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swelsbyukswelsbyuk Posts: 421
edited March 2013 in MTB buying advice
Looking to buy my daughter a new bike. She's not quite big enough for even a small adult bike so looking at a 24" frame. The Kona Kula 2012 and 2013 are both currently reduced and both look quite nice and are down from £750 to £550. They have a slightly different spec and hoped someone could tell me if one appears better than the othe.r

The 2013 spec is:

Frame: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted

Fork: Spinner Grind 1 65mm

Headset: TH ZST No.10

Bars: Kona XC/BC Riser

Stem: Kona XC/BC

Speed: 27

Front Mech: Shimano Alivio

Rear Mech: Shimano SLX Shadow

Chainset: FSA Alpha Drive 160mm 44/32/22t

Bottom Bracket: FSA 7420ST

Cassette: Shimano Deore 11-32t 9 spd

Chain: KMC HG53

Front Brake: Shimano M395 Shimano 160mm

Rear Brake: Shimano M395 Shimano 160mm

Rims: Alex Ace20

Front Hub: Formula

Rear Hub: Shimano M475

Spokes: Sandvik Stainless 14g

Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam 24x2.1 Front Schwalbe Smart Sam 24x2.1 Rear

Seatpost: Kona Thumb

Available for £560 here: ... _56657.htm

The 2012 spec is:

Frame Material: Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes: 12"
Rear Shock: N/A
Fork: Spinner Grind 1 65mm
Crankarms: FSA Alpha Drive
Chainrings: 44/32/22
B/B: FSA Powerdrive
Pedals: N/A
Chain: Shimano HG53
Freewheel: Shimano Deore 11-32 9 spd
F/D: Shimano Alivio
R/D: Shimano SLX Shadow SGS
Shifters: Shimano Alivio
Brake Calipers: Shimano M446 Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Rotor: Shimano 160mm
Rear Brake Rotor: Shimano 160mm
Brake Levers: Shimano M445 Hydraulic
Headset: TH
Handlebar: Kona XC/BC Aluminum Riser
Stem: Kona XC/BC
Seatpost: Kona Thumb
Seat Clamp: Kona QR
Grips: Velo Race Jr
Saddle: Velo Race Jr
Front Hub: Formula Disc
Rear Hub: Shimano M475 Disc
Spokes: Sandvik Stainless 14g
Rims: Alex Ace 20
Front Tire: Maxxis Holy Roller 24x1.85
Rear Tire: Maxxis Holy Roller 24x1.85
Paint Color: Blue Metallic

Available for £525 here: ... elID=95386


  • chez_m356chez_m356 Posts: 1,893
      probably no help whatsoever but, some people say every year the same models seem to be downgraded in some way from the previous year ?
      if i was buying one for my daughter i think she would prefer the brighter coloured one of the two, and its cheaper :wink::lol:
      Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011
    • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,781
      Nice spec apart from undamped forks.....

      How tall is your daughter....would an XS 26" still be too big, my daughter is 5'3.5" and rides an XS (13.5") as she grows (nasty habit of kids) it will probably last her longer than a 24".
      Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
    • My son was 9 when we got him an XS frame GT and rode it no worries but we had a wee play at our local shop trying different frames/bikes.
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