Daily Archives: 11/15/2018

The Kona Ute Makes Bycling Magazine’s “15 Best Cargo Bikes for Ditching Your Minivan”

Bicycling Magazine has just published a “15 Best Cargo Bikes for Ditching Your Minivan” list online and our classic Ute made the cut. This is what they had to say. New for 2019the Kona Ute now also comes in an eBike option the Kona Electric Ute.

“The Kona Ute is an affordable and elegant cargo bike that you wouldn’t mind riding without cargo, either, thanks to its modest 42-pound weight. There’s a 9-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain (with a Deore rear derailleur) to get you going, and the 1,273mm wheelbase makes it a little more difficult to maneuver than a standard bike. The panniers and wooden rack platform come as standard, and Kona recommends the Portland-based accessory manufacturer Super Knuckle for add-on panniers, seats, and footrests. The bike comes in small and large sizes, and although its midtail cousin (the minUte) was discontinued in 2016, the Ute is still one of the lighter and more manageable longtails on the market.”

Bicycling.com Reviews The Super Jake “Precise, predictable handling makes the Super Jake one of the most intuitive cyclocross bikes around”

“When I learned to trust the front-end grip, I began riding the Super Jake more like a mountain bike, hanging by body off the frame around tight turns and generally shifting my weight more forcefully than I’ve had the cajones to do on other cyclocross rigs.” – Dan Roe

It seems Bicycling’s Dan Roe felt at one with the Super Jake we sent for review, he’s just posted up a rather favourable review of the bike and it’s very clear that he well and truly understands this bike.

Click here to read the review in full on Bicycling.com

Kona Dream Builds: Ted Lincoln’s Kona Big Unit

I should probably start this Dream Build post with an apology. You see, Ted submitted his very custom 2012 Big Unit months ago but then it got lost in my inbox. He sent me a friendly reminder last week and I’ve dug up the images and now you get to see Ted’s Big Unit Dream Build. Sorry Ted and to Kona Dream Build Fans that this extremely custom Kona Unit took so long to make it to you!

Ted’s 29er Big Unit is from 2012 and is made from Kona Scandium 69 butted tubing and is set up to run both 27.5″ plus and 29″ x 2.4″. He’s painted the bike himself in Black Chrome and he even made up the custom gold Kona Cog head badge just for this build.

The fork is a carbon Whiskey No.9 with 100mm spacing and 15mm thru-axle. The cockpit consists of a Chris King InSet 2, our in-house Kona XC/BC DLX 31.8mm x 80mm stem with a Niner Flat Top Carbon 720mm bar. Deity Enoki grips finish it off complete with OG OID lock-on end-caps.

The one geared Unit is propelled by a Shimano XTR M960 crankset from 2003 (the one with three different bolt patterns), Ted has “customized” it, cutting the big chainring tabs cut off, and then sanding and polishing them to a mirror finish. The chainring is a 32T Blackspire Super Pro (4 bolt x 102bcd).

The Gold KMC X9L Ti chain drives an 18T Surly cog. The seat post is a Thomson Elite setback with a Selle Italia Flite OG ’90s saddle and a King stainless steel bottle cage. Shimano XT RT86 6 Bolt Ice-Tech 160mm rotors and matching levers slow things down.

As pictured the bike is set up in its 27.5 guise. The rear wheel is built around a 135mm Chris King hub with Funbolts (the OG version with the removable disc rotor adaptor), the rim is a 322 hole DT Swiss FR 570 with three-cross lacing and features 33mm outer 29mm inner width.  Spokes are DT Swiss Competition with DT Swiss alloy nipples. They are set up tubeless with 3.5oz Orange sealant 1tbls gold glitter. The front wheel is a 24 hole Roval Traverse alloy also laced three-cross/radial lacing, to a 15mm Roval hub.  Both tires are set up with Schwalbe Nobby Nic’s 27.5″ x 2.8″, with Ted’s “customized” nob trimming on the rear.

When the bike is set up in 29″ (not pictured) the Wheel details are as follows.
Hubs: Shimano XT M8000 Centerlock , Rear XTR M988 Ti Freehub, 135mm, Halo XL Hex-Key skewer, Front 15mm thru-alex
Rims: Stan’s Arch 32 hole Three-cross lacing, 24.4mm outer 19mm inner width
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition, Dt Swiss alloy nipples
Tubeless Setup: Stan’s NoTubes rim tape, 3.5oz Stan’s sealant 1tlbs red glitter
Tires: WTB TrailBoss 29″ x 2.4″