Big Honzo

Three Kona Bikes on Bike Magazine’s 10 Best Hardtails Under $2000

If there has ever been an accolade for our MTB Hardtail and Honzo ranges, this is it: three bikes in a list of 10, with great notes from Bike Magazine on the value of Kona’s trail-ready, yet affordable mountain bikes.

“Another Kona? Yeah. Another. Three Konas made this 10-bike list because they’re smartly specced values and have modern geometry. We scoured the internet looking for an alternative from another brand that could top the Big Honzo at the $1,700 price point, but couldn’t find anything. So here it is, another killer Kona.”

All of these bikes are in stock now and available to order through your local dealer or Kona Ride Online. Read on at Bike Mag!

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Kona Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL: New Graphics, New Spec

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL.

Big Traction, Big Fun, Big Honzo

The Big Honzo is one of four frames in the Honzo lineup, and it’s the only one with geometry optimized for 27.5+ wheels. The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL offer all the fun the Honzo is known for, with the added traction and compliance of 2.8″ rubber.

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Take the agile handling and legendary fun of the Honzo, give it the confidence-inspiring traction and comfort of 27.5+ tires, and you get a new-school hardtail. With geometry optimized around 27.5+ wheels, a new RockShox Revelation fork, fast and grippy tubeless-ready Maxxis Rekon 2.8” tires, and a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, the Big Honzo DL is ready to tackle the chunkiest terrain you can find.

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Our Honzo line was already wildly popular before we introduced the Big Honzo, and now there’s yet another flavor to enjoy. With the addition of traction-happy and smooth-riding 27.5+ wheels, the Big Honzo is a confidence-inspiring singletrack shredder.

Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!

“Reasonably priced and unreasonably fun” – Big Honzo Wins a Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

The Kona Big Honzo DL has won a Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice award! Bicycling revealed their 2017 Mountain Bike Editors’ Choice Winners at Sea Otter this past week and the Big Honzo – “reasonably priced and unreasonably fun” – made the list.

“If you want to shred trails—without the expense, additional complexity, and service requirements of full suspension—this Kona is reasonably priced and unreasonably fun.”

Read the full writeup at Bicycling.

Bikepacking.com’s Long Term Review of the Big Honzo: “Outstandingly comfortable and capable.”

Skyler des Roches over at Bikepacking.com has been riding our Big Honzo for several months now, getting into development projects such as Porcelain Rocket’s Albert seat pack for dropper posts and taking the bike on a number of backcountry bikepacking trips.

This week he published his long term review of the Big Honzo. Skyler went in-depth on the geometry of the Big Honzo, praising its capabilities as a 27.5+ mountain bike first, noting its plus-tire-specific geometry, and concluding that these traits lend themselves well to his style of unsupported, off-road bike travel.

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“The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL are throwbacks to the go-anywhere recreational bikes from the dawn of mountain biking. It’s a bike with no racing niche. This being 2016, you need just a mountain bike with smart, progressive geometry that will make the most of your abilities and let you ride.”

“Kona has done well at the balancing act between making a bike that people will love, and hitting a price point. Besides, the Big Honzo’s precise and intuitive handling, and its powerful riding position, make it far greater than the sum of its parts.”

Scroll down for a few more photos below, and head over to Bikepacking.com for a whole pile of great photos and words.

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Leah Maunsell and the Kona Big Honzo in Ireland

The Kona Honzo was built for rugged terrain, and the Big Honzo is a natural extension of that initial purpose: all the fun of the Honzo’s snappy handling and progressive geometry, with the traction, control, and confidence of high volume 27.5+ rubber. In creating a video around this bike, we wanted to find a location that was suited to its character. We hooked up with rising enduro star Leah Maunsell and headed for her home county of Cork, Ireland.

The Sheep’s Head peninsula is a rugged sliver of land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s southernmost tip. Big views and big skies set the tone as the landscape undulates, offering up some of Ireland’s finest coastal views. The trails here run along the spine of the peninsula on a mix of upland and rocky outcroppings, setting the perfect stage for Leah’s outing on the Big Honzo.

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Evolution

From a design perspective, the Big Honzo retains the successful DNA found throughout our Honzo line, with subtle adaptations that make it more than just a 29er with room for wider tires. A new yoke at the bottom bracket junction maintains the Honzo’s tight 415mm rear end, while the bottom bracket drop has been adjusted to optimize Honzo-like ride qualities around 27.5×2.8” tires. We call it an evolution of the bike everyone else is already chasing.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for the Honzo. The original steel prototype was the first Kona prototype I ever had the opportunity to ride. I came back with the bike and told my co-workers something to the effect of “well, that just ruined every other hardtail for me”. It’s been a long road of evolution and expansion for the Honzo line and I’m grateful to be a part of it. The Big Honzo embodies all the traits that “ruined” other hardtails for me and I can’t say enough positive things about the bike.” – Ian Schmitt, Kona Product Team

kona-ride-2017-8464Ian puts his pre-production Big Honzo through the paces in Squamish, BC.

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Frame Material: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Wheel Size: 27.5+
Wheels: WTB Scraper STP i40
Front Suspension: 120mm
Fork: RockShox Yari 120mm
Crankset: RaceFace Aeffect SL
Drivetrain: SRAM GX 1x 11spd
Cockpit: Kona XC/BC 35 bar and stem, Kona Race Light Log grips
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic
Front Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×2.8″
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×2.8″
Saddle: WTB Volt Sport

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Frame Material: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Wheel Size: 27.5+
Wheels: WTB Scraper STP i40
Front Suspension: 120mm
Fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL 120mm
Crankset: RaceFace Aeffect
Drivetrain: SRAM NX 1x 11spd
Cockpit: Kona XC/BC bar and stem, Kona Race Light Log grips
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic
Front Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×2.8″
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×2.8″
Saddle: Kona Trail

Get all the details on the Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL here.

Bikepacking.com and the First Dropper Post-Compatible Seat Pack – On a Kona!

We love seeing what people get up to with their Kona bikes – especially when they’re doing things that have never been done before. A while back we sent Skyler Des Roches of Bikepacking.com our Big Honzo DL for review. Skyler is a well-known pioneer in the bikepacking world, seeking out uncharted overland routes and putting his equipment to the test in tough, real world circumstances.

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Skyler is currently riding the Big Honzo DL on the North Shore attempting to shake the production Albert into submission.

Skyler works closely with the folks at Porcelain Rocket, makers of high quality bikepacking gear in Calgary, AB. As one of Porcelain Rocket’s beta testers, Skyler takes prototype product out into the unknown and rides it until it falls apart – sometimes catastrophically. With the Big Honzo, Skyler has the perfect platform to test Porcelain Rocket’s new dropper post-compatible seat pack, named Albert.

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Innovation through iteration.

Over at Bikepacking.com, Skyler has written up his experience with the R&D process of the Albert seat pack in great detail. It’s an interesting read, and a window into the dedication that innovators like Porcelain Rocket have to improving or enhancing our experience of bike travel. We’re so happy to have Skyler on the Big Honzo, and look forward to reading his long term review of the bike.

Check out a few more photos below, and head over to Bikepacking.com to read the Albert’s development story.

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The Albert employs a removable dry bag.

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Skyler testing on the Colorado Trail earlier this fall.

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The Big Honzo DL, all packed up and ready to shred!