My Kona: Jake and the Zone LTD
Jake Heilbron is one of Kona’s co-founders, a lover of bikes, and a year-round commuter to our Vancouver, BC offices – a two-hour round trip.
As a former road racer, Jake is committed to riding drop bar bikes for training and transportation. Over the years he’s ridden everything from the original titanium Haole in 1990, the cromoly Haole that followed, the original carbon Zone, the elusive Kona Kona, and, of course, lots and lots of Jake cyclocross bikes. While he takes them off when the weather truly improves, Jake’s bike wears fenders more often than not.
Being a year-round rider, what Jake seeks in a high performance commuting bike aligns with the needs of a discerning rider’s all day road bike. Jake’s commuting bike for the past year was actually a prototype in disguise: while it was made of titanium and said Esatto on the top tube, this bike was the test mule for the all new Zone LTD with updated endurance geometry, flat mount disc brakes, and thru-axles at both ends of the bike.
With geometry finalized, modern features confirmed, and all-year details settled, we opened a mold for the carbon successor to Jake’s test mule. Shortly thereafter, the Zone LTD frame samples arrived, and Jake waited patiently for one of the first working versions of the new SRAM Red eTap HRD group. The rest of the component selection, as you’ll see below, leaves nothing to be desired.
Earlier this summer, while Kona’s Finland-based in-house filmmaker Joonas Vinnari was in Vancouver for a visit, we headed out for a lunch ride with Jake and the Zone LTD. Our destination was Stanley Park, a popular ride loop for serious road cyclists and weekend warriors alike. Jake was keen to discuss the history of the Zone, the achievements of the new frame, and, of course, to get out for a ride.
Because that’s what the Zone LTD is about: having the ideal tool for the job, knowing why it is such, and riding it year round.
Get in Your Zone
Boundaries were made to be pushed, and the Zone LTD pushes them all.
By utilizing the newest and best technology available – like custom Dedacciai carbon, SRAM eTap HRD, flat mount disc brakes and thru-axles, the Zone LTD is already in a class of its own. Add a geometry and ride story with input from three Kona legends who know how a road bike should perform, and it all comes together to make the most comprehensive and complete carbon bike we’ve ever made.
From the SRAM Red eTap HRD electronic drivetrain with hydraulic discs to the Easton EC90 cockpit to the Mavic All Road Pro wheels wrapped in Challenge Paris-Roubaix open tubulars, we spared no expense so you won’t have to worry about a single thing. Each and every piece has been selected to create the ultimate endurance road bike. The Zone LTD holds nothing back.
The Zone LTD is available in three colorways, chosen by Kona’s owners. Jake chose red, co-founder Dan Gerhard chose orange, and Kona Europe’s head honcho Jimbo Holmstrom chose green.
After you peruse the detail photos below, find out more about the Zone LTD on Konaworld.com.