Daily Archives: 08/02/2018

Vital MTB Reviews all new Wah Wah II Pedals “The Wah Wah is back!”

“The original Wah Wah made quite a name for itself in the flat pedal world, so Kona had to make sure to do it justice when updating it. Mission accomplished – the Wah Wah 2 is a modern flat pedal which offers excellent grip and a positive feel in a suitably wide and thin package. A combination of bearings and bushings offer a solution for good longevity while keeping the overall profile slim, and the rear-loading pins are easy to replace if need be. The Wah Wah is back!” 

After spending a few months on our new composite Wah Wah pedal (review here) we thought it best to send Johan at VitalMTB a pair of the aluminum version to see how they measured up. Well, after a few months riding, the verdict (and the review) is in and it seems just like their little composite brothers the all-new Wah Wah II pedal has won yet another fan.

Check out the full review here.

Comparing the alloy Wah Wah 2 to the winners in our flat pedal Face Off, we’d give it between an 8 and a 9 in the “grip” score, leaving the pedal in a position to challenge for a spot on the podium thanks to a strong performance when it comes to weight, physical dimensions, and longevity.

You can purchase the pedals directly from our web stores here (USA/International) and here(Canada) or hit up your local Kona dealer.


New Kona Talent Headed to 2018 MTB World Championships

This week, Gideon Bender and Scott Funston of the Kona Junior Factory Team were named to the US Team to represent their country at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships! That’s 50% of the Kona Junior Factory team who has qualified for Worlds! Add the other members Calder Wood who (along with Scott) represented at last year’s cyclocross world champs, and Layton Meyers who was the reigning 2017 Enduro National Champ and is headed to this year’s EWS Enduro in Whistler, it’s impressive company they hold.

Gideon will compete in the Junior Downhill event, while Scott will compete in the Junior Cross Country event. Worlds will take place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland September 5-9. Both riders are graduates from the celebrated RAD Racing development program founded by Pacific Northwest legend and Kona friend Jim Brown. And for an even deeper Kona connection, for 2018, Gideon has been coached and mentored by Kona veteran Spencer Paxson.

Join us in congratulating these boys on their realization of this tremendous accomplishment, making it to their first mountain bike world championships. It is an opportunity of opening even more doors for the future, and given their talent displayed so far, we hope this is the first of several! Have fun and race hard, Scott and Gideon!

Jim Brown

Scott Funston

Gideon Bender

Gideon Bender