Lacy Kemp

E-Ute: Take it E-asy!

There’s no denying the freedom that a bicycle brings. Shortcuts, the wind in your hair, the feeling of speed – the joys are undeniable. With the advent of the cargo bike, adding the ability to carry heavy loads has added to the versatility and overall functionality of the world’s greatest machine. We’ve partnered with Bosch to add pedal-assisted power to our beloved Ute bike, creating what we think is a pretty excellent substitute for the automobile.

Say hello to the Electric Ute. With a Bosch Performance Line CX motor to provide just the right amount of pedal-assist, Kona cargo bags, and a rack that can carry some serious weight, the Electric Ute knows no bounds! To learn more about the Electric Ute and all of its nifty features, be sure to check out our Innovations page!

 

Carry your kids. Carry your dog. Your trip to the store is no longer a slog.

With the ability to mount most any kind of rack, there’s no limit to all the things you can stack.

Baskets of flowers and colors galore. Attach all the racks so you can carry even more!

Cover miles of roads with the heaviest of loads.

Commuting to work with all your gear. With pedal-assist far becomes near.

Mount your board, or even your bike. Mount just about anything you’d like!

 

So, ride up giant hills and all across town. Enjoy the ups as much as the downs. Your mind is the limit to what you can haul, so hop on the E-Ute and go have a ball!

Ready to carry all of your gear aboard the Electric Ute? Visit your local dealer today or check konaworld.com for purchasing options in your area.

All stills by Tim Zimmerman

Sofie und Theresia Ketterer vom Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Team aus Schonach werden Dritte beim Schwarzwald Bike Marathon in Furtwangen über die 120 Km Staffel

Elke Schlageter siegt auf der 60 Km Strecke in ihrer Klasse
Uli Brucker wird Zweiter auf der 42 Km Strecke
Markus Ziegler wird Zweiter beim Käppeleberglauf in Hausach

Letztes Wochenende fand in Furtwangen der Schwarzwaldmarathon statt. Es war mal wieder ein Spitzenevent und mit 2500 Bikern eine Rekordbeteiligung. Dieser Herausforderung stellte sich auch das Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Team aus Schonach. Sofie und Theresia Ketterer nahmen das Staffelrennen über 120 Km und 3100 Hm in Angriff. Sofie übernahm hierbei den ersten Teil der Strecke. Gestartet wurde morgens um 7.00 Uhr bei recht frischen Temperaturen. Der erste Teil der Strecke enthielt viele extrem steile Anstiege die Sophie problemlos meisterte. Sie war allerdings in der Vergangenheit bei Rennen über die Kurzdistanz unterwegs und so wurde es für sie ab 40 Km schwer. Doch sie zeigte Kampfgeist und biss sich durch und übergab an ihre Schwester Theresia auf der Katharinenhöhe. Die gab dann noch mal alles auf dem zweiten Teil der Strecke und am Ende wurden die beiden mit Rang 3 belohnt. Pech hatten Michael Hofmann und Frank Herr, die auch die Staffel im Visier hatten. Gut unterwegs bekam Herr einen Platten und verlor schon Zeit bis zur Übergabe an Hofmann. Dieser hatte sich dann auch noch mit einer Dreiergruppe bei einer Abzweigung verfahren. Diese musste dann 15 min Berg auf wieder zurück. Das Desaster war perfekt und somit alles verloren. Mirjam und Carsten Schnürle sowie Elke Schlageter waren auf der 60 Km/1300 Hm Distanz mit 830 Teilnehmern unterwegs. Schlageter siegte in ihrer Klasse. Michael Schlageter wurde Neunter auf der 90 Km Strecke. Mirjam Schnürle war mit dem neunten Platz unter den Top Ten. Carsten kam mit einer Zeit von 3.07.00 Std auf Rang 95 ins Ziel. Die Ergebnisse sind allerdings fraglich, denn die Kona Biker befanden sich in Startblock zwei und bestritten wie Startblock eins und drei das 60 Km Rennen und dann passierte das Unfassbare , denn der vierte Startblock der 60 Km Strecke wurde komplett fehlgeleitet und auf die 42 Km Strecke geschickt. Uli Brucker der Cross Country Spezialist und dreifache deutsche Meister wurde souverän Zweiter auf der 42 Km Strecke. Gerlinde Ketterer bestritt ihr erstes Rennen und erreichte mit ihrem neunten Platz gleich die Top Ten. In der Teamwertung bis 10 Teilnehmer holten sich die Biker des Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Teams aber dann doch noch den Sieg mit 822 Km und 17550 Hm.


Markus Ziegler konnte auf Grund seines Junggesellenabschieds nicht am Rennen teilnehmen. Der 12 Std Europameister und 24 Std Weltmeister ist immer ein heißer Kandidat für die 120 Km Strecke. Ziegler startete allerdings noch beim Käppeleberglauf in Haussach.
Das Alternativprogramm zum Biken bedeutete 4,6 Kilometer und 250 Höhenmeter zu überwinden. Es regnete in Strömen, was dem Zuspruch der 25. Auflage dieser Veranstaltung keinen Abbruch tat. Der Veranstalter meldete eine Rekordbeteiligung bei der Jubiläumsausgabe. Und da Regen beim Laufen angenehmer ist als Hitze, freute sich Ziegler auf den Start. Die Konkurrenz konnte er schlecht einschätzen, doch er wollte sein Bestes geben. Markus startete schnell und lief gleich in der Spitze mit. Mit den ersten zurückgelegten Höhenmetern zog sich das Feld in die Länge. Ziegler hielt sich aber beständig in den Top 5. Mit zunehmender Renndauer konnte er von seiner Ausdauer profitieren und Plätze gutmachen. Kurz vor dem Ziel ging es bergab. Hier hieß es sich nicht die Beine zu ruinieren, um am letzten Anstieg nochmals alles geben zu können. Ziegler konnte sich gut behaupten und schaffte es in einer Zeit von 19:07 Minuten überraschend auf Gesamtrang 2.

 

Hannah Bergemann Takes the 2018 CDC Overall!

We wrapped up an awesome race season for the Cascadia Dirt Cup this last weekend at Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, WA. If you haven’t visited this place yet, its worth a trip! Evergreen has been working hard to build and maintain tons of brand new trails, and they are a blast!

We got to race the fresh tracks with tons of greasy roots, rocks, and peanut butter mud to keep things interesting.

 

Stage 1 raced down a new trail called EBAD that was full of greasy, off-camber, rooty goodness. Stage 2 transferred over to Legend & MegaFauna. This stage was my favorite of the day with some on-trail doubles and steep sections.

Stage 3 took us down another new trail called NOTG which was less steep than EBAD, but a bit sloppier creating some long peanut-butter mud sections.

Photo: Erik Mickelson

Stage 4 started back at the top for a final run down the infamous Predator. This trail is one of my favorites and feels like a downhill race track with high speeds, big jumps, and rock gardens. This trail is always rowdy and a great way to finish the race and season!

I’m super happy with my second Pro season and stoked to finish strong and healthy! I finished the day in 2nd, and took the CDC Pro womens overall title! Huge, Ginormous Thank you to Trey, Camille and crew at Race Cascadia for all your hard work and amazing events this season! And for donating over $100,000 back to the local trail building organizations in the PNW to keep building more amazing trails!

Thank You to everyone who has and continues to support me in my bike riding endeavors! It’s been so much fun, and I’m looking forward for next season!

Kona BikesTenet ComponentsStoked RoastersTerrain GymHigh AboveMarzocchi MTBDakineESI gripsSmith OpticsHand-Up Gloves, & of course all my friends and family

Hannah B.

Your Brain on E(lectric)

This is E. This is your brain… on E. Any questions?

Those of us that grew up in North America during the 80’s or earlier no doubt experienced the War on Drugs. The commercial campaigns were creative and entertaining in a dark way and left a lasting impression on an entire generation. With the impending deluge of electric bikes that is sure to take the bike industry by storm, we wanted to poke a little fun at the perceived polarizing device that is the electric mountain bike. Your Brain on E is our take on the instant happy feelings you get when you pedal an electric bike for the first time. It’s undeniably fun!

With the launch of the Remote CTRL electric mountain bike, we wanted to show that pedal-assist bikes can be ridden downhill just like any other trail bike. We all know how fun they are to pedal uphill, but how do they feel on the descent? We put Graham Agassiz on board and watched him ride with so much style that it blew our minds. The Remote CTRL features 150mm of front and132mm of rear wheel travel -that perfect amount of squish to make everything fun! After watching Aggy ride this bike, it’s safe to say this thing absolutely shreds.

The world of electric bikes is rapidly expanding. While we’re best known for our innovative geometry and progressive mountain and alternative road bikes, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to up our electric game as well. When we launched the Remote in 2018 we saw greater possibilities unfold in front of us. We knew we could bring more travel, more applications, and more Kona to the Remote. We’ve built the Remote CTRL to answer the call to go further push the boundaries of what is capable on a bike.

Check out all of the technology that we put into making the Remote CTRL one of the most entertaining bikes we’ve ever created.

For more information on the Remote CTRL, be sure to check out our Innovations page.

 

All 2019 Bikes are Now On KonaWorld.com

All 2019 bikes are officially on Konaworld.com! No matter the type of bike you’re looking for we’ve got you covered.

Big epic gravel adventure planned? Perhaps a Libre is the bike for you!

Ohhh that paint!

Looking for a new KOM or QOM on the local singletrack? Maybe a Hei Hei CR DL is juuuust what you need.

Hei Hei! That’s a pretty nice lookin’ ride!

Ready to put on your big kid pants and try those gnarlier trails? The line of Process bikes has proven their worth on technical terrain all over the world!

Looking for the perfect commuter? Dew we ever have a bike for you!

If you’ve never tried an electric bike, we can’t emphasize enough how much fun they are. Cargo, mountain, or urban – we’ve got it all!

Ditch the car with the Electric Ute

Dirt jumping? Check.

Riding your bike from coast to coast? One Rove, coming up!

Can’t decide if you like mountain biking or road biking more? There’s a Sutra LTD just waiting for you!

Ready to dominate your cyclocross races? We have this line of bikes called Jakes… they’ve been known to take their riders to the tops of the podiums…

What’s that? Your kids are little rippers and also looking for a bike? Have you seen what can be done on the Process 24 or any of our other kids’ bikes?

You’re kind of new to mountain biking and you’re just trying to dip your toes in the water before you go full-commit? Yep. We’ve got bikes for that too.

Only interested in chairlifts, shuttles, and big descents? We get you.

2018 Whister Crankworx

And, we know some of you are still big fans of steel. How could we ever forget? We have the Big Honzo ST, Honzo ST, Units, Steel Roves, Sutras and more! So much steel!

Don’t be shy! Jump into Konaworld.com. See what other riders are doing on the Kona Cog. Get inspired! Most of all, GO RIDE YOUR BIKES!

 

Remembering Jack DeVries

We received word this week that the longtime Kona friend and owner of Jack’s Bikes in Bellingham passed away this past Monday. Jack DeVries was a Bellingham staple having worked at the Times Bike Shop back in the 60s. He was active in the local road racing scene and even raced penny farthings. During community events, Jack would ride his penny farthing in local parades and events – a true longtime master of bicycle stoke.

In 1969 he opened Jack’s Bicycle Center and worked many late nights to ensure the shop was always in tip-top shape. He retired in 2005 when his two kids took over the shop, where it remains a Bellingham staple today. We want to thank Jack for his lifetime of contributions to the cycling industry and for helping grow the sport in Bellingham. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family.

 

 

Wallace World Travels: Racing in Norway

Kona Adventure Team rider and racer Cory Wallace is a traveling fiend these days. His latest adventure took him far north to the gorgeous Norway mountains.

Words from Wallace:

I spent the last two weeks traveling around and racing in Norway. First up was the legendary Birkebeiner race based out of the Olympic village of Lillehammer. This race was at one time the largest mountain bike race in the World with over 17 000 participants. It is a bit smaller now but is still the “big show” in Norwegian mountain biking. The race was like a road race, 84 km long mostly on gravel roads, with average speeds of over 32 km/hr. On the finishing descent, one rider hit 100.1 km/hr as the track went straight down a ski run. I had a rougher day, fighting hard for 22nd.

Next up I flew up North with my buddy Anderl to the northernmost town before the North Pole, Hammerfest. Here we spent a few days adventuring around the Arctic terrain with the Skaidi Xtreme race organizers and other racers before racing their event on Saturday. The Skaidi Xtreme was the opposite of the Birken, and a real mountain bikers race across the arctic tundra. It was boggy, muddy, rocky and pretty technical, with average speeds around 18 km/hr. I flatted early on but managed to fight back pretty good to get within throwing distance of 3rd place, eventually rolling in 4th. It was cool to see both the southern and northern parts of Norway in one trip. The Nordic country is a leader in this world in many ways and they certainly know how to put on some good bike races!

Next up is the Canadian Marathon Championships in Saint-Felecian, Quebec this weekend. It’s been a couple years since I won the title but I’m fired up and ready to take a run at claiming a 3rd Maple Leaf Jersey this weekend.

Over and out!

 

Photos by Frank Rune Isaksn @ The Skaidi Xtreme