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kona Caldera 2008 or Cannondale F4z 2008

thefartingcockeralthefartingcockeral Posts: 394
edited February 2009 in MTB buying advice
Hi all,
Need to get a new bike, but I am stuck between the above.
I have had both Kona and Cannondale in the past, and after trying them both out at my lbs, cannot still decide.
What does everybody think?
I fell that the 'dale has a better drivetrain and fork over the Kona, but the kona has a better set of stoppers..
Not worried about weight (kona 29lbs , 'dale 28lbs)
both are the same price at the moment and both have my size in stock.
I have included spec.
Cheers for any help.


Kona Caldera 2008
Frame tubing Kona All-Mountain Aluminum Butted
Fork RockShox TORA 302 Coil 100mm
Headset TH
Crankarms FSA Alpha Drive ISIS
Chainrings 44/32/22
B/B RPM ISIS
Pedals Shimano M505 Clipless
Chain Shimano HG53
Freewheel Shimano Deore (11-32, 9spd)
F/D Shimano Deore
R/D Shimano XT Shadow
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebar WTB CXC riser
Stem WTB CXC
Grips Kona Jackshit
Brakes Hayes Stroker Trail Hydraulic V6
Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Trail Hydraulic
Front hub KK Disc
Rear hub Shimano M475 disc
Spokes 15g front and 14g rear stainless DT
Tires Maxxis Ignitor 26 x 2.1
Rims Sun Black Eye
Saddle WTB Laser V Comp
Seatpost WTB CXC
Seat clamp Kona QR
Color Red

Cannondale F4Z 2008
Frame CO2 Disc
Fork Headshok Super Fatty Ultra DL80
Rims Mach 1 Sub Zero Disc, 32 hole
Hubs Shimano M475
Spokes DT Swiss Champion, 1.8mm
Tires Hutchinson Spider, 26 x 2.0''
Pedals Wellgo alloy cages w/clip and strap
Crank Shimano FC-M442, 22/32/44
Chain Shimano HG-53
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 11-34
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-ES25 Octalink
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7 long cage
Shifters SRAM X-7 triggers
Handlebars Cannondale C3, 20mm rise
Stem Cannondale XC3 Headshok, 31.8mm
Headset Cannondale Headshok Si
Brakeset Avid Juicy 3 w/ 160mm rotors
Brakelevers Avid Juicy 3
Saddle Cannondale All Terrain
Seat Post Cannondale C4, 31.6 x 350mm
Extras Cannondale V-tech grips

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