Kona Dawg Deluxe All Mountain Full Suspension

Kona Dawg Deluxe All Mountain Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

Get your paws out, the new 2010 Kona Dawg Deluxe comes barking for a good run. Our all-mountain, backcountry bred beauty will take you up and down and over and back. Light but strong, tough but graceful, with a new 1.5" tapered headtube for increased stability, more aggressive geometry for technical trail riding, light and durable Scandium frame and a RockShox Recon 335 Solo Air 140mm travel fork, the only thing not included is a good leash.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 17, 2012]
Imho4ep

Strength:

Scandium, 28.5lbs is hard to beat at this price.
Great climber
6" of Fox on front and back, soaks up the hits
Love the colour, rootbeer with gunmetal accents

Weakness:

Seat is uncomfortable, I put my old one on after one painful ride.
Maxxis Ignitor tires are great when it's dry, not so great in the wet stuff.

I love this bike, I looked at a lot of bikes before pulling the trigger on the Dawg Deluxe, It loves to climb, no bob unless you are up on the pedals, it gives me tonnes of confidence soaking up the hits on the downhill, the scandium is a nice touch, feels indestructible and smoothes out the vibrations common with aluminum frames.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 16, 2012]
jim madison
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

the whole bike it is the next thing to indestuckable

Weakness:

the shimano group and the fox fork are the worst had to change to sram and rockshox lyrik solo air after that the bike is unbeatable i love it over the years ive had aprox 20 different bikes this is by far the best 2010 kona supreme . i live in kingman ariz the trails are outstanding really rocky you cant be a gromed rider to ride here the kona has them mastered

if every body tried a kona and really put it to the test there probably would be no other bikes

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 30, 2011]
coloradoman
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Suspension setup, frame strength, weight, climbing ability and downhill integrity

Weakness:

None so far

No one should be able to complain about this machine, in Colorado we ride some of the roughest and rockiest trails around and they settle with cheap old hardtails. This bike rides like a dream, if you can pedal it, it will climb. I never experienced any bob. Buy one or the abrasive cadabra

Similar Products Used:

Similar setup gt and some other demoed ones

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 14, 2011]
pjm
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Cheap aluminum. Great performance if you don't care if it breaks sooner than later...

Weakness:

For big guys like me(200lbs) I would not recommend any aluminum fs frame. I have the King and the Dawg, and broke both triangles 3-4 times, the swingarms 2-3 times, and the shock attatch bolts twice, ruining the rocker assemblies.
Kona finally decided I cost them to much and abandoned me completely....too bad. I went to another company

Nice riding stiff frame when it wasn't broken and stripped down. If you ride alot, and are over 200lbs, I would not recommend Kona beercan bikes, PERIOD.
I just got sick of having it down all the time. I almost never leave the ground or crash, and it still was busting in the same places-swingarm welds, Top tubes, down tubes, cracks eminating from welding weep-holes, etc. I had the dawg toptube break TWICE in one year in front of the seatube/toptube junction right in front of the gusset weld. Cheap aluminum crap frame material...Anyone need a Dawg swingarm/seatstay/rocker setup? I have one cause I just broke the triangle AGAIN, and KONA would not help me anymore. I am done with aluminum. Bought and IBIS mojosl carbon to replace the BEERCAN aluminum frame. Overall I rate it crappy cause it would not hold up to real riding.

Similar Products Used:

Many many alu fs frames of various manufacturers...

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1
VALUE
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3
[Apr 18, 2011]
eshew
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Swapped out & upgraded my old custom built 02 Kona Bear frame. This new frame is lighter, snappier, 1" more travel than my old Bear. Kept most of the old parts & this thing goes! Absolutly love it, best $300 purchase EVER!

Weakness:

17" frame came with a fox float rp2 with firm (level 3) compression damping. That was way too slow for my 165lb riding weight(great for drops, not for tech xc) So I swapped out to a medium compression/rebound rp23...works awesome now.

Although I would like to try a Marzocchi 55 RC3 on the front the bikes rides great. The RP2 with firm compression is perfect for jumps & drops but not great for regular trail riding. Propedal is a world of difference over my old romic with blown compression. The 08 Dawg adds a bit more cockpit room than the old Bear. The bike is now perfect! I'll be riding this one into the ground & wont replace it till its in pieces!

Similar Products Used:

02 Kona Bear & Stinky Primo. 96 Kona Sex one.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 19, 2011]
Carraig042
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

2008 model:
Scandium frame is strong and not to heavy. Has 5.5 inches of travel using Fox Float 32 fork and the Fox RP2 shock. It is plush and handles many different types of terrain with ease I have even taken it to a downhill trail and it did better than I thought it would do! The fit of the bike is really good as well. I got the 17" frame and I am about 5'10".

Weakness:

Not the lightest bike in the world.
The wheelset, FSA XC 300-sl, are a little flexy with the 24 spokes.

It is a great bike capable of riding smooth trails all the way up to some downhill action. Rigid frame and does good pedaling uphills. What more could I ask for?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 29, 2010]
deejaydee303
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

2008 Dawg, Fox forks, Hayes carbon brakes, The bike is very strong and holds up under all types of terrain. Never had any problems. This bike has been put thru some nasty downhill terrain (Kokopelli jeep trail, Windsor)and never broke or failed. very reliable bike.

Weakness:

A little on the heavy side and seems a little hard to climb or it could be me. standard maxxis tires dont grip on sharp turns. cheap grips

If you want a very fun bike thats reliable and will go on any terrain at a reasonable cost this is the bike. There is pedal bob without pro pedal but lock the front fork and use the pro pedal and the bike will get you thru

Similar Products Used:

Kona hoss, intense spyder, santa cruz superlight.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 28, 2010]
fatcat
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

this is the 2009 model review---scandium aluminum, very light. Lightest 6 inch rear travel frame I've seen in a while. RP23 shock is pretty nice, well its the best Fox shock without the piggyback that they make.

Weakness:

Its so light, I think I may crack the frame. It goes through my mind when I ride thru rocks, seeing me do a faceplant into babyheads and losing my front teeth.

I like this frame, its a metallic green and cool looking, but the lightweight scandium aluminum worries me. They use this scandium on race bikes and this is supposed to be an all-mountain rig that you usually abuse more than weenie xc racers.

I've only had it a few months so I will find out. I took it to Big Bear and ran it down some semi-tech stuff and it did very well. The lightweight helped when popping the front up over some rocks and boy can this bike go fast.


I think if you purchase a 2209-2010, you may also use it as a racebike for super D because of its lightweight and rigidity.

Similar Products Used:

Turner 5.5 Spot

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 10, 2010]
john1970
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Well made and very plush front a rear suspension. When going downhill the rear suspension floats over obstacles.

Weakness:

None noted so far. Although there are a couple of small paint chips already appearing. Luckily I am good at touch ups. With ProPeadal engaged I can climb on this bike almost as good as a hardtail.

The 2009 Dawg is a 5.5" (140mm) travel bike in both the front and rear. As equipped the bike weighs ~28.5 lbs, which is quite good for an heavy duty XC / light-duty AM rig. I am 5' 11" 175 lbs. with 34-35" arms and am running a 19" frame. Switching to the Easton HR bar made the bike fit me perfectly. I also found switching to a slightly wider saddle (WTB Pure V) helped as well. The standard saddle is an ultra-narrow racing saddle which I found uncomfortable. At the MSRP of $3000 it is overpriced, but for $2100 on sale it is a fair price for a 140 mm travel bike equipped with Fox RP2 and Float RL. The LBS swapped out additional components which brought the actual price of the bike to $2000.

For 2010, Kona introduced a Cadabra bike which is designed to replace the Dawg Deluxe. The Cadabra offers additional travel (+20 mm rear and +10 front and their Magic Link suspension) and comes with an RP23 rear shock. It is important to remember that every year manufacturers come out with improvements and you can not afford to keep up with the latest technology.


Similar Products Used:

None. This is my first full suspension bike.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 05, 2010]
VTRC
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Wonderful component group for the price. Super fun geometry. Light enough to be a trail bike.

Weakness:

Heavy enough to notice. Outdated suspension design. Raceface BB doesn't seal well enough.

Rode a lot of bikes in the ~2000 range before settling on the Dawg. When I rode it I knew it was for me. Fits perfectly and just tons of fun to ride. Inspires a lot of antics.

Fox Float suspension does exactly what I want. The Shimano drive train is nice and no fuss. I would have preferred a simpler sturdier set of wheels than the FSA, but I don't go for botique.

The Raceface BB has really let me down. I don't have the loosening problems so many people describe, but it just doesn't seem to seal well for early season riding and now it sounds like its full of dust. I'll service it as per the stickied thread in the drivetrain forum and try to get another season out of it.

The suspension design isn't as advanced as a lot of bikes in this class. It bobs when climbing. I don't know why or how but this bike still manages to be incredibly fun both up and down. And it does that all at an amazing price.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Enduro, RM Carve, Giant Trance

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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