Kona have a right to feel a bit vindicated. They were one of the few brands carrying the flag for sorted, trail-ready 29ers a few years ago when very few people wanted to know. Now though, at a Eurobike swamped by big-wheelers, they’ve released a range including no fewer than 12 29ers.
The King Kahuna is their new flagship 29er cross-country racer. It uses a proprietary carbon fibre weave frame complete with a 142x12mm back end and a RockShox Reba SL 15mm-axle fork. A SRAM X7/X9 2×10 drivetrain makes it go and Avid Elixir 5s make it stop. At the opposite end of the scale, there’s the Unit. It’s a simple, singlespeed, rigid 29er designed with big smiles and future upgrading in mind.
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