Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kona Fire Mountain at Taman Cabaran

It’s a KONA! Yes, another Kona, and this time - a hardtail. What’s with Kona? I heard people saying. Well, I love its slacker head angle handling characteristic. Its slow steering 68.1° head angle (for 16” Fire Mountain frame with 100mm fork) gave me better feel compared to other XC hardtails which mostly have around 70°-71° head angle for quicker steering.



The Kona Fire Mountain Deluxe has been in the Kona line-up for 20 years now. It seen a lot of change and has even gone through a bit of change itself over those years. This affordable trail bike has more World Cup DNA implanted into its tubes than most bikes 3 times its price. For sub RM2000, it’s a good buy considering that this bike came stock with Deore’s 9 speed set, FSA crank, Hayes MX4 mechanical disc brake with avid lever and RockShox Dart 2 fork.



Riding throughout Taman Cabaran’s DH ‘fun’ section with this hardtail really gave me a different feel. I felt a bit ‘melayang’ here and there plus the small 1.95 Heng Shin rear tires slightly sliding (without braking) all over the place (the trail was slightly wet anyway). Anyway, I am very happy and satisfied with its overall handling and, I’m going to ride this bike stock without any upgrade except for maybe… the saddle, maybe not… just ride it!

1 comments:

dekk said...

Hello from Brazil! Very nice bike, congrats!