Paxson Selected for Pan-Am Championships

paxson xcThe team, which features four men’s and six women’s elite cross-country riders, will vie for valuable UCI points at the five-day event. These UCI points will help determine the XCO ranking for the United States as it relates to Team USA’s Olympic Rider Quota push to qualify the maximum number of mountain bike rider slots for the Rio Olympic Games next summer.

Cross-Country Elite Men
Stephen Ettinger* (Bozeman, Mont./Sho-Air-Cannondale)
Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Race Team)
Spencer Paxson (Bellingham, Wash./Kona Bicycles Factory Team)
Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing)

Cross-Country Elite Women
Lea Davison* (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing)
Georgia Gould* (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team)
Erin Huck* (Boulder, Colo./SCOTT-3Rox Racing)
Evelyn Dong (Park City, Utah/Sho-Air-Cannondale)
Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Team KENDA-M&M Racing)
Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Team Stan’s NoTubes-Niner)

Cross-Country U23 Men
Howard Grotts* (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing XC)
Keegan Swenson (Escondido, Calif./Sho-Air-Cannondale)

Cross-Country U23 Women
Kate Courtney* (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing)

Cross-Country Juniors Men
Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling)

Cross-Country Juniors Women
Ksenia Lepikhina* (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado Boulder)

Downhill Elite Men
Dylan Conte (Stowe, Vt.)
Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich./Northern Arizona University)
Max Morgan (Duluth, Ga.)
Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Gstaad-Scott)

Downhill Juniors Men
Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)

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Antoine Bizet to Ride Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle and Connor Fearon to Race Crankworx Rotorua DH

bizet_flipWHISTLER, B.C. March 3, 2015– The invites are out for the first Slopestyle event of the Crankworx World Tour, launching the quest to secure the Triple Crown of Slopestyle in its inaugural year.

The coveted Triple Crown has been created to recognize the perfect trifecta of athletic performance, a win at every round of the Crankworx Slopestyle Series. Only 20 top athletes, and three alternates, will have the opportunity to compete for the new title. Read More

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Winterbike 2015 at Kingdom Trails in Vermont

11024713_924154470962152_4022757754702315278_nThis past Saturday, Kona’s amazing dealer Bicycle Express from Northfield, Vermont made it ‘s way up to the fourth annual Winterbike Fat Bike event at Kingdom Trails to show off the new Kona Wo’s.

The event put on by and Kingdom Trails has grown to be a huge success with over 400 participants this year. Read More

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Kona’s triple win at the Oceania Championships

Read all about Kona’s triple win at the Oceania Championships. Fearon winning men’s elite, Crimmins men’s junior, and Molloy women’s elite. Read more


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City Trails 1.2 video featuring the Jake the Snake

From Matthew Brown: This is the winter edition of city trails. This time I thought as most bikers switch to cyclocross bikes then so would I…..only I decided I’d push the limits of man and machine once again…..I’m told I’m too old to be doing this (about to turn 40), but I say age is just a number and anyone can be inspired to push themselves to another level…So sit back and enjoy my latest rendition of what bike riding means to me, and if you are motivated to try and hit that trail feature you’ve never done before, or that skinny that terrifies you, or if it just opens your eyes to the possibilities, then my job was well done.. Ride on my friends!
Super massive thanks to Wilson Hale for letting me use his bike……..

Find out more about the Richmond Bike Studio here or follow them on Twitter @RBSoffroadteam

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Dongguan Kona China Shop

Screenshot 2015-03-02 12.18.47If you’re going to be in Dongguan China, check out the new Kona section at QL Cycle

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BikeRadar’s Honzo First Ride: “nimble, stiff and confident”

1423493196742-1hpf79bjk3uxp-700-80Conventional, but not necessarily correct wisdom suggests 29ers should be the preserve of long-distance truckers designed to bang out miles as efficiently as possible, while their smaller-wheeled brethren are best for aggressive flickable fun. There are a growing number of bikes bucking the trend, with Kona’s Honzo joining its full suspension cousin, the Process 111, in the winch-up, point-down-and-hold-on 29er format. Read more

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Bike Bible Process 134 SE

“I actually really like that it is not really a women’s specific bike, I like the idea of marketing just towards small people and I kind of wonder if that is not how it is gonna go in the future”

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Kona Factory Team Germany Reports

3. Platz für das Kona Factory Team aus Schonach beim ICE Rider MTB Winterrennen. Read More

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Cycling Point Reports from Czech Republic

REPORT #1/ 2015 !!!! …od WinterOkoloHradce, přes FINÁLE SP CX 2014/15 Hoogerheide, až po MISTROVSTVÍ SVĚTA CX 2015 Tábor!… Read More

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Dew Files: Hardy Bikes for Hardy People – Coming Soon!

Check out the teaser for our upcoming Dew Files. It’s our first international episode, where we take the enigmatic Dr Dew to Helsinki, Finland to find out what make Finnish people so darn tough.

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Bertrand Gilles is Ready for the Season (Barracuda Racing)

Photo: Christophe Bortels
Après sept titres de champion de Belgique conquis aussi bien en descente qu’en 4X, Bertrand Gilles a décidé d’élargir encore quelque peu son champs d’action en 2015 et de consacrer sa saison à l’enduro ! Barracuda l’accompagnera évidemment dans cette aventure en fournissant un superbe Kona Process 153 Deluxe.
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