Monthly Archives: February 2018

Video: Ice Fishing with Aggy POV

Back in early January, Aggy headed out to The Farm in Kamloops. It was the first snow ride of the season and a solid crew showed up to shuttle laps in The Farm‘s winter ‘Burb (an old 4×4 Chevy Suburban with full chains and an internal wood stove!). Aggy was riding his custom painted Trout bike, a 2015 26″ carbon Operator, built up with Maxxis beavers (in the Exo sidewall) with custom studs, up on Novatec demon wheels and hubs. The bike is kitted with SRAM and RockShox head to toe as well and has a Kore cockpit, Sensus grips and HT pedals.

Aggy sets up the studded Maxxis Beavers himself. After drilling holes from the outside in, various length sheet metal screws are then inserted from the inside out of the tire. A standard tube pumped to 60 PSI then provides solid traction, flats are rare and Aggy says that these studded tires still weigh less than his summertime DH setup.

The Trout bike in all its Rainbow glory, painted by Vancouver legend Painthouse Customs

That paint though… If Aggy keeps repurposing his old 26″ bikes like this, then #26aintdead.

PinkBike Reviews the Kona Wah Wah II Composite Pedal “Kona’s Wah Wah II pedals are ready to rock”

“Kona’s Wah Wah II pedals are ready to rock, with a wide, grippy platform that provides plenty of support for keeping those feet in place no matter how rough the trail, and a price tag that’s tough to beat.” – Mike Kazimer

PinkBike‘s Mike Kazimer has been on our Kona Wah Wah II’s for the last few months and this morning posted up his very positive review on their site. It’s the latest in a bunch of glowing reviews for our new pedals and you can check it out here. You can check out Vital’s and Bike’s reviews here and here.

Your local Kona dealer will have stock but you can also purchase the new Wah Wah II composite pedals here in our web store.

Ti Tuesday: Alan’s zippy Single Speed Ti Raijin

Alan’s Ti Raijin isn’t a big showy head turner of a bike. It’s been built up as durable zippy single speed for Alan’s local trails at Sports Swap in Toronto. Closer inspection reveals a thoughtful parts selection that will truly go the distance and perhaps last as long as this Raijin Ti frame will. The Stan’s Crest wheels laced to Paul Components hubs are a case in point. The Cane Creek 110 headset and Spank Subrosa bars are another.  The smattering of SRAM and Avid bits and pieces show their age, but also an element of if it ain’t broke… The carbon Truvative XO cranks (with North Shore Billet spider and ring), Avid Juicy Ultimates and 100m Reba forks are all super solid and reliable choices that round out this solid single speed steed.

Introducing the Satori and Satori DL

It might be deep in the heart of winter in the northern hemisphere, but we’re starting to see signs of spring popping up. The longer days and slightly warmer temperatures mean bike season is just around the corner. Ushering in a new season seems like the perfect time to introduce a new bike, so with that in mind, we are thrilled to introduce the all-new Satori and Satori DL!

The Satori and Satori DL: mid-travel trail bikes that are ready for anything!

Don’t call it a comeback… The 2019 Satori is the best of both worlds old and new. On a five-year hiatus, the Satori reinvents itself in the best way possible. Our original longer-travel 29er, the new Satori has heritage derived from the Process, the Hei Hei, and the Hei Hei Trail. With updated geometry, longer reach, a shorter stem, and a trunnion shock, the Satori is as awesome as it was before, only with the benefit of a time warp. 140/130 travel, fused suspension, and all the goodies, it’s the ultimate all-around machine.

Satori DL

If you love the feel of a 29er and the get-up-and-go of the racy Hei Hei Trail DL, the Satori DL is the perfect companion. With a custom drawn aluminum frame and FUSE rear end, the Satori was built from the ground up to ride like the wind. Featuring a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, RockShox Revelation fork and custom tuned RockShox Deluxe RL Solo Air rear shock, the Satori DL has everything you need for big days in the saddle.

  • Frame Material: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
  • Wheels: WTB STP i29 TCS 29”
  • Suspension Platform: Fuse
  • Front/Rear Suspension: 140mm/130mm
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Deluxe RL DebonAir Trunnion
  • Fork: RockShox Revelation RC Solo Air 140mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX-Eagle 12spd
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R with 180mm front / 160 rear rotor
  • Seat Post: RockShox Reverb w/Plunger Lever

Satori

Taking a cue from the Hei Hei Trail, the Satori is a longer-travel cross-country bike wrapped in an affordable package. 29” wheels keep the Satori rolling fast over obstacles while a Rockshox Recon Gold 140mm travel fork and RockShox 130mm custom tuned Solo Air rear shock keep the ride smooth. With Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Deore drivetrain, and dropper post, you’ll have everything you need right out of the box.

 

 

  • Frame Material: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
  • Wheels: WTB STP i29 TCS 29”
  • Suspension Platform: Fuse
  • Front/Rear Suspension: 140mm/130mm
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Deluxe RL DebonAir Trunnion
  • Fork: RockShox Recon Gold RL Solo Air 140mm
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 10spd
  • Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic with 180mm front / 160 rear rotor
  • Seat Post: Trans-X Dropper Internal

Check out the full spec on both bikes on Konaworld.com.

Introducing the Cycling Team Mahieu-Kona-Vandermeeren

We’ve got exciting news from across the pond from our Belgian counterparts. They’ve assembled a stellar group of 20 cyclocross riders for the Cycling Team Mahieu-Kona-Vandermeeren. Managed by Bart Vandecasteele, Mahieu-Kona-Vandermeeren acts as a professional development program across six different CX categories. The mission of the team is to focus on the development of young riders by professional mentors with a wealth of experience in racing and team dynamics. Members include elite riders Jonas Degroote and Joyce Vanderbeken and up and coming juniors Jelle Vermoote and Joran Wyseure. The team will be riding Major Jake and Super Jakes as they tackle races all around Europe including several World Cup events. Collectively in 2017, the riders won 96 races, so we’re excited to see what 2018 has in store.

The Cycling Team Mahieu-Kona-Vandermeeren recently competed in Belgian CX Nationals and had a strong performance, including two top 10 finishes.

 

Jonas Pauwels – Zeno Durie – Tille Vergalle

Robin Alderweireld – Niels Vandenbroucke

Bart Jay Junior Vandecasteele – Joran Luyssen – Kenay De Moyer – Oscar Scheirlynck

Elite women, Joyce Vanderbeken     Elite men, Jonas Degroote

Jelle Vermoote – Joran Wyseure – Obe Van Cauwenbergh – Ydris Salomez

Andreas Callewaert – Emiel Vanacker

Follow along with their season on their Facebook page and their website.

Welcome to the Kona family, Mahieo-Kona-Vandermeeren! We’re looking forward to a stellar year from everyone!

Fat-Bike.com Reviews the Kona Wozo “Kona has proven once again that they have some of the most capable and enabling bikes”

“It is capable of handling some of the most aggressive trails with its burly spec and near perfect geometry taken from its skinny brother, Honzo.” – Aristotle Peters

Aristotle Peters from Fat-Bike.com has spent the last few months riding our Kona Wozo around his snow-covered Wisconsin trails. To say he gets the bike would be a bit of an understatement, with a Kona Honzo as his personal bike, Aristotle found the transition to the Wozo seamless and could not help but get playful on it.

“The short chainstays had me wanting to bring the front end up and pop off of everything.  Hopping on the Wozo is easier than any fat-bike I have ridden and will give any rider more confidence in their abilities.”

You can read Aristotle’s full review on Fat-Bike.com here.

Hei Hei DL Named Editor’s Choice by Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine has named the Kona Hei Hei DL a 2017 Editor’s Choice bike.

“Bellingham-based Kona has a reputation for being a brand that always forges its own path, particularly when it comes to the spectrum of riding that a bike of a given amount of rear travel is capable of. Case in point, the Hei Hei DL…Really, this is a bike that lets you get away with far more than a 100mm travel bike really should, and that makes it stand out as one of the most competent – and fun – bikes of 2017.” 

-Wil Barrett, Technical Editor

 

Be sure to read the full recap of why the changes made to the Hei Hei Trail DL earned the bike a top pick. 

Bike Love

It’s Valentine’s Day. For lots of people that means romance, fancy meals, and way too many heart-themed things.

At Kona, we also want to share the love of our favorite bikes with you. So from the bottom of our sappy little hearts, this is an ode to the bikes we are currently loving the most.

Amanda Bryan, Sales: I love the way the Process 153 sucks up the trail and pops around. It boosts confidence in the steep chunder and loves to get sideways and rowdy.

 

Jordan Sembler, Sales: This is my “One that got away” Valentine bike: “I miss my sweet baby blue Sutra LTD. She stood by me for more miles than any other bike I have had in recent memory and what did I do? I sold her for the next hottest thing… Looking back is always hindsight. She is truly the one that got away and I have to live with that. I just hope that she is happy with her new partner and looks back on our time together as fondly as I do…. I sure hope my Rove LTD doesn’t read this…”

Product Team members Justin Clements and Ian Schmitt: Justin says, “Me and my friend Ian riding a rock roll together in Squamish BC at the MY17 Kona Launch. He’s riding a Big Honzo and I’m riding a Hei Hei Trail CR.”

Product Team member Mark Allison: I love the Operator because who doesn’t love riding big bikes down gnarly terrain? It always means you’re in the woods with your buddies.

Molly Joyce, Sales: This is my Process 111. It was a party! What a sleeper of a bike. It had a way of getting you into spicy situations and at the same time see you out like a champ. I had some of my favorite rides on that bike.

Kona Adventure Team Member Spencer Paxson: My Hei Hei and Process 111 in foreground. Valentines big and small, and bikes of all kinds. Bikes + love and families + bikes = love.

Kona CX Racer Kerry Werner: My “Kona Valentine” is the Superjake. First, and foremost, it is fast as hell on the cx course! Enough said. Secondly, it is so versatile. As the CX season was winding down I was planning as many different bike packing adventures and big gravel rides I think of. Basically, this bike gets me excited to spend copious amounts of time in the saddle.

Scott McKay Sales: Gotta love a Wo and Fireball Whiskey on a cold afternoon like this. Wo+Whiskey= Love

Garry Davoren, Distributor: Who doesn’t love a Ti Honzo?

 

Kona Athlete Hannah Bergemann: The Honzo climbs with ease, which encourages me to ride longer and further. It’s insanely confidence-inspiring and stable, yet still super playful on the descents, and it has me wanting to hit all the jumps and features I can find. I can pack it up with gear for an overnight bike packing trip, or rally it down some of my favorite downhill trails. I’ve been riding the Honzo for a few months now and have taken it to most of my favorite trails in Bellingham. I’ve had a blast riding long XC routes in Mazama, WA and descending technical, rock-filled trails in Squamish. The Honzo made me reconsider my opinion of hardtail bikes, and I feel like I have yet to find the limits of this bike. Looking forward to many more miles on this bike!

Lacy Kemp, Marketing: My Process 153 CR DL is always up for diving into the steepest pitches. The steeper the better!

Kona freerider Graham Agassiz on his custom Operator: This is my favourite bike for a lot of reasons but the two biggest ones would be it’s 26″ and it’s a rainbow trout!

Happy Valentines Day to you and your bikes, from all of us at Kona!

Dirt Rag Reviews the Big Honzo “Big mountain fun on a small mountain budget”

“Dropping into the first section of fast and flowy singletrack on the Big Honzo DL was like plugging a Les Paul into a Marshall stack and hitting an open A chord. We are not talking about a Roy Orbison open A; we are talking a full windmill Pete Townsend open A! This bike turns the gain up to 10 and the volume up to 11.”

Dirt Rag reviewed the Big Honzo DL in issue 203 (it’s on sale right now) and we have the full review right here on the Cog.