Kona Cindercone (2011) or Marin B-17 (2010)

halloffamer Posts: 8
edited April 2012 in MTB buying advice
Good day guys.

Anyone know which would be better to go for out of these two bikes? A friend of mine has them for sale, £500 each. Both are in great condition but I'm unfamiliar with them. My friend doesn't know much about bikes as he got them through his cousin that recently passed.

Specs are as below....

Frame Material - Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes - 19"
Fork - RockShox Recon TK 100mm
Crankarms - Shimano FC-M521
Chainrings - 42/34/24
B/B - Shimano
Pedals - Wellgo LU-A9
Chain - Shimano HG53
Freewheel- Shimano HG50 11-34 9 spd
F/D - Shimano Alivio
R/D - Shimano SLX SGS
Shifters - Shimano Alivio
Brake Calipers - Avid Juicy 3
Front Brake Rotor - Avid G2 Clean Sweep 185mm
Rear Brake Rotor - Avid G2 Clean Sweep 160mm
Brake Levers - Avid Juicy 3
Headset - FSA
Handlebar - Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem - Kona XC/Road
Seatpost - Kona Double Clamp w/offset
Seat Clamp - Kona QR
Grips - Kona Race Light
Saddle - WTB Valcon Sport SE
Front Hub - Formula Disc
Rear Hub - Shimano M475 Disc
Spokes - Stainless 15g fr / 14g rr
Rims - Mavic XM119
Front Tire - Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1
Rear Tire - Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1
Paint Color - Red Candy

Frame: 6061 Aluminium, Double Butted Edge XL Top Tube and Hydro Edge Down Tube with Tri-Burner XXL Seat and Chain Stays
Fork: RockShox TORA XC Solo Air with External Rebound Adjustment
Cranks: TruVativ Blaze 3.0, 42/32/22, with Power Spline BB
Bottom Bracket: TruVativ with Sealed Cartridge and Power Spline
Pedals: Platform
Front Derailleur: SRAM X-5
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-7
Shifters: SRAM X-5, 9 Speed Trigger
Cassette: SRAM PG-950, Power Glide II, 11-34, 9 Speed
Chain: Shimano HG53
Front Hub: Marin 20mm, Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Rear Hub: Shimano 525, 32 Hole Disc
Rims: WTB SpeedDisc All Mountain, Double Wall, 32 Hole Disc
Tyres: Kenda Nevegal, 26” x 2.35”, Dual Tread Compound, Kevlar Bead
Front Brake: Avid Juicy 3.5 Split Clamp, Hydraulic Disc with 7” Rotor
Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3.5 Split Clamp, Hydraulic Disc with 6” Rotor
Brake Levers: Avid Hydraulic Disc
Handlebar: A-XC Double Butted 6061 Alloy, OS-31.8mm, 25mm Rise
Headset: FSA ZST No.10, Internal Headset Steel Cup Plastic Top Cover, Black, 1 1/8” Threadless
Stem: Forged Alloy Threadless, Trail, with 31.8mm Bar Clamp
Grips: Marin Double Locking with Drop Guard End Cap
Saddle: WTB Pure V Sport with Love Channel and Comfort Zone
Seat Post: Pro Alloy Micro Adjust, 30.9mm x 400m

I'll be using it for XC and riding to work with the odd trail or two mixed in.

Any advise would be good, obviously I'll try both before buying...but I found it difficult to find any worth reviews on these two bikes.




  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Both are too much cash second hand. The Kona is the racier bike, the Marin a bit more relaxed and stable. Hardly anything in the spec: ask to take them for a short test ride, then offer £400 max.
  • Cool. I can get him down to £400 at least I think. As I said he doesn't know anything really about bikes and I think he has just knocked £400-£500 off the RRP of these bikes. I don't think either have done more than 50 miles so they are in good condition.