a frame/rear shock only. Built with hand selected components. This thing rides like its on rails. Very good climber for not having a rear shock lockout. Very stable through corners and downhills. Sweepers are pretty good too.

Weaknesses:    Fox Float R doesn't have a lockout. Will upgrade to a RP23.

Bottom Line:   
I absolutely love this bike. Of course building from frame up helps out a lot. Did not have to waste money on unwanted components. This frame is a great base to start from.

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Favorite Trail:   White Clay/Middle Run/Fair Hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Wheel World

Similar Products Used:   First full squish bike

Bike Setup:   Reba Race 100m fork, FSA Afterburner Crankset w/Blackspire rings. Sram X9 shifters, X7 derailleurs. Titech Hellbent bars & seat post. BB7 brakes with 185mm rotors, Speed Dial 7 levers and Jagwire Ripcord cables. Continental Mountain King 2.2 tires on Mavic Crossrides. SPD 520 pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from Gatineau, Qc, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

Strengths:    (06 bike) Strong frame, maneuvrability, good seating position

Weaknesses:    Not that good climber for a XC bike, stock fork

Bottom Line:   
I'm not an heavy rider but I did beat up that bike like a downhill one, never let me down on a trail. I like the seating position, lower than race XC bike.

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Favorite Trail:   home sweet home

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Roc & Ride

Bike Setup:   Fox F100 RLC(08) Avid BB7 brake, SRAM X9 derailleur and shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fludey a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2008

Strengths:    good frame, good components, rear shock, hayes brakes, shimano spds

Weaknesses:    front forks low end marzocchi looking to upgrade these to some higher end marzocchi air sprung. Forks supplied may be ok for some one a little less weighty than me.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great improvement over my hard tail bike other then the fox terra logic i had on my hard tail, as soon as i get some air forx then it will be one top bike. Done some good climbs, flat riding and downhills rear fox shock is the dogs, even with it open it still doesnt bob too much! Tope bike great colour scheme and a great website www.wiggle.co.uk

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Favorite Trail:   rutland water

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   www.wiggle.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   carrera kracken

Bike Setup:   all as it came but looking at changing forks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lee v a Weekend Warrior from Seattle

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2008

Strengths:    Looks cool

Weaknesses:    Fox shock already leaks

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this bike because I'm way too lazy to walk. The main purpose of getting the bike was to ride from my camp spot to the crapper. My buddy who is an avid rider recommended this paticular brand. Other than using it while camping I has also been riding around my neighborhood with my dog, she is able to pull me about 20 blocks or so even before I have to peddle, I think its due to this bike being so light. I am pleased with the purchacse so far and would recommend it to anyone with the same riding style as mine.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Center Cycle


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Tobey a Weekend Warrior from Norwich,CT

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2007

Strengths:    This is one TUFF Machine,Also A great Feel while Riding,No flex.Over Rocks,Up hill,Down Hill, Like a champ. Just an Awsome Bike.I sold My Trek 8000 on Ebay to make this Purchase. and im Glad i did.This Machine will be my soulmate in no time.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy,Mine weighed in @ 32 Lbs.{More to Love!}

Bottom Line:   
This Bike Has taken all the abuse i have thrown at it!No Problems.Major Miles, all trail miles.Just a great Bike.I have read reviews of the front shock bottoming out,im 240 and havent done it yet.I will continue the pound on this Bike and enjoy every minute of it.And for the Price ,its perfect for an average workin person to afford.Shes a keeper!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Bluff Point

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Mystic Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000,Also considered a Trek fuel.

Bike Setup:   Stock,With a Cateye Enduro 2 computer and a small seat bag from Bell,and a Blackburn pump.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Molly a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2007

Strengths:    Handles very well; durable and sturdy; brakes; nice cockpit; componets work well together... overall great value for your money.

Weaknesses:    Lockout on the rear shock would have been nice yet still it climbs reasonably well; weight

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. It does all I want it to and more. After 3 months I still have not had a problem with it, even after riding many of Colorado's awesome trails. This bike is a great value, with which guarantees tons of fun riding. The bottom line is I now know why to stick with Kona.

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Favorite Trail:   Rainbow Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback Coil EX; Trek Fuel 90

Bike Setup:   Stock except with Easton EC70 handlebars and Candy SL pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pgclydesdale a Cross Country Rider from long island, new york, usa

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2007

Strengths:    Comfortable, Fast, Strong

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy, so am I. probably 30 lbs as set up

Bottom Line:   
I'm a heavy Clyde (250 +) on ny first Dual suspension. This is actually a 2005 holdover, sitting at the LBS waiting to be bought. no difference beyween 05 and 07 except color. Swapped out most of the stock components (except stock Tru -Vativ bar and seatpost, stem) Bike tracks nicely, not sloppy on tight singletrack, though not as quick as my RM Blizzard. Rolls over anything, fearlessly!

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Favorite Trail:   Prcky point LI, Ringwood and High Point / Stokes NJ

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Bjke Junkie, Bethpage NY

Similar Products Used:   scouted out SC Superlite, Titus

Bike Setup:   Swapped out most stock components - Fox Float front and rear; Crossmax SL disc; Kenda Nevegal; XT drivetrain; King Headset, Fizik Gobi saddle; Speedplay frogs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay Leno a Cross Country Rider from Asia

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2007

Strengths:    great looks, clean welds, nice paint job, suspension system, radical tubing

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
bought frame and shock on ebay and assembled remaining parts off old bike. This bike climbs very well and descends just as well. Its great for all round xc riding.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Bike Setup:   Fox RP3 High Volume shock, XTR 07 shifting, Avid Ultimate discs, Truvativ Carbon cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kory Botz a Weekend Warrior from prince rupert british columbia

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2007

Strengths:    the whole shimozzle

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
bike brakes like a dream and really seems to stick to the trail. up in northern b.c. the trails get pretty soggy and this bike takes the abuse. perfect for anyone who wants to aggressively attack the trails amatuer-pro. very cost effective. five flamin chili's for the kikapu deluxe

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Favorite Trail:   butze rapids trail systems

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   black market

Similar Products Used:   norco's, giants, cannondale

Bike Setup:   fox float r rear,marzocchi mx comp front, hayes nine hydrolic brakes6", deore lx components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Near New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2007

Strengths:    Fairly sturdy. Everything works, if unspectacularly. Fairly standard entry level full suspension componentry. This is for the 2006 model, which had a very stiff unresponsive front fork. It works, but reluctantly. Beyond that, everything else is at least reasonable in its application. This is a good bike for a first full suspension purchase. It's a fairly capable four inch trailbike, which will give the rider time to work on his/her skills (Kona makes a woman's version) until he/she decides whether to ride xc, race, or all-mountain and get a more purpose built bike. When components wear out or you want to upgrade this is a solid well built trailworthy frame. I ride about 5 miles 5 or 6 times a week and the bike has held up well over about a year. The geometry works for a long arms/long trunk/average length leg person.

Weaknesses:    Rear shock is not very adjustable and front fork, as noted above, is very stiff. Standard entry level components are pretty heavy. The bike weighs about 31 pounds without reflectors or water bottle cage. Bottom bracket tends to squeak under heavy use.

Bottom Line:   
A solid entry level performer that can be upgraded over time and works right off the shop floor, so long as you are not a weight weenie. I deducted one chili from what should be a four value rating because the front shock should have been better for the price paid, and the rear shock should have been a float R instead of a base float. Still, I'm glad I purchased it and would probably do so again.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything unpaved

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Demoed some Gary Fishers and a couple of Specialized hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for rear shock which I changed for Magura Hugin.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zeb a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2007

Strengths:    well built, great paint job, responsive, almost no pedal bob

Weaknesses:    wish the rear shock was better, a bit on the heavy side, but nothing ridiculous.

Bottom Line:   
It is amazing going to a full suspension bike, and this one is a keeper. bought just the frame and shock then built it up from there. if i had some pro pedal it may be a bit better but i don't see how, this frame feels solid, this coming from a 220lb rider. I can see why this is a top pick!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Buttermilk

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   all hardtails before this

Bike Setup:   Black Elite fork, XT-LX mix, fox float rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alain a Cross Country Rider from Rosemere, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2006

Strengths:    **2005 Model - Red and White** Strong bike who can take tough x-country terrain. Just love the Hayes brakes as they provide precision braking, the rear shock "Fox Float RP3" and Marzocchi fork are excellent suspension choices for the price.

Weaknesses:    Eventhough the Tioga tires are fast, they are useless for uphill climing and had to replace them after 500 miles. I also changed the Shimano PD-M505 clipless pedals are they do not perform well in muddy conditions.

Bottom Line:   
I had my bike for a year now with over than 1000 miles of riding (2/3 x-country). I had to adjust the bike at the beginning, front and rear suspension air pressure, seatpost height and finally participated in several mtb x-country competition when the configuration was ajusted to my size. It is a strong bike with good overal components, but I recommend to change the tires and pedals if you bought those from stock. I read complaints about the seat as they found it unconfortable, if you are a serious mountain biker this seat is fine. I just love the sport !

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Eddy

Similar Products Used:   Many other mtb

Bike Setup:   Stock

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