Reflecting on Crankworx

Words by Hannah Bergemann, who was having an incredible race at the Whistler EWS, holding on to 11th place when an irreparable flat forced her to pull out on the final stage. Crankworx started off with practice for the enduro. It was my first time

Kona Dream Builds: “Lil Acid” Shelly Flood’s Process 153 CR DL 27.5

Some eagle eyed Kona and EWS fans may have been lucky enough to get a bit of an advanced look at one of our 2020 Process frame colours this year. Kona Gravity Team rider Shelly Flood has been rolling on this seriously rad Process 153

Cross is Coming…Jakes are HERE!

The Jake series has a long heritage with Kona. It’s taken top steps at UCI cyclocross races. It’s crossed continents on epic expeditions. It’s the bike that made us rethink what was possible on two wheels. It’s as at home in sandpits, off-camber tracks, and

Kona Dealer Launch: New Bikes, All the Trails, and Tons of Shenanigans

The 2020 North American Dealer Launch was one for the books. Over the course of five days, around 300 dealers converged on our hometown of Bellingham, Washington. Dealers were treated to delicious food from some of our best local caterers, views of the ocean and

Hello Operator? Please Show Us the 2020s!

We believe in the motto “Go big or go home.” With the carbon Operator, we went big, so

Idaho, the KONA Demo Tour is headed your way!

Come demo some of our favorite bikes including the brand new 2020 Process 134 CR/DL along with AL/DL, AL, and CR models, Process 153 CR 29, and Hei Hei. We’ll even have a few Libres ready to ride at select stops. Here are some events coming soon! Details in

Woo! The 2020 Fat Bikes are… Phat!

If there was a biking equivalent of a Unimog, it might just be the fat bike. Burly, tough, and able to roll over anything, fat bikes have taken people into uncharted terrain unlike any other machine before. This year we’re introducing the Woo—a bike that

The 2020 Process 153s are Here!

There sure seems to be a lot of hype and anticipation surrounding the latest crop of Process 153s. We get it. The bike is amazing and this year they are simply stunning. Both the 153 CR DL 29 and 153 CR DL 27.5 receive some

Cory Wallace at the Breck Epic

Kona Adventure Man Cory Wallace currently sits in 11th place after two stages of the Brek Epic six-day race in Colorado. “Stage 1 at Breck Epic served up some tacky trails and proper mountain weather (+8 and 🌧). 24 hr legs were in full diesel but will need

Kona Enduro Team Takes on the Whistler EWS

This weekend marked the biggest race of the EWS season, the stop at Whistler’s Crankworx. Riders faced seven brutal stages that featured extremely technical and physical racing. Kona had a full squad onsite racing for both the men and the women. Miranda Miller continued her

Jackson Frew Shreds Canberra

Australian rider Jackson Frew worked with Matt Slaggs and Dharco Clothing to put together this little ripper of

The LostCo Rides the 134!

If you haven’t tuned in to the Lost Co’s YouTube channel, do yourself a favor and check it out. Mike, the owner of the Lost Co, creates some of the most in-depth reviews of the bikes he sells that you’ll find anywhere on the internet.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

Words by Ambassador Brookyn Bell. Photo by Matt Robeke. Into the cycle I go. One of the goals for this season of riding was let it all wash over me. To be all in. To live by the dirt. Last week I logged my 100th

The Process 134 is Making Waves!

The Process 134 has been out less than a week and it’s already garnering some top attention from the media. Have you checked them out yet? Here is what the press is saying about the 134. “Things come natural to the 134. It’s comfy climbing

Our italian ambassador Simone Medici is back racing at Val Di Sole World Cup

The return of Simone Medici (Kona Ambassador) to the downhill world cup competitions took place in recent days

Some news from the Kona Rookie Camp Festival 2019 in Serfaus Fiss Ladis.

Noah Hofmann raced with a Kona Operator CR at the Specialized Rookies Cup in Serfaus Fiss Ladis in Austria. In the Seeding Run he reached the fastest time in his category U17 and therefore he entered the race as leader. Noah had a good start

Your 2020 Dews, Splice and Coco Have Arrived!

Ahhhh. There’s nothing like the feeling of gliding on a bike. Whether you’re a hard-core commuter and demand the utilitarian performance of one of the Dews, or you’re stylish on a step-through Coco, we’ve got a bike that is ready to cruise wherever you choose!

Kona Dream Builds: Miranda Miller’s Team Issue Process 134 CR DL

When Miranda’s production Process 134 CR frame showed up in our Kona USA HQ a few months back, her team parts kit had already been waiting patiently in a box for the big day. We couldn’t wait to see the complete bike built up. After

Miranda Miller Introduces Kona’s 2020 Process 134 Lineup

Kona Gravity Team rider Miranda Miller introduces the all-new Process 134! Join Miranda on a Pacific Northwest Adventure aboard the first full-carbon Process bike. The Process 134 represents years of engineering, testing, and industrial design to create the perfect balance of trail, all-mountain, and pure

The Longest Day — The Finale of the #7Countries7Passes

Words and photos by Kona Ambassador Tim Wiggins. In 2017, on a quiet afternoon in early summer, I

Kona Rookie Camp : Six days of Bikepark shredding and trail surfing for young rippers !

Learning and having fun with the pros, this is the purpose of the KONA Rookie Camp 2019, which will take place again in the first week of August as part of the Kona MTB Festival in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. We are ready, our Area is built

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,

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

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

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

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”! The small line Nico Vink built was super fun and I was able to ride it to film

Ride Free! The Libre is Back!

The Libre has taken the drop bar world by storm. Its fast, light, and utilitarian characteristics make it

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

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

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

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

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

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 The Unit

Introducing the 2020 Kona Hardtails!

The Hardtails That Started It All When we think about hardtails, we go back. Way back. We’re talking 1988 when Kona was the first company to introduce mountain bikes with sloping top tubes. They provided a means to a new kind of freedom that the

The Kona Gravity Team Take on Les Gets

The 2019 race schedule is really starting to ramp up. Round five of the UCI DH World Cup took place in Les Gets, France over the weekend, and it’s worth pointing out that we are now past the halfway point with just three World Cup

Bicycling Magazine Reviews the Libre DL “The Libre DL is a bike that lets you head out guided by your whim and sense of adventure.”

“The Libre DL is a bike that lets you head out for a ride guided by your whim and sense of adventure. You needn’t avoid a trail that looks fun because your bike won’t handle it well, and you don’t have to shy away from

The Transcendent Boredom of Brandenburg Gravel

“Drop your heels. Relaxed shoulders…Nice. Smooth circles. Good. Loosen the elbows…” It’s a mantra running through my head as I roll down one, then another and still one more gravel road, Forstweg or stretch of pave, somewhere in the middle of Brandenburg (the German state

Kerry Werner Finishes Third at the 2019 BC Bike Race – Read His Full Report

Emily and I couldn’t have been happier with how our Honeymoon turned out last year at BCBR. We had such a blast and we both ended up doing well in the solo open divisions. Also, I think it set me up really nicely, from a

Digging Retallack: The Longest Day

Words by Kona Ambassador Shae James, who is the first female ever invited to dig at Retallack Lodge during their annual building week with the Treelines Crew. It’s always the last stretch of something that can feel like an eternity. That last hour of work

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 5 – 1997 Kona Explosif Team Edition

My all-time favorite Kona is Roland Green’s 1997 Hei Hei in “rasta flames”. It’s the perfect race bike, ridden by a true legend. It’s been documented here, hanging proudly at Bellingham HQ. In 1997 the pro race team featured an incredible line-up of well-established and

The Longest Days: Escalante Bikerafting.

Words and photos by Kona Ambassador Colt Fetters.

Endless Summer Days At Highland Mountain Bike Park

Last week I took the 35-hour drive from Colorado to Northern Vermont to attend the coveted NEMBA fest. During my time there, I met up with Wilson; the fun-loving and talented Kona Demo Tour driver and his loyal fur companion, Fred.  After a fun weekend

ENDURO ONE #2 – ROCK’N ROLL IN ROSSBACH

Double Top 10 for the Kona Gduro Team ! Rossbach, a very small village in the Spessart region was the second stop of the german Enduro One series. This was the second time Rossbach hosted a stop of the series and the first one already provided

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 4 – 1997 Kona Hot

The Kona Hot was the ultimate steel hardtail. Introduced in 1991, through to the start of 1996 it was built by Tom Teesdale, a true pioneer, and master of steel frame design and manufacturer. A made to order frame, you could choose from specific tube

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 3 – 1997 Kona Caldera

The story surrounding the 1997 Kona Caldera provides insight into the mountain bike design changes and riding trends at that time. The concept was simple. Over the years riders had fed-back that they wanted a hand-built, affordable steel framed hardtail. Working with Altitude Cycles, Kona

Solstice Brunch, Build, and Bike in the Mountains

Words by Ambassador Delia Massey. Photos by Kinsey Smith. Summertime in the pacific northwest means go time, all the time. You have to soak in every last second of sun and warmth while it lasts because the winters are dark and soul-crushing. The solstice is

Sutra and the Golden Hour

Kona Ambassador Tudor Gillham has had a busy summer racing the TransAtlantic Way ride—a 2500km one stage race/ride through Ireland. When he finished the ride he wanted to reflect on what the Longest Days mean to him. Just like many of us, he enjoys the

Thank the Mountain Bike Advocates for their Longest Days

Words by Ambassador Sandra Beaubien. Before the long days of summer solstice come, every mountain bike organization has

Alasdair’s Retro Builds: Part 2 – 1997 Kona Manomano

In 1996, the Atlanta Olympic Games featured XC mountain biking as a sport for the first time. Internationally, teams were shifting to a full-time time basis as the race calendar intensified. Downhill and XC courses became more and more technical so bikes needed to withstand

What to Carry on The Longest Day

Hey! My Name is Graham.  I’m so proud to call my self a Kona Ambassador!  How on earth did I wangle that one? Well, it’s petty sweet really, I’m a mountain bike guide and coach from the Lake District UK. I also do lots of