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Adventuring in the PNW with Path Less Pedaled and Swift Industries

Russ from Youtube channel Path Less Pedaled has been out in Seattle recently gathering content with the fine folks at Swift Industries and Swift Adventure Co. For his trip Jason at Swift Adventure Co set him up with a limited edition Swift x Rove bike, of which they have small fleet available for rent. There’s been an exhibition, a small robbery and in this video a small rolling art course with illustrator Chris McNally on the San Juan Islands.

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There are a limited number of Swift Roves still available in North America so if you’re keen on owning this bike packing ready slice of Kona history hit up your local Kona dealer or visit Kona Ride Online to purchase yours right this minute.

Kona Dream Builds: Golden Girl, McKai’s exquisite 2020 Process 153 CR DL

It had to happen, we just didn’t think it would be this soon, Bellingham based rider McKai has taken the gold decals on the 2020 Process 153 CR DL and gone to town. Kashima coated forks, gold chainring, gold chain, and gold lock-ons. Well maybe he didn’t quite go to town, but he didn’t get tacky, you could add way more gold to this build and stopping where he did showed great restraint. I for one am completely smitten. Let’s dive into this epic dream build.

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There it is, the gold decal that anchors Mckai’s rad build.

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Now, this could get confusing, that’s an Absolute Black 30t oval chainring, but it’s actually gold. It’s mounted on the stock carbon Descendant cranks and then it’s all wrapped in a gold KMC chain.

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The Race Face Vault wheels are home to an 11 speed XX1 cassette, shifting is performed by an XO1 rear derailleur.

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Those head-turning forks are Fox Factory 36 GRIP2 160mm complete with gold Kashima stanchions and decals. The rims are Spank Oozy 345’s and the front one is laced to a Hope Pro 4 front hub. Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR tires handle traction.

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Raceface Turbine R 760mm bars are home to a pair of Sensus Disisdaboss grips with gold lock-ons (of course) and SRAM Guide RSC brakes as well as some sweet shrink wrapping.

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The overachieving stock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock has been left in place.

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Mckai’s bike is Made Rad By (a) Tony Space top cap.

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And the Build is finished off with this sexy Wolftooth Dropper lever which operates a 150mm Fox Transfer Post.

Kona Dream Builds: It’s Brissness Time: Meet Cole Brisson’s Libre.

This isn’t Cole‘s first Kona Dream Build (and we damn well hope it’s not his last), a while back we featured a pretty damn amazing alloy Process from the North Carolina ripper. In that post we mentioned that Cole uses raw Kona bicycle frames as blank canvases to work his art on. Well he’s gone and done it again and produced one hell of a masterpiece with this Libre build.

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Just soak it all in… This 51cm Libre DL build is a true work of art.

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Cole purchased the Libre as a compete and has worked up to the finished bike you see here in layers. There’s not much of the OG bike left, the Shimano 105 cranks replaced with these carbon SRAM xx1 cranks and Wolf Tooth chainring.

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The Ultegra rear mech has also been jettisoned, replaced with an MTB specific Shimano XT unit, no Wolf Tooth Tanpan is needed, due to the flat bars and standard MTB Shimano XT shifter.

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Keeping things relatively local Cole opted for some Trail 270 TRA wheels from East coast wheel company Industry Nine. TRP Spyre brakes slow this beautiful bike down.

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Teravail’s gravel racing Cannonball tires ensure the Libre moves forward, FAST.

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Race Face Six C bars are fitted with Shimano Tiagra cable brake levers, an XT Shifter and Ergon GS1 grips.

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A svelte BlackBurn rack allows transportation of important goods, like beer.

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Cole kept things simple and classy with the Enve seatpost…

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…and Fizik Airborne saddle.

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The bike is sporting a few unique details like this sweet Kona 30th headbadge.

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And this limited edition Kona Supremes sticker.

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The Libre has plenty of room for bottles and the like and Cole is rocking OneUp’s EDC pump and side entry Lezyne cage.

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Wolf Tooths amazing B Rad accessory strap makes use of one of the Libre’s many bottle bosses.

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Kona Dream Builds: Ponderosa Cyclery Build Jen One Amazing Rove

The crew at Ponderosa Cyclery are no strangers to building amazing bikes for their customers and the upgrades they have made to this 2019 Rove are subtle but oh so rad! They have only changed out the bar tape, and tires, and added fenders and racks, but those small changes have turned our base model rove into one serious Dream Build!

“The bikes owner, Jen, wanted an upgrade from her flat bar hybrid – something that was good for commuting, gravel, and camping, but keeping on the light side of budget, though. This minty Rove was the perfect choice!”

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The Kona bar tape has been replaced with this sweet green Deda tape.

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And these epic green Sim Works Panaracer produced Homage tires just set the whole thing off!

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Full SKS Bluemels Mudguards protect the bike and the rider from those Nebraskan elements.

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And that sexy rear stainless steel Dajia rack from Velo Orange rack just completes the whole package.

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Kona Dream Builds: Paul’s Limited Sutra Ltd

There are so many niche’s in cycling now that it’s pretty hard to keep up, well it’s hard to keep up if you care. Paul doesn’t care, he just wanted to build the most bad ass, do everything (and we mean everything) fully rigid steel bike he could. He chose the super versatile Sutra Ltd as the base for the build and then just went to town.

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Paul started with the frame set and kicked things off with a set of custom wheels, Hope Pro 4 Hubs laced to Stan’s Crest Mk3 rims, all wrapped up in Maxxis Ikon 2.3’s

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Paul is not the tallest person out there so some 165mm Raceface Affect cranks where enlisted along with a Race Face 36t narrow wide chain ring. Kona’s composite Wah Wah light green pedals provide the power transfer while a Shimano 105/Ultegra drivetrain with a Wolftooth Roadlink DM and XT 11-42t cassette turn it all in to forward momentum.

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Flat mount Shimano 105 disc brakes keep speed in check.

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Fabric’s always popular Scoop saddle found a home on top of a poor neglected rigid Thomson seatpost.

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K-Edge’s Garmin Mount sits under one of our 30th anniversary top caps.

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And the build is rounded out with a Thomson 50mm stem, a Salsa Bend bar and silicon ESI grips.

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Burned Lines: Barry Wicks and Robin Sansom Explore the Aftermath of California’s Fires

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Bike Magazine have just published Robin Sansom’s amazing story, Burned Lines. The trip took place last fall with Robin’s buddies Brian Vernor, Jeremy Dunn and Barry Wicks after last summer’s wildfires, the largest in California’s history. The story looks affected trails, the people who care about them and how they cope with recovery. Do yourself a favor and check out the full story here.

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We’ve Added New T-Shirts, Beanies and Tools to the Web Store

We’ve just added a ton of new stuff to the international Kona web store. There are three new t-shirt designs, three new beanie colors and a very limited edition set of Kona etched Fix-It-Sticks, and we’ve even added the very, very accurate presta version of Accu-Gauge’s 30psi tire gauge, for getting those tire pressures absolutely spot on. Click on any of the pictures below to be transported immediately to our web store.

For those in Canada you can find our Canadian web store here.
(We’ll be adding new t-shirts to the store over the next few days)

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Kona Dream Builds: Kevin’s Individually Quick Honzo ST

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Kevin’s Honzo ST has been a while coming, since he first tagged it with #KonaDreamBuilds emails have found their way to junk folders, file downloads have expired and it just slipped under the radar. Thankfully we finally have it here for you because this single speed race steel race machine is a thing of beauty!

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“I race XC for a Behind Bars Bike Shop in NE Minneapolis and a few years ago my race bike was down for repair, so at the last minute I called the shop owner Chuck personally and asked him to borrow a bike for a race, of course being my buddy he helped me out. Chuck told me to come to his house and pick one up. When I showed up he handed me a Honzo set up single speed, this was a big surprise for me as I did not race SS and I had never even rolled one on a trail. Needing the points, I took the bike to give it my best shot. I finished the race third overall (in my age group) and would have taken first in the SS class if I had registered SS. From then on I wanted one, and now years later I’ve built this bad boy. “

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A set of Race Face’s reliable and stiff 175mm Turbine cranks combined with a 32t Race Face narrow wide chainring keep the Honzo moving forward at pace while the hidden Hope BB ensures that its going to keep spinning in all types of muck..

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Out the back you’ll find an 18t chainring on a Hope Pro4 SS rear hub as well as a super tidy way to keep the locknut in place on the adjustable horizontal drop outs.

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Kevin has taken the gold from the frames decals and echoed it in the chain and the single speed spacers.

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Oh and the gold pops up again in the nipples for on these custom built 45mm wide Velocity Dually hoops.

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The 2.4 Continental X-Kings are even sporting that gold highlight!

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Stoping is looked after by Hope’s Tech3 E4 brakes….

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… with 180 rotors.

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RockShox’s Pike RCT3 Debonair keeps the front end tracking while a 150mm stealth Rock Shox Reverb gets that WTB Volt out of the way when things get rowdy.

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More gold and more Race Face this time in the cockpit where Kevin has enlisted some 800mm Turbine R bars, and the matching 35mm stem, complete with Ti Gold bolts. The black Hope headset is a nice touch, gold here might have pushed things over the top.

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And in case you didn’t get the memo… Gold… Well that rad Portland Design Works Sparrow cage is actually copper but those Ti cable guides sure look gold.

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Kona Dream Builds: Bicycle Crumbs Process 153 CR 27.5 Has Just the Right Amount of Bling

Bicycle Crumbs is hands-down one of our favorite illustrators. His unique style has graced skateboard graphics, posters, patches, magazine covers, riding kit and would you believe it, socks, but it’s at its most prevalent on his personal instagram page. Crumbs uses this channel as spot to write long form product reviews, each review partnered up with an epic graphic illustration worthy of hanging on your wall. He’s also known to rant a little too, mainly about a particular brands ergonomics.

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A few months back we sent him a Process 153 CR 27.5 for a long term review, he asked ever so politely if we cared if he swapped out some of the parts. As you can see, we didn’t. He went and turned this thing in to one seriously cool yet subtle Dream Build. He didn’t see any need to change the drive train or suspension but wanted to bling out the cockpit and wheels. I’m sure you’ll agree that the addition of the ENVE M630 rims and handlebar, Chris King hubs and headset and those awesome skinwall WTB’s have upped the bling factor somewhat.

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A Chris King headset in matte turquoise anchors the ENVE M7 bar and matching stem.

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While Fabric’s slip on Push grips keep Crumbs hands in place.

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And the big ticket upgrade has to be the matte turquoise Chris King hubs laced to ENVE M630 rims. You don’t get much more dreamy than that!

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The color matching is so on point is not even funny.

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Crumbs carefully curated Process CR 27.5 is proof that you don’t have to go crazy when building your Dream Kona, personalizing your bike can be as simple as building a lighter set of wheels or adding your favourite handlebar and saddle.

Singletrack Post Their First Impressions of the Remote 160 “Kona has taken the big hit DNA of the Process, shaken it up with a little Remote CTRL and the finished article is this, the 2020 Kona Remote 160.”

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Singletrack magazine in the UK were lucky enough to get their hands on our very first Remote 160 review bike and have just posted up their first look of the build, a first impressions ride review will be dropping later in the week.

You can check it out here.

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 shred machine.

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Process 134 CR/DL 29
The Process 134 CR DL 29 represents four years of design iterations, mechanical engineering and real-world testing. Born from the beloved Process 111, it ticks all of the longer/lower/slacker boxes while still maintaining the classic Kona feel of really freaking fun. A carbon frame features a 140mm RockShox Pike Ultimate RC2 fork up front, a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock and a SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. With a build this sweet the 134 CR DL leaves nothing to be desired.

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Process 134 CR 29
The Process 134 CR 29 is the shorter travel carbon 29er that you’ve been waiting for. This truly do-everything bike features 140mm of travel up front and 134mm in the rear, supplied by a Fox Performance 34 and Performance Elite DPX2 rear shock. A RockShox Reverb with 1x lever and super deep insertion depth makes this pony ready to rip out of the box!

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Process 134 DL 29
All the bang for a little less buck the Process 134 DL 29 has the bells and whistles to make this bike sing. A RockShox Pike Select fork and highly tunable RockShox Deluxe Ultimate trunnion mounted shock keep the ride plush and playful, while a SRAM GX/NX Eagle drivetrain makes the climbs a breeze! Paired with our legendary Process geometry, the 134 DL 29 is perfect anytime anywhere!

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Process 134 29
The Process 134 29 is a super versatile bike for a great price. We’ve put the money where it matters with this build to ensure every ride is as good as it gets. A SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain makes quick work of climbs, while Fox Performance suspension front and rear smooths out all the bumps. All-new WTB ST i30 TCS rims are strong and light, which helps keep the big wheels turning quickly.

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Process 134 DL 27.5
The Process 134 DL is the smaller-wheeled sibling to our Process 134 DL 29. Built around a Kona 6061 aluminum frame, it features the same high-end components, including RockShox’s all new Pike Select 140mm travel fork and Deluxe Ultimate rear shock. Our improved anti-squat and a SRAM GX/NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain make climbing a breeze. The Process 134 DL is the perfect go-everywhere bike.

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Process 134 27.5
We’ve built the Process 134 27.5 to be the go-to ride for people who prefer the 27.5-wheel size. Its affordable build puts the money where it matters most—in the suspension, brakes, and drivetrain. A 140mm RockShox Recon RL Motion Control Solo Air fork and Super Deluxe rear shock complement the leverage curve designed for shorter travel. A SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain provides ample gearing for big climbs. Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR tires are wrapped around WTB ST i30 rims, ensuring excellent traction on any trail.