Kona Dream Builds: Keith’s Dual Duty Libre DL

We found Keith’s bike on Instagram (he used the #KonaDreamBuilds hashtag) just after he’d ridden this years Dirty Kanza 100 on it with zero flats. It seemed Keith was gushing about his Libre and it was clear from his post that he really got this

Kona Dream Builds: Jacob’s Process 165 29 Franken-Party-Dream-Bike

As a mechanic and ski technician at Ruckus Ski and Board in Prince Geroge, BC, Jacob Mullen is more used to building other peoples Kona Dream Builds than his own. For some, his 29″ wheeled Process 165 is going to appear as more of a

Welcome to the Climbduro

We all know the enduro format by now. Climb up and then be timed on the downhills. Well, it’s time to usher in the era of the Climbduro. Type-2 enthusiasts everywhere can rejoice! Adventure Team Type-2 specialist Cory Wallace just competed in the Climbduro in

Say Hello to The 2020 Adventure Drop-bar Bikes!

Adventure biking! It’s all the rage these days. If there’s one thing we love at Kona it’s making bikes that can handle pretty much any situation you throw at them. Want to ride your drop-bar bike on singeltrack? Go for it. Want to carry enough

The Steel Hardtails Have Arrived

If there’s one thing we know, it’s how much Kona fans LOVE their steel hardtails. We think steel is awesome too and we’re pretty psyched about or 2020 steel hardtail lineup. Killer colors and features meet up with your favorite adventure-ready bikes. Unit The Unit

Introducing the 2020 Kona Hardtails!

The Hardtails That Started It All When we think about hardtails, we go back. Way back. We’re talking 1988 when Kona was the first company to introduce mountain bikes with sloping top tubes. They provided a means to a new kind of freedom that the

The Kona Gravity Team Take on Les Gets

The 2019 race schedule is really starting to ramp up. Round five of the UCI DH World Cup took place in Les Gets, France over the weekend, and it’s worth pointing out that we are now past the halfway point with just three World Cup

Bicycling Magazine Reviews the Libre DL “The Libre DL is a bike that lets you head out guided by your whim and sense of adventure.”

“The Libre DL is a bike that lets you head out for a ride guided by your whim and sense of adventure. You needn’t avoid a trail that looks fun because your bike won’t handle it well, and you don’t have to shy away from

The Transcendent Boredom of Brandenburg Gravel

“Drop your heels. Relaxed shoulders…Nice. Smooth circles. Good. Loosen the elbows…” It’s a mantra running through my head as I roll down one, then another and still one more gravel road, Forstweg or stretch of pave, somewhere in the middle of Brandenburg (the German state

Kerry Werner Finishes Third at the 2019 BC Bike Race – Read His Full Report

Emily and I couldn’t have been happier with how our Honeymoon turned out last year at BCBR. We had such a blast and we both ended up doing well in the solo open divisions. Also, I think it set me up really nicely, from a

Digging Retallack: The Longest Day

Words by Kona Ambassador Shae James, who is the first female ever invited to dig at Retallack Lodge during their annual building week with the Treelines Crew. It’s always the last stretch of something that can feel like an eternity. That last hour of work

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 5 – 1997 Kona Explosif Team Edition

My all-time favorite Kona is Roland Green’s 1997 Hei Hei in “rasta flames”. It’s the perfect race bike, ridden by a true legend. It’s been documented here, hanging proudly at Bellingham HQ. In 1997 the pro race team featured an incredible line-up of well-established and

The Longest Days: Escalante Bikerafting.

Words and photos by Kona Ambassador Colt Fetters.

Endless Summer Days At Highland Mountain Bike Park

Last week I took the 35-hour drive from Colorado to Northern Vermont to attend the coveted NEMBA fest. During my time there, I met up with Wilson; the fun-loving and talented Kona Demo Tour driver and his loyal fur companion, Fred.  After a fun weekend

ENDURO ONE #2 – ROCK’N ROLL IN ROSSBACH

Double Top 10 for the Kona Gduro Team ! Rossbach, a very small village in the Spessart region was the second stop of the german Enduro One series. This was the second time Rossbach hosted a stop of the series and the first one already provided

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 4 – 1997 Kona Hot

The Kona Hot was the ultimate steel hardtail. Introduced in 1991, through to the start of 1996 it was built by Tom Teesdale, a true pioneer, and master of steel frame design and manufacturer. A made to order frame, you could choose from specific tube

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 3 – 1997 Kona Caldera

The story surrounding the 1997 Kona Caldera provides insight into the mountain bike design changes and riding trends at that time. The concept was simple. Over the years riders had fed-back that they wanted a hand-built, affordable steel framed hardtail. Working with Altitude Cycles, Kona

Solstice Brunch, Build, and Bike in the Mountains

Words by Ambassador Delia Massey. Photos by Kinsey Smith. Summertime in the pacific northwest means go time, all the time. You have to soak in every last second of sun and warmth while it lasts because the winters are dark and soul-crushing. The solstice is

Sutra and the Golden Hour

Kona Ambassador Tudor Gillham has had a busy summer racing the TransAtlantic Way ride—a 2500km one stage race/ride through Ireland. When he finished the ride he wanted to reflect on what the Longest Days mean to him. Just like many of us, he enjoys the

Thank the Mountain Bike Advocates for their Longest Days

Words by Ambassador Sandra Beaubien. Before the long days of summer solstice come, every mountain bike organization has

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 2 – 1997 Kona Manomano

In 1996, the Atlanta Olympic Games featured XC mountain biking as a sport for the first time. Internationally, teams were shifting to a full-time time basis as the race calendar intensified. Downhill and XC courses became more and more technical so bikes needed to withstand

What to Carry on The Longest Day

Hey! My Name is Graham.  I’m so proud to call my self a Kona Ambassador!  How on earth did I wangle that one? Well, it’s petty sweet really, I’m a mountain bike guide and coach from the Lake District UK. I also do lots of

Miranda Miller Finishes Third at Les Orres EWS

No one could say that this year’s Enduro World Series hasn’t been exciting so far, its sure had its fair share of drama! After Lucy Schick’s and Leah Maunsell’s 1-2 on the U21 podium last week in Canazei, Italy we weren’t to sure how you

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 1 – 1997 Kona A’ha

Hello, my name is Alasdair. I grew up in the late 80s and 90s when mountain biking exploded into a global phenomenon. Riding a Raleigh, I spent my early teens pouring over Ordnance Survey maps looking for new singletrack, trying to emulate the stars in

Connor Fearon Keeps his 14 Plate After A Tough Weekend in Andorra

As far as being an MTB race fan goes, this weekend was seriously demanding! If you were a

The Longest Day at The Trails

Words by Kona Ambassador Markus Zieher. The advantage that comes with the days around the summer solstice is the extra long daylight. Together with the S_Trails Crew, I spent a long evening session at our dirt jumps @s_trails2.0. It’s a hot day and there are

Kona Customer Alert: Rock Shox Lyrik RC & R2C2 & Yari RC2 Recall – Affects Process 153 29er CR & CR DL + Remote CTRL

Hello Kona Family, We wanted to let you know about SRAM’s announcement in today’s BRAIN of a recall for Lyrik

Montana and Oregon, the KONA demo tour is headed your way!

Come demo some of our favorite bikes including the Process 153 CR 29 and 27.5, and Big Honzo CR. We’ll even have a few Libres ready to ride at select stops. We’ll have full sizes runs ensuring everyone can find a bike that fits just right. Here are some events coming

Kona Dream Builds: Caleb Holonko’s Shonky ST

From a distance, Caleb Holonko‘s Shonky ST looks like most DJ’s but when you get a little closer you realize this team build is pretty damn special. The Kona Gravity Team Rider has been with Canadian company WeAreOne since their inception and was integral in

Tour de Blast

Words and photo by Kona Ambassador Lita Monoghan. I always look forward to my birthday, not because I love getting another year older, but because it means we’re finally approaching the longest days of the year here in the Pacific Northwest (and hopefully getting some

Spanning Time

This is a photo story of a Vermont summer day featuring Kona Ambassadors Stephen Pope and Ryan McEvoy. “HELLO! Stoked to send off this photo essay for the “Longest Day” theme! Seasonality is so drastic in Vermont, and summers here are wonderfully long. We wanted

Hannah Bergemann Takes NAES and Squamish Enduro Podiums

These North American EWS qualifier races are no joke… two of the toughest races I’ve ever done on back to back weekends. It’s been super fun to challenge myself at these tough events, and I feel like I’ve been learning a lot along the way. 

Honoring Carlin Dunne

This past weekend former Kona Clump team member Carlin Dunne was killed in a motorcycle crash while competing

Kona Dream Builds: Bailey Mixes Old and New on this Honzo ST Birthday Bike

Bailey from Goldstream Bicycles wanted to build himself a collectible Kona. Sensibly, he picked one of our limited-edition 30th Birthday Honzo STs as a base. We made 201 of these bikes this year and the dark chrome mirror finish is just pure bling. The resulting

On Short Rotation

Did you know that the summer solstice and the winter solstice simultaneously occur on either side of the planet? Day is night, up is down, and well, summer is winter. We happen to be on the rather chillier side of things… “You girls must be

Value of Grit

Words and art by Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt. The long days of Memorial Day weekend typically involve packing as much adventure as possible into a three-day window. After scouting a handful of logging roads during a previous climbing trip in the region, I had my

Kona Enduro Riders Take Over the U21 Podium at EWS Round Four

Round four of the Enduro World Series saw one massive contingent of Kona riders descend from all corners of the globe. Rhys Verner and Miranda Miller of the Kona Gravity Team were of course in attendance, also flying in from Canada was east coast cross

Dirty Dancing: Scott Mackay and Caleb Holonko Ride Boogie Nights

NSMBA’s Trail Adoption Plan began back in 2011, in an effort to give the Vancouver bike industry and local companies a chance to give back. Many of the trails on the North Shore were built over two decades ago. The wet winters and the high

Kona X Hand Up Gloves Available Now

We have teamed up with HandUp to produce two pairs of gloves that are perfect for most days. They feature a lightweight four-way stretch mesh fabric on the back of the hand and a stretchy easy to pull on cuffs. The palms are a durable single

Kona Dream Builds: Joe’s Classy Honzo DL

Joe at Bicycles of Phoenix has wanted a carbon Honzo for the last couple of years. “I like that it’s a legit, playful bike with progressive trail geometry.” He hadn’t had a hardtail in 18 years, so he wanted to build one that he would

The Long Sweet Ride

Words and photos by Kona Ambassador Sebastian De Meris. Despite the fact that the days are the longest at this time of the year, at university it is always the busiest period. Fortunately, this year we finished on June 21, which is just in time

Simone Medici 4th at Italian Nationals

Words by Kona Italian Ambassador Simone Medici. Photos by Italian Kona Ambassador Alex Luise. “The national championship is the most important race of the year for me and this year was hosted and organized by our team Kona Bike Center Cimone in the beautiful Sestola.

Matt Harris Enters OneUp’s Pain Cave on The Longest Day

Matt Harris’ resume is the one a lot of us dream of: Big wall rock climber, damn awesome

Kona Dream Builds: Jérôme’s Chocolate Coated Libre Looks Good Enough to Eat!

Belgium based bike shop Bike Your City Brussels teamed up with high end frame painter Unlimited Colors and

Hannah Bergemann + Tenet Components = Cinematic Gold

Tenet Components has just dropped the second stunning video in their series designed to encapsulate the brand’s unique ethos. Kona’s Hannah Bergemann takes center stage in this classically Pacific Northwest video and throws down some serious hammers in some less than ideal conditions. The Driven

Rhys Verner Wins Squamish Enduro on Home Turf

After a long break between EWS rounds, Kona Gravity and Enduro Team Rider and Squamish local Rhys Verner has been racking up the results on home turf, taking the win at the Harper Mountain round of the Canadian Enduro Series a few weeks back and

Kona Dream Builds: Stefan’s Hei Hei Trail DL

After a bit of an unscheduled hiatus, Kona Dream Builds are back. We are kicking things off with a 2016 Hei Hei Trail DL from Germany. In fact, it’s Rock Dog Cycles owner Stefan’s personal rig. He’s had it since it first arrived in his

Wallace Does the Canadian Double!

Cory Wallace never seems to slow down. Last weekend was no exception as the Canadian super athlete went back to back with two huge events: the Spakuwas 50 in Squamish and the  Ghost of the Gravel in Alberta. The Squamish race had Cory hammering on his Honzo,

Kona Ambassador Leah Maunsell is the Irish National Champ!

Leah Maunsell has repeated her title as Irish National Enduro Champion. We are beyond proud of the talent and hard work she continues to show! Congrats, Leah! “This weekend was the Irish National Enduro Champs in Ravensdale. There is always so much at stake at

The Longest Daze

Kona ambassador, Trevor Browne, decided to make it a long day of riding 300km around the Eastern Townships of Quebec. From sunrise to sunset he was inspired by all the beauty that unravels itself while riding a bike. From smooth bike paths to rough gravel roads the