I’m currently in the market for a hardtail and have spotted a pretty nice 2015 Kona Unit. I’d like some Cush up front and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the fork comparability? Ideally I’d like to run a 120mm fork and dropper post (no routing on the unit). I’m also open to suggestions about other bikes. I’d love a Santa Cruz highball but it’s outta my budget, looking to spend up to $1700.
The Unit looks like a great bike, I think that 100mm Reba sounds like a good match. Based on the 2016 Reba you are looking at about 30mm extra length axle to crown, and you’ll sit into a bit of that with sag.
From memory it’s 27.2, Thomson now do a compatible dropper (likely to cost half of what the bike is worth!). The unit is good value at $1050 pretty much brand new and running 1x10. I’m a bit worried it’ll be too XC oriented though. I’m really after a trail bike that won’t be too slow on the flats and climbs but that can also get a little rowdy on the descents. Also looking at Trek Stache (seems rad but out of my price range and nothing happening in the second hand market). I can probs push the budget out to about $2k but that’s it. Also been looking at the Ragely blue pig and Cannondale bad habit. Any other alternatives? I’m more than happy to go second hand on a hardtail. Dallimor I’ll definitely keep that fork in mind if I go the unit route.
Speak to todd p/commuter psychos about his niner… he seems to have hit a lot of what you are after. i think it was the more traily of the two 29er HTs they have. then he runs more squish and a droppppaaaaahhh.
God call on the Honzo, MikeD… For what its worth, I’d go external dropper routing (just piggy back onto rear brake line mounts) everytime… Internal hasn’t really mucked me around too much yet ('cept for BigAdz dealing with lower seat) but I hate the idea that I have some hydraulic situation to contend with if I want to swap my dropper seatpost for rigid on the Banshee.
I swap stuff around all the time, and with a hardtail you might be swapping dropper for rigid when wanting a camper saddlebag moment reasonably often…even once a year would be worth not having internal (for me).
$675 for a pretty schmick 2011 unit with a der hanger. Gonna check it out this weekend. It might not be exactly what I had originally planned, but they seem sweet and it will at least get me going on the local trails for now.