Kona Sea Otter in Photos

For the first time in a few years, Kona had a booth displaying bikes at Sea Otter. The goal was to tell the world about our exciting new line-up of 2013 and 2014 carbon bikes. Models on display were the 2013 Hei Hei Supreme, 2013 Red Zone, 2014 Major Jake and the 2014 Supreme Operator and Operator. The booth was buzzing all four days of the show. With awesome California sunshine, huge crowds, and tons of press from all over the world, we had a blast showing off our new bikes. With our XC Team tearing up the competition (Barry Wicks finished 8th in a super competitive XC men’s race, and Spencer Paxson finished 6th in the CX on a Red Zone), it was nothing but positive vibes for the Kona Crew. Check out the photos by Kona Communications dude, Mitchell Scott.

The booth was super busy with press. Here Gravity Project Manager Chris Mandell give Bike Magazine the lowdown on the new Supreme Operator. Check out their report HERE.

Here Kona Product Manager gives the deets on our wicked light and super fast carbon XC rig, the Hei Hei Supreme. Dirt Rag has a cool report of the bike online, HERE.

Barry Wicks raced his Team issue Hei Hei Supreme, wich weighs in just over 21lbs. He logged an impressive top 20 in the short track and a very impressive 8th in the men’s XC showdown.

Spencer Paxson logged a top 15 in the XC short track on his team issue carbon King Kahuna.

Kris Sneddon and Cory Wallace were also in the mix, working hard in the hot California sun.

We also launched our all new 2014 disc brake carbon Major Jake frame.

Spencer Paxson decided to race his Red Zone in the cyclocross race. He loved the bike, and even with a flat finished 6th in a strong field.

You can see an interview with Spencer on his Road bike turned cyclocross racer HERE.

While there was a lot of talk about our new Operators, this gem didn’t go unnoticed, Connor Fearon’s 2013 Team Issue Supreme Operator.

Here’s the base model 2014 Carbon Operator. This baby got a lot of attention. At under $4100 for the full bike, it might be the most affordable carbon bike ever produced. Check out Aggy shred it HERE.

Connor Fearon styles out his Team Process DL in the downhill. He finished 35, but with a huge, super strong field, and a really short course, Connor was only 5 seconds off of first on this All Mountain ripper.

Connor on his DH spec, Team Issue Process DL.