Caleb Smith

Fresh Produce! Brand New Kona Winter Gear in the US Store Now.

Just in time for the festive season we’ve added three fresh new items to the Kona USA web store. A very cool long sleeve Swoosh tee, a galactic Since 1988 zipped hoodie, and an Aggy Wolfie snap back. What’s even better is, up until the 20th of December, you’ll get 10% off almost* everything in the webstore by using this code: PUMPKINSPICEPROCESS. *Kona Mystery boxes and already discounted items aren’t included.

So what are you waiting for, our new clothes, pedals and t-shirts are waiting for you here!


Kona Swoosh Long Sleeve Tee $35


Kona Since 1988 Zipped Hoodie (Back)

Kona Since 1988 Zipped Hoodie (front)  $55

Kona Wolfie Trucker Hat $30

Tegan Molloy and Connor Fearon find the podium at the Cannonball Festival

Australia’s premier mountain bike gathering, the Cannonball Festival, took place over the weekend at Thredbo Resort in New South Wales. The Cannonball Festival attracts a who’s who of the Australian Mountain bike scene, and given how dominant the Aussies are at the moment, it is a solid lineup of riders. Kona rider Tegan Molloy, who calls Thredbo her local, had a standout weekend coming second in the Flowmotion Cup and then a solid first place in the DH on Sunday.

Connor Fearon, who was on his big bike for the first time since the World Cup wrapped up, has a history of coming second here behind friend and fellow Adelaide local Troy Brosnan. Connor was unable to break the his second place streak at Cannonball but closed the gap on Troy to just three seconds on the long and physical five-minute track.

Check out their thoughts on the Cannonball MTB Festival below.

Tegan Molloy

The Thredbo Cannonball Festival now in its 5th year is the biggest event on the Australian calendar. A variety of races for all ages and abilities across five days makes for an epic week of racing to kick off the Aussie season. I’m lucky enough that these races are held on my home trails.

My first event was the Maxxis All Mountain Assault which is a long, rough, grueling race and a real test of endurance. I placed 3rd in the race with a solid time that I was happy with considering where I am at this early on in the season. I was happy to get this one out of the way as the races to follow suit me more.

The next race was the Flow Motion Cup, which is held on Thredbo’s 5km flow trail. Although it isn’t super technical, it requires you to be efficient through the corners and maintain speed on the flatter sections. Come racing the track was super blown out and loose. I had a decent run, blowing out a few turns but managing to hold it all together to cross the line in second place.

The final event of the weekend was the Downhill. This is what I was looking forward to the most. Prior to racing, I had three practice runs and each run it was drying out, which made for some super loose racing. I know the downhill track like the back of my hand but come racing there would be a few changes; big holes and lots of blowouts. The DH track is long, fast and rough. As I was lined up at the gate I knew what I had to do, ride like I had been in practice. I had a few sketchy moments towards the top, including one of my contact lenses folding over and blurring my vision and making for a loose top section. After blinking it out my run became smoother. I was the last rider down and crossed the line in first place. Absolutely stoked to take the win three years running in front of a home crowd.

The momentum is building now for the upcoming National Series which kicks off in the new year.

Connor Fearon

This was my third time going to the Cannonball festival and as always it was a great event. It’s a good time of year because I’ve been pretty relaxed with my training and riding since the end of the World Cup season a few months ago. Usually, when I’m at home my downhill bike doesn’t get used to much so I’m always stoked to come out to Thredbo and ride for a couple days and race some of the worlds best. The event is actually really cool, you don’t really realize there’s a race until your waiting at the top for final runs. The actual downhill track at Thredbo is pretty ruthless to race. It’s really long and has super rough fast sections, really tight woods and quite a bit of pedaling. It feels more like an enduro stage than a downhill race. The track rewards people who are fit, smooth and good at carrying speed everywhere. Brosnan seems to have mastered all these things so his always so hard to beat here in Thredbo. My race was really good, I felt fitter than the last few years which is good news coming into the nationals and world cups in a few months. I got 2nd behind Troy (again) but only three seconds on a five minute plus track. I’ve closed the gap from the last few years racing him here. The next few races I’ll do are the Austrailian Nationals, so looking forward to using those as a pre-season warm-up for the world cups.

Not Far from Home – Destination North

There’s a common saying that life is like a wave and our existence is essentially surfing whatever kind of water comes our way. Metaphorically there may not be a better way to justify the ebbs and flows of good and bad that everyone undoubtedly experiences. What sets certain people apart though, is their ability to ride the waves in their own, unique way. Erkki Punttila knows that the best way to reset is to embrace the tides and sail away into a different mindset.

The setting is the far north of Finland in the Lapland area. It’s north of the arctic circle. It’s dark and cold; exactly what you think northern Finland would be like in the depths of autumn, except it’s also stunningly beautiful. Erkki’s path has led him to sell most of his possessions and move his life onto a sailboat. The S/y Sanibonani was built in South Africa in 1978. She has a luxurious history of cruising the Caribbean and Mediterranean, but now she’s finding her home in the cold waters of Finland. “Living aboard a sailboat has been a great experience,” Erkki said. “Extremely limited storage space makes you focus on the stuff you really need. Enjoying a sunset with good coffee really beats having eight pairs of shoes you never wear and a metric ton of random stuff around you.”

Erkki’s preferred method of transportation while in port is his Unit X. “I had the Unit on deck ready for grocery runs and the occasional bike packing trip,” he said. “In the spring, the boat was still bound in the ice so I had to haul 20-liter diesel canisters for the heater with the bike, which was no problem with a sturdy front rack.” Erkki’s need for adventure runs deep and he recently took his Unit X to explore Finland’s largest national park, Lemmenjoki. Known for its gold digging claims, Lemmenjoki spans 2,850 square km, and is peppered with huts where travelers can spend the night out of the extreme cold.

Follow along with Erkki as he traverses Lemmenjoki National park during Finland’s centennial year alongside herds of reindeer and takes in the astonishing views from one of Finland’s greatest treasures. Sometimes the best way to find yourself is to get lost in the beauty of nature.

Photographer: Jaakko Posti

The Brand New Kona Wah Wah II Composite Pedal is Available Now!

The Wah Wah II PP pedal. History evolved. Now lighter (360 grams a pair), brighter, and better for your wallet. Built from a super durable plastic composite, the Wah Wah II PP comes in six colors and is available now at US Kona dealers and on the Kona webstore right NOW  for $49.99. Canadian and European stock arriving soon!

Shop for the new Wah Wah II PP Here.

Helen Wyman Reigns in Spain

Kona Cyclocross racer Helen Wyman’s season just keeps on gaining momentum. This weekend she raced in Spain for the first time and took win number five, a real motivational boost leading into next weeks World Cup.

“Since traveling back from the European Championships, I’ve had time to plan new goals for the second phase of the season. It’s been really good for body and mind to spend some time at home after nine weeks away with an intense racing block of 19 races. Race 20 was my first ever race in Spain, and I’m really happy to have taken the win. Some very strong Spanish riders who perform well at World Cups, as well as two of the best young Dutch riders made it a good race, but I’m happy that in the mud I was able to come out on top. Next up for me a trip to Denmark for the new World Cup, followed by Germany and Belgium. An action-packed few weeks await.” – Helen Wyman

Quebec’s Festival De Cyclocross is happening this Saturday the 11th November!

As the North American CX season is winding down, the boys in Quebec wanted to end things with a bang and are putting on a super CX Festival this weekend. It’s not another racing event, but a proper Cyclocross festival that reminds us just how fun it is to ride.

it’s all happening this Saturday in Terrebonne, Emile Robillard is organizing a first of its kind cycling event where the focus is to celebrate what we love about biking, so expect some laughs, a great track, some obstacles never seen in Quebec (we heard rumors about riding through a bus), and some home made cooking from local racer Laurie Arseneault.

So take the kids out, bring your dog, come hungry and thirsty, and participate in an event like no other. Starting at $10, all profit is going towards developing Cyclocross in the area, plus there are lots of prizes to snatch up, and a whole of fun to remember for years to come!

More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/cxfest/

Irish Kona Dealer Green Bikes Posts First Look at the 2018 Kona Honzo CR Trail DL

Connor Campbell and the crew at Green Bikes in Ireland have produced this great little first look at the 2018 Kona Honzo CR Trail DL.
The Honzo CR Trail DL is the cream of the Honzo crop, with a RockShox Pike RC, Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, KS Lev Integra dropper post, and tubeless-ready Maxxis tires on WTB Asym i29 TCS rims. Find out more here.

The Kona Fall Demo Tour Wraps up in California This Weekend

The 2017 Kona Fall Demo Tour wraps up this weekend and this is your last chance to sample the new Process G2 in both 27.5 and 29, Hei Hei Trail, Rove NRB, and Remote.

For this final weekend, we’ll be kicking things off at The Trail House in Santa Rosa, CA on Saturday and on Sunday well be heading north to Revolution Bicycles in Humboldt County. Check out the flyers below for details, and keep yourself up to date through the Events page on the Kona Facebook.

Helen Wyman Wins in Koppenburg

Helen Wyman racked up her fourth win of the CX season on board the redesigned Kona Super Jake this past weekend in Koppenburg, beating out some solid international competition. Her latest CX Diaries video recaps the race and is embedded below, as well a few more photos from the race!

“Winning Koppenberg was a huge thrill. I was over the moon, and loved the battle with Katie Compton, one of the great ever female cross riders. For many years it was my home race, and a part of my heart will always feel that way. Four cobbles is something that will always make me smile, and it sets a target for the young riders to try to catch me. The European Champs were an impressive event, but for me it just kept drying up every hour making a top result out of reach. 8th was the best I could salvage, but 4 wins this season gives me a lot of confidence I’m doing the right things. Next up is a trip to Spain for a C1 race, which amazingly will be the first time I’ve ever raced in Spain. I can’t wait.” Helen Wyman

The Kona Supremes report on the Roam Bike Fest 2017

This past weekend the Supremes soaked up the sun at the first ever women’s mountain bike festival hosted in Sedona, AZ. So many brands came together to supply 150 women the opportunity to ask all the questions and demo all the bikes. Roam Bike Fest gave women the space and opportunity to just own it and shred like a boss.

Photo: Katie Lozancich

The festival made sure that that all the ladies could ride from sun up to sun down with organized group rides and shuttles. But if the legs were begging to burn, the ladies could take off right from the festival location and ride some of the most iconic trails in Sedona.

Photo: Brenda Ernst

It was so exciting to talk with women from all over the country retelling stories of hunting down the black diamond trails with other ladies and encouraging one another to try something new. The new trail/new feature domination gave the festival a special kind of buzz that was intoxicating – or maybe that was the free flowing margaritas out of the barrel of fun? Who really knows…

Photo: Brenda Ernst

The point is Roam Bike Fest was the most perfect way to close the summer chapter and welcome fall riding. Here are a few pictures of the fun and some words from the Supremes that were in attendance this weekend:

Photo: Brenda Ernst

“Roam fest is an incredible event that will boost your confidence and inspire you to follow your passion. Being surrounded by so many strong, beautiful woman was such an amazing experience. My favorite part of the event was seeing my mom gain the confidence to shred some red rock, giggling the whole time. Whatever your ability level on a bike there is no doubt you will have a blast at roam fest! “ -Mic

Photo: Brenda Ernst

“To say The Roam Bike Fest was epic doesn’t even quite cut it. Between the amazing scenery that Sedona has to offer, meeting some of the most inspiring women I have ever met, and getting my ass kicked by the technical descents; Roam Fest created an unforgettable experience. One of my favorite parts about the trip was rolling up on a group of guys (who probably thought they were pretty cool) with, no joke, over 10 ladies and showing THEM how to get rad and shred the shit out of the trails. The festival was an amazing experience and I am excited to show up and throw down for Roam Bike Fest 2.0, East Coast style.” -Steph

Photo: Katie Lozancich

“Roam Fest was a unique and amazing experience–where else would you get to be part of a mountain bike festival for women, organized by women, and hosted by women. I am leaving this event feeling inspired by all the incredible people I met, and excited to stay in touch with my new friends across the country! The riding in Sedona was spectacular, the venue was beautiful, and the good vibes were off the charts.” –Delia

Photo: Katie Lozancich

Many thanks to the awesome photographers, Katie and Brenda for the amazing photos!

 

Also… Huge, ginormous shout out to the incredible Ash Bocast and Andi Zolton for all of your hard work, time, and energy to pull off this event. And for inviting us to come party down with you guys, we had a blast!! Cant wait until next time!

Love,

The Supremes

The Kona Canada Webstore is Open!

You asked for it and you got it, the brand new Kona Canada webstore is open. You can now shop for a plethora of Kona goodies, from our ever-expanding range of t-shirts, socks, drink bottles and coffee cups, all the way to replica team kits and spare parts like grips, pedals and aftermarket Kona Project 2 forks. No more customs and brokerage fees. You can find the store in the navigation bar on Konaworld.com or you can head there directly at this address ca.konaworld.com

For the best availability of small parts, please visit konapartsca.com