Daily Archives: 08/16/2017

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…


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!