The New Kona Explosif… Damn!

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 updated (and damn sweet if we may say so) Explosif…


Kona’s heritage in steel hardtails runs deep, and today’s Explosif is a direct descendant of our legendary originals. The Explosif’s Reynolds 520 cromoly frame has been updated with a new seat tube gusset for improved standover and retains our sliding dropouts for you single speed lovers out there.

This year we’ve pulled out all the stops with the Explosif’s spec. A SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and Guide brakes, the brand new 35mm-stanchion RockShox Revelation fork with 120mm of travel, a Reverb dropper with 1x lever, and tubeless-ready Maxxis tires on WTB i29 TCS rims.

The Explosif rides like only a Kona can, and we’re sure you’ll appreciate it for years to come.

Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Kona Super Grassroots rider Jimmy Lucchesi rides his Kona Explosif to a DH podium

Kona Super Grassroots rider Jimmy Lucchesi has been ripping up the local California Collegiate races. He took out the SuperD and the DH at Stanford’s collegiate race on his Process 153 and then he trucked out his Explosif hard tail for the next three races. In fact Jimmy and the Explosif are currently undefeated, winning the Berkeley Super D and the Cal Poly DH and the Slalom. Photographer Satchel Cronk nabbed this super cool photo of Jimmy railing the heck out of the bike on the way to one of those wins!ATT_1446525710752_imagejpeg_0[1] ATT_1446525710723_IMG_1804[1]