Morgan Taylor

Kona Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL: New Graphics, New Spec

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL.

Big Traction, Big Fun, Big Honzo

The Big Honzo is one of four frames in the Honzo lineup, and it’s the only one with geometry optimized for 27.5+ wheels. The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL offer all the fun the Honzo is known for, with the added traction and compliance of 2.8″ rubber.

Big Honzo DL

Take the agile handling and legendary fun of the Honzo, give it the confidence-inspiring traction and comfort of 27.5+ tires, and you get a new-school hardtail. With geometry optimized around 27.5+ wheels, a new RockShox Revelation fork, fast and grippy tubeless-ready Maxxis Rekon 2.8” tires, and a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, the Big Honzo DL is ready to tackle the chunkiest terrain you can find.

Big Honzo

Our Honzo line was already wildly popular before we introduced the Big Honzo, and now there’s yet another flavor to enjoy. With the addition of traction-happy and smooth-riding 27.5+ wheels, the Big Honzo is a confidence-inspiring singletrack shredder.

Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!

The New Kona Rove LTD: Reynolds 853 Steel and 650B Wheels

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the all new Reynolds 853 Rove LTD…

The Pinnacle

The Rove LTD is the pinnacle of our expanded Rove lineup. The Reynolds 853 frame is designed around the new generation of high volume 650b tires, with Shimano E-thru axles at both ends of the bike. The Rove LTD, along with its new siblings the Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL, features a tapered head tube and full carbon flat mount disc fork. These bikes truly are Kona’s take on a modern all day drop bar bike.

Rove LTD

The Rove LTD gets a wide range SRAM Force 1 drivetrain with a Force carbon crank and hydraulic brakes. WTB KOM i25 TCS rims are shod with tubeless-ready WTB Horizon TCS 650x47c tires, and laced to SRAM S900 thru-axle hubs. It’s a no-holds-barred build that verges on custom. Whether you’ve got long distance gravel events in your sights, or just enjoy the feel of steel and big tires, this is one bike that won’t leave you wanting more.


Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

CX Magazine Rides the All New Kona Jake: “A worthy successor in the company’s long history of cyclocross bikes…”

Andrew Yee from Cyclocross Magazine joined us for our drop bar launch in Squamish last month. With the all new Jake series out in the wild, we’re happy to share Andrew’s in-depth look at our completely revamped cyclocross platform.

“Kona has kept the Jake line simple: an elegant, race-worthy three-bike line-up that is a worthy successor in the company’s long history of cyclocross bikes.”

There’s a ton of information in this article: geometry considerations and comparisons, spec talk and ride impressions, and a huge gallery with images of all three Jake models. Head on over to CX Magazine to check it out!

Journalists and the Kona Endurance Team gather to ride new 2018 cyclocross bikes. 2018 Kona Jake cyclocross bikes. © Cyclocross Magazine

 

The New Kona Explosif… Damn!

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the updated (and damn sweet if we may say so) Explosif…

EXPLOSIF

Kona’s heritage in steel hardtails runs deep, and today’s Explosif is a direct descendant of our legendary originals. The Explosif’s Reynolds 520 cromoly frame has been updated with a new seat tube gusset for improved standover and retains our sliding dropouts for you single speed lovers out there.

This year we’ve pulled out all the stops with the Explosif’s spec. A SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and Guide brakes, the brand new 35mm-stanchion RockShox Revelation fork with 120mm of travel, a Reverb dropper with 1x lever, and tubeless-ready Maxxis tires on WTB i29 TCS rims.

The Explosif rides like only a Kona can, and we’re sure you’ll appreciate it for years to come.









Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Finding Remote with Graham Agassiz and Matt Stevens

Finding Remote

Your escape. Your secret stash. Your remote. The place you long to be all week, and can’t wait to head out to, even if just for the day. The Kona Remote is the bike to get you there.

What exactly is remote? Well that’s really up to you. For Kona Gravity team rider Graham Agassiz and Kona Canada’s resident fishing enthusiast Matt Stevens, that thing is fly fishing. So, they made a plan, packed up their Remotes, and converged in Lytton, British Columbia to head to their own secret stash. Prepped with fishing and camping gear, Matt’s fishing kayak, and Aggy’s dog Autumn, they headed straight for the goods.
















Find Your Remote

Whether you’re a fisherman, an outdoorsman, or a recreational enthusiast, the Remote can take you where you want to go and get you there quickly. It’s a capable mountain bike with Bosch’s top end Performance Line CX pedal assist system. We equipped the Remote with Bosch’s compact Intuvia display, high capacity 500 watt Power Pack, and a re-keyable Abus Plus battery lock.

With the made-in-the-USA Old Man Mountain rack, you can add accessories to carry just about anything you can think of. The wide range SRAM 1×11 drivetrain and Level T brakes ensure you’ll be happy going both uphill or down. The Remote is an access tool, adaptable to your needs. Swing a leg over one, and find your remote.

The Remote is one of three Bosch-equipped pedal assist bikes in the Kona lineup this year. Get the details on the Remote from Kona Product Manager Trevor Porter:

Kona Remote – North America

 

Kona Remote – Europe

 

Head to Konaworld.com for all the details on the Remote.

Introducing the All New Kona Remote with Bosch Pedal Assist

Your escape. Your secret stash. Your remote. The place you long to be all week, and can’t wait to head out to, even if just for the day. The Kona Remote is the bike to get you there.

Whether you’re a fisherman, an outdoorsman, or a recreational enthusiast, the Remote can take you where you want to go and get you there quickly. It’s a capable mountain bike with Bosch’s top end Performance Line CX pedal assist system. We equipped the Remote with Bosch’s compact Intuvia display, high capacity 500 watt Power Pack, and a re-keyable Abus Plus battery lock.

With the made-in-the-USA Old Man Mountain rack, you can add accessories to carry just about anything you can think of. The wide range SRAM 1×11 drivetrain and Level T brakes ensure you’ll be happy going both uphill or down. The Remote is an access tool, adaptable to your needs. Swing a leg over one, and find your remote.

Get the details on the Remote from Kona Product Manager Trevor Porter:

North American Kona Remote with 27.5 x 3.0″ tires

 

 

European Kona Remote with 29 x 2.4″ tires

 

Remote Details




















Finding Remote with Graham Agassiz and Matt Stevens

What exactly is remote? Well that’s really up to you. For Kona Gravity team rider Graham Agassiz and Kona Canada’s resident fishing enthusiast Matt Stevens, that thing is fly fishing. So, they made a plan, packed up their Remotes, and converged in Lytton, British Columbia to head to their own secret stash. Prepped with fishing and camping gear, Matt’s fishing kayak, and Aggy’s dog Autumn, they headed straight for the goods.

Check out the full Finding Remote story and photo gallery here.

For all the details on the Remote, head over to Konaworld.com, and check out the technical details on the Remote Innovation page.

Cross/Roads with Kerry Werner and the All New Kona Jake

Cross/Roads

Kona Pro cyclocross racer Kerry Werner knows that ‘cross is always coming. He sees his everyday training rides as an opportunity to get rad. In Cross/Roads, we take you into Kerry’s world prior to the 2018 cyclocross season. We apologize in advance if you find yourself digging out your cowbell after this one.













20 Years of Jake

The Jake has a long pedigree here at Kona – twenty years to be exact. It began as a race-bred cyclocross bike but was quickly identified by those who rode it as an excellent all-arounder. ‘Cross racing, commuting, backroad adventuring, the Jake is one of the most versatile bikes in the Kona lineup.

Kerry is riding the Major Jake, one of three all-new models in the Jake series. You can find detailed information on the new Jakes at Konaworld.com, and in our development story with technical video and photo details on our Innovation page.

Introducing the All New Kona Jake

Versatile, race-bred cyclocross bikes

‘Cross racing, commuting, backroad adventuring, the Jake is one of the most versatile bikes in the Kona lineup. The Jake has a long pedigree here at Kona – twenty years to be exact. It began as a race-bred cyclocross bike but was quickly identified by those who rode it as an excellent all-arounder.

Ground-Up Redesign

This year’s Jake sees a full redesign from the ground up, with new frames in both carbon and aluminum, a full carbon fork, Shimano E-thru axles, and flat mount hydraulic disc brakes on all three models in the line.

Kona Product Manager Joe Brown on the All New Kona Jake Series

Three New Jake Models

Born from the muddy trenches and the sand pits of the cyclocross World Cup, this year’s Jake series forges new territory with an all new carbon frame and fork. For two decades racers have known that the Jake is no average CX bike, with the unmistakable Kona ride built in. This year’s Jake is lighter all around, stiffer in the right places, and still retains the ride that has made it a world-class ‘cross bike that’s equally at home grinding gravel or laying down base miles.

Super Jake

Straight to the races with this one. An all new full carbon frame and fork with flat mount disc brakes, thru-axles front and rear, and fender mounts is the foundation for this year’s Jake series, and the Super Jake is the cream of the crop with a SRAM Force 1x drivetrain with hydraulic discs and Clement tubeless-ready wheels and tires. Whether your sights are set on the ‘cross podium or the all day gravel epic, the Super Jake will get you there.

Super Jake Specs

  • Frame Material: Kona Race Light Carbon
  • Wheels: Clement Ushuaia Wheelset Tubeless Ready
  • Fork: Kona Full Carbon Flat Mount CX Race Disc 100x12mm
  • Crankset: SRAM Force 1 X-Sync
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Force 1 11spd
  • Cockpit: Kona Road Light bar, Kona Road Deluxe stem and Kona Cork Tape
  • Brakes: SRAM Force 1 HRD
  • Tires: Clement MXP Tubeless Ready 700x33c
  • Saddle: WTB SL8 Pro

Major Jake

Our all new carbon ‘cross frame and fork with flat mount discs and thru-axles at both ends is the evolution of the Jake series’ storied lineage in the muddy trenches and sand pits of the CX World Cup. A Shimano 105 2×11 group with hydraulic brakes links up to tubeless-ready WTB rims and Clement tires. Major Jake. Take it racing and then ride it all year long.

Major Jake Specs

  • Frame Material: Kona Race Light Carbon
  • Wheels: WTB i19 Asym
  • Fork: Kona Full Carbon Flat Mount CX Race Disc 100x12mm
  • Crankset: Shimano RS500
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 11spd
  • Cockpit: Kona Road Light bar, Kona Road Deluxe stem and Kona Cork Tape
  • Brakes: Shimano 105 hydraulic flat mount
  • Tires: Clement MXP Tubeless Ready 700x33c
  • Saddle: WTB SL8 Pro

Jake the Snake

The Jake the Snake has long been our workhorse ‘cross bike, racing on Sunday and commuting on Monday. This year the Jake gets a brand new frame and fork with flat mount disc brakes, front and rear thru-axles, and internal cable routing, bringing modern touches to Kona’s race-ready all-surface bike, while rack and fender mounts keep that everyday versatility the Jake has come to be known for.

Jake the Snake Specs

  • Frame Material: Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminum Butted
  • Wheels: WTB STP i19
  • Fork: Kona Carbon Cross
  • Crankset: Shimano
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Tiagra 10spd
  • Cockpit: Kona Road bar and stem, Kona Cork Tape
  • Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic flat mount
  • Tires: Clement MXP 700x33c
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Sport

Cross/Roads with Kerry Werner

Kona Pro cyclocross racer Kerry Werner knows that ‘cross is always coming. He sees his everyday training rides as an opportunity to get rad. Watch the video below, and check out the full photo set from the Cross/Roads shoot here.

Kerry Werner highlights the versatility of the new Major Jake in Cross/Roads.

For all the details on the new Jakes, head over to Konaworld.com, and check out the technical details on the Innovation page.

Multi-Surface, Multi-Purpose: the New Kona Rove and Rove DL

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up, our new entry level Roves, with smart updates to parts kits and sweet new graphics and paint!

Rove and Rove DL

The Rove is our line of multi-surface, multi-purpose drop bar bikes. Gravel, rando, commuting, or bikepacking, what you’ve done with the Rove line has truly established its niche at Kona. The Rove enables you to expand your horizons and asks you to get just that little bit farther out there.

What you knew last year as the Rove AL has now been expanded to two models: the Rove and Rove DL. Drop bars, disc brakes, and a durable and utilitarian parts spec. Each with two color options. Commute all week and line up for a ‘cross race on the weekend – why not?

We’re rolling out more new bikes in the Rove platform in the coming weeks, so stay tuned here on the Cog blog and on Konaworld.com!

Rove DL

The Rove became an instant classic in the Kona line as soon as it was introduced. Whether it was commuting or gravel racing or whatever you can imagine in-between, what people have done with their Roves has carved a niche here at Kona. It may sound like a cliché to call the Rove DL a versatile machine, but that’s all your fault.

   

Rove

The Rove is Kona’s essential drop bar all-rounder. Comfortable fit and stable geometry, the ability to take racks and fenders, and a no-nonsense spec make the Rove a great choice for commuting, weekend adventuring, or the occasional ‘cross or gravel race.



 

Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Big Updates for Kona’s MTB Hardtails This Year

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Today we bring you the first arrivals of the freshly updated MTB Hardtail collection.

The Legendary Kona Ride

Kona’s heritage is in simple and capable mountain bikes. Names like Explosif, Cinder Cone, and Fire Mountain are instantly recognizable. Classic in name but modern everywhere else, Kona’s MTB Hardtails incorporate three decades’ experience honing the legendary “Kona Ride”.

With a sleek Honzo-esque aesthetic, improved standover clearance, and streamlined cable routing, the 2018 collection of Kona hardtails is our best yet. All the way from Lana’i to Lava Dome, Cinder Cone to Kahuna, these capable hardtails are the gateway to the Kona Ride.

Cinder Cone

One of the longest-standing models in our line has evolved from steel frames, 26-inch wheels and thumb shifters into the modern 27.5-inch, 11-speed fun bike it is today. While this current version resembles the first Cinder Cone in name only, the heart of the bike remains the same.







Kahuna

Everything you need out of a cross-country hardtail, with a little bit of “want” thrown in for good measure. What you need is a light, stiff, sturdy aluminum 29er with the perfect geometry that loves to climb and lives for long days in the saddle. What you want is the right spec of a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, RockShox fork and Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes hanging on the frame. The Kahuna is the perfect balance of your wants and needs.


  

Blast

What makes hardtail mountain bikes so much fun? Is it the snappy aluminum frame and suspension fork that tame the toughest of trails? Maybe it’s the wide gear ranges and the fast rolling 27.5-inch wheels that make molehills out of mountains. Whatever the combination is, we know you’ll have a Blast.

Lana’i

The heart of a mountain biker and the versatility to do it all are at the core of the Lana’i. Built with a philosophy of making the right bike for the right user, the Lana’i sizing includes a 26-inch wheel size for smaller riders, while the rest of the line hits the trail with a 27.5-inch wheel. Whether it be gravel paths, light singletrack or just getting around town, the Lana’i is your entry to adventure.

Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Introducing the New Kona Unit and Unit X

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: the singlespeed Unit and the new Unit X…

What’s Better Than One?

From bikepacking to singletracking, geared up or stripped down, the Unit is a versatile mountain bike made from Reynolds 520 cromoly. From its roots as a singlespeed trail bike, the Unit became even more versatile with the addition of 27.5+ wheels last year, featuring in our short film Not Far From Home – which was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

And now, we have not one, but two Unit models to satiate your desire for a capable steel adventure bike! This year’s Unit frame gets updated shift cable routing – along the top tube and down the seat stay – and a 31.6mm seat post with internal dropper post routing. And both the Unit and Unit X sport tubeless-ready 27.5×2.8″ WTB Ranger tires on WTB Scraper i40 rims. Check them out at your local shop!

UNIT X

The Unit has long been our Reynolds 520 singletrack shredder, adaptable to a wide variety of purposes and only made more versatile with the addition of 27.5+ wheels. For the first time we’re offering a Unit with gears – a SRAM NX 1×11, to be specific – and we’re truly excited about the opportunities this opens up. Whether you’re looking for a fun-loving trail bike or a backcountry bikepacking rig, the Unit X is ready for action.






UNIT

You are an artist, and the Unit is your canvas. Singlespeed singletrack machine? Yep. Loaded up for a quick overnight or an extended bikepacking trip? Yep. Add whatever drivetrain you like? Yep. Reynolds 520 cromoly gives that unmistakable smooth ride, and the simplicity of a single speed drivetrain keeps your options open. Because you want to do it your way, and we’re cool with that.



 

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Load Up and Head Out with the New Kona Sutra and Sutra LTD

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. First up, the Sutra and Sutra LTD…

Kona Sutra and Sutra LTD: Classic and Forward-Thinking Steel Touring Bikes

Ah yes, the venerable Sutra. Our proven world tourer and its dirt-hungry sibling are enablers of the adventures you’ve been scheming on for years. Both the Sutra and Sutra LTD feature a durable and smooth-riding cromoly frame and a component set selected with the long term in mind. The only question that remains, is where you’ll be taking your adventuremobile.

Sutra LTD

The Sutra LTD is what happens when a mountain biker imagines a touring bike. SRAM Rival wide-range 1x drivetrain and hydraulic discs are complemented by tubeless-ready wheels and tires. This year’s Sutra LTD gets thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes to stay ahead of the wave, just like its well-revered predecessors. The Sutra LTD simply begs to be ridden afar, with or without baggage.







Sutra

The Sutra is our classic steel touring bike, with all the accoutrements you’ll need to set out on your dream trip. The Brooks B17 saddle and Shimano Deore drivetrain are complemented by the confidence-inspiring Hayes disc brakes and Schwalbe Marathon Mondial touring tires. Whether it’s a weekend out of town or a summer on the open road, the Sutra is your ticket to freedom.







Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!