Monthly Archives: July 2018

Six Updated Roves For 2019

THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF DROP BAR BIKES

Wherever you may Rove… Is the perfect place to be. On-road, off-road, gravel, touring, bikepacking- the Rove is the bike of all drop bar trades. With six offerings in multiple wheel sizes, gearing configurations in both 1x and 2x and frame options in both steel and aluminum, you can truly get the Rove you’ve always dreamt of for whatever size adventure you’re planning and at whatever budget best suits your needs.

Rove LTD

“This bike has it all.” “How can it get any better?” “I’m speechless. It’s perfect.” It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about the Rove LTD in similar terms. Simply put, there’s nothing left out of this thoughtfully spec’d bike. Reynolds 853 steel is the chassis for SRAM Force 1 components, our full carbon flat mount CX race disc fork, and WTB ASYM i23 wheels.

“Whether weaving through lush, green ferns like a speeder bike on Endor, or sprinting it out on the pavement, the Rove LTD felt stable without being too muted, but still playful enough to wear the Kona badge.”

– Bike Rumor

  

 

Rove NRB DL

We had fun designing the Rove NRB DL. With homage to its steel cousin, the NRB has creative geometry to allow for bigger tire clearance, and custom dropouts that are easily used with fenders. Size XS comes with smaller 40c tires. Nicely dressed with a Shimano 105 2×11 drivetrain, a carbon fork and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, the NRB DL is a unique bike that is ready for anything.

Rove NRB

Sometimes we hit a crossroads where the pavement ends, and the dirt begins. Enter the Rove NRB. 650b wheels, a carbon flat mount disc fork, and mechanical disc brakes mean that transition from pavement to dirt is seamless. Couple those features with a SRAM Apex 1x drivetrain, and the Rove NRB is begging to take you away from your traditional route and into territories unexplored.

“This rig is a go nearly anywhere and ride nearly anything drop-bar rolling fun factory.”

– Peloton Magazine

Rove ST

For those that have a love affair with steel, the Rove ST will slide rightfully near the top of your “next to buy” list. New this year, the Rove ST runs on 650b wheels that are tubeless ready right out of the box. A SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain and flat mount disc fork round out what we consider to be a killer value.

Rove DL
When the ride requires speed, it’s important to pay attention to the little details. Fenders for bad weather and 9 speed gearing provide the comfort and range needed to access any kind of road in any kind of weather. The Rove DL is the answer to your road needs no matter when and where you ride.

Rove

The intention is in the name, as the Rove is the perfect bike to use as a wandering companion. Our most traditional drop bar offering, the Rove is willing to go the distance whether on pavement, dirt, or even gravel. Outfitted with Hayes mechanical disc brakes, and a wide range of gearing, the Rove is an affordable, road-ready steed.

“Kona hasn’t pushed the boundaries of what is possible with a gravel bike, but they’ve created a bike that is happy across a broad spectrum of riding and perhaps the beginning of the reinvention of the road bike market with a focus towards more versatile and adventurous experiences.”

– Road.cc

 

2018 Kona Rookie Camp at Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Photos by Christian Waldegger.

Brace yourself for a jam-packed week of MTB action at Kona Rookie Camp! About 200 rookies are headed to the MTB-Festival Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis from July 30 to August 5 in pursuit of fun and speedy times. Every single one of them will be aiming to show their skills on the downhill and pump track in order to have a chance at becoming an unofficial youth World Champion or “Festival King & Queen”. Wondering what these days full of craziness may look like? Here’s a short teaser…

Our Kona -Serfaus -Fiss- Ladis Chillout Area is ready for the rookies throughout the week from 30.07 to 5.of August.

Furthermore, the rookies are also supported with our Kona / Rock Dog mechanics in Serfaus Fiss Ladis.

Markus Zieher from Germany is one of our Kona Team rider, he is coaching the rookies to improve their riding style.

We wish you all a great time during the Rookie Camp!

 

Kona Dream Builds: Rich’s Deep Purple Process 153 CR 27.5

Some of you may have seen Richard’s beautiful one-off custom painted Process 153 CR DL on Pink Bike’s Instagram feed recently. Well, we’d spied it a while back and asked Rich if he could shed any light on what drove him to build and custom paint his brand new G2 Process and send us a few more detailed images. Luckily for us (and you) he obliged and sent this set of fantastic photos and a complete build list as well as his reasoning and motivation for the build.

My previous bike was a 2015 process 153 with an Ohlins coil and I loved that thing so much. It, unfortunately, had plenty of dents and the like from its share of tomahawks and crashes and late last year I ended up breaking it. It wasn’t even a choice, I went and ordered the ’18 carbon frame immediately to replace it.

I’d been waiting for an excuse to send something to my friend James Terrani of Archetype Paint Studio so a new bike seemed perfect (especially since two of my riding buddies ended up getting the same one). I was pretty set on purple from early on but it wasn’t till James showed me some samples of candy and transparent things he could do we were able to go a little further. The whole bike is one color, he created a subtle fade on the front triangle layering the transparent paint and then did a lot more layers to get the rear end as dark as I wanted it. (I was a big fan of the old Process paint jobs with a colored front and black rear triangle).

I couldn’t be more stoked on how the paint came out. The only new bits on the bike are the Ohlins shock, because it’s a new size and mounting this year and then the gold i9s hubs to Spank Oozy 350 rims to finish it off. Mostly the other bits moved over from the old bike, even the head tube badge and I’m still rocking my OG Wah Wah pedals.

Rear Shock Ohlins TTX 22 coil
Fork Rock Shox Pike
Headset Cane Creek
Handlebar Giant contact SL
Stem Truvativ
Grips ODI
Brakes Shimano Zee
Shifters Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Cranks Shimano XT
Chainrings / Sprocket Shimano XT 32t
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Chain Shimano
Cassette / Rear Cog Shimano
Pedals Kona Wah Wah
Rims Spank Oozy 350
Hubs I9
Spokes DT Comp
Front Tire Vittoria Martello DH / Cushcore (THE BEST)
Rear Tire Vittoria Martello DH / Cushcore
Saddle WTB
Seatpost KS Lev Integra
Weight Not light

The 2019 Cinder Cone and Kahuna are here!

For 2019 the Kahuna and Cinder Cone are the perfect bikes for riders ready to hop onto a bike with a more aggressive spec. With the Cinder Cone running a 27.5″ wheel and the Kahuna sporting a 29″ wheel, there’s a perfect bike for everyone.

Cinder Cone

Point the Cinder Cone towards singletrack and get ready for a fun ride! With a SRAM 1x drivetrain, tubeless ready rims, a Rockshox air sprung fork, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes,and 27.5” wheels, the Cinder Cone is ready to roll over obstacles with ease.

 

 

Kahuna

You’re an informed buyer. You know exactly what you want in a bike, but you don’t want to break the bank. The Kahuna is your jam. Featuring a 1x SRAM NX drivetrain, Rockshox suspension, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and fast-rolling, tubeless-ready WTB 29” rims, this bike is the complete package.

 

 

New Zealand Mountain Biker Reviews the Process 153 CR 27.5 “It just begged to be chucked down silly lines”

“The fun factor has definitely been retained in this iteration, and it just begged to be chucked down silly lines.”
“By the top it was obvious the new Kona Process no longer requires the owner to forsake climbing ability for downhill prowess.”

New Zealand Mountain Biker magazine have just published this in-depth review of our 2018 Process 153 CR 27.5 in their latest issue. You can purchase the magazine online here or click on the below image to check out the review on your screen right this minute. It’s also available to read on their brand new website here.

Kona Dream Builds: Jake’s Hand Built One Of a Kind Humuhauler

Normally here on the Kona Dream Builds page we feature some pretty cool custom builds, occasionally people get carried away and do a custom paint job. Today though, we have something truly special.  Meet the Humuhauler, an absolutely stunning one of a kind Humu cargo bike hand built in Portland by Jake Ryde at Fiets of Strength.

My name is Jake Ryder and I’ve been making custom bicycles in the Pacific Northwest for the last 15 years or so. I think Bicycles are fun in all shapes and sizes and I’m fortunate to have a fabrication studio where I can “experiment”. Making custom cargo bike conversions for people has been the more “practical” expression of my experiments. I call them Fiets of Strength.

I’ve been attracted to the good vibes and tasteful irreverence of Kona for a long time and had my eye on the Humuhumu for a number of years. It struck me as the perfect platform to springboard off of. And so the “Humuhauler” was born. It was a side project I slowly pieced together, mostly because I just wanted one to exist, and knew it would be awesome. I kept as close to the original Humuhumu styling as I could keep the stock bars, stem, and signature double top tube, though I did upgrade the drivetrain because gears are nice when hauling cargo. I just barely finished the bike in time for a group gravel cargo box rode it with a flatbed setup. I’ve since made a solid kid-carrying cargo box with a removable bench seat to make it the ultimate cargo hauler.

Jake’s custom HumuHauler is for sale! Click here for more info!

Leah Maunsell secures second place at EWS in La Thuile, Italy

Day one was a tough day in the saddle. Weather conditions forced the stages to run in reverse order. Trail conditions had changed massively since practice so it was hectic trying to find grip. I had a pretty messy day with lots of silly mistakes and minor crashes and one tight transition time which resulted in a time penalty (on stage two).

I wasn’t shocked at my mistakes and lack of fitness considering my lack of bike time over the last nine months due to my final school exams. I didn’t have many expectations coming into this race and after day one to be sitting in second place I was happy. I was hoping to maintain that position throughout the weekend.

Although it didn’t rain too much more day two also took a different direction than originally planned, but it made for a more exciting days racing. I was ready to get stuck in and was beginning to feel happier with how I was riding. Unfortunately, on stage four I collided with a rock and hit my right hand fairly hard and did some damage to three of my fingers. It was a struggle to hold on for the rest of the day but adrenaline and a bit of tape got me through! Right now I am waiting to get them X-Rayed as they are potentially broken but hopefully not.

At this stage in the day I was just concentrating on consolidating my second place position and riding fast and smooth to get both my bike and body to the finish in one piece and that we did!

It was my first big race of the season and my first on the new Process 153DL and I’m happy to say that we made it into second overall! I had forgotten how brutally tough these EWS races are, or as everyone seems to be saying lately “character building”. I have learned a lot this weekend and I am looking forward to some time at home to prepare for the remainder of the season.

Leah’s brother Jonathan also raced at the La Thuile EWS round finishing 131st in the trying conditions.

Werner Hits US Mountain Bike Nationals

Three days after BC Bike Race ended Kerry took a “red eye” home to the east coast. He spent Tuesday being a zombie. On Wednesday he drove 5hrs to Snowshoe, WV for the 2018 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals.

He spent the week watching sunsets from high up on Snowshoe Mountain, scoping out the course, and trying to catch up on sleep.

 

You can watch how it all played out on Kerry’s Vlog!

Next up for Kery is a cyclocross camp. He will be hosting a skills camp in the mountains of western NC to help those who are aware that #crossiscoming and want to get a jump on sharpening the axes!

Make Hard Easy – The All New Big Honzo

It all started 30 years ago with a hardtail. We think it’s fitting that we continue to innovate what a hardtail can be. The Honzo changed the game for modern hardtails when it came out. Over the years it’s been refined and tweaked. All of the things that you expect from the original Honzo have been preserved in the Big Honzo, with some added flexibility. The Big Honzo allows you to run up to a 27.5 x 3.0the or 2.6 x 29 tire, has 130mm of front suspension, and comes in 3 frame materials (carbon, aluminum or steel). This is the bike for people who demand a flexible setup for rallying their local trails one day and loading up for a multi-day bike packing trip the next. The original Honzo was ahead of its time. The Big Honzo has arrived just in time.


 

2019 Big Honzo CR DL

The top of the heap. The Big Honzo carbon deluxe is our premium Big Honzo. Lighter than steel, more responsive than aluminum, the CR/DL gives a dialed ride feel and saves a little weight. The carbon Big Honzos are also the only Big Honzos with two bottle cage mounts. RockShox Pike RC, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, and RockShox Reverb dropper post all come stock.

2019 Big Honzo CR

Sporting the same carbon frame as the CR DL, the Big Honzo CR comes stock with a RockShox Revelation RC fork, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Guide-T brakes, and a RockShox Reverb dropper.

2019 Big Honzo ST

We had to make one in steel. Long praised for its ride feel and longevity, the steel Big Honzo brings together all of our favorite things about the Honzo lineup, including adjustable dropouts. The Big Honzo ST comes stock with a RockShox Revelation RC fork, SRAM NX drivetrain and Guide-T Brakes, and a RockShox Reverb dropper. 

2019 Big Honzo DL

Want a Big Honzo but don’t need to spend the money on carbon, or don’t need the adjustable dropouts of the steel version? The Big Honzo DL hits the sweet spot in performance versus price. It comes stock with a RockShox Sektor RL fork, SRAM NX drivetrain, and a Trans-X dropper.

2019 Big Honzo

With a similar frame as the Big Honzo DL, the base level Big Honzo has a more economical build but still sports a RockShox Recon RL fork, SRAM NX drivetrain, and a Trans-X dropper post.




With so many options there’s a Big Honzo for every rider. Which Big Honzo are you most excited about?

Toni Lund’s Custom 2011 Kona Dew FS Allroad Bike

Bikes have always been my passion. I pretty much live the ‘n+1’ concept. The bike industry brings something new every year and lately a more capable gravel/all-road bike has certainly been something I have wanted. I like to explore small, rugged gravel forest roads and for my liking 700X40C tires are just not enough sometimes. Sure, I could pick up a 29+ bike or even a fatbike, but sometimes there are longer paved transitional sections to those gravel and forest roads so a well-rolling and faster bike makes a lot of sense.
I have built several new roadplus bikes at work like Kona NRB bikes. 650BX47 roadplus tires or even slightly wider tires look like the right size for my needs. However I can’t afford a complete new bike at the moment. But living with the ‘n+1’ syndrome often means that there are some old parts in the garage. So, I found a brand new 2011 Kona Dew FS frame from Kona’s warehouse and the plan was ready: build a completely custom allroad bike. A bit of inspiration came from my coworker who had built a Dew Drop as a roadplus bike.
There were several things I wanted to achieve with this bike project:
– Build a very unique bike
– Reuse the old parts and save money
– Build the wheelset myself
– Run largest possible tires that the frame accepts
– Front dynamo hub for USB charging
– White/blue Suomi-Finland color theme
After several late evenings building the bike after work and building the wheels during the midsummer the mission was accomplished. Here are some shots of the bike. All the photos where shot on the Hanko coast, the southernmost point of Finland.
Something new and something old. New: Ritchey Comp VentureMax 42cm handlebar, very comfortable and spot-on tuck and top positions. Old: Shimano 105 STI 8-speed gear/brake levers. The front fork is one of the many Kona P2 forks. I painted it myself. The complete build looks very good indeed.
Handlebar tape is Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm, definitely best looking and most comfortable tape out there.
Thomson Elite Setback seatpost has been my favorite on my fatbikes over the years so it was a natural choice. Kona saddle from the original Wo build.
Kona clamp came with the frame.
Stem is a Thomson Elite X4, 90mm +/-10°, slammed as -10° as as low as possible to get better top position.
The headtube is pretty massive at 18cm. Kona’s metallic head badge is very nice.
Shimano Deore 175mm triple crankset (smallest chainring removed) with Hollowtech bottom bracket, Shimano Tiagra rear derailleur from the old parts, Shimano HG-93 XT 9-speed chain (8-speed in the picture, 9-speed is MUCH smoother!), Shimano Ultegra 6703 triple front derailleur with Problem Solvers adapter.
Then to the wheels, starting with the hubs. I’m using a dynamo hub for the first time .It’s a Shimano DH-3D32-QR.
The rear hub is the reliable Shimano XT 756A.
The front dynamo hub required a 36-hole rim. Not many rim choices for 27.5 so I ended up with the NoTubes Arch MK3. 36 spokes front, 32 spokes rear. Spokes are DT Champion and DT brass nipples.
Tires are Schwalbe Thunder Burt Evolution SnakeSkin TL-Easy 2017 27.5 x 2.10 / 584-54, set up as tubeless with Muc-Off NoPuncture sealant. These tires are fast! I have averaged 30-31 km/h on my 40 km commuting route!
WTB TCS tubeless valves in blue of course.
Brakes are Hayes CX Expert (originally on my Kona Rove ST 2015) with Hayes rotors.
Top tube is frame taped to protect from frame bags.
The bottom bracket sits pretty low at 26cm. It’s too low for trail riding but this bike is surprisingly fast on all roads, and that is really the main purpose. This bike will see different setups with bikepacking bags and other adventure equipment. I’m pretty excited for future allroad adventures with this bike!

Spoke Magazine reviews The Process 153 AL 29 “The Kona is an incredibly fun and confidence inspiring bike”

“The AL 29 is like a deftly agile juggernaut; that short, stiff rear end mixed with the big front wheel and long reach make it extremely stable at speed. You feel like you can just stand on it and plow over everything in your path, yet retain the precision needed to change direction at will.”

New Zealand’s longest-running mountain bike magazine Spoke, have just released their 74th issue and it features a great review of the 2018 Process 153 AL. You can check out the review here (or by clicking on the image below). You can buy a digital version of the whole magazine right here, right now.