From Peloton Magazine – Kona bikes, a brand with almost 3 decades under its belt, delivers its deepest line yet, bolstering its two-wheeled culture for 2016 with 19 new models across all lines.
Staying true to its roots Kona continues to present incredible value to riders with bikes that are spec’d sensibly, offering component packages aimed at delivering a tremendous dollars-to-performance metric.
Kona’s attention to life through the dirt road lens wasn’t overlooked when the brand overhaul was taking place. Aside from its numerous modifications to mountain bikes the popular “Jake” line of cyclocross and commuter bikes also saw some improvements. New additions like a carbon Jake The Snake model was released for those seeking an affordable racing package. The base line Jake is perfect for riders considering a performance commuter that has the competence to bring it if you decide to pin on a number.
The Esatto line of Kona endurance road bikes is back for a second year. Eastto now features five models with all but one coming disc equipped. For those seeking something special don’t miss the Lynskey built Esatto Ti available in a frame set only, ready for flat mount discs and thru-axles.
Out of all the new models and updated rides in Kona’s line it was the Roadhouse that caught heaps of attention. The Roadhouse merges old school steel with modern endurance geometry, disc brakes, and a full carbon fork. The frame set resides on custom drawn Reynolds 853 tubing headlined by a tapered head tube and endurance geometry that is borrowed from the Eastto line.
We slipped out on the Roadhouse for a few hours one morning and were impressed with its blended ride qualities, it’s a roller that once up to speed gains complete rider confidence. The stock 30c Schwalbe G-One tires and Shimano disc brakes seal the deal making it a blast to ride on the road while at the same time not afraid to get dirty.
Frame sets are priced at $999 and complete builds at $2,399.