Daily Archives: 07/25/2019

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.