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Not-So-Jolly Mountain Bikepacking: A Lesson in Knowing When to Quit

Words by Kona Ambassador Delia Massey. Photos by Kinsey Smith Bikepacking seems like such a great idea, until it’s 3pm on a Sunday and you’ve been pushing your loaded bike straight up a moto trail in the middle of nowhere for over an hour looking

Enduring Distant Dreams

Words and art by Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt. For over 5 years, my friend Robin and I have been scheming and dreaming about combining a bike tour across B.C. with a climbing trip in the Bugaboo mountain range, commonly known as the Bugs. After years of

Cross is Coming…Jakes are HERE!

The Jake series has a long heritage with Kona. It’s taken top steps at UCI cyclocross races. It’s crossed continents on epic expeditions. It’s the bike that made us rethink what was possible on two wheels. It’s as at home in sandpits, off-camber tracks, and

Super (C)hill Campout

Words by Molly Sugar // Photos by Gritchelle Fallesgon and Rie Sawada  We pushed our bikes through overgrown vertical single track from the lake to the only gravel road that bypassed the highway. It was only about a mile long but it was one of

Behold the 2020 Honzos!

It’s what you’ve all been asking for—the 2020 Honzos! The Honzo is often imitated but never duplicated. It was the hardtail that turned heads as it redefined what was possible with only front suspension. It paved the way for progressive geometry across our line of

Ride Free! The Libre is Back!

The Libre has taken the drop bar world by storm. Its fast, light, and utilitarian characteristics make it

Kona Dream Builds: Keith’s Dual Duty Libre DL

We found Keith’s bike on Instagram (he used the #KonaDreamBuilds hashtag) just after he’d ridden this years Dirty Kanza 100 on it with zero flats. It seemed Keith was gushing about his Libre and it was clear from his post that he really got this

Welcome to the Climbduro

We all know the enduro format by now. Climb up and then be timed on the downhills. Well, it’s time to usher in the era of the Climbduro. Type-2 enthusiasts everywhere can rejoice! Adventure Team Type-2 specialist Cory Wallace just competed in the Climbduro in

Say Hello to The 2020 Adventure Drop-bar Bikes!

Adventure biking! It’s all the rage these days. If there’s one thing we love at Kona it’s making bikes that can handle pretty much any situation you throw at them. Want to ride your drop-bar bike on singeltrack? Go for it. Want to carry enough

Bicycling Magazine Reviews the Libre DL “The Libre DL is a bike that lets you head out guided by your whim and sense of adventure.”

“The Libre DL is a bike that lets you head out for a ride guided by your whim and sense of adventure. You needn’t avoid a trail that looks fun because your bike won’t handle it well, and you don’t have to shy away from

The Transcendent Boredom of Brandenburg Gravel

Words and photos by Ambassador Barry McWilliams. “Drop your heels. Relaxed shoulders…Nice. Smooth circles. Good. Loosen the elbows…” It’s a mantra running through my head as I roll down one, then another and still one more gravel road, Forstweg or stretch of pave, somewhere in

Sutra and the Golden Hour

Kona Ambassador Tudor Gillham has had a busy summer racing the TransAtlantic Way ride—a 2500km one stage race/ride through Ireland. When he finished the ride he wanted to reflect on what the Longest Days mean to him. Just like many of us, he enjoys the