Lacy Kemp

Pinkbike Visits Kona HQ

Pat White walks Pinkbike through some older Kona models.

Yesterday the A/V team from Pinkbike stopped by for a visit to our world HQ in Ferndale, Washington. They wanted to take a good look at some of our models through the years dating all the way back to one of the brand’s original models before the company was even called Kona. Product managers Paddy White and Ian Schmitt walked the crew through the evolution of Kona’s line throughout our 30-year history and discussed the changes in trends and some of the reasons why we chose to make certain bikes.

An old Stab Dee-lux

Product Manager Ian Schmitt talking about the Cowan

Stay tuned to Pinkbike and the Cog for the final video to come out later this winter!

Winterized: Tips from Spencer Paxson

In this special edition of Winterized, our cold-weather riding guide, we hear from Kona Adventure team rider Spencer Paxson. Spencer grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has been dealing with cold wet winters his entire life, so he’s got some creative ideas on how to make your winter rides a little more tolerable.


During the winter I am riding a wide range of bikes, either MTB trail, cyclocross, or a road bike for winter training. Setup is a little different for each, so here are some of my go-to’s:
In general, layering is key. I live in a place that is really wet but doesn’t get super cold (by midwest or Alaskan standards, anyway). I find that for anything where you actually get your body temperature up, as long as it is above 35deg F, a combination wind resistance and fleecy/wool insulation is best. I rarely ride in waterproof anything since I just get wet from the inside with condensation. My most heavily used winter riding items are: wool arm warmers (I can pull down on hot climbs and pull up for cold descents), wool socks, wool base layer, windproof lightweight vest, fleeced nylon long-sleeve jersey, trousers for MTB or fleeced nylon leggings w/ windproof front for road, and neoprene booties for road.
Dennis Crane

It’s not snow… but it’s wet and cold, so that counts for something.

Keeping Feet Dry and Hands Warm: 
On the mountain bike, I’m a huge fan of riding in trousers, especially on the dank, cold days. They’re not waterproof, but they are windproof, at least on the front, with good ventilation. Pants need thick enough fabric that they hold a tiny pocket of air against your legs. They keep puddle splash off of my shins and keep more stuff out of my shoes. Plus, they look way better than tights and make a lot more sense than shorts in the winter. I also ride with an extra set of regular weight gloves in a Zip Loc bag, and use trail shoes with a thick flap over the laces, like the Shimano ME7. I hate riding with thick gloves on the MTB, so I keep a few extra dry pairs around and just plan to get warm on climbs and not linger too long at the top.
For cyclocross I just deal with being cold. It’s cyclocross! Usually no gloves and definitely no shoe covers. It’s race pace, so warmth usually isn’t an issue. I warm up in similar stuff to what I wear on the road.
On the road bike wind resistance is way more important here since speeds are so high, so wind chill is a HUGE factor, even on mild/warmer days. For cold/wet conditions, I wear neoprene booties and gloves, with good wind-proof coverage on my arms and legs to keep circulation working…otherwise the warmest gloves or shoes do nothing. My faves are thick Overshoes by Endura, and “Glacier Gloves” if it’s wet, or thick wool gloves if it’s cold and dry. A little neck buff is also good – keeping the back of your neck warm makes your whole body feel warm.
Best Tires to run:
MTB: Very personal preference, but if you live in a wet, soft ground, rooty place like I do, I’m a big fan of a tire that has aggressive, wide-spaced knobs, but can also run well at low pressure for deformation and traction over roots. This season I’ve been a fan of the WTB Vigilante 2.3, soft compound in front, hard compound in back. Depending on what I’m riding, I run anywhere from 14-18psi front, and 15-19psi rear. For reference, I weigh around 155-160 kitted up with a ~30lb bike.
Cyclocross: Very conditions dependent, but I’ve been doing well with the WTB Cross Boss 35c at around 24-25psi front and rear. For less sloppy days, I’m a fan of the WTB Riddler 37c – fast rolling center for road transfers (training) with aggressive side knobs that hook up on turns.
Road: Something thick and very puncture resistant, because the worst is changing a flat on the side of the road with cold hands. I run the WTB Horizon or WTB Nano 40c so that I have options to go off-road or deal with winter crap on the shoulder of the road.
Best Winter Snacks:
Hmmm…well, CLIF product is my go-to, especially the chocolate-peanut-butter bars, but to keep it toasty and pleasant I’m also a fan of:
bear jerky
landjaeger sausage
Costco muffins…the poppyseed or maple nut
Sin Dawgs by Dave’s Killer Bread
For really big, gnarly rides in the cold, I’m a huge fan of the Mountain House freeze-dried backcountry food. bring a camp stove and enjoy an almost real food meal.
A little flask of rye whiskey for the summit
A thermos of hot tea or coffee with something in it to warm the fat furnace, like butter or coconut oil
Random tip – Ride with a 3-pocked “XC nerd” jersey so you can put your phone in one of the pockets and use your body heat to keep the batter from dying prematurely in the cold. 

US Cyclocross Nationals is This Weekend!

Kerry Werner (Kona) is on pace for his best-ever cyclocross season of his young professional career. photo: Jingle Cross Day 3, Werner’s top 10 finish. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

It all comes down to this. After a long season of slogging through mud, snow, over obstacles, and navigating sand pits, Cyclocross Nationals will be held this weekend in Reno, Nevada. Kona’s Kerry Werner has had a strong season and is looking to punctuate his success with a victory by taking the coveted top step of the podium aboard his Super Jake.

The course isn’t terribly technical, according to Werner. “So far I have only seen pics/ video of the “off camber”, which seems to be the only glorified feature on Course. No rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week so the rain Reno got on Tuesday will likely have zero impact on Sunday’s race.”

His training and preparation seem to have served him well, though. “I am feeling good, though, there is always an element of uncertainty when you haven’t raced a UCI race in over 4 weeks,” he said. “I have spent the time since Hendersonville NCGP putting in a lot of solid training. I am confident in my fitness going into the weekend. It’s just a matter of managing stresses, wondering if my engine is revved up and ready for the intensity of a really hard race. You can never be sure of how altitude will affect you. Reno is at 4500 feet and the science claims the real detrimental effects take place at 5000+.”

Until race day, he’s going to be resting up, inspecting the course, and doing the mental preparation needed to go into Sunday’s race in the best possible state. “My plan is to play it cool all week. I’ll check out the Course tomorrow and Saturday and get a feel for things and try not to think too much about the race,” he said. “Stagnation is not good for me. Boredom puts my body in a lackadaisical state but obviously, I don’t want to be busy doing things and end up on my feet too much before Sunday. The name of the game from now until I wake up Sunday morning is to have fun and be cool like a cucumber.”

And his goal? “WIN!” he responded.

From all of us at Kona, Kerry, we wish you strong legs, smart racing, and are pulling for you!

Sustainable Trail Building: The Matty Shelton Interview

Words by Stephanie Ignell, member of the Kona Supremes.

Trail building is one of the most important, yet underappreciated aspects of our sport. While some truly respect the hard work and passion that goes into building a trail, there is a lot more bikers can do to understand and appreciate the vision and effort that goes into creating our favorite trails. This effort involves more than just taking a shovel or hoe and hammering it in to the ground. Trail builders also have to look at the type of soil, drainage capability, and land use regulations. Without considering these factors, a builder could potentially spend several months or years putting in a trail that will only last the first initial few months/year and then either erode away from overuse and/or environmental impacts (e.g., washed out), or get torn down because of land use violations.

Matty Shelton doing what he does best. Photo Credit: Kona

 

I interviewed Kona’s very own Matthew Shelton, or more commonly known as Matty, to discuss the issue of sustainable trail building and his history as a trail builder, including his work on Kona’s new trail project – Devil’s Cross. Matty’s experience contains many highlights, some of which are good and some that provided valuable learning opportunities. Here are three that stand out:

Top lesson – Always get agreements in writing.

Top Work Highlight – Retallack build mission with Freehub Mag and the Treelines crew. Two peak to lodge trails in as many years.

Top Highlight all-around – Community building.

Matty has been building trails for a total of 14 years and counting. His passion to build trails came from a desire to “create a ride experience that was more in line with current trail design and bicycle capability.”  If we look back to 14 years ago, many trail builders taught themselves the craft as trail clinics and sponsored volunteer days were few and far between.

Matty working on a cedar bridge on Devil Cross

Matty described the need for innovation:

“Trail design, at the time, was focused on past ideas of what riders wanted to experience and lacked the opportunity we needed. These trails didn’t meet our needs as riders, so we tended to work on our own projects, away from the experienced builders. Once we moved on from our projects, we found builders that were after the same type of trail experience; it led to a more focused and educated approach to building. You want the work to last, function as designed, and remain safe. We sought out the builders on the hill that could collaborate and offer experience as well as attending IMBA build clinics and trail summits that offered training in design, build techniques, and advocacy outreach. You need all three.

Shuttling up to the dig site on Devilcros

 

This interview provides insight into what sustainable trail building entails, the legal restrictions and implications involved with trail building, and an example of sustainable building in action with Kona’s new trail, Devil’s Cross.

What does sustainable trail system mean?
The functional definition is a trail that requires minimal maintenance and creates minor impact on the surrounding ecosystem. The more encompassing definition takes into account political support, land access, and community size.

What environmental aspects do you have to take into account (e.g., soil composition, water runoff, etc.)?
You have to account for all of these things well before you put tools to the ground. Looking through USGS maps for soil types, topography, and drainage zones are the top three on every builder’s list.

How does this impact your trail design?
For the most part, environmental aspects are very positive to the overall trail design. Taking notice of the potential issues before they manifest cuts down on build time and more importantly the maintenance aspect, which basically defines the notion of a sustainable trail. These areas of focus also give credibility to projects in the eyes of land managers who will likely be involved in the building process.

Why does accounting for environmental impacts matter when building a trail (e.g., longevity)?
Minimal environmental impact is, very simply put, the most efficient way to build a trail. It always leads to a better final product in the way the trail is routed, built, and ultimately maintained.

How does land use laws and regulations impact trail builders and users, both from a trail building aspect and gaining access to lands available?
Land use laws, especially liability laws in the US, are extremely restrictive to recreation opportunity. These laws affect mountain bikers and builders more heavily than other user groups, as they have to be rewritten to afford even the potential opportunity for a multi-use or bicycle trail system to be permitted. The notion that a properly built bicycle trial is no more impactful than a hiker trail is still a foreign concept to many landowners and environmental advocates. Bringing these concepts to a larger audience and educating lawmakers, landowners, and other user groups will increase access and building opportunities. It is worth noting this effort is moving forward in Washington State with the help of Evergreen, WMBC, and other advocacy groups at a faster than normal pace.

 

Are there any other environmental/sustainability factors that impact trail building?
There is one that we cannot control. Bicycle trails are almost exclusively sharing space with trees in the Northwest. These trees are a resource to be harvested by public and private entities and provide needed funding for schools and roads here in Washington. While these timber farms are held to a certain level of sustainability, it is hard to deny the devastation of a clear-cut. It is even harder to deny the level of hypocrisy of the claims by landowners that ‘bicycle trials’ need to be closed due to erosion or impact on surrounding areas when they share the same space with clear cuts and logging roads.

Why is trail building so important to the sustainability of our sport?
The importance of trail building is threefold.Without trail work, there is no riding opportunity, no progression, and that will lead to fewer and fewer opportunities to expose new riders to the sport. Trail building bridges the gap between user groups. Everyone builds trail. Equestrians user groups, hikers, trail runners, cyclists, even motorized user groups; they all need trails and building them together creates trust, acceptance, and more trail experiences. Well executed trail systems are quickly being recognized as huge revenue generators for local economies. This revenue is sustainable and does not require the vast expenditure of resources to generate profits compared to harvesting timber, mineral extraction, and all the infrastructure required for those activities. Trails are good business!

Devil’s Cross build day. Photo Credit: Kona

How did the idea to create/remake Devil’s Cross (DC) come into play?
This was purely a ‘look at the map’ scenario. The slope that DC covers has no other trails in the area and, once completed, will connect the top of the mountain to the existing north side trails on Galbraith mountain. This trail was more about the concept of connecting the trail system together than specific trail features or even one trail. The WMBC T.A.P. program was our opportunity to get involved, so we adopted DC.

What is the history behind the trail before Kona took it over?
My understanding is that it was once an uphill moto trail. It was really good to burn up since it is all sandstone and, unlike Super Cross, it didn’t become a rutted out water slide. Once moto users were not allowed on Galbraith, some adventurous folks took it over as a bike trail and cleared it every couple years (maybe 10 years).

Loona the dog oversees all the trail work

What was the driving factor behind the trail (i.e., the visions for what you wanted)?
We wanted a top to bottom trail experience that had connectivity to the rest of the hill. One this project connected the system, other trails could filter into Devil Cross and back to the central hub.

How did you account for environmental aspects when designing and building the trail?
The same concept the old moto riders used, we tried to follow the ridge line and stick to rock the best we could. Always avoiding riding through or across drainage and sensitive slopes. Trail construction was mindful to the slope and dirt composition. The dirt holds up good to tires in this zone, but any water funneling or pooling can be devastating over time with so much sandy/loamy dirt composition.

What part of Devil’s Cross are you proud of the most (can be a couple)?
Staying true to our vision and not forcing or going through with a design that did not fit the landscape. Denying the devil on your shoulder is tough!
Are there any future plans/revisions in the works for the trail?
All trails see revisions. We do hope to include a few features on the trail that fit natural terrain, reshape a few corners, and replant areas that were impacted by logging and trail work. Fresh ferns on trails feels good.

It’s always a dog party with Kona. Especially Matty’s dog Seabass or “Bass” (the white one giving you the eye). Photo Credit: Kona

 

At the end of the interview, Matty made a statement that I think all mountain bikers should understand:
“One big point to realize. None of this land is yours or mine, it is the landowners. Building trail correct and in coordination with landowners is the only way to move our sport forward.”

Respecting landowners and keeping an open discussion with them is one of the most significant ways to create a sustainable future for mountain biking. Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s also about our community and advocating for multi-use trails in recreational areas. Understanding environmental factors, taking into account the local ecosystem, considering the type of trails bikers want to ride, engaging our community, and cooperating with landowners and Regulators all contribute to the sustainability of our trails and sport.

A huge thank you to Matty Shelton for sharing your knowledge and expertise. You do amazing work and the Kona Supremes greatly appreciate all that you do for our community and our sport!

Kona work day crew led by Matty Shelton and Trevor Torres. Photo Credit: Kona

VitalMTB Loves the Process 153 CR DL!

“The updated Process 153 CR/DL puts itself squarely among the best all-mountain and enduro bikes at a competitive price.”

– Joel Harwood, VitalMTB reviewer 

 

VitalMTB have had the Process 153 CR DL for a few months and have been putting it through some serious paces in the mountain biking motherland of Squamish, BC. In other words, they’ve been punishing it on some of the most challengingly awesome trails out there. We’re thrilled that they loved the bike, claiming it is a huge improvement over the original Process (which they also loved). They appreciated the durability of the bike, the thoughtful spec, and the updated geometry of the G2 over the original process.

Check out the very in-depth review here.

Kona Process 153 CR DL Named a Bike Mag Bible Top Pick!

Bike Magazine has released their 2018 Bible of Bike Tests, one of the most comprehensive mountain bike tests in the world, and has named the Kona Process 153 CR DL as a top choice. Gear Editor and tester Travis Engel makes it no secret that he’s a lover of 29ers in his normal routine, so his selection of the Process for his top pick makes it an awesome surprise.

Writer and tester Jonathan Weber had this to say about the tester’s overall impression of the Process CR DL: “Our testers were enamored with this bike. One’s first impression was of a very neutral, balanced-feeling all-mountain bike. Another remarked that it felt like a downhill bike, and really came alive when the trail turned steeply, chunkily downward. All three were impressed by its climbing characteristics. Another highlighted how fun the Process is, even on less-technical or slower sections of trail.

 

Check out the full review of the Process CR DL here!

Winterized: Part 5

Welcome back to Winterized, the series of winter tips from Kona employees and athletes aimed at helping you survive cold, harsh winter rides. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the warmth of the indoors while considering these tips for your next frozen ride!

 

Name: Oliver Bartoli
Kona gig: Inside sales and warranty for France
Bike of choice: Rove ST
How Oliver gets Winterized:

I live in France close to Geneva ( Switzerland) at the bottom of the Jura mountain. We have proper winter, without being Alaskan ones, but cold temperatures and snowfall are regular.

I mainly ride my gravel bike ( a 2015 Rove ST), as it permits to spend a short time (less than 2 hours) outside, having good fun and also having good fitness. For the tires, I’m still struggling to find the right ones.

Some little tips: warm tea, not too much infused, is good to replace cold water in the water bottle.

For the riding gear, I favor flexibility and ability to move than warmth as my rides are short. I use some  Gore winter stopper socks which are quite good to keep your feet warm or at least not frozen. I also use Shimano all mountain shoes. These shoes have thick material on the front, so you do not feel too much the cold air.

The rest of my kit is quite usual ( base layer – Kona ones are great!-, winter jersey + good jacket, winter pant)


Name: Emmanuelle Zucchi
Kona gig: Sales: Switzerland
Bike of choice: Kona Process 153
How Emmanuelle gets Winterized:

My winter tips are:

  • Waterproof socks,
  • long bibs,
  • 1 Thermo layer
  • 1 Jersey (no more, it’s always better to let our bodies breathe)
  • 1 waterproof jacket (just in case of blizzard and snow)
  • Beanie, winter gloves and goggles (no fancy glasses) are mandatory.

Here we have a good variety of terrain, so tires and setups are kind of a sensible topic.

Some riders prefer to change them in relation to the conditions.. I prefer to use almost the same set up: Front Maxxis DHF 2.5 3c; Rear Maxxis DHR II  2.3 3c

Best riding snacks for my personal experience are CLIF BAR.


Name: Graham Agassiz
Kona gig: Kona freerider and team legend
Bike of choice:  Kona Operator
How Aggy gets Winterized:

My winter bike of choice is my 2014 Operator, equipped with 26″ 2.35 EXO Maxxis Beaver’s that are laced with sheet metal screws. Surprisingly this tire set up is still lighter than running normal 3C DH tires, and the with the studded tires the icier the better.
As for riding gear, I’ll use my Dakine Descent shorts, Dakine Mayhem knee pads and wrapped around my Giro shoes I run Gore Tex gators that keep any snow from getting inside the shoes.
As for a quick bike set up, a couple turns of the rebounds to help speed things up for when it’s cold.

Name: Justin Clements
Kona gig: Product Group Manager
Bike of choice: Splice-E
How Justin gets Winterized:


Bike Mag Names Process 153 SE a Best Value!

Bike Magazine recently posted about the best-valued bikes under $2500, and the Kona Process 153 SE was named the top pick in the long travel category! Writer Jonathan Weber states, “What Kona has done here, presumably, is taken some leftover Process 153 frames and outfitted them with an entourage of affordable components…the Process frame geometry was far ahead of its time when it came out, so even its previous iteration seems contemporary.”

Check out the article here!

Kona Adventure Team 2017 Recap!

Intro by Spencer Paxson

Words from behind the lens – In 2017, Kona launched the Kona Adventure Team, an offshoot of its Factory Endurance Program, to reach beyond the realm of competition and somewhere amidst the worlds of backcountry mountain biking, back-roads road riding, and plain-old big days on two wheels. Collaborating on ideas and bringing adventures to life is photographer and Pacific Northwest cycling ace Patrick Means. Patrick, hailing from Corvallis, Oregon, began a formal pursuit of outdoor and adventure photography in 2015 and has a long history with Kona’s affiliate Team S&M from Portland, Oregon. In 2017, he participated in and documented each of the Adventure Team’s big missions, and his work was featured in four front-page articles on Pinkbike, the largest mountain biking website in the world. Patrick is the rare breed, who knows good dirt, a good climb, and good glass. His style speaks to his ability to “shoot from within.” Patrick’s passion for both cycling and photography are apparent in his work, especially when you consider that all of his work is captured while on the move, whether it is a back-to-back century mission up the California coast, or a 2-day push across the rugged Kokopelli Trail.  Read on for Patrick’s own recap of highlights from the season’s adventures. You’ll see why we are excited to see what’s in store for 2018… 

More of Patrick’s work may be found at his website Trailhousephoto.com and on Instagram at @patrick_means  

 

Picking 5 shots from these adventures was hard.  I want to tell the story. The whole story!  Instead, these are glimpses.  But sometimes getting just the bits and pieces of stories can make them better.  The imagination—the most vivid and powerful of all cameras—filling in the blanks.

Double Century Sandwich. Pacifica to Healdsburg, CA. And back.
We gathered our people and gathered our bikes excited for the adventures to unfold over the course of the year.  This is version 1.0.  It’s not happened before.  How do we do it?  Will we do it wrong?  Wait, what are we doing anyway? What will it be like?  Just go. We did.  The first day, in baggy clothes and backpacks with 40c knobby tires, could have been called “Dirt Direct” taking us elite off-roaders a cool 9 hours to travel 106 miles.  In Kris Sneddon speak, it was “muscly”. We easily finished a king-sized bag of peanut butter M&Ms in one go at around mile 70.  For day 2, the good ol’ Kona boys slapped on the spandex and raced a (hard) 60 miles through some big ol’ dirt climbs in the coast range outside Occidental, California.  On the 3rd day, we rode home to Pacifica.  The highlight could have been Cory walking out of the grocery with two full grocery bags of food, with over 20 miles to finish the day still ahead of us.  I suppose we did it right.  We saw some beautiful country.  And we saw each other see the beautiful country, and that counts for something.   What else do you strive for?

Prescott Circle Trail. Prescott, Arizona.
The Prescott Circle Trail is a conglomeration of 60 miles of trails that circumnavigate the city of Prescott.  We started early and finished on the waning edges of the day.  Is this the first REAL adventure or the second one?  Was Cali a ‘practice’ adventure?  Not sure.  Wait, nah, this feels like the 2nd one to me.  After all, what’s an adventure? Maybe this is the important question. Tell the story.  Shooting from the bike, I race ahead and take a picture.  I see something rad, drop back, take a photo, chase for 3-30 minutes… Repeat.  Photographer intervals.  The best ones are the photos that don’t even turn out, and I’m left laughing (or cursing) and chasing hard.  My desire to create something beautiful has zero power over what I actually make.  The worst shots are the ones I don’t stop and take.  They haunt me, but only until I get home and look through the pics.  The worry that I didn’t get anything good goes away and is replaced by the excitement of what I do have.  What we came away with turns out to be what counts the most.

Kokopelli Trail.  140miles one-way, from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT.
A Prairie Dog Companion:  It reads like bathroom humor, but the joke was certainly on us.  I don’t think we were prepared for how ‘big’ this one was.  In hindsight, I like it better that way.  Before the second day had even begun, it was quietly agreed upon that this was the “biggest” (whatever that means) project Barry was allowed to ram down our throats.  I think there’s a very good reason that most people take 4-6 days to do what we did in 2 days, which is neat to say.  But neat and smart are uncommon bedfellows in the world of cycling—best served scrambled, if together at all.  Looking back, it was super neat to actually do.  But at the time, it sure didn’t feel very neat.  I think day 2 caught us with our pants down.  Still 30 miles from home, we had run out of water, and daylight was getting a little long-in-the-tooth.  With some road construction threatening to bar the path, one smiling hard-hatted man sings “the way is shut.” We talk to the next dude who says the same thing, and in the same sentence, he tells us to go hide in the woods and wait for the other fellas in Carhartts and hardhats to all drive home—in their trucks—probably full of water and gasoline and a throttle to idle home and listen to some nice music or something.  We, blissfully, laid down in the dirt and rocks.  Fifteen minutes later, and still out of water, we started pedaling the 2000 foot climb up to the final escarpment that would see us down to Moab, Utah.  The gratitude we all felt at having made it to Milt’s—Moab’s iconic burger joint—just before closing is still hard to articulate.

Lake Tahoe. Lake to Summit to Lake.
This was a fun one.  With Cory off becoming 24-hour World Champion, and Mr. and Mrs. Paxson preparing to welcome a new human into the world, the weight of the project rested on Wicknasty, Sneds, and me: top fellows to head to the mountains with, and who have just the correct (?) amount of skill, comic relief, safety knowledge, common sense, and easily-breeze-tousled caution.  And, of course, no matter how big or small the adventure, a healthy belief that everything will work out great, and if and when it doesn’t, we’ll adapt and get through. This one was cool—it didn’t feel like a bike ride.  It was mostly just going on a rad adventure with some pals.  We rode bikes a bit and hiked over drifts of snow.  Some slushy turns in the snow above lake Tahoe on a beautiful summer day was just pretty silly, really: silly in all the good ways.  I think it might have been just the leisure activity to get into after our rock-smashing fest that was the Kokopelli Trail.  Plus, rallying light trail bikes fully loaded with skis or a split-board makes even the most tame ribbon of trail a bit zesty!

 

Waldo Singletrack Snacks.  Bend, Oregon to Waldo Lake and back.
Maybe, this one was about Community.  The nearly 60+ miles of singletrack each day was pretty incredible, too.  The 5-star trails around Waldo Lake are second to none.  When I think back on this trip, it really seems like a bunch of snack breaks interrupted by periods of riding mountain bikes!  Isn’t that the end goal?  I mean, really.  Who doesn’t ride bikes and snack?  Maybe if more people knew that’s actually what cycling is about, more people would ride bikes…  Just a thought.

Kona Adventure Team v2.0 What will happen with the v2.0 year?  Does v2.0 mean going bigger?  Is bigger the point?  What is bigger?  Maybe it’s all just v1.0.  There is absolutely inherent value in pushing on limits.  I think that we’ve all been taught that the edge—and beyond?—of our limits is where we “see god, discover ourselves, time slows down,” (Insert a saying about personal growth here) and that’s not wrong, not at all.  But what of the value of consciously choosing things that feed our souls by way of their simplicity and ease?  I guess I’ve always been a seeker of suffering.  Only recently, I’ve given more weight to the pleasure in simple, enjoyable, ‘little’ adventures.  How about an 8-mile “bikepack” from the front door of my house over to a little, greasy, recently logged peak in the forest next to the town where I live? All I need is a single backpack, and I’m up greeting the sun and ripping sweet 5-inch wide trails before clocking-in for work at 0900—low input, high in value!  How do you think that work day was for me?  Best day ever.  But would I be as quick to toss crap in a backpack and spend the night in the woods if I hadn’t pedaled too much gear up to a fire lookout above Prescott, Arizona and realized how stupid easy it could be?  I think what I can say is that I’m welcoming what 2018 has to bring.  Big and small.  After all, it’ll be 2018, v1.0.

New Year New Bike?

Happy New Year, Kona friends! We hope you had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family and that time moved slowly for you. With a new year, we often see changeover or a refreshing of all kinds of things. We have resolutions, goals, and expunging the old and bringing in the new. With that thought in mind, we are offering you a great deal on 2017 Konas. Vist Kona Ride Online and find a huge selection of 2017 bikes are 20% off. If you’ve been wavering on getting a new bike, now is the perfect time to update your ride!

This is just a small sampling of some of the great deals you’ll find:

Process 153: Regularly $3299, on sale for $2799

Dew: Regularly $499, on sale for $399

Dew Deluxe: Regularly $849, on sale for $699

 

Hei Hei Deluxe: Regularly $4699, on sale for $3899

 

Be sure to check out Kona Ride Online for a complete view of everything on sale now.

Holiday Closure Announcement

Hello, friends of Kona!

We’re coming to the close of another year, and that means it’s time for us to take a little break to recharge. What that really means is we’ll be out riding our bikes, skiing, drinking toddies, ignoring alarm clocks, and enjoying the few hours of winter sunlight we actually receive.

Our offices will be closed December 22-January 2nd. That means all Kona Ride Online or webstore orders and communications are going to be tended to upon our return to the office. We hope you take time to relax, ride, and enjoy your friends and family and wish you the very best this holiday season.