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KonaSquatches Take Over Eurobike

Two sasquatches wearing Kona suits have been spotted at Eurobike and our team has captured this video evidence.

The Sasquatches have a boatload of Kona prizes to give out. Want to win? Take a photo of the Sasquatch and tag your photo #KonaSquatch on Instagram. We’ll be choosing winners throughout the day on Saturday at Eurobike!

The truth is out there.

Kick off summer with Swift Campout!

For the fifth year in a row, Swift Campout is on the horizon. Nothing tells us it’s adventure-season like this annual solstice celebration. Are you down?

Swift Campout is a global call for folks all over the world to go bike-camping on June 22nd. Pack your camp gear and pedal to camp for a night under starry skies. Head over to swiftcampout.com and sign up. When you build your campout profile, you’ll be entered to win a limited edition @konabikes x @swiftindustries Rove, and over $4k in bikepacking gear. You’ve gotta be part of this!

#swiftcampout

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Connor 8th in Leogang

After an impressive 6th place in qualifications, the flat pedal wonder from down under fought for a top spot in the tight times on Leogang’s short World Cup track and managed a respectable 8th place.

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Connor reports that he was really happy to get a top 10 and his result gave him a bit more confidence for the next race. He now sits 14th overall in the series with an aim to get back in the top 10.

Next up is Andorra, a fan-favorite, coming July 5-7

Kona’s Lacy Kemp Featured in Freehub Magazine’s Pillars Series

Freehub Magazine has launched a new web series called Pillars, highlighting the people that help define the local mountain bike community. Bellingham is home to several bike companies and this first piece features an employee from both Kona and Transition. Check out what makes Kona’s Communications Manager, Lacy Kemp, a Bellingham Pillar.

 

 

“Every community has its cornerstones, the people making forward progression possible. Bellingham, WA, has a thriving mountain bike scene with so many people contributing in every possible way imaginable. However, there are a few who epitomize the community as a whole, simply through their actions.” – Freehub Magazine

Aggy Hits Bend Oregon with Storch and Sorge

Graham “Aggy” Agassiz recently joined up with his Giro teammates to escape Kamloops’ winter with a little Fest preview session and some big mountain lines down in Bend, Oregon.

“Last time I was here was for Black Sage,” said Agassiz. “It’s a killer venue for the Fest series, but I didn’t get to explore any of the terrain that Carson has been raving about. This time we spent a full week exploring Carson’s favorite spots and he didn’t disappoint.”

Check out the full story on PinkBike

 

“perhaps the beginning of the reinvention of the road bike market with a focus towards more versatile and adventurous experiences” Off-Road.cc Rates the new Roves

In early October Off-Road.cc joined Kona in Southern Spain to test Kona’s new Rove line of bikes and more. Check out their first impression of the Roves here or by clicking the image below.

“The question that has to be asked then is this: just what is the new Rove for? In my view, you can do anything on this bike – but the clue is probably in the tyres. Yes, they are high-volume but they are slicks and designated as Road Plus. I would describe this bike as an extension of the road endurance concept – a road bike you can do more on.

Kona hasn’t pushed the boundaries of what is possible with a gravel bike, but they’ve created a bike that is happy across a broad spectrum of riding and perhaps the beginning of the reinvention of the road bike market with a focus towards more versatile and adventurous experiences.”

“The Sutra LTD Was Born for Adventure” Velo De Route Reviews the Sutra LTD (French)

Amaël Donnet from the French magazine Velo De Route recently joined us in the Andalusian region of Spain for three days of on-road/off-road drop bar good times aboard Kona’s new Rove, Sutra and Jake bikes. It seems that the Sutra LTD managed to seduce him like it has so many others. Learn more about Amaël‘s love affair with the Sutra LTD by reading his full review here or clicking the image below.

“Le Sutra ltd est né pour vivre l’aventure et pour jouer avec le terrain, pas pour faire le malin sur Strava!”

Are you the next Kona Communications Manager?

The Kona Bicycle Company is looking for a full-time Communications Manager to work in our global Marketing & Communications Department. 

Applicants must be able to write copy and produce all types of contemporary content at an expert level, ride bikes like the wind, work well with a team, be not afraid to dig in and get their hands dirty, travel to very cool locations to a) work first and, b) ride second, and live in Bellingham, Washington, or Vancouver BC. Here’s a breakdown of everything to do with this job and how to apply.

Job Title Communications Manager
Reports To Eddy Marcelet – Director of Integration
Location Vancouver, BC or Bellingham, WA
(Well…it’s Ferndale and not Bellingham, but Bellingham sounds more exotic, so there you go. It’s also important to note that these offices act as bases, but most work in the marketing & communications group is done by staff working remotely and, 
within reason, our new Communications Manager would have this same ability.)

Kona Communications Manager – Roles and Responsibilities

Overarching Mandate

  • Help run the communications department and develop Kona’s future marketing plans and projects
  • Write all the words

Press

  • Make press launches happen and even host them sometimes
  • Tell the world about Kona’s new products, news, and happenings

Advertising

  • Help with ad campaigns and budgets. It’s fun and we have lots of pictures
  • Work with our design team and get creative
  • Write all ad copy

Product

  • Write all text associated with bikes, platforms and technology
  • Work with the involved groups on naming bikes and platforms. This might be the hardest part of the job, but we need someone in charge of settling all the debates

Video

  • Help establish our overarching video program and plans
  • Make good videos and share in their conception, direction and production

Photography

  • Work with our team to curate an epic collection of photos for use in all our materials and storytelling

Social Media

  • Head up all social media broadcast through Kona’s channels
  • Help us grow, nurture and engage our social community because we know there is nothing better than a Kona fan and the world needs more of them
  • Ensure a consistent flow of content

Newsletters

  • Manage and write all dealer, consumer and press-specific newsletters

Presentations

  • Produce and write all presentations
  • MC product/press launches

Meetings

  • Participate in all sorts of meetings

Misc Communication

  • There’s a whole slew of stuff that doesn’t fit into a specific category. Basically, just be the right person when that person is needed. Everyone at Kona wears a ton of different hats. We are a small company

Required Qualifications 

  • 3-5 years experience in the bike industry
  • 3-5 years experience writing and copywriting
  • Even more experience social media’ing
  • Some compelling evidence of advanced writing and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Planning and organizational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • A strong sense of integrity and responsibility
  • Avid cyclists only—speak the language and understand the sport
  • Skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, and modern cloud-based services like DropBox
  • Experience with photo and video software
  • Native fluency in English, but add German and French to that and things could really get exciting

The work schedule will include a decent amount of travel and some work on weekends. Don’t worry, we’ll make it worth your while.

If this sounds interesting and you are the type who doesn’t flinch at the idea of diving into a blender while it’s running (i.e. working in a fast-paced environment), then Kona might be the place for you.

Contact this guy: Eddy Marcelet
email: konabikesjobs at gmail dot com (solving this riddle is required if you want to apply)

 

 

The Kona Demo Tour is Back on the Road with New 2018 Bikes!

The fall swing of the Kona Demo Tour gets started next week! Want to swing a leg over a new 2018 Kona, including the all-new Process G2, Remote, and Rove NRB?

Your first chance is this upcoming Wednesday, September 13th at Sun Mountain in Winthrop, Washington! Meet up with us at the Chickadee parking lot to swing your leg over a great selection of our 2018 models. For more info see the flyer below or hit up Methow Cycle Sport.

For further demo dates, check out our Demo Tour page as well as the Kona Facebook Events page.