Grassroots

Party with the Kona Supremes!

The Kona Supremes are a new riding and racing team based out of the Kona Bike Shop in Bellingham, WA. The Supremes were born from a local group of female Kona riders that shared a common vision: shred fast, play hard, and get more women into cycling. Each rider hails from a multi-sport background but has planted roots here in the PNW, where the loam is perfect and the two-wheeled adventures keep rolling as easily as the beer flows.

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The goal of the Supremes is to always offer an inclusive adventure on our local trails, chock-full of support and inspiration. These ambassadors are students, environmentalists, industry professionals, artists, and all around outdoor enthusiasts.

This spring in Bellingham look out for rides and clinics hosted by the Supremes along with fundraisers and trail days with Bellingham’s local trail association, The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. The Supremes will also be racing the local enduro series and the Cascade Dirt Cup.

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Head over to the Kona Supremes team page to read about the riders and connect with them through social media. You can also follow the Supremes team on Instagram and on Facebook, and on the Kona Bike Shop blog. And on Friday, April 14th, 2017, you can join the Kona Supremes at the Kona Bike Shop for some food, drinks, and good times.

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Toni Lund and his Kona Wo are Headed to the Iditarod Trail Invitational

New to the Finnish Kona Grassroots team is Toni Lund, an adventure cyclist and endurance athlete who has finished twice on the podium in the Rovaniemi 150 race. He is also the first participant and finisher from Finland in the longest winter ultra race in the world, the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational.

This winter Toni has been riding the 2017 Kona Wo. As you can expect, it’s highly modified by the man himself and in the following pictures it’s equipped with winter bikepacking gear by Porcelain Rocket and BarYak so he can travel long distances without external support.

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“The key changes I made to Wo are Nextie Wild Dragon 90mm carbon rims with DT Swiss 350 Big Ride hubs and 45NRTH Dillinger 5 studded tires, Thomson stem, seatpost and seat collar, Renthal Fat Bar carbon bars and Fizik Gobi XM saddle. The drivetrain is the stock SRAM NX, but the cranks are Race Face Turbine Cinch for 170/177mm rears with AbsoluteBLACK 30t oval chain ring which gives me narrower q-factor.”

Toni has earned himself the nickname “extreme bike mechanic” at his day job at Bikeshop.fi / Ajopyörä, and for good reason.The ultimate test for these skills and for the Wo will be Toni’s next target, the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 mile race to Nome in 2018. Follow Toni’s preparation and adventures on Instagram.

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