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I am pretty new to mtbing but i ride road bikes so i am not new to biking. well anwyays i need a bike and i have pretty much searched the entire internet and have come up with this bike... i am riding modereate to intermediate trails and downhills. I love climbing too, is this a good choice for all around? this bike is a good deal at 1100. please critique the bike and let me know what is a good choice.
Thanks for your help.
Chris

2005 Kona Stinky

Specifications:

Frame sizes S(15"),M(15.5"),L(16"),XL(16.5"),XXL(17")
Frame tubing Kona Clump 7005 Aluminum/7" Travel
Rear shock Fox Vanilla DHX 3.0
Fork Marzocchi Drop-Off Triple 170mm
Headset FSA
Crankarms TruVativ Hussefelt DH
Chainrings Rockguard/36/26
B/B TruVativ ISIS DH
Pedals Kona Jackshit
Chain Shimano CN-HG53 (9sp)
Freewheel Shimano Deore 11-32 9 speed
F/D Shimano Deore
R/D Shimano Deore LX
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebar TruVativ Hussefelt OS Riser
Stem TruVativ Hussefelt OS
Grips Kona Jackshit
Brakes Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 Heavy Duty
Brake Levers Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 Heavy Duty
Front hub KK Disc
Rear hub Shimano FH-M475 disc
Spokes 14G Stainless
Tires Tioga White Tiger 26 x 2.5
Rims Sun MTX-S
Saddle WTB Power V Comp
Seatpost TruVativ XR Double Bolt
Seat clamp Kona QR
Color Matt Green/Black
 

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Nice bike, decent deal

The bike is well spec'd, well respected in it's category and is a decent price if it's new old stock. The question is-will this be right for the type of riding you're going to be doing? For aggressive riding with lots of stunts and drops, and for some downhill applications, it will be a good bike. Because of it's nature in being basically a freeride bike, it will be heavy, so it will be a pig on climbs. If your riding will be less aggressive, then perhaps you should be looking at something more like a 4-5" full suspension bike targeted at cross country or all mountain type aplications.

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I like the Kona but the compoents are cheap. hate to tell you that if you want a full suspension that 1100 is way to low for something that you will get your money out of. if you want a hard tail look at the trek 6700. the 6500 is ok if you do not mind the shimano hydralic brakes they suck.
 
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