MBR Magazine’s First Look: Kona 2012

Kona‘s 2012 slogan is ‘The Long Sweet Ride’. Last week, in Crans Montana, Switzerland, we got to do more than a few long sweet rides aboard the all-new Entourage and Tanuki trail bike.

If you’ve never been to Crans Montana before, we’d heartily recommend it. Nestled above the vineyards of the Valais region of Switzerland, Crans Montana has geography firmly on its side. Only two hours from Geneva, and even closer to the Portes du Soleil, Verbier and Zermatt, it’s ideally placed for a stop off on any Alpine road trip.

There are three principle runs on the mountain, the Black, Red and Blue, all serviced by a two man gondola. The red run is fast, flowing and manfactured; typical bike park fare, albeit with amazing views across to the Matterhorn and the Grand Combin. Watch the headcam below for an idea of what the Red DH is like aboard the new Entourage. By contrast the Black DH is littered with natural obstacles. Bedrock erupts from the dirt, roots weave across the trail and there’s ample opportunity to sample the clean, fresh, Swiss air. It’s a brilliant mix of terrain with excellent flow, the highlight of which must surely be a tight, rocky canyon through which you are fired at about 25mph.

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