UK Trade magazine Bike Biz sat down with Jacob Heilbron prior to Eurobike to ask him about the history of Kona, our goals and what the future holds for the brand. You can check out the interview in full as a high res PDF here (or by clicking on the image below)
Bicycling magazine has just posted up their round-up of “The 17 Best Road Bikes You Can Buy Right Now” and our Kona Rove NRB DL has made the cut. They had this to say about our ready-for-anything drop bar Rove NRB
Mountain bikers, meet your road bike
The huge 47mm-wide tires on 650b rims tell you this isn’t your ordinary road bike. Indeed, this bike does have a significant tilt towards the gravel genre, but those wide tires roll surprisingly smooth and fast, and the bike’s geometry and gearing allow it to perform admirably on a spirited Sunday morning group ride. So while this bike may have one wheel pointed towards unpaved adventures, there’s no reason to shy away from joining the pack
Check out their full review of the 2018 Rove NRB DL here.
Whether you were there watching in person or following along on the live stream, this year’s Canadian open was a nail-biter. With rumors swirling that this would be the last time they use this iconic track for the event, a solid field of riders showed up for one last race. Connor, one of the only pro-riders on flats, dropped into what would be a storming run on the loose and dusty track, finishing in a time of 2:45.88 unseating local favorite Magnus Manson. With just a few riders remaining up top Connor would hold the hot seat until fellow Adelaide, South Australia rider Troy Brosnan dropped in. With three wins in a row under his belt, he put down a solid challenge and would eventually move Connor into second place by just half a second, 0.51 to be precise. Connor sent us through a few words about the race before heading out to the final World Cup round in La Bresse, France this weekend, Scroll down to see what he had to say.
“I really loved the Canadian Open track this year, it was so rough and dry that most of the dirt had just turned into sand. The track is non stop from top to bottom with not many straights longer than a few meters. It’s weird not having a qualifying or seeding run to see how your pace is, you have to just go 110% for the race.”
“I’m usually pretty relaxed for racing but for some reason I was really nervous here. I had a lot of fun on my run and the crowd was epic as always with lots of cheering going on to get us down the hill faster. My run was good and I slotted into 2nd just behind Troy who’s won here four times in a row now… It would have been good to put an end to his streak but I’ll have to try again next year!”
Also of notable mention was young 14 year old Tristan Lemire, who took yet another podium on his 2019 Operator. His youth 13-14 winning time would have been good enough for fourth in the 14-16 category and in the top 30 of the pro men’s field!
It’s been a whirlwind week as we wrapped up Crankworx Whistler, 2018 this past week. We rode the rollercoaster of a parched and smokey Whistler, BC for 10 days and what a ride it was!
With no official booth on site, we spent most of our week competing in events, catching up with old industry friends, and riding some of the best trails in the world.
Kona athletes had a strong showing in the EWS, Speed and Style, Air Downhill, Whip Offs, and the Canadian Open.
Tristan Lemere, who took first place in the men’s junior category for Air DH AND Canadian Open DH!
EWS racer Alexander Kangas
EWS racer Scott Countryman
EWS racer and Kona Supreme, Hannah Bergemann
Super stylish mega whip master, Caleb Holonko
Downhill racer Anthony Poulson
Downhill racer and current holder of the #10 world ranking, Connor Fearon
Master of style and going big, Graham Agassiz
Kangas on course at the EWS
Bergemann navigating the Whistler forests during the EWS
Countryman on his way to 69th place in the EWS
Lemere on his way to victory in the Air Downhill
Kangas finished 35th on the iconic A Line track
Connor Fearon seems to really love the number 10. 10th place in the Air DH for the Aussi.
Anthony Poulson on A Line
Caleb Holonko in Speed and Style
Fearon going big in Whip Worlds
Aggy always gets sideways during Whip Worlds. Unfortunately, he went down and broke his scapula. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery!
Holonko made it to finals and was boosting huge the entire session.
Holonko in the stratosphere
Connor on his way to a scorching 2nd place in the Canadian Open DH.
Tristan Lemere taking his second gold of the week at the Canadian Open DH!
Congrats to all of the athletes and their amazing results. That’s a wrap for Cranwkorx 2018!
We are 30 this year! That’s three decades of good times, great bikes, and wayyyyy too many hilarious moments to recall. To celebrate, we want you to come check out our new digs on the North Shore this Saturday, August 25th! We’ll be having a BBQ and prize giveaways. Bring your Kona- old or new! Check out some of our latest bikes and get to know the staff! All details below. Hope to see you there! PLEASE make sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.