Monthly Archives: July 2019

Kids: Get Ready to Rip with the Honzo 20, 24 and Process 24!

We had such great feedback from our revamp of our kids’ bikes last year that we had to keep it going. We’ve brought back the kid-friendly versions of some of our favorite bikes ready to shred with your growing riding buddies!

When you’re a kid, there’s simply nothing better than riding a bike. Whether exploring the freedom of the neighborhood, the local trails or hanging with mom and dad on a family ride, a bike opens up the world. Kona’s kids’ bikes are built to last and spec’d to ride well across all types of terrain, from the sidewalk to the bike park.

Honzo 24

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Some people love riding hardtails for life! Why not get ‘em started young? The Honzo 24 is the perfect foray into a long lineage of durable hardtails. Double-walled wheels with classy tan Vee rubber tires provide durability and stiffness for bigger hits. An air-sprung 65mm travel fork provides supple suspension while hydraulic disc brakes provide powerful stopping. The Honzo 24 brings the Kona legend to the kids!

Honzo 20

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Imagine being a little kid again and riding bikes with your parents or older siblings. Everything they did made an impression. Their style, their bikes. The Honzo 20 brings the magic of a hardtail to the youngest riders. With a Shimano 1x drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, tan-walled tires, and an air-sprung suspension fork, the Honzo 20 is one ripping little machine!

Process 24

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Kids these days! They’re faster and more daring than ever before, so they need a bike that can keep up with their progression. We’ve designed the Process 24 with similar geometry characteristics as our full-size bikes in order to make it incredibly fun on the trails. 100mm of front and rear suspension is custom-tuned for lighter riders. Powered by a Shimano Deore 1x drivetrain, the Process 24 is ready to get rowdy with the groms!

A 24-Hour Solo Hat Trick for Cory Wallace!

Kona Adventure team rider Cory Wallace has won his third consecutive 24-hour solo World Championship title this past weekend in Brazil. He completed 460km and finished a full lap ahead of second place. Cory road the Hei Hei CR DL to the victory in what is considered the ultimate mental and physical test.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

“It is surreal to have claimed a 3rd straight 24 HR World title.  It seems like just yesterday I was winning the first one in Italy. Brazil was a tough race with some hot conditions but over the years I’ve learned to be patient and to attack when the other riders are at there lows. This race played out in my favour as the body was firing on all cylinders after a great preparation this season, first in Nepal and then back in North and Central America.  I was confident coming into this year’s race that if I could stay healthy and keep the stomach in line that things would play out in my favour.  

Running two identical Kona Hei Hei’s were the perfect bikes for the fast and rough conditions in Brazil. I’m very grateful for the support I have had over the years from my friends and family and the sponsorship support, lead by Kona Bikes which has enabled me to chase this dream and given me so many opportunities to succeed.   Big shout out to Seth Cox for building my race bike last minute and my pit crew, long time buddy Leighton Poidevin, Candace Bourque from the Okanagan 24, and Hiran from Radical Lights!
Off to Rio to soak this one in on the beaches of Copacabana for a few days before jetting off to Colorado for the Breck Epic!” -Cory Wallace

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Super (C)hill Campout

Words by Molly Sugar // Photos by Gritchelle Fallesgon and Rie Sawada 

We pushed our bikes through overgrown vertical single track from the lake to the only gravel road that bypassed the highway. It was only about a mile long but it was one of those hike-a-bikes where you stopped a couple of times so you didn’t fall face flat from the steepness. As each of us made it to the top, we clapped and gave each other high fives as if we just completed the Tour de France. It was supposed to be a ‘Super Chill Campout’ weekend but we joked that it was actually misspelled from ‘Super Hill Campout’.

That moment showed our crew’s true colors and set the tone for the weekend. Like any good campout we biked on winding gravel roads, shot slingshots at cans, ate snacks by the lakeside, roasted s’mores over the campfire and had a ‘no talent, talent show’. Sixteen of us came together to share our quirky selves and celebrate the longest day of the year in the only way we knew how. 

Huge thanks to Swift Industries’ #swiftcampout movement for inspiring this campout and celebration. The magic from these trips are what makes me wish every day was the longest day of the year. 

Behold the 2020 Honzos!

It’s what you’ve all been asking for—the 2020 Honzos! The Honzo is often imitated but never duplicated. It was the hardtail that turned heads as it redefined what was possible with only front suspension. It paved the way for progressive geometry across our line of bikes and it continues to be one badass machine today. The 2020 line of Honzos is classically simple, yet so incredibly capable. So ready or not, grab your 29er’ hardtail Honzo and drop into something that would make any other hardtail turn the other way.

Honzo DL

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Honzo DL is a secret weapon among those who love mountain biking at its purest. This year we’ve upgraded the fork to a RockShox Revelation RC and given you another gear with SRAM’s  SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. Just enough suspension to keep things moving along on the trail, but nimble, fast and easy to throw around, the Honzo is a total dream for the person looking for something playful.

Honzo

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Honzo is the bike that redefined Kona’s goal to push the limits and do something radically different. From biking to work to getting creative in the bike park, the Honzo inspires serious fun. This boost-spaced frame with thru-axle rear dropout features a 120mm RockShox Recon RL boost fork, SRAM SX/NX 12-speed drivetrain, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The Honzo sets the standard for a hardtail that’s equal parts fun and fast.

Honzo CR – frame only

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Honzo CR frame is for the hardtail aficionado that is looking for something truly special. Kona’s Carbon Trail frame is light, stiff, rides predictably and features an integrated headset, boost spacing, a press fit 92 bottom bracket, short chainstays, and geometry that makes this frame super playful. It’s the perfect base for your next dream bike.

German Grassroots Leopold Erhardt is back from Loosefest…

To see the guys ride the biggest jumps in the world got me so keen. I really hope I‘ll join them next year for the “big party”!

Arno Van Loo

The small line Nico Vink built was super fun and I was able to ride it to film the first part of the German Bikemovie “Airborn“ which will drop in November. The movie will get 4 parts with Lukas Knopf, Nico Scholze, Lukas Schäfer and me. It’s produced by Tobi Sieg, who filmed „light in the storm“ with me and Arno van Loo. 

Arno Van Loo

I can’t wait to continue filming!

Arno Van Loo

Cheers, Leo.

Ride Free! The Libre is Back!

The Libre has taken the drop bar world by storm. Its fast, light, and utilitarian characteristics make it the ultimate drop-bar bike. Pavement, gravel, or singletrack are no match for this carbon beauty. Pulling from the Rove and Sutra lineage, the Libre and Libre DL feature wheel size interchangeability, competitive spec, and the ability to carry as much gear as imaginable. Stealthy lines and eye-catching paint jobs round out one of the hottest adventure bikes available.

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The 2020 Libre comes packed with everything you need for the ultimate adventure. A gorgeous Kona Race Light Carbon frame is stocked with a SRAM Rival 1 11-speed drivetrain, brakes and shifters, and a Kona Verso full carbon flat mount disc fork. The Libre also features WTB KOM Light Team i25 700c rims and WTB Riddler 700x45c tires for fast-rolling efficiency across any terrain.

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Find the 2020 Libre here!

Kona Dream Builds: Keith’s Dual Duty Libre DL

We found Keith’s bike on Instagram (he used the #KonaDreamBuilds hashtag) just after he’d ridden this years Dirty Kanza 100 on it with zero flats. It seemed Keith was gushing about his Libre and it was clear from his post that he really got this bike. A fully capable gravel race bike one day and a lightweight full carbon bike packing rig the next. We asked Keith for a bit more build info and just how he set it up for the two applications. Check out some of the bikes cooler details and Keith’s response below.

Keith Lipski

I built the bike to do dual duties – first as a gravel race bike and second as a touring / bikepacking rig.  I built it in time to race the DK 100 this year, which was essentially a training ride for the Day Across Minnesota in August.  To that end, I wanted to make sure I had tire clearance to fit at least a 700×40 or larger and the Schwalbe G-One Allround fit just great and set up tubeless on these Mason x Hunt 4 Season Wheels very easily.  I had zero flats at DK, a race notorious for them. 

Keith Lipski

I’m a bigger dude, so I wanted to make sure that I had enough gearing for when the gravel gets steep or when I’m fully loaded down, so I combined an FSA Energy subcompact crankset with an Ultegra Di2 RX-805 rear derailleur and SRAM 11-36 cassette.  This setup gives me a lot of options for climbing while still allowing for flat land speed.  The new RX derailleur’s clutch was a big help in reducing chain slap, though I still wrapped my chainstay to protect it (and frankly because it looks like something Rambo would do to his bike).

Keith Lipski

The gas tank bag from Rogue Panda bolts on to the top tube mounts, stays put, keeps me fed and my computer charged. With three bottle cage mounts inside the triangle, I was able to stay well hydrated in the Kansas heat.  Bars and seatpost are carbon and made by my friends over at Framed bikes in St. Paul, while the tool keg is from Twin Six out of Minneapolis.  This ensures that I’m never without a tube, CO2 or spare derailleur hanger, but I also run a Silca Seat Roll Premio during a race for backup CO2 and tire lever – extra piece of mind when you’re way out there. 

Keith Lipski

The combination computer / light mount from K-Edge keeps the bars uncluttered and is going to come in handy on The DAMN as we start at night and will be in the dark for the first six hours. Cinelli cork tape rounds out the cockpit simply because its comfy and looks really good against the green of the frame.

Keith Lipski

When I load this guy up for a weekend or more trip, I add a couple Outpost cages by Blackburn on the fork leg mounts to carry my hammock and sleeping bag, a handlebar roll by Rogue Panda and seat pack by Revelate Designs. These are more than enough to carry gear for a few days and keep my stuff safe and dry.

Keith Lipski
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The Big Honzo is Back!

Last week we showed you the Big Honzo ST. Today we’re showing you the rest of this plus-sized lineup. The Big Honzo has the same playful nature as the classic Honzo, but with 130mm of front suspension and wider tires to add a bit more of a plush ride. Ride it down rock faces. Ride it over chunder. Ride it to experience your favorite trail in a new way!

Big Honzo CR

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Big Honzo CR features a carbon frame with a show-stopping paint job that is poised to turn heads. This year we’ve spruced up the bike with an all-new RockShox Pike fork and SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur. All Big Honzo models are spec’d with a 27.5+ wheel, but able to run a 29” wheel. The super-low standover height makes riding fun and the bike extra maneuverable. If you’re looking for a hardtail that packs a punch, look no further than the Big Honzo CR.

Big Honzo DL

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Big Honzo DL is a simple concept: all the bike you want in a package you can afford. We love the feel of the 130mm RockShox Revelation RC fork and added a pedal-friendly SRAM SX/NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. 2.8” tires provide ample traction on all kinds of terrain, making climbing and descending fun and confidence-inspiring. Equipped with a TransX dropper post with up to 200mm of insertion depth, the Big Honzo DL is the perfect all-around hardtail.

Big Honzo

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

You love the Honzo but wanted an aggressive hardtail with a bit more versatility. Enter the Big Honzo. With geometry derived from our carbon Big Honzo, the Big Honzo was designed around a 27.5+ wheel but is cross-compatible with a 29” wheel, allowing you to create your favorite configuration to get the most out of the terrain. The Big Honzo features 130mm of RockShox front suspension, boost spacing, a SRAM SX/NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, a dropper post that fits up to a 200mm insertion depth, and hydraulic disc brakes in an affordable package.

Kona Dream Builds: Jacob’s Process 165 29 Franken-Party-Dream-Bike

As a mechanic and ski technician at Ruckus Ski and Board in Prince Geroge, BC, Jacob Mullen is more used to building other peoples Kona Dream Builds than his own. For some, his 29″ wheeled Process 165 is going to appear as more of a nightmare.

Jacob Mullen

Jacob has stripped the paint completely of a 2019 Process 165, robbed the wheels, drive train and fork off a Process 153 CR DL 29, (yup those are 29″ wheels) and built himself the “Kona Party Wagon”. It’s sporting a Race Face Next R bar and stem with OneUp’s EDC tool, both wheels are sporting Cush Core front and back.

Jacob Mullen

It’s not exactly a looker though, the DYEDBRO Hawaiian frame protector and retro Kona stickers won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for Jacob this is bike is a Hawaiian shirt wearing Farwell Canyon slaying weapon of a franken bike. And that’s it, we don’t have anything else for you… Jacob’s Process Franken Party Dream Bike.

Jacob Mullen

Jacob and the Party Bike getting Zesty at Farwell Canyon earlier this summer.

Welcome to the Climbduro

We all know the enduro format by now. Climb up and then be timed on the downhills. Well, it’s time to usher in the era of the Climbduro. Type-2 enthusiasts everywhere can rejoice! Adventure Team Type-2 specialist Cory Wallace just competed in the Climbduro in Bragg Creek, Alberta. It also just happened to be his birthday. Here is Wallace’s race report for your viewing pleasure.

John Gibson location: Bragg Creek, AB, Canada

This past weekend I raced the Climbduro in Bragg Creek Alberta on my Birthday.  It’s a new race in its second year in which there are two uphill timed segments and then some transitional, non-timed downhill segments    Basically a backward enduro, a pretty cool addition to the ever transitioning race schedule.  I raced the Honzo and took both stage wins and the overall which equated to $1000 cash prize + $3000 in product, a very welcomed birthday present!  


The first stage consisted of an 8km flat section on pavement before heading up the steep Husky fire road.  There were some guys on cross bikes which made it tough to mark them on the pavement but once we hit the gravel climb the Honzo took over.  By the top, I had just over a 30 second lead on Alberta’s Road Provincial champ, Andrew Davidson.


The 2nd climb started on 3 km of smooth trail before hitting the Moose mountain fire road to the top.  I managed to drop everyone on the trail section and then could cruise in on the fire road to take the Climbzilla title for the weekend.   The racing was shorter then I’m used to at about 25 minutes per climb, but the intensity was perfect to spike the system a little before heading off to Brazil this Monday for the 24 Hour World Solo Champs.   The Honzo has been a beast of a bike this year, tackling everything from gnarly BC races like the Nimby 50 and Spakuwas 50, matching up with the best down at Trans Costa Rica, to taking the W at a 3-day stage race in Mexico, and now this Climbzilla title.  It’s pretty rad to have a bike which is just at home on techy trail as it is on long fire road climbs!


Off to put in the last couple days of training here in my hometown of Jasper before tacking some epic travel days down to South America.

Say Hello to The 2020 Adventure Drop-bar Bikes!

Adventure biking! It’s all the rage these days. If there’s one thing we love at Kona it’s making bikes that can handle pretty much any situation you throw at them. Want to ride your drop-bar bike on singeltrack? Go for it. Want to carry enough food and water to exist in the backcountry for a week? No problem. Check out the goods and start planning your next big ride!

Rove NRB

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Sometimes we hit a crossroads where the pavement ends, and the dirt begins. Enter the Rove NRB. 650b wheels, our new carbon flat mount disc fork featuring tons of mounting options, and mechanical disc brakes mean that transition from pavement to dirt is seamless. Couple those features with a SRAM Apex 1x drivetrain, and the Rove NRB is begging to take you away from your traditional route and into territories unexplored.

Rove ST

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

There’s nothing quite like the feel of steel on the road…or gravel…or trail. The Rove ST is simply a badass bike with a classic look and feel. Running on 650b tubeless-ready WTB Asym i23 TCS rims wrapped with WTB Venture TCS DUAL 650x47c tires. A SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain and flat mount disc fork make the Rove ST a Kona staff favorite.

Rove DL

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

When the ride requires speed, it’s important to pay attention to the little details. Fenders for bad weather and 9-speed gearing provide the comfort and range needed to access any kind of road in any kind of weather. The Rove DL is the answer to your road needs no matter when and where you ride.

Rove

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The intention is in the name, as the Rove is the perfect bike to use as a wandering companion. Our most traditional drop-bar offering, the Rove is willing to go the distance whether on pavement, dirt, or even gravel. Outfitted with Hayes mechanical disc brakes, and a wide gear range, the Rove is an affordable, road-ready steed.

Sutra LTD

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Once upon a time a bunch of mountain bikers dreamed up something wild: a drop-bar bike that felt like a mountain bike and rode like a mountain bike but had the speed of a road bike. It was made of steel for that added bump absorption and ride quality, had powerful SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic disc brakes, a 1x drivetrain and beefy yet fast-rolling 700x50c tires. It had a wider bar with a 16-degree flare that made for more aggressive descending. The Sutra LTD came to reality in all of its dreamy glory and is an absolute riot on-road or off.

Sutra

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Sutra is many things. It’s gorgeous. It’s stylish. It’s incredibly versatile, and it comes ready for the long haul on the bike tour of your dreams. Our Kona Cromoly steel frame is outfitted with a Brooks saddle, cork bar tape, BarCon shifters, fenders, and rack. It also features a Shimano Deore 3×10 drivetrain to give you maximum gearing and smooth-rolling WTB STi23 36h WTB rims for those long days on the pavement. It’s quite the looker right out of the box, and it’s ready for your biggest adventure. What more could you want?

The Steel Hardtails Have Arrived

If there’s one thing we know, it’s how much Kona fans LOVE their steel hardtails. We think steel is awesome too and we’re pretty psyched about or 2020 steel hardtail lineup. Killer colors and features meet up with your favorite adventure-ready bikes.

Unit

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Unit has garnered a cult following among serious bikepackers. The love for fully-rigid steel is real. Still made with Reynolds Chromoly, the 2020 Unit is getting a facelift and a shiny new set of 29” boost wheels with thru-axles to help conquer rougher terrain. We’ve spec’d the Unit as a single-speed but its full-length freehub body allows for gears and the dropout has a derailleur hanger, should you want to modify your setup. Updated geometry provides better handling and a more comfortable ride, so you can get lost on those backwoods adventures!

Unit X

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Can we just talk about that gold bling?

Shonky ST (frame only)

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

There’s no way around it. We love the Shonky. Whether hitting Dirt jumps, pumptracks or ripping slalom tracks, the Shonky is pure fun. Bombproof construction, sliding dropouts, long top tubes, and a tapered headtube make the Shonky the king of the dirt. Yeah, yeah, we know. 26 ain’t dead…

Big Honzo ST

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Big Honzo ST is the result of all of our favorite options coming together in a single bike. It’s steel, so it feels amazing. It has adjustable dropouts, so you can run a front derailleur or even as a single speed. It comes set up as 27.5+ but can run a 29” wheel. It’s got boost spacing for extra stiffness and control. It’s got an SX/NX Eagle drivetrain, so it climbs with ease. It’s the hardtail that gives you all of the options for customization but is also ready to rip right out of the box.

Honzo ST (frame only)

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The one that started it all: the almighty steel Honzo. Low-slung. Long reach. Tight rear end. Unmistakably Honzo. What we did with the original steel Honzo has trickled into the DNA of almost every Kona bike since – which is a nice tip of the hat to the material we first started making bikes with. We sell the Honzo ST as a frame only so you can build your own dream ride.

Honzo ST

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Deciding which Kona is our favorite is like picking your favorite child. Everyone has one, but we don’t really speak about it. Hint, hint…we love the Honzo ST. We’ve built the bike to be gearless and fearless with modular dropouts, so you can go full custom, or run it as we spec it, with a 120mm RockShox Revelation RC fork, SRAM NX 1×11 speed drivetrain, and SRAM Level T brakes.