Daily Archives: 05/21/2019

Washington, the KONA Demo Tour is headed your way!

Come demo some of our favorite bikes including the Process 153 CR 29 and 27.5, and Big Honzo CR. We’ll even have a few Libres ready to ride at select stops. We’ll have full sizes runs ensuring everyone can find a bike that fits just right.

Here are some events coming soon! Details in the posters below.

May 31 – Leavenworth, WA
June 1 – Walla Walla, WA
June 2 – Winthrop, WA
June 8 & 9 – Issaquah, WA – Evergreen MTB Festival

Julian Tennyson | KONA COG
Julian Tennyson | KONA COG
Julian Tennyson | KONA COG
Julian Tennyson | KONA COG

Illuminated Days

Words and illustration by Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt. Photos by Wang. Gretchen rides the Kona Sutra LTD.

A few months ago, as a bonus hour of daylight coincided with the trees sprouting their first buds, opportunities for spontaneous, bike-fueled camping adventures blossomed. Although I’d consider myself open to adventure in all conditions, the invitation of longer days and clearer skies beckoned for mini bikepacking getaways.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

So often, adventures involve epic planning and packing, followed by days of grueling hardships and suffering. One- or two-night bikepack trips, however, present just the opposite: light hearts, light planning, light hardships and not-so-light bikes. Necessities on these quick getaways are a hammock, sleeping bag and pad, headlamp, Jetboil and coffee. Secondary items include a cribbage board, Jitterbug Perfume, a bocce set, wetsuits, watercolors, shrimp, rigatoni and an assortment of spring squash. While they are not mandatory, they are welcome baggage on my two-wheeled steer named Sutra.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

In early March, with the promise of a crisp and clear evening and an additional hour of light, a small group of us kicked off our “midweek bikepacking micro-expedition” season. Leaving at 7 pm on a nondescript Tuesday, we pedaled a handful of miles, just long enough to shake off the workday and feel the sea breeze on our faces. Pushing our bikes across rocky beaches, we slung our cocoons in seaside trees and ate a memorable dinner by bonfire. Waking to the lapping of currents and squawking gulls, we pedaled into work by 9 am the next morning.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

As days grow longer, multi-day getaways to the San Juan Islands and regional hills follow. The planning becomes slightly more involved as we add extensive gravel exploration, mid-ride snorkeling and extreme bocce tournaments to the mix, although the logistical simplicity of these carefree, car-free expeditions remains the same.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

My Kona Sutra is a faithful reminder that we have a choice to cycle left of the mainstream, mix up our stagnant routines, and recognize that life (and adventures) don’t need to be so serious.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG


The Final Rays

Words by Kona Ambassador Becky Gardner. Photos by Ryan Wiegman. Becky rides a Process 153 CR DL 27.5.

It’s 5 pm and I’ve just finished with whatever was on my plate for the day. I debate with myself if I have time to quickly get changed and head for the trail. Of course, I am cutting it close. The sun is setting soon, but I scurry out the door inspired to chase the sunlight I have left. Evening rides just like this are some of my favorite. There is something really special about riding bikes while the sun is going down and chasing that last ray before the sun sets behind the mighty Rocky Mountains. Maybe I head out solo or maybe some friends join. Either way, the lighting and temperature on these spring days are prime during the last few hours of daylight.

Here in Salida, we have an extraordinary trail system at the base of the town called the S Mountain Trails. These trails are designed for all riders from beginners to advanced and have some of my favorite downhill trails in the valley. The best part of the S Mountain Trails is that all the trails easily link together so depending on how much you want to ride or how much time you have you can put together a perfect ride. The trail system is heavily maintained by a group of volunteers, local support, and passionate trail builders. The trail builders are always on the lookout to build more singletrack and have an open mind to building difficult and technical terrain which is a rare treat amongst public trails.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

My all-time favorite trail on S Mountain is a rocky, loose, technical trail called Sand Dunes. I am notorious in the valley for riding this trail at an obsessive rate. On a solo day, I can lap it in 45 minutes making it a prime selection for a quick evening ride. I never get sick of this trail and it always brings a smile to my face as I drop down through multiple rock gardens and deep loose dunes of sand with the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River as my backdrop.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The trail ends at the heart of town where you are dazzled by the small town vibes of Salida, Colorado. From here I can grab a beer from one of the many local breweries and restaurants or hit the grocery store and head home. 

Chasing down the sun will always be one of my great joys of mountain biking and there is nothing quite like coming home from weeks on the road to enjoy some of my favorite local dirt.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG


Ti Tuesdays With Kona: Seth’s Ti Esatto Commuter

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Seth is in charge of warehouse logistics, shipping and our Konz showroom in North Vancouver. He’s also the son of one of the longest-running Kona employees, Dik Cox, and has been around the brand since his birth. A couple of years back he started racing cross’ and began quickly working his way up the ranks. Cross’ was like a drop-bar gateway drug for the fit young rider, and the next thing you know he was building up this next level forever bike. He commutes on this Ti Esatto every single day to the Kona Canada office, as well as logging some serious miles on Mt Seymour’s epic climb and other classic Vancouver road loops. This Kona Dream Build definitely warrants a closer look.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG Marrying Shimano’s Di2 Ultegra group with a timeless Ti road frame is a brave move.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG But one that Seth has pulled off with style.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG Shimano Di2 Ultegra, no words are needed really.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG The Esatto lacks disc bosses so some classic Ultegra 6800 stoppers were enlisted to keep the speedy bike in check.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG Our own carbon race fork.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG Conti Grand Prix 4000II’s are mounted up on Mavic’s timeless Ksyrium Elite wheelset.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG Easton gets some love in the cockpit with the Easton EC70 bar and EA90 stem.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG Supacaz’s Super Sticky bar tape ensure’s comfortable and solid hand placements, every time.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG No modern bike is really complete without a little oil slick. Seth’s Esatto is sporting the Supacaz Fly Cage.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG And the whole bike would not be complete if were not for the Di2 compatible Pro Vibe carbon seatpost.
Caleb Smith | KONA COG