Monthly Archives: August 2017

Kona Rove ST… Now with Thru-Axles and More Tire Clearance

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the venerable steel Rove, further modernized…

Rove ST

Our venerable steel adventurer is back, offering that smooth steel ride and a great parts spec in a package with a whole lot of potential. This year the Rove ST gets flat mount disc brakes and thru-axles on its cromoly frame and fork, as well as more tire clearance at the chainstays to let you squeeze even more tire into it. Big ol’ gravel tires? Yep. High volume 650b conversion? Sure. The Rove ST keeps its wide-range SRAM Rival 1×11 drivetrain, and tubeless-ready wheels and tires. Where will the Rove ST take you? That’s up to your imagination.








Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!

Peloton Magazine says “the Kona Rove NRB defies expectations…”

“What do you do if you’re given an open-ended brief to make whatever drop-bar bike you want? If you’re a Kona Bikes’ product manager, you embrace your company’s quirky Pacific Northwest, off-beaten-path spirit and go for broke.”

Bryan Yates from Peloton Magazine joined us at our drop bar launch in Squamish a few weeks back, and got a chance to ride our new Rove NRB DL. We must agree that the Rove NRB defies expectations!

Read on at Peloton.

More Kona MTB Hardtails with Big Updates

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Today we bring you the a second wave of the freshly updated MTB Hardtail collection.

The Legendary Kona Ride

Kona’s heritage is in simple and capable mountain bikes. Names like Explosif, Cinder Cone, and Fire Mountain are instantly recognizable. Classic in name but modern everywhere else, Kona’s MTB Hardtails incorporate three decades’ experience honing the legendary “Kona Ride”.

With a sleek Honzo-esque aesthetic, improved standover clearance, and streamlined cable routing, the 2018 collection of Kona hardtails is our best yet. All the way from Lana’i to Lava Dome, Cinder Cone to Kahuna, these capable hardtails are the gateway to the Kona Ride.

Mohala

The Mohala is designed around our progressive geometry that is stable and confidence inspiring for those looking to push their riding skill further. Based around a 27.5-inch wheel known for its quick handling traits, the Mohala retains a good footprint that makes solid contact with the trail and boosts confidence. Spec’d with a RockShox fork, Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes, and a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, the Mohala is built like a Kona and is ready take leaps and bounds on the trail with you.







Lava Dome

Making bikes that are dependable, capable and built for everyday riding is what we are known for. Based on a renowned XC frame that is light, durable and fun, the Lava Dome, with its big 29-inch wheels, is just as capable on trails as it is bombing around banged-up streets. Consider this your SUV of the bicycle world.







Mahuna

The advantages of 29-inch wheels has been touted for years. They roll faster and have a larger contact patch with the trail, creating more traction and a more confident and fun ride. Add these traits to a dependable Kona hardtail, and you have a bike that will provide you with a lifetime of gritty grins: the Mahuna.






Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Three Kona Bikes on Bike Magazine’s 10 Best Hardtails Under $2000

If there has ever been an accolade for our MTB Hardtail and Honzo ranges, this is it: three bikes in a list of 10, with great notes from Bike Magazine on the value of Kona’s trail-ready, yet affordable mountain bikes.

“Another Kona? Yeah. Another. Three Konas made this 10-bike list because they’re smartly specced values and have modern geometry. We scoured the internet looking for an alternative from another brand that could top the Big Honzo at the $1,700 price point, but couldn’t find anything. So here it is, another killer Kona.”

All of these bikes are in stock now and available to order through your local dealer or Kona Ride Online. Read on at Bike Mag!

Cinder Cone

Big Honzo

Honzo AL/DR

Say Hello to the Kona Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL!

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: The all new Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL.

Rove Line Expansion

Multi-surface, multi-purpose: the new Rove is Kona’s take on a modern, all-day drop bar bike. Two all-new frames set the stage for the Rove line’s expansion: The flagship Rove LTD features a Reynolds 853 steel frame, while the Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL feature a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame. All three new models are paired with a full carbon, flat mount disc brake fork and high volume 650b tires.

Making use of WTB’s new range of tubeless-ready high volume 650b tires, the Rove can now go further than ever before while maintaining its quickness on smooth surfaces. The Rove has always been quick on the pavement yet capable on a variety of surfaces, and the move to high volume 650b wheels and tires extends that capability yet again.

Rove NRB DL

Consider a simple question: what does a modern road bike look like? If you ask us, it would be quick on the pavement but completely capable of putting in time on a variety of surfaces. Thru-axles, hydraulic brakes, and room for big tires. The Rove NRB DL is a distinctly Kona take on the modern all-day road bike.








Rove NRB

The Rove NRB is the evolution of the bike that was doing gravel before it became a buzzword. An all new frame and fork with thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes combine with the legendary Kona ride to make a modern drop bar bike that pushes the limits once again.










Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!

My Kona: Jake and the Zone LTD

My Kona: Jake and the Zone LTD

Jake Heilbron is one of Kona’s co-founders, a lover of bikes, and a year-round commuter to our Vancouver, BC offices – a two-hour round trip.

As a former road racer, Jake is committed to riding drop bar bikes for training and transportation. Over the years he’s ridden everything from the original titanium Haole in 1990, the cromoly Haole that followed, the original carbon Zone, the elusive Kona Kona, and, of course, lots and lots of Jake cyclocross bikes. While he takes them off when the weather truly improves, Jake’s bike wears fenders more often than not.


Being a year-round rider, what Jake seeks in a high performance commuting bike aligns with the needs of a discerning rider’s all day road bike. Jake’s commuting bike for the past year was actually a prototype in disguise: while it was made of titanium and said Esatto on the top tube, this bike was the test mule for the all new Zone LTD with updated endurance geometry, flat mount disc brakes, and thru-axles at both ends of the bike.

With geometry finalized, modern features confirmed, and all-year details settled, we opened a mold for the carbon successor to Jake’s test mule. Shortly thereafter, the Zone LTD frame samples arrived, and Jake waited patiently for one of the first working versions of the new SRAM Red eTap HRD group. The rest of the component selection, as you’ll see below, leaves nothing to be desired.


Earlier this summer, while Kona’s Finland-based in-house filmmaker Joonas Vinnari was in Vancouver for a visit, we headed out for a lunch ride with Jake and the Zone LTD. Our destination was Stanley Park, a popular ride loop for serious road cyclists and weekend warriors alike. Jake was keen to discuss the history of the Zone, the achievements of the new frame, and, of course, to get out for a ride.

Because that’s what the Zone LTD is about: having the ideal tool for the job, knowing why it is such, and riding it year round.


Get in Your Zone

Boundaries were made to be pushed, and the Zone LTD pushes them all.

By utilizing the newest and best technology available – like custom Dedacciai carbon, SRAM eTap HRD, flat mount disc brakes and thru-axles, the Zone LTD is already in a class of its own. Add a geometry and ride story with input from three Kona legends who know how a road bike should perform, and it all comes together to make the most comprehensive and complete carbon bike we’ve ever made.

From the SRAM Red eTap HRD electronic drivetrain with hydraulic discs to the Easton EC90 cockpit to the Mavic All Road Pro wheels wrapped in Challenge Paris-Roubaix open tubulars, we spared no expense so you won’t have to worry about a single thing. Each and every piece has been selected to create the ultimate endurance road bike. The Zone LTD holds nothing back.

The Zone LTD is available in three colorways, chosen by Kona’s owners. Jake chose red, co-founder Dan Gerhard chose orange, and Kona Europe’s head honcho Jimbo Holmstrom chose green.

After you peruse the detail photos below, find out more about the Zone LTD on Konaworld.com.






















Zone LTD. We spared no expense so you won’t have to worry about a single thing.

The New Kona Dr Dew: the Raddest Dew Yet?

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the super stylish Dr Dew.

The Raddest Dew Yet

This could be the raddest Dr Dew yet, and that’s saying a lot considering the popularity of our flagship Dew model. The SRAM NX 11-speed single ring drivetrain keeps things simple and smooth, while hydraulic brakes and full fenders ensure all-year confidence. This year the Dr Dew gets sweet tanwall WTB Horizon 650x47c tires and a color-matched parts kit that looks oh-so-sweet.

Dr Dew

Designed to turn heads, the Dr Dew is built to last like only a Kona can. Our flagship urban bike features an 11-speed SRAM drivetrain, fast and cushy 650b wheels and tires, sensible fenders, and a bell right out of the box. It’s ready to take on whatever you can throw at it.











Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!

Kona Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL: New Graphics, New Spec

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL.

Big Traction, Big Fun, Big Honzo

The Big Honzo is one of four frames in the Honzo lineup, and it’s the only one with geometry optimized for 27.5+ wheels. The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL offer all the fun the Honzo is known for, with the added traction and compliance of 2.8″ rubber.

Big Honzo DL

Take the agile handling and legendary fun of the Honzo, give it the confidence-inspiring traction and comfort of 27.5+ tires, and you get a new-school hardtail. With geometry optimized around 27.5+ wheels, a new RockShox Revelation fork, fast and grippy tubeless-ready Maxxis Rekon 2.8” tires, and a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, the Big Honzo DL is ready to tackle the chunkiest terrain you can find.

Big Honzo

Our Honzo line was already wildly popular before we introduced the Big Honzo, and now there’s yet another flavor to enjoy. With the addition of traction-happy and smooth-riding 27.5+ wheels, the Big Honzo is a confidence-inspiring singletrack shredder.

Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!

An Update from Connor Fearon as Three Kona Gravity Riders Prepare for the DH World Champs in Cairns

Earlier this week the Australian National DH team was announced and Kona Gravity team rider Connor Fearon made the list along with teammates Josh Button and Tegan Molloy. You may be wondering what Connor’s been up to recently and may have noticed his absence from the World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne.

We caught up with Connor and Kona Gravity team manager Mathieu Dupelle in Squamish during the North American Kona Ride launch to get the scoop on the situation. Connor gave it to us straight:

“Alright, so way back at Andorra World Cup I crashed 3 corners from the finish in my race run. For the next few days my hand was pretty swollen and sore from the crash but I could still ride and thought whatever was wrong would heal.

After 3 weeks of it really slowly getting better I got x-rays to see if anything was broken. Turns out my little finger was pretty much broken in half and I had to get a little surgery to put wires into my finger to keep it straight. This really sucked because it would mean I miss out on MSA and Val di Sole. These are the first and second World Cup I’ve ever missed since starting in 2011 (42 World Cup starts).

Thankfully, my hand will be 100% by cairns world champs. I’m so determined that this injury will not slow me down at that race. I can still do most of my training and my full focus is now on world champs!” – Connor Fearon

Mathieu weighed in with his side as the team manager for one of the most consistent riders on the World Cup circuit:

“Unfortunately, this is disappointing for Connor, but it’s part of every pro athlete’s career at some point to have to step down from a couple events to get better. Thankfully, he will be OK for the World Championships in Cairns, in his home country of Australia. He’s been looking forward to this particular race for the last couple of years.

Connor is a smart, hard working person that is determined with what he wants. He will do everything in his power to be 110% ready for the World Champs and will be even hungrier for a good result since he will have missed the last two World Cup races.” – Mathieu Dupelle

So there you have it: an update from Connor, a particularly gnarly x-ray image, and a plan for what is arguably Connor’s biggest race of the year, the World Championships in Cairns. We look forward to watching Connor and fellow Australians Josh and Tegan represent on home turf!

The New Kona Rove LTD: Reynolds 853 Steel and 650B Wheels

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the all new Reynolds 853 Rove LTD…

The Pinnacle

The Rove LTD is the pinnacle of our expanded Rove lineup. The Reynolds 853 frame is designed around the new generation of high volume 650b tires, with Shimano E-thru axles at both ends of the bike. The Rove LTD, along with its new siblings the Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL, features a tapered head tube and full carbon flat mount disc fork. These bikes truly are Kona’s take on a modern all day drop bar bike.

Rove LTD

The Rove LTD gets a wide range SRAM Force 1 drivetrain with a Force carbon crank and hydraulic brakes. WTB KOM i25 TCS rims are shod with tubeless-ready WTB Horizon TCS 650x47c tires, and laced to SRAM S900 thru-axle hubs. It’s a no-holds-barred build that verges on custom. Whether you’ve got long distance gravel events in your sights, or just enjoy the feel of steel and big tires, this is one bike that won’t leave you wanting more.


Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

CX Magazine Rides the All New Kona Jake: “A worthy successor in the company’s long history of cyclocross bikes…”

Andrew Yee from Cyclocross Magazine joined us for our drop bar launch in Squamish last month. With the all new Jake series out in the wild, we’re happy to share Andrew’s in-depth look at our completely revamped cyclocross platform.

“Kona has kept the Jake line simple: an elegant, race-worthy three-bike line-up that is a worthy successor in the company’s long history of cyclocross bikes.”

There’s a ton of information in this article: geometry considerations and comparisons, spec talk and ride impressions, and a huge gallery with images of all three Jake models. Head on over to CX Magazine to check it out!

Journalists and the Kona Endurance Team gather to ride new 2018 cyclocross bikes. 2018 Kona Jake cyclocross bikes. © Cyclocross Magazine

 

The New Kona Explosif… Damn!

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the updated (and damn sweet if we may say so) Explosif…

EXPLOSIF

Kona’s heritage in steel hardtails runs deep, and today’s Explosif is a direct descendant of our legendary originals. The Explosif’s Reynolds 520 cromoly frame has been updated with a new seat tube gusset for improved standover and retains our sliding dropouts for you single speed lovers out there.

This year we’ve pulled out all the stops with the Explosif’s spec. A SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and Guide brakes, the brand new 35mm-stanchion RockShox Revelation fork with 120mm of travel, a Reverb dropper with 1x lever, and tubeless-ready Maxxis tires on WTB i29 TCS rims.

The Explosif rides like only a Kona can, and we’re sure you’ll appreciate it for years to come.









Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!