Monthly Archives: September 2018

Kona Dream Builds: Morgan’s Private Jake

This past weekend the Radavist’s Morgan Taylor had planned to race his first cyclocross race of the season. For the occasion, he built up a pristine single speed 2017 Private Jake frame-set with the meticulous detail that his complete bikes are known for. Every part is researched and thought out, discussed at length and their appearance weighed up against pure functionality and longevity. This Kona Dream Build is a result of that process and leaves very little on the floor, no doubt though Morgan will find ways to improve this bike (however small) over the coming Vancouver cross season for this-this new baby is seriously cool Dream Build.

Turns out, Morgan never made Saturday’s cross race. “Well, it would appear that registering for a race is a good way to encourage your wife to go into labor. Before 8:30 on that Saturday morning, Stephanie and I had welcomed our new baby girl into the world. This upcoming weekend might be her first ‘cross race, and this bike’s as well.”

            

 

 

Kona at EWS Ainsa Spain

Last weekend members of Kona’s enduro team hit the Spanish countryside for a weekend of heated (literally) enduro racing. With temperatures topping out near 9oF/32C, racers were battling the intense sun, extreme heat, and a whole lot of challenging terrain.

Swede Alexander Kangas finished up the two days of racing with a 46th place.

American Ryan Gardner raced in his first EWS of the season and was amazed by the speed of the pack. Gardner finished in 87th place on the weekend and is looking forward to testing his mettle in the final round in Finale, Italy this weekend.

Becky Gardner, also racing in her first EWS of the season pushed through the heat to end up 28th.

 

Under 21 racer Leah Maunsell of Ireland is fresh out of high school and ready to put the pedals down hard. She finished the weekend with a 2nd place in the U21 class.

 

Next up: Finale Ligure- perhaps the most beloved course on the EWS circuit. Riders are looking forward to the tracks and race. Practice starts tomorrow!

 

 

 

Waterloo Cyclocross World Cup Round #1

Here is the play by play taken from both Kerry and Rebecca’s point of view (POV)

Kerry: After arriving Thursday at noon Becca picked me up at the Madison airport (the only flight I will take this year besides heading overseas) and we headed straight for the course. Mark and Kerm were already there and had the tents set up. Mark had his afternoon cut out for him as he was going over my handy work.

I had to build up Becca’s bikes the previous week so that they would be close to ready to ride when we arrived on Thursday afternoon. Rather then her showing up to blank frames that needed completely outfitted. 

I promptly found my dude, Eric Thompson, and we headed out on the road for some efforts because the course wasn’t set up completely and there were too many people burning in lines. 

All weekend was to be spent at the Dettmer’s. I met Connie and Peter two years ago after getting set up with the from the race director. This was the 3rd year of them hosting me and as always, I was excited. They are awesome people, Connie knows how to make a mean pumpkin pie and Peter can crank out an Old Fashioned faster then most mechanics can swap a wheel in the pit.

Friday morning was race morning. It wasn’t a huge priority for me. I was looking forward to it to test my self against the majority of Sunday’s World Cup field. However, it proved to be more of an opener. I hadn’t gone hard since last Saturday’s Nittany CX, then I spent the week going easy to recover from training and racing. So my engine was running a little cool.

I finished up 18th without too much concern. I felt like I was riding sluggishly so I focused on keeping a cool head for Saturday’s rest day. Besides Connie and Peter had to show us the hot spot in Sun Prairie to have pizza, it was worth it!

Becca: I was so close to being ready for the world cup in Iowa. So close. And then, I took a day off the Monday before and my body responded with a seized up lower back. Is it because my racing age is 30? Am I secretly a Greek Goddess suffering from hubris? Or maybe it is the world’s way of saying that I am wasting my time doing yoga and stretching because I am going to end up in pain anyway. For whatever reason, it happened. Despite not doing any efforts leading up to the race, it was still stiff and painful for the C2 on Friday. I didn’t want to start, but I was in such a funk: hurt back, bad attitude, that I decided I had to race just to clear my system. Unable to do any real “opening” efforts before the race, I started slow, and my legs felt like they were full of wet cotton until nearly my last half lap.

My result and performance on Friday did not phase me, because a lot of us did not approach it as a race, but instead, an opener for the big show on Sunday. I was still optimistic. But the car ride back to our host house on Friday even proved to be too much, and I was hardly able to pull my socks on before dinner. I was devastated. But, with the help of a network of friends, google, and some understanding people, I got some last-minute appointments for a chiropractor and acupuncture on Saturday. Between those treatments and some easy laps where I focused on some skills, I was feeling prepared for Sunday’s world cup.

Kerry: Saturday we headed to the course to check out the world cup track. All the “pro only” lines were added in for a specific UCI only pre ride time. The new lines were an off camber, a run up, and one punchy climb. It added some spice to a otherwise pretty mellow track. 

The temps were steadily staying in the high 60’s and low 70’s, which was a welcomed change from last year’s 90ºF and humidity. The forecast was showing no ice socks for Sunday’s showdown. 

During Sunday morning’s warm up I was feeling much better and looking forward to heading into battle. I stole the last spot on the 2nd row and used it to my advantage. 

I had a great start, slotting into 15th. Just taking notes…

I stayed there for the first 3 laps, but that effort caught up with me. I started to fade through the middle of the race. I went back to 16, then 19 and back to 24 before finding my group battling for a 21st place spot. 

I kept trying to recover and maintain contact with the group. I came around the last two laps and was able to finish 22nd.

I was unbelievably appreciative of the crowds. They carried me through the middle of that race and kept me in it mentally when I was on the edge of shutting down. 

While sending it for the first couple of laps lead me to fade, it had to be done. You aren’t going to make time up on the guys at the front of the race. So I aimed to put work in early, establish a good start, and hold on for dear life. My hope is that if I can manage to do that enough, eventually I will fight off the fade and stay up there. If you throw yourself at the wall enough times, eventually something will stick!

Becca: Once again, on Sunday, the schedule was flipped and women were racing after the men. We had so much course time available I wasn’t even sure what to do with myself! It was great to be able to see Kerry and the other pros take some good lines in prep for my own choices. For many, it was a file tread day, but I chose Maxxis All Terranes for some bite in the steep off-cambers and in the event there was some dust or debris build-up through the turns. I was happy with my choice because the course was a mix of smooth pavement-like dirt ruts and loose gravel-like soil. Traction was not a big worry.

I was happy with my start – I didn’t fight too hard but I sure didn’t go backwards like I could have. The first lap was the typical World Cup fight, and it took well into the lap before anyone even started to settle. I made a few good passes and smart decisions, gaining me 5 spots at a time. I was climbing up.

As I worked to pick off groups and riders, I came up behind a group going into the steep off-camber. I went for the same pass I made in lap 1, but what I did not anticipate was Helen Wyman sticking her leg out (also known as dog pissing). I could have just hit the leg, but my instincts made me grab brake, and I immediately slid out on the steep slope. CRAP! I scrambled to the bottom and around the corner and up. I heard the announcer say I was down. My chain had dropped between my cassette and my wheel. I pull it out. I go to get on. It drops again. UGH I forget to shift to move my derailleur away from the wheel. When I dig it out again I shift and see my cage is at way too steep and angle. Going to need to pit. Crap. But the race was away from me. The group I was chasing was lost with the initial mistake. More people passed me during my chain re-set. And even more passed when I had to take a second pass. 

I am frustrated that I went down. I don’t regret the pass, but I do regret how I reacted. The crash sucks, obviously, but what sucked more was that I wasn’t calm enough to go through all of the steps to fix it. I could have made up more spots if I would have shifted up the first time.

I was able to chase down only a few people after that incident. The gaps ahead of me were so big, they weren’t even within sight, and it was hard to channel the fight to go and get them. The only thing driving me was knowing that I only had 2 more people pass to tie Kerry on the day – but somehow even that didn’t push me into the pain cave. 

I ended up 24th, which is the same place I ended up last year. Perhaps this means I am geared up for another 15th at Jingle Cross, but hopefully I’ll end up a bit higher!

Kerry: After the race, I cleaned up and got to watch the women’s race, which was a nice role change. The Trek CX Cup and World Cup weekend is a great opportunity for women in the sport. The organizers are leaders in racing equality by being the only world cup to offer equal world cup pay. The women’s racing has been proven to put on one hell of a show, based on last season, which was cemented after this past weekend’s battle between Ellen Noble and Marianne Vos.

After the racing, we packed up the trailer and headed to Sun Prairie for old fashioneds and pumpkin pie at Peter and Connie’s. What a great way to end a great weekend and kick off the first few days of fall. 

The stoke is high heading into Iowa and I am looking forward to flexing on Mt Krumpit and a course I feel suits me more so then the Trek track. Onwards and upwards! Until then the Super Jakes need a brake… 

 

Kerry’s Vlog 17: One of the best yet! Give it a watch!

E-Ute: Take it E-asy!

There’s no denying the freedom that a bicycle brings. Shortcuts, the wind in your hair, the feeling of speed – the joys are undeniable. With the advent of the cargo bike, adding the ability to carry heavy loads has added to the versatility and overall functionality of the world’s greatest machine. We’ve partnered with Bosch to add pedal-assisted power to our beloved Ute bike, creating what we think is a pretty excellent substitute for the automobile.

Say hello to the Electric Ute. With a Bosch Performance Line CX motor to provide just the right amount of pedal-assist, Kona cargo bags, and a rack that can carry some serious weight, the Electric Ute knows no bounds! To learn more about the Electric Ute and all of its nifty features, be sure to check out our Innovations page!

 

Carry your kids. Carry your dog. Your trip to the store is no longer a slog.

With the ability to mount most any kind of rack, there’s no limit to all the things you can stack.

Baskets of flowers and colors galore. Attach all the racks so you can carry even more!

Cover miles of roads with the heaviest of loads.

Commuting to work with all your gear. With pedal-assist far becomes near.

Mount your board, or even your bike. Mount just about anything you’d like!

 

So, ride up giant hills and all across town. Enjoy the ups as much as the downs. Your mind is the limit to what you can haul, so hop on the E-Ute and go have a ball!

Ready to carry all of your gear aboard the Electric Ute? Visit your local dealer today or check konaworld.com for purchasing options in your area.

All stills by Tim Zimmerman

Sofie und Theresia Ketterer vom Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Team aus Schonach werden Dritte beim Schwarzwald Bike Marathon in Furtwangen über die 120 Km Staffel

Elke Schlageter siegt auf der 60 Km Strecke in ihrer Klasse
Uli Brucker wird Zweiter auf der 42 Km Strecke
Markus Ziegler wird Zweiter beim Käppeleberglauf in Hausach

Letztes Wochenende fand in Furtwangen der Schwarzwaldmarathon statt. Es war mal wieder ein Spitzenevent und mit 2500 Bikern eine Rekordbeteiligung. Dieser Herausforderung stellte sich auch das Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Team aus Schonach. Sofie und Theresia Ketterer nahmen das Staffelrennen über 120 Km und 3100 Hm in Angriff. Sofie übernahm hierbei den ersten Teil der Strecke. Gestartet wurde morgens um 7.00 Uhr bei recht frischen Temperaturen. Der erste Teil der Strecke enthielt viele extrem steile Anstiege die Sophie problemlos meisterte. Sie war allerdings in der Vergangenheit bei Rennen über die Kurzdistanz unterwegs und so wurde es für sie ab 40 Km schwer. Doch sie zeigte Kampfgeist und biss sich durch und übergab an ihre Schwester Theresia auf der Katharinenhöhe. Die gab dann noch mal alles auf dem zweiten Teil der Strecke und am Ende wurden die beiden mit Rang 3 belohnt. Pech hatten Michael Hofmann und Frank Herr, die auch die Staffel im Visier hatten. Gut unterwegs bekam Herr einen Platten und verlor schon Zeit bis zur Übergabe an Hofmann. Dieser hatte sich dann auch noch mit einer Dreiergruppe bei einer Abzweigung verfahren. Diese musste dann 15 min Berg auf wieder zurück. Das Desaster war perfekt und somit alles verloren. Mirjam und Carsten Schnürle sowie Elke Schlageter waren auf der 60 Km/1300 Hm Distanz mit 830 Teilnehmern unterwegs. Schlageter siegte in ihrer Klasse. Michael Schlageter wurde Neunter auf der 90 Km Strecke. Mirjam Schnürle war mit dem neunten Platz unter den Top Ten. Carsten kam mit einer Zeit von 3.07.00 Std auf Rang 95 ins Ziel. Die Ergebnisse sind allerdings fraglich, denn die Kona Biker befanden sich in Startblock zwei und bestritten wie Startblock eins und drei das 60 Km Rennen und dann passierte das Unfassbare , denn der vierte Startblock der 60 Km Strecke wurde komplett fehlgeleitet und auf die 42 Km Strecke geschickt. Uli Brucker der Cross Country Spezialist und dreifache deutsche Meister wurde souverän Zweiter auf der 42 Km Strecke. Gerlinde Ketterer bestritt ihr erstes Rennen und erreichte mit ihrem neunten Platz gleich die Top Ten. In der Teamwertung bis 10 Teilnehmer holten sich die Biker des Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Teams aber dann doch noch den Sieg mit 822 Km und 17550 Hm.


Markus Ziegler konnte auf Grund seines Junggesellenabschieds nicht am Rennen teilnehmen. Der 12 Std Europameister und 24 Std Weltmeister ist immer ein heißer Kandidat für die 120 Km Strecke. Ziegler startete allerdings noch beim Käppeleberglauf in Haussach.
Das Alternativprogramm zum Biken bedeutete 4,6 Kilometer und 250 Höhenmeter zu überwinden. Es regnete in Strömen, was dem Zuspruch der 25. Auflage dieser Veranstaltung keinen Abbruch tat. Der Veranstalter meldete eine Rekordbeteiligung bei der Jubiläumsausgabe. Und da Regen beim Laufen angenehmer ist als Hitze, freute sich Ziegler auf den Start. Die Konkurrenz konnte er schlecht einschätzen, doch er wollte sein Bestes geben. Markus startete schnell und lief gleich in der Spitze mit. Mit den ersten zurückgelegten Höhenmetern zog sich das Feld in die Länge. Ziegler hielt sich aber beständig in den Top 5. Mit zunehmender Renndauer konnte er von seiner Ausdauer profitieren und Plätze gutmachen. Kurz vor dem Ziel ging es bergab. Hier hieß es sich nicht die Beine zu ruinieren, um am letzten Anstieg nochmals alles geben zu können. Ziegler konnte sich gut behaupten und schaffte es in einer Zeit von 19:07 Minuten überraschend auf Gesamtrang 2.

 

The Road To The World Cups

After a satisfactory weekend last weekend in Rochester I was really motivated to put some solid training in this week. I am not a guy who likes to rest on my laurels. Racing is good and really gets the high end revved up, however, by racing, resting, and repeating weekend after weekend it is often hard to build fitness and work on specific things. So Jim Lehman, my coach, and I decided that this week and into Nittany Lion Cyclocross this weekend was going to be part of a training block. The race was only 45min from my house and my family was pumped to watch me race close to home so I had to include it.

I put two good days of intervals in on Wednesday and Thursday, some longer, over-under intervals to be exact (this is where you spend some time at threshold then some time over then back down then back up and you do this throughout the whole interval). I was feeling good, but those days were hard so I had my doubts going into the weekend.

When I showed up to the race on Saturday I discovered that I was leading the ProCX series, which really isn’t a series because it is literally every race on the calendar, but I guess it is still something. This didn’t really add any pressure to my situation, because the “series” was never part of my season goals, but oddly enough it made me want to win just that little bit more and gave me a new focus for the day. Full “series” calendar and standings found here.

After some course laps I was pretty pumped because it wasn’t going to be a dry, dusty, bumpy, crit race like it had been in years past. We had a decent amount of rain off and on all week and the sun never really came out so the ground was saturated. The amateur races earlier in the day cleared off all the grass and thus the afternoon races were left with a nice line of moist, sometimes slick, sometimes velcro, dirt/mud. 

I decided to run an aggressive tire up front (Maxxis All Terrane) after Alex Ryan got in my head, so I could really push in the corners. Then I ran a pretty mellow mid in the back (Maxxis Raze) because there was some suction like sections on the course and I didn’t want to have all the resistance a double All Terrane set up would have brought. 

I had a good start and led the whole first lap. Right at the end of the lap, there was an off camber that was at a low point in a field so it was extremely muddy. It was possible to ride but challenging and even harder when you came into it gassed or under pressure. I knew that would be a crucial spot later in the race if you were trying to shake an opponent or trying to maintain a gap. 

A group of three of us separated ourselves from the field by the end of the first lap. We all took turns on lap two then I decided to put pressure on Curits White and Matthieu Bolo (a Frenchman) in the corners. I was feeling really confident in the the turny bits and was hoping a little pressure would start to open up some cracks so that the race wouldn’t come down to a sprint. 

It worked and I gapped the two. Curtis was swinging a leg over his CX bike for the first time this season and it showed he was a little rusty. Normally, a move like what I pulled wouldn’t have worked like it did. 

 

I pulled away for a lap until Matthieu started to pull up to me. I kept making mistakes in the muddy off camber at the end of the lap. I was struggling to find the line then when I found it I was struggling to execute. Regardless, Matthieu caught me and I was pleased. I didn’t want to do the last 6 laps of the race off the front by myself.

We worked together to widen our gap and I started to pick apart his riding style. He was strong physically but I had him on the skill part. So again, with 2  laps to go, I put pressure on and a gap opened up. I kept it on through the first half of the lap and had 7 seconds. With him not being able to see my lines in the corners I exploited his weakness and expanded on my gap at the start of the last lap, then kept the pressure on to finish the race.

I was pumped on the W, especially after training hard through the week. It was great to win at home and put on a show for my family too. Sherman was pumped with his first UCI podium top step appearance too.

It was Emily’s birthday on Friday so we all went to my Aunt and Uncle’s house after the race to have cake and celebrate. A surprising number of my friends showed up to race or cheer on Emily and I so we had quite the crew over for the post-race party. It was a great ending to a good day.

I had planned all along to not race Sunday. This is the third weekend of the race season and the world cups are on the horizon. I wanted to get the Saturday effort in as a high-intensity workout without having the mental strain of gearing up for a workout. However, but doing both days on top of the training I did earlier in the week could have dug a hole I may not have been able to climb out of before next weekend’s Waterloo World Cup. 

So I opted for a nice endurance ride from my house to the race, which was awesome. I have done similar rides before, but usually around Thanksgiving time as we usually do Thanksgiving at my, aforementioned, aunt and uncle’s house. However, getting to do the ride in the sunny warm air of September rather than the frigid, crisp, often wet air of late November, was a treat. 

All back roads, farm roads, little cars on a Sunday morning. It was just what I needed after being focused for the last couple days. I listened to some good tunes and just pedaled. I rarely looked at my GPS unit for anything other than turn by turn directions, it was choice.

I got to the race in time to watch Em crush and take pictures, which I wish I could do more of. Photography is hard and watching Bruce Buckley trod around course, profusely sweating, hauling 20-30lbs of camera gear, really put that into perspective. Not to mention the difficulty in framing shots, getting from one side of the course to another, and shooting all the unique sections. Bruce said he lays out a logistics plan on paper so he can know with certainty how he can get from a to b to c and back to a. There is more to it then you think.

The focus this week is rest and then get opened up. I leave Thursday for Madison, WI. Rebecca will meet me there and then we will dominate Waterloo. Rebecca will finally be on board her new Super Jakes and thus the final pieces of the Kona- Maxxis- Shimano CX team are complete. 

All race photos Bruce Buckley @bruce_buckley

Hannah Bergemann Takes the 2018 CDC Overall!

We wrapped up an awesome race season for the Cascadia Dirt Cup this last weekend at Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, WA. If you haven’t visited this place yet, its worth a trip! Evergreen has been working hard to build and maintain tons of brand new trails, and they are a blast!

We got to race the fresh tracks with tons of greasy roots, rocks, and peanut butter mud to keep things interesting.

 

Stage 1 raced down a new trail called EBAD that was full of greasy, off-camber, rooty goodness. Stage 2 transferred over to Legend & MegaFauna. This stage was my favorite of the day with some on-trail doubles and steep sections.

Stage 3 took us down another new trail called NOTG which was less steep than EBAD, but a bit sloppier creating some long peanut-butter mud sections.

Photo: Erik Mickelson

Stage 4 started back at the top for a final run down the infamous Predator. This trail is one of my favorites and feels like a downhill race track with high speeds, big jumps, and rock gardens. This trail is always rowdy and a great way to finish the race and season!

I’m super happy with my second Pro season and stoked to finish strong and healthy! I finished the day in 2nd, and took the CDC Pro womens overall title! Huge, Ginormous Thank you to Trey, Camille and crew at Race Cascadia for all your hard work and amazing events this season! And for donating over $100,000 back to the local trail building organizations in the PNW to keep building more amazing trails!

Thank You to everyone who has and continues to support me in my bike riding endeavors! It’s been so much fun, and I’m looking forward for next season!

Kona BikesTenet ComponentsStoked RoastersTerrain GymHigh AboveMarzocchi MTBDakineESI gripsSmith OpticsHand-Up Gloves, & of course all my friends and family

Hannah B.

Your Brain on E(lectric)

This is E. This is your brain… on E. Any questions?

Those of us that grew up in North America during the 80’s or earlier no doubt experienced the War on Drugs. The commercial campaigns were creative and entertaining in a dark way and left a lasting impression on an entire generation. With the impending deluge of electric bikes that is sure to take the bike industry by storm, we wanted to poke a little fun at the perceived polarizing device that is the electric mountain bike. Your Brain on E is our take on the instant happy feelings you get when you pedal an electric bike for the first time. It’s undeniably fun!

With the launch of the Remote CTRL electric mountain bike, we wanted to show that pedal-assist bikes can be ridden downhill just like any other trail bike. We all know how fun they are to pedal uphill, but how do they feel on the descent? We put Graham Agassiz on board and watched him ride with so much style that it blew our minds. The Remote CTRL features 150mm of front and132mm of rear wheel travel -that perfect amount of squish to make everything fun! After watching Aggy ride this bike, it’s safe to say this thing absolutely shreds.

The world of electric bikes is rapidly expanding. While we’re best known for our innovative geometry and progressive mountain and alternative road bikes, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to up our electric game as well. When we launched the Remote in 2018 we saw greater possibilities unfold in front of us. We knew we could bring more travel, more applications, and more Kona to the Remote. We’ve built the Remote CTRL to answer the call to go further push the boundaries of what is capable on a bike.

Check out all of the technology that we put into making the Remote CTRL one of the most entertaining bikes we’ve ever created.

For more information on the Remote CTRL, be sure to check out our Innovations page.

 

All 2019 Bikes are Now On KonaWorld.com

All 2019 bikes are officially on Konaworld.com! No matter the type of bike you’re looking for we’ve got you covered.

Big epic gravel adventure planned? Perhaps a Libre is the bike for you!

Ohhh that paint!

Looking for a new KOM or QOM on the local singletrack? Maybe a Hei Hei CR DL is juuuust what you need.

Hei Hei! That’s a pretty nice lookin’ ride!

Ready to put on your big kid pants and try those gnarlier trails? The line of Process bikes has proven their worth on technical terrain all over the world!

Looking for the perfect commuter? Dew we ever have a bike for you!

If you’ve never tried an electric bike, we can’t emphasize enough how much fun they are. Cargo, mountain, or urban – we’ve got it all!

Ditch the car with the Electric Ute

Dirt jumping? Check.

Riding your bike from coast to coast? One Rove, coming up!

Can’t decide if you like mountain biking or road biking more? There’s a Sutra LTD just waiting for you!

Ready to dominate your cyclocross races? We have this line of bikes called Jakes… they’ve been known to take their riders to the tops of the podiums…

What’s that? Your kids are little rippers and also looking for a bike? Have you seen what can be done on the Process 24 or any of our other kids’ bikes?

You’re kind of new to mountain biking and you’re just trying to dip your toes in the water before you go full-commit? Yep. We’ve got bikes for that too.

Only interested in chairlifts, shuttles, and big descents? We get you.

2018 Whister Crankworx

And, we know some of you are still big fans of steel. How could we ever forget? We have the Big Honzo ST, Honzo ST, Units, Steel Roves, Sutras and more! So much steel!

Don’t be shy! Jump into Konaworld.com. See what other riders are doing on the Kona Cog. Get inspired! Most of all, GO RIDE YOUR BIKES!