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TheNorthernTrainTheNorthernTrain Posts: 1,049
edited May 2010 in MTB buying advice
Hi guys

I have decided it is time for a new bike and have set a budget of £850. I am looking at long travel hardtails so that i can also start doing downhill.

The two which have grabbed my eyes most are

2009 Kona Five-0 Deluxe - £800
Fork: Marzocchi 55-R 140mm w/20mm Dropouts
Cranks: RaceFace Ride DH
Chainrings: Guard/36/24
Bottom Bracket: RaceFace Ride DH
Pedals: Kona Jackshit
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow
Shifters: Shimano Deore
Cassette: Shimano Deore (11-32, 8spd)
Chain: Shimano Deore
Front Hub: Formula DH
Rear Hub: Shimano M525 Disc
Rims: Sun EQ 3.1SL
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DH 26x2.35
Brakes: Shimano M575 Hydraulic Disc
Brake Levers: Shimano M575 Hydraulic
Handlebar: Kona OB Riser
Headset: FSA NO-9M
Stem: Kona OB
Grips: Kona LOG
Saddle: WTB Speed V Comp
Seat Post: Kona OB

2010 Commencal Ramones 2. - £850
Fork: Rock Shox Tora 289 U-turn 130mm
Cranks: Truvativ Blaze 2.0 24/36 with rockguard
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Powerspline
Pedals: Flat Pedals
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX shadow
Shifters: NEW Shimano Deore
Cassette: Sram PG 950 9s 11-34
Chain: KMC 9s
Front Hub: Commençal disc brakes
Rear Hub: Commençal disc brakes
Rims: Jalco double wall for Commençal
Front Tyre: Geax Sturdy 26 x 2.25
Rear Tyre: Geax Saguaro 26 x 2.2
Front Brake: Avid Juicy 3 Black 185mm
Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3 Black 160mm
Brake Levers: Avid Juicy 3
Handlebar: Commençal 1.5" 6061DB Oversize
Headset: Tange Fatty MX2
Stem: Race Face Ride XC Oversize
Grips: Commençal Kraton black
Saddle: SDG Bel Air black/black
Seat Post: Race Face Ride XC

Out of those two which is the better specced/value for money? What others should i be considering? Should i be looking at something slightly less bulky?

for instance the 2010 Genesis Core 30 at £800?

Fork: Rockshox Tora 289 U-Turn 85-130 mm with lockout
Cranks: Shimano M442 Octalink 22 / 32 / 44T
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-ES25 Octalink 73/118 mm
Pedals: Shimano PD-M505 clipless
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore band
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore SGS
Shifters: Shimano Deore 9-speed
Cassette: Shimano HG-50 11-32T
Chain: Shimano HG-53
Front Hub: Shimano 495 Center-Lock Q/R
Rear Hub: Shimano 495 Center-Lock Q/R
Rims: Alex DP-17 32 hole
Front Tyre: Continental Mountain King 26 x 2.2 inch
Rear Tyre: Continental Mountain King 26 x 2.2 inch
Front Brake: Shimano BR-M575 hydraulic disc
Rear Brake: Shimano BR-M575 hydraulic disc
Brake Levers: Shimano BL-M575
Handlebar: Genesis 6061, 660 mm wide / 30 mm rise
Headset: FSA Aheadset
Stem: Genesis OS, 6 degree rise / 31.8 mm clamp
Grips: Genesis Diamond file pattern lock-on
Saddle: Genesis MTN2, Cro-Mo rail

How does this compare to the others?

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