2012 Sneak Peak – The New All-Mountain Satori

Born from the ethereal minds of Kona’s product group, the new 2012 Satori is a 130mm travel, aggressively oriented, all-mountain 29-inch wheel mountain bike designed to blaze through technical, rough terrain while still excelling at being light, nimble and quick of climb. We chose the name wisely. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to a flash of sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment, and is considered a “first step” or embarkation toward nirvana. On a more specific (and somewhat weirder) tangent, satori has been described as being similar to awakening one day with an additional pair of arms. Bonus! In the case of Kona’s all-new 2012 Satori, we’ve substituted those new arms with a pair of 29-inch wheels. We think you’ll like them.

Inspired by a solid 8-year history manufacturing 29er bikes, Kona’s product group set out to create a nimble bike that provides plush suspension in a simple, light, stiff and aesthetically pleasing package. The bike features all the benefits of Kona’s long-standing commitment to 4-Bar suspension, the most notable of which being shock tune-ability. But instead of using a Walking Beam linkage configuration, the Satori uses a Swing Link design that allows increased standover for a more aggressively oriented 29er bike. Another key feature of the bike are its short chainstays, one of the main design elements contributing to its quickness and agility when it comes to more technical terrain.

The inspiration for the bike came from our US sales force, many of whom are die-hard 29er lovers, all of whom are extremely skilled bike handlers who like to push trail and rider limits. The design brief was to make a slacker (head tube angle is 68°), shorter, longer travel (130mm) dual suspension 29er that could find that sweet spot between plush travel and aggressive geometry, without sacrifice climbing efficiency and trail quickness. It’s purposed specifically for those who ride on rough, rolling, technical terrain where big wheels and longer travel enables you to lay to waste anything in your path.

The frame is made using 6061 shaped aluminum for a light, strong, super stiff frameset. The bike uses a 142×12 rear axle and a 20mm front fork thru axle, both using a Maxle QR. The front fork is a Rock Shox Revelation 29er RLT with tapered steertube, while the rear shock is a Fox Float RP2 XV, which features an extra volume chamber to reduce ramp-up and retain plush, consistent suspension characteristics through the entire stroke.

The Satori comes with wide 710mm bars, an Easton Vice 29 wheelset, Maxxis Ardent tires (2.4 front, 2.25 rear) and a SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain. The prototype you see in these photos weighs in at 27.5 pounds. The 2012 production model will probably weigh in at 28.5 to 29 pounds. The Satori will be available at a Kona dealer near you Fall 2011.

29 thoughts on “2012 Sneak Peak – The New All-Mountain Satori

  1. Dylan says:

    Gone with a whole new suspension system.Will the DH bike be completly different?Are you building a new DH rig?

  2. Kyal Tillman says:

    Daddy likey, sign me up.

  3. choo says:

    Is it gonna have that same finish on the frame? I really like that —-no paint—oh yeah

  4. Andrew Mee says:

    OMG..! that is the besy Kona i have EVER seen…!! WANT.. ;o)

  5. Timmay says:

    If you need any field testers, I’m in.

  6. Jan says:

    Wo, wo, wo, It looks like Intense 6.6!

  7. KJR says:

    Hands down the best looking Kona I’ve ever seen! This is an amazing looking bike. I’ve got a 2011 CoilAir, and I’m completely in love with it, but I sure like the look of the shock running into the top tube! Good job Kona!

  8. yänu says:


  9. cory says:

    Yes, Yanu, iscg.

  10. Sascha says:

    really nice… a frameset in raw would be perfekt!
    what will be the targeted price?

  11. cory says:

    Yanu, I should say iscg05.

  12. Aaron Peet says:

    Any news on chainstay length? The Hei-Hei 29 comes in at 18″, while not terrible, certainly could be improved upon. Hopefully they’ve done that here.

  13. cory says:

    Hi Aaron,
    The chainstays are 17.5″ long.

  14. Bryan says:

    Yessssss. I’ve wondered what it would be like to reduce my collection of bikes by replacing my hei hei 29er and gemini with an all mountain ride to split the difference, but until I saw this I was unwilling to part with either of them. I would put on a hammershmidt AM and dropper seatpost. Hmmmmm, tough, tough choices.

  15. mitchell says:

    Haha, sounds like a good idea when on the path to Nirvana

  16. bungee says:

    Love the raw finish, laser-etch “KONA” on the downtube and it’ll be just perfect! Time I bought my next Kona…

  17. fuzzbuzz says:

    Want. Now.

  18. Susanne L. says:

    Hey, what kind of money are we talking about, here??? Not that it matters…..just curious. Have you come up with it yet?

  19. Susanne L. says:

    what’s the price?…not that it matters…..

  20. Christian says:

    Never thought I was gonna say this: I want this Kona bike! Seriously, I do! But please, regular 1.5 headtube, no need for this tapered nonsense!

  21. mike says:

    If you make it available as just a frame option or with the Fox 34 140mm talas fork standard or as an option, I will head to my Kona dealer right now and leave them a down payment!
    p. s. please keep it in the raw finish like the prototype!

  22. Jeff Donnelly says:

    This is sick. Please tell me that Kona is going back to the old days of cool paint jobs.

  23. bigred says:

    Please make this available in frame only as well as the spec ASAP.

    Gods Be Good

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