My Kona – Richard Aelter

At Kona, we’re all passionate about the bike. Whether it’s bombing around the trails of Bellingham, lighting up the CX scene in Seattle, or spinning out a commute in Europe. We’re fortunate to have a gold mine of a rad people within the company that

Process 153 DL Makes the 2016 Dirt 100 List “Process bikes have a fully upbeat mindset and as an all-rounder will serve you well”

We don’t want to brag, but we are pretty excited about once again making it into the highly coveted DIRT 100 product list for 2016 with the 2016 Process 153 DL. The Process range first featured in the Dirt 100 back in the 2013 edition, the fact

Dutch Team, Swooth MTB, hit the Costa Blanca Bike Race

At the end of January, Swooth MTB set out for the Costa Blanca Bike Race. It’s a Mid

Ti Tuesday: Jake’s Ti Rove Dream Machine

Bike shop owners (and employees) always have the best bikes. Jake from City Cycles in Oklahoma has been following the goings-on here at Ti Tuesdays and was just biding his time before he dropped this recently built Ti Rove Dream machine on us. As far as next

Kona Claims the Final Stage Victory and Seals Top-3 Overall in the Inaugural Pioneer

As the crisp sunrise crested the top of the world at Snow Farm, racers of the Pioneer Stage Race thundered down the alpine tussocks toward Queenstown and the conclusion of a massive week of racing and adventure.  Day 7 was no walk in the park.

Team Kona China Release their 2015 Season ender video

The Kona China Team got together to ride the beautiful trails at Duolemeidi Bike Park near Beijing. Managed

Pioneer Stage Race Day 6 Report – All the way up

All the way up today…all the way to the panoramic outpost of Snow Farm Lodge. On the sixth day of the grueling Pioneer Stage Race, racers left the warm valley of Lake Hawea and ascended to over 1,500m and 67km across alpine tussocks and scenes

Mountain Bike Action Review the Process 134 “It really proved itself to be the best all-around rig.”

The March issue of Mountain Bike Action is out now and it features a massive Trail Bike Shootout, wouldn’t you know it, the 2016 Process 134 (spoiler alert) came out on top. Click HERE to read the full review and be sure to check out their latest issue, available

Dirt Rag Review 2016 Hei Hei Trail “If you’re thinking of buying a mountain bike for the mountain biking you actually do, the Hei Hei Trail should be near the top of your list.”

Dirt Rag have just reviewed the 2016 Hei Hei Trail as part of their Choice Cuts: Bikes We’d Buy Under $3000 group test. Click the image below to read the full review and be sure to check out the latest issue of Dirt Rag in stores and online now.

Pioneer Stage Race Day 5 Report

Having now achieved the cruising altitude of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with the cumulative climbing of the last 5 days, the racers of the inaugural Pioneer Stage Race faced the monster today: 112km and 3,500m of ascending through the beautiful but rugged Southern Alps between

Dutch Kona Rider Laura Turpijn takes 3rd at Gstaad Snow Bike Festival

Laura Turpijn recently finished in third place at the Snow Bike Festival in Gstaad onboard the Kona Wo. One

Wandering Wheels 2016 Mountain Bike Vacations

Wandering Wheels in an industry leading, tenured mtb guiding company based in Revelstoke BC, with operations in Golden

Helen Wyman reports on the 2016 World Cyclocross Champs (and on mechanical doping)

Wow, that was an incredibly exciting weekend of bike racing at the world championships in Zolder. I’m pretty sure every event had incredible heart stopping moments although not all for the right reasons. For me it was never going to be my world championships; it

MTBPRO REVIEW 2016 KONA HONZO ST “The Honzo ST is built to find the flow in every trail” (SPAIN)

Spanish online magazine MTBPRO have just released issue 37 of their sweet publication and in it they review

2016 Womens Weekend at Ray’s

Women’s Weekend at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, OH is an event that gives ladies the

“Flat, then hilly, then flat” – Pioneer Stage Race Day 4

“That’s probably the toughest climb I’ve done in years,” was Kris Sneddon’s summation of the 111km Day 4 of the Pioneer Stage Race. Hump day brought racers on a scenic, sun-blasted route from Lake Tekapo to Lake Ohau, with a fast, flat 60km intro, contrasted

Roland Green’s 1997 Kona Factory XC Team Frame

Here’s something a little different for #tituesdayswithkona. It’s Roland Green’s 1997 Factory Team frame, he rode this during his second year on the NORBA circuit. Despite the Columbus logo this painted bike is indeed Titanium, Sandvik made in fact. It was repainted and rebranded to give the

Kona teams maintain Top-3 Overall at Pioneer, and Kris endures another really, really hard bike ride with his friends

The New Zealand backcountry adventure continued today with Stage 3 of the Pioneer Stage race, which took riders along an arduous 74km route between Fairlie and Lake Tekapo. The Kona endurance team put forth another strong performance, with Cory Wallace and Spencer Paxson sprinting across

Kona loves Cross on the Rock

Here at Kona, WE LOVE CYCLOCROSS, all of it. From the elite European races with cash and status on the line, to the irreverent Single Speed Cyclocross World Champs where alcohol consumption is just as important as the race itself. We will never forget the

Pioneer Stage Race Day 2: B Team Becomes the A Team

Geraldine, New Zealand – It was either a sharp rock or the dead hedgehog in the middle of the trail that started the day’s drama for the Kona Endurance Team. Overall it was a good day. Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddon (Kona Team B “Grumpy

Kona Boys Top-3 on Day 1 of the Pioneer Stage Race

Christchurch, New Zealand – The Kona pain train of Cory Wallace and Spencer Paxson (“Team A ‘Bogan Burnouts’”), Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddon (“Team B ‘Grumpy Old Men’”) dispatched of the short but punchy Stage 1 of the inaugural Pioneer Stage Race, finishing the day

Ti Tuesdays: Jake’s 1992 Haole

There’s a few classic Kona’s hanging from the walls in our Vancouver offices, normally I don’t give them to much thought, but when a colleague pointed out this very cool bike gathering dust in the far corner I had to find out a little more.

Stairway to Hell: Helen Wyman reports from Ruchpen and Hoogerheide

It was my first time racing Ruchpen, a small town around 30km’s north east of Hoogerheide where we would race the World Cup the following day. I love racing in Holland and to be honest have been pretty disappointed there are so few races there

Burlington Bike Park Kona Ladies Night Report

The inaugural Kona Ladies Night at the Burlington Bike Park was a hit! The Kona Bike Shop generously subject Kona Rove to a serious two year beatdown! first got hold of this Steel Rove to build it up as a race bike for Red Bull’s’s First Impressions of the 2016 Kona Wo “I could easily ride this bike day in and day out” editor in chief Greg Heil has just posted up his first impressions of the 2016 Kona Wo,

What’s in Spencer Paxson’s bag for the Pioneer Stage Race?

The entire Kona Endurance Team are heading to New Zealand’s South Island in a few weeks to race the first ever seven day Pioneer stage race (you can read the press release here). Now I don’t know about you but i’ve never raced for seven

Wo Wednesday: Kris Dennan’s Wo is Three of a Kind

Kris Dennan is a Vermont based Kona rider who, it seems, is starting to well and truly scratch his fat bike itch. He built his first fat bike back in January 2014 and hasn’t looked back. He recently sent in these photos of his latest

Bike Magazine’s Bible reviews the 2016 Kona Hei Hei Trail DL

Bike Magazine‘s annual Bible review issue dropped this past week and it features this great review of our redesigned 2016 Hei Hei Trail DL. The print review can be seen below, the Round Table video review is live now on the Bike Magazine site and well worth

New Enduro Trips and Skills Clinics in Revelstoke BC With Kona Rider Matt Yaki

Kona rider Matt Yaki’s company Wandering Wheels is an industry leading, tenured mountain bike guiding, instruction and shuttle

Helen Wyman reports from the World Cup in Lignières-en-Berry

It was off to France this weekend for a rare trip outside of Benelux this season for the penultimate World Cup in Lignières-en-Berry.  Based at the Hippodrome, the course was pretty simple.  Long straights, well you could say looooonnnnggggg straights, then some fiddly bits (Not

Ti Tuesday: Tyler’s Ti Raijin

It seems there is no shortage of epic custom built Titanium Kona’s out there, submissions for #tituesdayswithkona just keep rolling in. This week we are featuring something a bit more niche focused, Tyler Huber’s Ti Raijin single speed endurance race bike.  This is thing is built for

Kona Presents the Inaugural Process Challenge

Take one of the fastest cross-country racers in North America, a Top 10 World Cup downhill racer, and a Red Bull Rampage podium freeride superstar, plop them way up high in the middle of the mountains, and let the battle rage. Kona Team riders Spencer

Wo Wednesday: Robert’s Tactical Wo AKA Combat Kona

A week or so back Todd at Olde Towne Cyclery in Nebraska sent through a snap of this mysterious custom painted 2016 Kona Wo. Our interest was piqued and we quickly replied, wanting to find out more at this very cool paint job. Todd put

UK magazine What Mountain Bike start Long Term Test on Kona Process 111

What Mountain Bike review our 2016 Process 111. Click HERE to read the full review.

Mountain Bike Action Ti Honzo First Impressions

When Mountain Bike Action visited our 2016 launch they couldn’t take their eyes off our prototype Ti Honzo, they made it pretty clear that if there was one available they wanted to review it. Well, after having a whole bunch of fun building the thing up

Super Grassroots rider Cory Rimmer podiums at 2016 USA Cyclocross National Championships

This year the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals were held in Asheville, NC on the Biltmore Estate. As reviews from

Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX Team all finish on lead lap at 2016 Cyclocross Nationals in Ashville

      Sunday was a great day for the Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX Team at the Cyclocross National

Helen Wyman reports from the UK National Cyclocross Champs

I haven’t got too much to say about the nationals that isn’t obvious. I rode a good race, on an excellent course and a mechanical with 500 metres to go cost me a stripy jersey. Pretty gutted having seemingly done the hard work but I

Ti Tuesday: Daniel’s Ti Rove

Daniel used to be a mechanic at a Kona dealer and he built this classic Ti Rove from the ground up, including the wheels. When choosing parts for this bike, his philosophy was simple, spec parts that straddle the line between lightweight and durable. “If I

NSMB’s Jon Harris picks Kona’s Bellingham Launch as 2015 Highlight

NSMB staff writer Jon Harris has just posted up his 2015 MTB highlights and sitting right there at

Factory Jackson Review 2016 Process 111 DL “The Kona Process 111 DL is the most fun bike I’ve ridden in the last five years.”

 Factory Jackson review (fall in love) the Process 111. Click HERE to read the full review NOW.

Kona Presents Ladies Night at the Burlington Bike Park

January the 14th is Ladies Night at the Burlington Bike Park  and thanks to Kona Bikes (that’s us)

Kona Process Challenge Teaser

Welcome to the inaugural Process Challenge! For this premier event we gathered XC Beast Spencer Paxson, DH Destroyer Connor Fearon and FR Animal Graham Agassiz and started them atop Retallack Lodge’s Reco Peak for an all out blitz to the bottom. We placed each rider

Ti Tuesday: Visa’s Ti Honzo

One of our Finnish dealers, Visa from, emailed us through this great little write up and a stunning photo-set on this very rad Ti Honzo that he built up as a 27.5+ bike. I don’t know about you but after reading this I really, really want

Helen Wyman Closes out the Kerstperiode in Style

My final two races of the heavy Kerstperiode schedule were back-to-back races in Belgium and Holland. The penultimate BPost Bank series in Baal is always a tough affair. On the side of hill and always muddy even with the slightest of rain, there is the

Zolder to Loenhout: Helen Wyman’s Holiday Weekend

The second part of the “kerstperiode” is complete. If I’m totally honest, it’s not been one to remember. It started with the World Cup in Zolder, where I got a great start, only to be hit with a wrestling move on the first corner by

Cory Wallace reports from the Vuelta de Costa Rica

The 51st UCI Vuelta de Costa Rica was some action packed road racing with a taxi driving into

Season’s Greetings

Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family far and wide. Thanks for making this past year one of our best ever. And by best we mean big smiles, good times and great rides.