The Aki Factory DH/Enduro Team ride Kona

1660287_1531508527128852_5927176181599961235_nThese guy look man, lean and ready for action. Keep up with the Aki Factory Team on Facebook and their website

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MTB Mag Interviews Connor Fearon

DSC3103From MTB MAG: You may not hear a whole lot about Connor Fearon on a daily basis during the World Cup Race season, but he’s been steadily creeping up and becoming more of a threat on the race scene. The young Australian rider is known for being rather quiet and lets his riding do the talking.

On a bike, Connor’s style looks like a lethal combination of Chris Kovarik’s aggression mixed with Sam Hill’s all out speed and witty lines. Last year, he showed some brilliance with a few good results, but more importantly, some seriously competitive split times. Right at the end of the year, Connor had a horrific crash at Worlds. We’ve been keeping tabs on him via social media and he seems to be recovering nicely. A couple weeks ago, we reached out to the young pinner to see what’s new and how he’s getting along. Read more


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Re-Up – Kona’s XC Race Light Maui Video

Last year we took a handful of Kona Team athletes, a trio of carbon XC Race Light bikes, Sherpas Cinema and Sterling Lorence to the jungles and beaches of Maui for a little high speed fun. While our XC Race Light bikes are designed to compete on the world stage, it’s virtually impossible for us to make a cross-country that isn’t an ocean full of fun at the same time. With bikes like the Hei Hei Supreme winning the BC Bike Race numerous times, and the King Kahuna placing on the podium of the US XC National Championships, there’s no arguing our bikes go quick. But mountain biking isn’t just about winning. There’s all those sweet training rides with friends, on rad trails in stunning locations. This edit is all about just that.

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Dirt Rag’s First Impressions of the Precept DL: “maximum fun on a wide variety of trails”

kona-precept-DL-first-impression-1From Dirt Rag: Kona’s line of Process bikes has been a runaway success, racking up a number of positive reviews and happy customers. The Precept line offers many of the same qualities that riders love about the Process—slack angles, short chainstays, aggressive attitude—and hits a more wallet-friendly price point.

The Precept DL pictured here retails for $1,899, well below some of the other bikes in this group test. The least expensive Process 134 lands at $2,799, and there is a less expensive Precept model at just $1,599. Read more

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Icefields Parkway- Cory Wallace Adventures

wally on the ice road A couple winters ago good buddy Leighton Poidevin from Canmore and myself road 205 km of the Icefields parkway from just north of Lake Louise to Jasper in prepertion for a big year of 24hr racing. This is arguably the most scenic highway in Canada as it runs over high mountain passes through the heart of the Rockies via Jasper and Banff National Parks. That year we lucked out with some warm weather around -8 degrees but 8 inches of snow at the start which made the journey into a 13 hr slog. This year we had an urge to revisit the ride but were having a hard time finding the right weather opening to make it happen.

The mission is pretty solid in the winter and takes a lot of convincing to get the mind on board. After some humming and hawing I finally convinced it this was a good idea and gave Leighton a call. He’s a real trooper and up for anything pretty much. We made a little plan and soon I was piling some stuff in a pack, hopping into the truck and leaving Jasper in the late afternoon. After driving 140 km south to Rampart creek hostel, I ditched the truck and set off at dusk for a 60 km ride south to Mosquito creek hostel, just north of Lake Louise. The short(ish) ride turned into a nippy one as the temperature dipped from -17 to -24, requiring numerous stops to adjust the clothing. The body was holding up pretty good except for my legs, which were getting frostbitten as just my bike shorts and gore tex pants weren’t meeting the insulation requirements. It was a bugger stopping in the middle of the highway, stripping down and putting on long underwear and redressing, but it was needed and after that the ride improved. Traveling through the dark was a crazy sensation as I had no idea where I was but after 4 hours I finally checked into Mosquito creek hostel for the night. I ate a huge a quinoa dinner and had short visit with some ice climbers from Victoria, then it was off to bed for some shut eye before meeting Leighton at 7:30in the morning for the 205 km back to Jasper. I hoped it would be warmer in the morning. More Here

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Bike Magazine – Kona Process 111 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

From Bike: When Kona announced its redesigned Process bikes in 2013, we knew it was a turning point in mountain bike design. The new bikes featured longer top tubes paired with shorter stems. They also had uber-short rear ends, and were purpose-built for dropper posts. This year’s Process 111 is the big-wheeled bike in the lineup, and it’s a much more capable rig than its 111-milimeters of rear suspension suggests. The geometry chart pretty much guarantees that this thing is going to be a blast to ride, but how did our testers get on with the 111′s suspension and componentry? Watch the review video to find out. Read more

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Inside Info: Connor Fearon’s Process (Downhill247)

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Kona Skeleton Raglan Tees available now

RaglanSingleClick here for a zoom of the graphic. Please contact Web Orders to order, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to ask about stickers, hats, socks and other Kona propaganda available now. Stayed tuned for the Kona webstore coming soon.

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Rad Racing Cyclocross Nationals Report

Scott Funston (RAD Racing NW getting the gold in the Junior Men's 15-16 race.  © Brian NelsonRad Racing manager Jim Brown reports: Well Nationals has come and gone. They did a good job of “Keeping Austin Weird”…

We sent 13 riders to Texas, + staff. Day 1 brought our first Podium with Jack Spranger scoring 4th place in the Boys 11/12 race. Filling out the day brought 7th for Joe Spranger in the 9/10 boys, 7th Place for Annie Rosser in the 11/12 Girls, and Gideon Bender notched 11th place in the 13/14 boys from the back of the grid. Trey Trefry and Parker King got caught up in a big crash at the start and their hopes were dashed from the beginning. Read More

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White Style 2015 is coming up

p4pb11802845From Pinkbike: There’s only 18 days to go until some of the world’s best freeriders present what they have up their sleeves after the winter break. Who will come out on top and steal the first win of the season? All the action will go down at White Style in Leogang.

Spotlights on, trick bag open and we are ready for White Style! This unique mountain bike slopestyle contest on snow is the FMB World Tour season opener in Europe. On January 30th some of the world’s most eager bike riders will kick off their season under Saalfelden Leogang’s Schanteilift. They will be bringing their whips, flips and spins with them as well as high hopes of taking the 2015 title. Spectators might even get to see some new tricks, which the riders have been working on during the off-season. Read more


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Winter riding with The Gap Coaching

Patrizia and me are really stoked living in a place which is without a doubt one of the best riding spots in the alps. Schöckl Trail Area offers great natural trails and an uplift service transporting mountainbikers over the whole year: Located at the southeast of the alps with Austria´s second biggest city just around the corner the main season starts in march and ends at the end of november, but it´s the winter season that makes this place so unique. Read More

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Kona now available at Straight up Cycles in Victoria, BC

IMG_1549Come down to the shop for all your Kona needs. More info on Straight up Cycles here

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