Daily Archives: 07/19/2019

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?