In Stock and Available Now – The New Titanium 29 Kona Raijin

Kona USA's Kevin Noble's Raijin prototype test bike. A build kit specifically selected for wet, dark, deep NW Washington singletrack

Due for release in early Spring 2012, the Kona USA product and testing group has been hard at work on a new titanium hardtail 29-inch wheel mountain bike – the all-new Raijin. With a long history in titanium design, and some serious expertise in designing unique, industry leading 29-inch wheel bikes, the new Raijin comes loaded with cool custom features, on a frame designed by Kona and manufactured in the USA by Lynskey Performance Designs.

The Raijin (the Japanese god of lightning and thunder) is all about maximizing the inherent virtues of titanium with geometry ideally suited to fast, efficient, simple, and ridiculously fun singletrack riding. Our Kona USA product testers are loving every minute riding their prototypes, so much so we’re having a hard time keeping them in the office.

The Raijin will be available as a frameset only in early April, 2012. Suggested retail is $1,899USD with a target weight of approximately 4-pounds (1.8kgs) for an 18-inch frame. It comes in a raw, industrial mill finish with lazer-etched graphics and features a stylish Kona engraved logo on the driveside chainstay yoke.

The super sexy Raijin frameset is made using 3/2.5Ti tube material with a shaped downtube that is curved at the headtube. The design aims to perfectly balance the need for both stiffness and compliancy in a trail bike. We take all that we’ve learned in 29, hardtail and titanium bike design and create a trail master that channels rider forces perfectly, while at the same time using the compliant nature of titanium to take the edge of off trail feedback. All in all, a real gem of a bike, designed specifically for the discerning mountain cyclist.

Some of the cool frame features on the Raijin include:
* Press fit BB30 bottom bracket
* 44mm diameter HT designed for a 1.5″ external lower cup for tapered fork, with a zero stack upper cup
* Frame is drawn around 100mm fork using external 1.5″ lower cup
* Sliding dropouts
* Comes with both singlespeed and derailleur hangers
* 27.2mm seat post
* 5 frame sizes: 16″, 18″, 19″, 20″, & 22″

Geometry Highlights (for 18″ frame):
* Head tube angle – 69.5
* Seat tube angle – 74
* Bottom bracket height – 12.2″ (310mm)
* Bottom bracket size – 773mm
* Stack – 24.8″ (629mm)
* Wheel base – 43.5″ (1105mm)
* Reach – 16.3″ (415mm)

30 thoughts on “In Stock and Available Now – The New Titanium 29 Kona Raijin

  1. Izzy says:


  2. Tom Sullivan says:

    I’m still loving my Steel frame that I bought 3 months ago and now it looks like I’ve found my next frame. Ti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Clink says:


    Please make sure it is available in the UK:
    a) at the same time as USA
    b) at a fair price (not $ for £).

    Can we pre-order?

  4. roland lovell says:

    What are the chances of getting one of these beauts in the U.K ?

  5. Clink says:

    Chainstay length??

  6. JB says:

    Very Nice! When will the full geo be released?

  7. MattGvt says:

    Very nice frame! What is the chainstay length and max rear tire size?

  8. Noah, put one in the basket for me. Pure home run, gives me adrenaline chills just thinking about it. I want to run min as yours but with a rigid front end. Any hope of doing a unicrown ti fork like you did in the 90’s?

  9. Ben says:

    I’ve been looking for something to fill the gap my former ti king kahuna left. Love the 29er format and ti and kona – what a dream.

    Please have short rear stays on this frame + please sell to the UK, please!!!!!

  10. tom says:

    nothing more than a standard Lynskey, the same frame as Bulls, Cotic, Salsa; Marin blablabla…

  11. cory says:

    Hi Tom,
    It is made by Lynskey, but with our geometry, dropouts, etc. Take a look at them compared to the others, and I think you’ll see that they’re different.

  12. boomking says:

    I NEED her!

  13. Andreas says:

    Wow, looks great! Please keep the classic decals (the best-looking Kona typeface ever).

  14. chris says:

    29er????!!!!???? aaggghhhh!!! what about a 26inch version for those of us not american?

  15. Ben says:

    Can you confirm the stand over height on the 18″ model please?
    How far along the top tube is it measured from?

    My 18″ 2011 Unit has a taller head tube and lower stand over than the figures quoted here. I’d love to get one, but I fear i won’t have enough clearance to ride it comfortably.

  16. Mine should be in late next week! I will be nice to do a side by side with my Sola SL 29. I thing the 69.5 deg head angle will be great for all day in the woods

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  18. ghis says:

    I was waiting for a Ti frame by Kona since the Hei hei but in 26′ please (i’m french, living in the french Alps so…). Any chance one day ???

  19. Another Chris says:

    Please make a 26″ version and I’ll order three to our family right away.

  20. Promo vtt says:

    Wowwwwww! Great bike, I love it and will order it for christmas !! ahahha

  21. That’s what i call a cool bike, pure moutain bike here, looks good and fast

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