If I had a dollar for every time someone tells me they want a 29er that “handles like a twenty-six”, I could solve the Greek debt crisis. Kudos to Kona for thinking outside the box and building a bike that’s fun to ride, rather than being ridden for the podium. It’s best to think of the Honzo as a blunt instrument, designed for going straight ahead when the cleanest line zigs and zags. With a 68-degree head tube angle, 120mm fork, big 29×2.4 Maxxis Ardent tire up front and low bottom bracket, it’s more battering ram than trail scalpel.
The chainstays are the shortest in the Kona 29er lineup—so short, in fact, that the bike is designed to run single chainrings or singlespeed setups only. There is simply no way a front derailleur would fit between the rear tire and the frame. Read more at Dirt Rag