Daily Archives: 05/01/2017

CX Magazine posts their First Look at our 2018 Major Jake

Andrew from CX Magazine swung by our booth at Sea Otter to check out our new drop bar bikes and quickly absconded with our brand new Major Jake. They teased us with an Instagram post from the show but have now posted up this in-depth First Look on their website.

“At Sea Otter 2017, we got a first look at the new carbon 2018 Major Jake cyclocross bike, and it looks like Kona did its homework with this new frame.”

Read Andrews’ First Impressions at CX Magazine here.

Sleek lines and thin seat stays offer up a smooth look, and reportedly, a 10% smoother (more compliant) ride. The new 2018 carbon Kona Major Jake cyclocross bike. 2017 Sea Otter Classic. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Sleek lines and thin seat stays offer up a smooth look, and reportedly, a 10% smoother (more compliant) ride. The new 2018 carbon Kona Major Jake cyclocross bike. 2017 Sea Otter Classic. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Aggy Reflects on the Second Stop of the Fest Series – Black Sage

BLACKSAGE_AGGY_By ADL4845

Black Sage was a great addition to the Fest Series and was possibly one of the best events we’ve had yet for a number of reasons. To start it off, all the boys were put up in a mansion of a house just outside of Bend, OR. The only downfall was it was an hour commute to the jumps each day. Everyone was told to bring motos if we could, so we had a big moto posse for the all weather days we had where we couldn’t ride our bikes. We were shown numerous amounts of trail systems and even some freeride spots where we could all session together in one area.

BLACKSAGE_AGGY_By ADL4551

This event also had a beer sponsor which gave us unlimited beers for the boys for our post-ride shenanigans! All in all, it seemed like the local community was really stoked on this event and everyone wanted to help out wherever they could so it was really cool.

BLACKSAGE_AGGY_By ADL4735

Unfortunately, on only my second session on the lower jump in the line, I went a little deep and over-cranked a whip that I had to eject from… Turns out you can really crank whips with the 27.5 wheel size! I had an awkward bailout and rolled my ankle pretty good on impact. The hospital said there was no sign of new bone fractures, just some old ones of course. There were some small bone fragments on either side of my ankle, though, likely from small ligament tears.

BLACKSAGE_AGGY_By ADL6396

So I’m back on the mend for two weeks minimum I’ve been told, it could’ve been a lot worse. Really starting to feel the itch of not riding right now. All the trails have opened up back home here in Kamloops and I’ve just been frothing over my new bikes! This has given me a small window of time to play catch up on some house and yard projects among other things. Like always though, every time an injury happens, whether it’s big or small, I always remember just how lucky I am to do what I do. I seriously cannot wait to go shred my bike again soon!

BLACKSAGE_AGGY_By ADL5453

BLACKSAGE_AGGY_By ADL0717

#PrayForSunshine – Connor Fearon and Josh Button get Delivered From the Rain

Man, it seems like Connor Fearon and the Kona Gravity Team cannot catch a break this year when it comes to the weather. The Rotorua round of the EWS was an absolute mess, with riders crossing the finish line totally demoralized. The second EWS round in Tasmania wasn’t much better. After a sunny, dry and almost dusty practice in Lourdes, France for round 1 of the UCI DH World Cup it looked like the team was going to finally catch a break. But this is World Cup racing and dry race runs have recently been about as scarce as hen’s teeth, so it was no surprise that the weather God(s) threw riders a curve ball over the weekend.

Lourdes17BB-7295

If you watched the race unfold on RedBull.tv you’ll know what happened, as the riders dropping in neared the pointy end of the qualifiers a storm rolled in from out of nowhere, bringing with it high winds and intense pelting rain. The dry track which had been thrashed all weekend turned into an ice rink. Riders were getting bucked and thrown to the ground as no one had tested wet weather lines during the practice leading up to finals day. Connor would never have predicted that his disappointing qualifying time would, in fact, be his saving grace. As Connor sat in the start hut, the high head-on winds arrived. He dropped in just minutes before the rain showed up and proceeded to put on a masterclass of riding, the consistent and calculating rider we saw last season was gone and in its place a risk taking Connor who bested the adverse conditions and crossed the line in 5th place. The remaining riders left at the top of the hill has a different battle as the rain got heavier and changed the course irrevocably.

lourdes17bb_N3X7082

“I really am stoked today. I qualified pretty far back yesterday with no excuses so I felt a bit nervous coming into the finals. I had full confidence in myself but when the weather came in I was a bit worried. Luckily I left right before the rain really set in and gave it my best crack. I felt awesome in my run, the crowd was the most insane crowd of a World Cup I’ve ever been to! It’s a shame the rest of the riders had to battle conditions worse than me but that’s how it goes sometimes. I’m really happy with a podium and it makes me keen for fort William.” – Connor Fearon

during round one of the UCI MTB World Cup series. Lourdes, France.

lourdes17bb_N3X6832

Josh Button with his early seeding, had the luck of riding a track that matched practice and qualifying conditions. Not happy with his 63rd qualifying position Josh bested his earlier finish and crossed the line in 31st, motivated more than ever to crush it at Fort William.

lourdes17bb_N3X5838

“It was a pretty good day for me, 31st in the end. I felt off the pace all weekend and struggled to find my confidence. Times were really tight so a few little mistakes cost me a lot of positions. Keen to go home and get ready for Fort Bill.” – Josh Button

during round one of the UCI MTB World Cup series. Lourdes, France.

Lourdes17BB-6379

Lourdes17BB-6439

Pumped on his qualification run, Canadian junior, Anthony Poulson didn’t finish his day quite how he’d planned. After a solid practice run early in the morning, he was riding fast in his race run and feeling excited for a top ten finish. A crash in the final straight, though, took out any hopes he had of a solid finish. Like Josh, he’s looking at Fort William for redemption.

Lourdes17BB-6238

“I’d say I’m stoked and not at the same time. Really happy to be riding where I always wanted to but so bummed to have a big crash on the last straight in my race run and being DSQ. I was on a good run so it would have been interesting. Anyway, that’s racing, stoked for Fort William in a month or so.” – Anthony Poulson

lourdes17bb_N3X5295