Monthly Archives: May 2018

Connor’s Operator at Fort William

Something very eye-catching is roaming around the pits at the Fort William World Cup. Connor Fearon’s super fresh new carbon Operator is out and about and so far the verdict is that it is one gorgeous bike. No word yet on whether he’ll be racing a 27.5″ or 29″ wheel. Want a sneak peak??

Check the link for the full coverage!

What are your thoughts?

World Bicycle Day is June 3rd

For the first time, the United Nations is recognizing the bicycle as a celebratory-worthy form of transportation. So much so that they’ve dedicated June 3rd to be World Bicycle Day. The union stated the “uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health,” as primary reasons to adopt this day as an annual day to promote the world’s most wonderful form of transportation.

At Kona, we are proud to offer bikes to carry riders distances near and far, over pavement, mountains, gravel or dirt. We are thrilled the bicycle is finally getting it’s’ very own day and hope you’ll take a spin on your favorite bike this Sunday, June 3rd, in honor of the bicycle.

You can read more about this over on Bike Biz.

Kona Demo Tour is Coming to Bromont, Lac Delage, Saint John and Halifax!

Looking to test ride a Kona? Look no further than our massive demo tour! This week we’ll be stopping in Bromont, Lac Delage, Saint John, and Halifax! Swing by to meet our demo driver, Wilson, and check out some our favorite bikes like the Process 153 29 AL DL, Process 153 27.5 CR, Satori DL, Hei Hei Trail CR, and the Honzo AL DL. To see if the tour is stopping in your town check out the complete schedule here!

Kona Raises Over $12,000 for Wildfire-Ravaged Trails

This year at the Sea Otter Classic we held a couple fundraisers in support of the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance. Both organizations are trail stewards for areas that were devastated by 2017’s wildfires. While we only had to deal with smoky skies in Bellingham and Vancouver, we were feeling deeply for our friends who were affected by one of the worst wildfire seasons in history.

Kona’s owners Dan Gerhard and Jake Heilbron wanted to pay homage to Kona’s bowling roots and threw a massive party at Monterey Lanes. A HUGE shout out goes to Bike Magazine, Maxxis, WTB, and SRAM for being co-sponsors of the event. We were joined by friends from all across the industry with representatives from Full Speed Ahead, Camelbak, Jenson, Dirt Rag Magazine, Santa Cruz Cycleworks, Dakine, Giro, Bike Rumor, B.R.A.I.N, Vital MTB, Freehub Magazine, Modus Sport Group and more. We even had one-time Kona Factory Team rider and current IMBA Executive Director Dave Wiens in the house. A special shout out goes to the crew from Palo Alto Bikes who drove 5 hours to the party after closing the shop, and then back again at 1 in the morning to open up again the next day. Legends. The lanes were packed all night as people channeled their inner “Dude” and partied into the wee hours.

Along with the bowling we also held a raffle for a limited edition birthday bike, a gorgeous steel Honzo. The lucky winner was Matthew Kurkjian of Moraga, California. Matt will be rolling on one of only 201 birthday bikes.

Between the raffle and bowling party, we raised $12,440 with 100% of the funds going to SBMTV and REMBA. We’d like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket and joined us at Monterey Lanes for the good times!

“We are proud to support the rebuilding of California’s trails by working with REMBA and SBMTV. These types of organizations are what keep our sport progressing forward by helping to build new trails and grow local biking communities. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause!” –Jake Heilbron

 

Kona GDuro Team Reports From E1 Series In Winterberg, Germany

Kona GDuro team rider Stefan Westerveld reports from Winterberg.

This year the first stop of the German-based Enduro One series was combined with the Dirt Masters Festival in Winterberg with the huge turnout of nearly 700 racers! This event might have been the biggest enduro race ever held on German ground.
The event area next to the Trailpark on the other side of the festival area was chosen to help maintain crowds with the ten thousands of visitors and also brought more spectators to the stages nearby. A huge crowd of cheering fans on Stage 8 gave an extra push of motivation to the riders. On Stage 1 , the “Black Line” of the Bikepark Area which might have been the most difficult stage technically, gave riders some challenge. Unfortunately, I gave a tree on one of the off-camber bits a little hug and lost a few seconds.


Stage 2 was a new trail in one of the small forests beside the trailpark. The fresh, loamy surface is by far our favorite style of trail riding. And even with the first pedaling section at the top, I had so much fun letting my new Process 29” go. To my surprise, this resulted in the best stage time in my class on that day.
All other stages were more or less part of the Winterberg Trailpark with less technical requirements of the rider. The missing track signage on some parts may be the only point of criticism of the weekend.
All in all, this was a super fun event. The combination with the DIRT Masters paid off. Thunderstorms came in on midday and the event organization had to cancel the race for the last riders while all top riders had already finished. With massive hail showers, it was the right decision. Back on flats with the new Process 29” I’m super happy! First race, first top ten, first podium!

Our dream build of the Process 29er AL is on the way!
Le’st see what this bike is capable of on the next stop in Roßbach.

Whiskey Dessert: A Kona Adventure Team Project


Do this after you’ve left home a few hundred times, kids: do something you’ve done many times before, and do it with a big twist. Such was our experience at the 15th Annual Whiskey Off Road. We’d done it collectively around thirty times. We’d been on the podium, we’d been around last place, we’d been somewhere in between, and so the race itself was nothing new. The twist was that we traveled to-and-from the event by mountain bike. Instead of the typical racer’s approach of arriving at the airport, renting a car and zipping to a comfy accommodation, we mapped out a route across 130 miles of urban sprawl into desert scrub into pine-forest mountains. We slept in the dirt. Then we did the race. And then we rode back. Instead of six or eight hours of total ride time during a typical race trip we logged over thirty. Indeed, we made the most of it, and it was remarkable. Here are some moments that stuck. Read more over at Pinkbike.





Peloton Reviews the Major Jake “The bike’s ’cross DNA comes though loud and clear”

“The new Super Jake is about ‘cross first, with a little side of gravel for versatility.” 

Peloton has posted up their glowing review of our latest Super Jake on their website. They’re taken with its handling and fit. “It has a tight and responsive feel that many longer and taller gravel bikes lack with their endurance-inspired fit. The tight front end and taller bottom bracket make the bike ideal for quick changes of direction and tight switchbacks.” They praised its low BB drop as well. “The 67.5mm BB drop of the Major Jake makes mounting and dismounting less of a high-wire act.”

Click here or on the image below to check out the full review online.

 

 

Cycling Ireland

Irish cyclist David Flanagan has recently completed a book about cycling all around Ireland’s gorgeous countryside. The book is gorgeously illustrated with route maps, elevation profiles, and detailed descriptions of dozens and dozens of rides. The photography features a Kona Sutra in various gorgeous environments.

A word from Flanagan:

“This book documents the best cycling that Ireland has to offer. With eighty routes spread across the entire island, there is something for everyone; from gentle, traffic-free cycles, ideal for the whole family, to long challenging routes packed with relentless climbs.

The routes range in length from 8km to 207km on a variety of surfaces including tarmac roads, gravel tracks, canal towpaths and singletrack. – David Flanagan

Each route description includes:

  • A full-colour map.
  • Turn-by-turn directions.
  • A route profile.
  • A detailed description of the route.
  • Advice on variations, extensions and shortcuts.
  • A downloadable GPX navigation file.

The book also includes details of over fifty family-friendly greenways and trails, information on Ireland’s long-distance cycle routes and sixteen pages dedicated to cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way.

This comprehensive guide is packed full of detailed information and inspiring photography that is sure to appeal to everyone interested in cycling in Ireland.”

 

The book is available for purchase here for the price is €25 which includes shipping worldwide.

 

“David Flanagan is a publisher, writer and freelance journalist from Dublin. He is the author of a number of climbing books including Bouldering in Ireland, Bouldering Essentials and Rock Climbing in Ireland. In 2016 he published Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a collaboration with Kerry-based photographer Richard Creagh. A keen cyclist with a particular interest in off‑road exploration and bikepacking, he published Cycling in Ireland in May 2018 after more than 18 months of research.”

Kona Dream Builds: Scott Countryman’s Race Ready Process 153 CR DL

We caught up with Flagstaff, AZ-based Kona Global Enduro Rider Scott Countryman after Sea Otter and thought that his race-ready Process 153 CR/DL was a damn dreamy build and well worth sharing with you. Scott manages a full on race season while also working as a mechanic at Flagstaff Bike Revolution in Arizona. His build is a mixture of sponsor’s parts and parts that he knows will go the distance for a privateer racer on a limited budget. Check it out below.

Kicking things off with the drivetrain, Scott is running Shimano XT Di2 combined with MRP’s SXg guide for added chain retention.

Out back, the electronic XT Di2 keeps things shifting smoothly.

The Shimano Di2 cockpit.

Keeping things blue and S themed, Scott has opted for XT stoppers to slow things down.

ESI silicone grips hint at Scott’s XC roots, while the ANVL components equipped cockpit indicates Scott’s current enduro focus.

Grand Junction-based company MRP have been on a roll as of late with their forks, and the burly Ribbon keeps the front end exactly where it should be for Scott.

Like many racers and riders out there looking for reliability and ease of service, Scott has opted for the super popular Wolf Tooth remote…

…paired with the KS Lev Integra seat post.

Scott also runs Ritchey’s Block Lock headset to prevent his bars from spinning and crossing the top tube in a crash.

California based company RideFast look after Scott’s wheel needs, the RideFast SPM 28 hole hubs are laced to the RideFast Hotline rims.

Tire wise, up front, Scott is running WTB’s burly Convict 2.5 TCS Tough casing tire, while out the back he’s rocking a custom cut WTB 2.25 fast rolling Trail Boss, also with WTB’s TCS Tough casing.