Kona 2018

Imaginary Domination Under the Eye of Stravaman

After suffering a mishap 15-miles in to a 54-mile day, Adventure Team rider Spencer Paxson shares his experience of what possessed him to keep riding real hard through the forests of the Black Hills.  

On the penultimate day of March, spring seemed preterm in the Black Hills (Capitol Forest) outside of Bordeaux, WA. Just shy of 200 bike riders gathered in the chilly, misty fields of the Evergreen Sportmen’s Club, set at the edge of the forest. Named for its border with the Black River, which is named for the “dark water” of Black Lake, the woods of the Black Hills did not hide their sinister nature. Indeed, the Eye of Stravaman loomed over all who pedaled through.

Spooky woods

Bordeaux, WA circa March 1903. Not much has changed except that there are bicycle races here on the weekends.

This was the sophomore year of the Cascadia Super G, put on by the Race Cascadia crew, which is best known for its regionally popular Cascadia Dirt Cup Series. This event was intended as a blend of enduro-meets-road-racing, or what these days we popularize as “gravel racing”.  At 9:30am we set out on a 54-mile course (shortened by 1 mile due to logging activity) to see just how we would fare. Unfortunately, the enduro timing system (which was supposed to record special downhill segments along the way) had been stuck in customs, so aside from the clock ticking at the finish line, we were all left with the Eye of Stravaman to decide the (unofficial) champion of the “race within the race”.

They say few can endure its terrible gaze, but for better or worse, with the Eye staring down, it didn’t matter so much when I suffered a nasty gash in my sidewall just 15 miles in, which I proceeded to have trouble fixing. After a few false starts of plugs, CO2s, boots, pumps, and even a nice helping hand who pulled over to see that I was alright (thank you, kind Sir!) I had lost around 18min. The race was rightly over, so it was time to go in to TT mode and let the Eye see what I was made of.

Blazing through moody clearcut vistas and spooky woods, I got to say hello again to most of my fellow bike racers who had passed me while I dealt with my mishap. For the next two hours I carried on with the Computer of Power weighing ever heavier on my handlebar. Lured by the Eye, I saw just how fast I could sustain.

With cracks beginning to show at the seams, I crossed the finish line a bit over 3 hours since I’d left it. According to the the clock I was 5th, but according to the Eye, I’d logged the fastest times on the major climb and descent segments. Be that as it may, the Eye grants no real dominion, only imaginary domination. And thus the ride was done and we left the Black Hills behind for another go some other day.

Chris Mcfarland

Racing against myself after getting rolling again…flat-out from mile 15 to 54.

Relive ‘Morning Ride’

 

Spring petals and pastels. Super Jake dressed pre-race like it was ready for an Easter egg hunt (it was Easter Weekend).

Super Jake with CX/MTB gearing combo (46/36 front, 11-40 rear) was the ride of choice for the 2018 Cascadia Super G

Super Jake, super gravel style. It was just an unlucky matter of physics and statistics (okay, and probably rider error!) that got the better of an otherwise burly tire setup.

The Computer of Power, displaying some heavy numbers from the day. It was “flat out” despite “flatting out”.

Crown Town

Introducing Everyday E-Bikes from Kona, the Splice-E and Dew-E

Kona’s Everyday E-Bikes

The Splice-E and Dew-E are based on our popular and stable handling Splice and Dew models, but with the added bonus of Bosch electric assist. These capable transportation bikes will take you further with each pedal stroke, making quick work of your commute, grocery run, or weekend adventure.

Dew-E

Every pedal stroke gets you a little bit further with the Dew-E. With its Bosch Performance Line electric-assist motor with 500w battery and Intuvia display, the Dew-E gives you a boost whenever you’re turning the pedals. For all-conditions riding the Dew-E comes standard with full fenders, powerful Busch & Müller front and rear lights, and an Abus Plus battery lock. And with a reliable Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires, the Dew-E could be your one ride no matter where you’ve got to go.











Splice-E

Get there quickly, with a little help from the Splice-E. At the heart of the Splice-E is a Bosch Performance Line electric-assist motor with 500w battery and Intuvia display. A Shimano drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable performance both stopping and going, while the built-in Busch & Müller headlight and taillight system, fenders, and rear rack make the Splice-E a versatile everyday ride.











Dependable Bosch Electric Assist

Both the Splice-E and the Dew-E feature Bosch’s Performance Line motor, Purion display, high capacity 500w Power Pack, and re-keyable Abus Plus battery lock. They’re also equipped with Busch & Müller lights wired directly to the main battery, full fenders, and a kickstand. The Splice-E also comes with a SR Suntour suspension fork and a rear rack.

For more information on the Splice-E, Dew-E, and their fat-tired sibling the Remote, head over to Konaworld.com.

Kona’s Kids’ Bikes Get Big Updates for 2018

The Kona Ride for Kids

What would you say if we told you that you could drop 3 pounds off the weight of your bike? We assume you’d say “yes please!” Now, imagine it’s your kid’s bike. And that we’ve done it. That’s right, for 2018, the Hula and Makena have both dropped more than three pounds, and that’s just one of the great stories for this year’s Kona Kids’ bikes.

Hula and Makena

The Hula and Makena are our reliable and fun little rippers. This year we’ve made some changes and both of these bikes are now a whopping 1.4kg (3 pounds) lighter. We replaced suspension forks with lightweight aluminum Project Two forks – and both bikes also now feature single ring drivetrains, a theme you’ll find on all of our Kids’ bikes for 2018.

Both Hula and Makena are available in two colorways for 2018:


Makena in Matt Black & Grey


Makena in Gloss Pink & Light Blue


Hula in Matt Olive


Hula in Gloss Magenta & Blue

Shred 20 and Shred 24

Moving along in the Kids’ lineup, our Shred 20 and Shred 24 have also lost weight this year, thanks to the move to an air-adjustable suspension fork. The Spinner Grind Air fork found on both of these bikes lets you dial in the spring rate just for your little ripper, making them adaptable to riders of all sizes and weights. As with all of our other other Kids’ bikes, the Shred make use of a single ring drivetrain, putting all the shifting in one hand for ease of use.


Shred 20 in Matt Blue w/ Black Decals


Shred 24 in Matt Orange w/ Black Decals

Stinky 24

The culmination of these ideals incorporated into our Kids’ bikes this year is the Stinky 24, with dual suspension and a parts kit that lets younger riders take on bigger challenges on the trail. The Stinky 24 also gets adjustable air suspension front and rear, and a wide range Shimano Deore clutched 1x drivetrain. With Maxxis High Roller tires and Shimano hydraulic brakes, the Stinky 24 is the gateway to life on the trails.


Stinky 24 in Matt Green w/ Black & Green Decals

Get the full scoop on our 2018 Kids’ bikes on the Kids’ Innovation page, and check out all the models on Konaworld.com.

All New Kona Process Tops the Podium at EWS Finale Ligure

Kona riders were out in force over this past week in Finale Ligure for the final round Enduro World Series. New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland, France and Canada were all represented. The physical and technical nature of the seven stages did take its toll on riders, however: Jonathan Maunsell, Alexander Kangas and Jordan Regnier all had their weekends end abruptly, but our two U21 riders, Leah Maunsell and Rhys Verner, both had weekends they will remember forever.

Rhys had an absolute stormer of a weekend. Not only did he ride the all-new Process 153 CR/DL to the top spot in the men’s U21 category by over a minute, but his time was fast enough to put him in 13th in the pro-men’s field.

Leah, who led after the first day of racing, tried her best in the tightly contested women’s U21 field to lengthen that lead on day two. She’s no stranger to the podium at EWS events but the stop step has eluded her. The final of stage would be her undoing, losing precious seconds relegating her to second place. Not the top spot she was looking for but an amazing result for the young rider all the same.

We have both Rhys and Leah‘s race reports below, along with some fantastic photos from our EWS photographer Sven Martin.

Rhys Verner

What a week for me! This was pretty much a dream trip as far as racing and fun goes. The whole week leading up to the final round of the Enduro World Series was great, going for long rides and just taking in the amazing scenery of Finale! Pre-riding the stages I felt great and right at home on the new Process 153 CR DL and I genuinely couldn’t wait to get the racing underway. The weekend started out with a 20-minute stage from the highest mountain at around 1400m and descended almost all the way back down to sea level.

I’ve always been a fan of the long stages coming from XC but this stage went better than I could have hoped for. I ended up pulling a 39-second lead on the 2nd place U21 rider and had by far my best stage result ever with a time that would have had me 5th in the Elite men’s category. The rest of the day I tried to ride smooth and just stay within my limits as to not toss away the lead. I ended day one with a 36-second lead in U21 and ranked 7th overall.

Day two I woke up again ecstatic to get the racing underway and pedaled up to the stages full of energy and just living the dream. I again rode smooth throughout the stages and ended up winning stages four, five, and six, with one stage left to go I had a 1:14 lead on the nearest competitor. Stage 7 was a rough stage so I played it on the safer side as to get down in one piece and secured my first EWS win with an overall time that would have placed me 13th in the pro men’s field.

I am coming away from this race with a lot of confidence knowing that I can ride with the best and really couldn’t be happier with how the week went! – Rhys Verner

Leah Maunsell

Coming into day two with a 9-second lead after the first day’s racing was great, but I knew it was going to be a tight battle right until the end. With a 50km loop and 1300m of climbing to tackle it was going to be a tough day in the saddle. I was delighted to be battling it out for the top step right until the last stage but missed out by 12 seconds. I could say that I’m a little disappointed, but how could you after a great week riding in Finale Ligure. Getting to finish off my season with some really tight racing and ending it on the beach with some gelato with your mates was amazing! – Leah Maunsell

“Kona is back in a big way…” Vital MTB’s Kona Process G2 First Impressions

“The biggest takeaway? Kona is back in a big way, and they’ve caught up to and even surpassed some modern bikes. These are now much more versatile steeds.”

Brandon Turman from Vital MTB made the trip to Squamish, BC for the recent launch of the redesigned Kona Process. After riding some of BC’s finest trails the new bikes definitely won him over. Look out for a full review in the near future, but in the mean time you can check out the full story over on Vital MTB.

“The bikes delivered rock slab after rock slab, steep pitch after steep pitch, and we came away unscathed and in control. Frame stiffness was superb as well.”

Hey Montana! The Kona Demo Tour is Coming Through!

The Kona Demo Tour is on the road with the new Process G2 in both 27.5 and 29, Hei Hei Trail, Rove NRB, and Remote. Wanna see when we’ll be in your neck of the woods? Head over to our Demo Tour Page.

This weekend we’ve got four demo dates in Montana: Whitefish, Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings. See the flyers below for details, and keep yourself up to date through the Events page on the Kona Facebook.




The Kona Process G2 is Here!

You’ve been waiting patiently, and we appreciate that. We’re proud to introduce the first major revision of our popular Process platform: the Process G2. The Process has a long history of dominating the descents, and with this new design, now has climbing manners more commonly attributed to shorter-travel bikes. No switches to flip, just pedal up efficiently, then smash the descent.



The Kona Process is synonymous with progression, and we haven’t been resting on our laurels. Process G2 represents an evolution of that game-changing platform, featuring an updated suspension design with superior pedaling performance, larger bearings for improved stiffness, and an all-new carbon or aluminum frame. Standover remains low, chainstays are short, and we increased the seatpost insertion depth so riders of all sizes can benefit from longer travel droppers. Did we mention it fits a water bottle? No? It fits a water bottle. Yeah, we did that. Because we love you.



An all-new carbon frame is at the heart of the Process G2 project. We used a vertically-oriented, trunnion-mounted metric shock to achieve the ride characteristics we desired while accommodating a water bottle inside the front triangle. As you’d expect, all Process bikes use bearings at all pivots, including big 20mm ID bearings at the main and rocker pivots and a new 3-piece locking pivot axle design.



The carbon frame features the same internal routing and cable access port introduced with our Hei Hei Trail platform, while aluminum frames use external routing. All models feature an aluminum chainstay for durability. We worked hard to improve the platform’s ride characteristics without sacrificing the durability and playfulness the Process has come to be known for.


Video – Kona Process G2: Development Story and Technical Details

Kona Product Manager Ian Schmitt dives into the development story and technical details of the Process G2:


Three Frames, Two Wheel Sizes, Seven New Process Models

With two materials and two wheel sizes spanning three distinct frame platforms, the Process G2 is a well-rounded range of aggressive trail bikes. The Process 153 27.5 and 29 share fit characteristics and frame geometry. The Process 165 is more focused on descending, but climbs surprisingly well for a long travel platform. Framesets are available in Process 153 27.5 carbon and aluminum, Process 153 29, and Process 165.

Process 153 27.5

Process 153 CR/DL 27.5

Process 153 CR 27.5

Process 153 AL/DL 27.5

Process 153 AL 27.5

Process 153 29

Process 153 AL/DL 29

Process 153 AL 29

Process 165 27.5

Process 165

The all new Process G2 is now available through your local Kona dealer or Kona Ride Online.

For all the details on the new Process, head over to Konaworld.com, and check out the in-depth technical details on the Innovation page.

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Video – Process G2: Sea to Sky with Rhys Verner

Kona pro team rider and Sea to Sky shredder Rhys Verner is a perfect match for the all new Process. Together, they climb efficiently and descend in harmony.

Check out the full photo gallery and story from our Sea to Sky shoot with Rhys and the Process G2.

Rhys Verner Rides the Kona Process G2 in British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Corridor

Kona pro team rider and Sea to Sky shredder Rhys Verner is a perfect match for the all new Process G2. Together, they climb efficiently and descend in harmony. The Process has a long history of dominating the descents, and with this new design, now has climbing manners more commonly attributed to shorter-travel bikes. No switches to flip, just pedal up efficiently, then smash the descent.

After you enjoy the video below, scroll down for a huge gallery of photos from Caleb Smith.

 

Rhys is riding the Process 153 CR/DL 27.5, one of seven all new models in the Process G2 lineup. With two materials and two wheel sizes spanning three distinct frame platforms, the Process G2 is a well-rounded range of aggressive trail and enduro bikes. The Process G2 is now available through your local Kona dealer or through Kona Ride Online.

For all the details on the new Process, head over to Konaworld.com, and check out the in-depth technical details on the Innovation page.

The Kona Demo Tour is Back on the Road with New 2018 Bikes!

The fall swing of the Kona Demo Tour gets started next week! Want to swing a leg over a new 2018 Kona, including the all-new Process G2, Remote, and Rove NRB?

Your first chance is this upcoming Wednesday, September 13th at Sun Mountain in Winthrop, Washington! Meet up with us at the Chickadee parking lot to swing your leg over a great selection of our 2018 models. For more info see the flyer below or hit up Methow Cycle Sport.

For further demo dates, check out our Demo Tour page as well as the Kona Facebook Events page.

Check Out the Kona Gravity Team’s Custom World Championships Operators!

Photos by Boris Beyer.

As has become tradition at this time of year, Kona Gravity Team manager Mathieu Dupelle has been working hard on custom graphics for Connor Fearon, Anthony Poulson, and Magnus Manson in anticipation of this weekend’s 2017 UCI Downhill World Championships.

The Operator frames that the Gravity team rides are the same frames that you can buy at your local shop or through Kona Ride Online – and we’re happy to announce that the new Operator models with trunnion-mounted metric shocks, revised leverage curves, and updated spec and graphics are now available for purchase

Head over to Konaworld.com to check out the new Operators, and peruse Connor, Anthony, and Magnus’ bikes below…

Connor Fearon – Team Australia

Anthony Poulson – Team Canada

Magnus Manson – Team Canada

Kona Rove ST… Now with Thru-Axles and More Tire Clearance

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 venerable steel Rove, further modernized…

Rove ST

Our venerable steel adventurer is back, offering that smooth steel ride and a great parts spec in a package with a whole lot of potential. This year the Rove ST gets flat mount disc brakes and thru-axles on its cromoly frame and fork, as well as more tire clearance at the chainstays to let you squeeze even more tire into it. Big ol’ gravel tires? Yep. High volume 650b conversion? Sure. The Rove ST keeps its wide-range SRAM Rival 1×11 drivetrain, and tubeless-ready wheels and tires. Where will the Rove ST take you? That’s up to your imagination.








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

More Kona MTB Hardtails with Big Updates

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. Today we bring you the a second wave of the freshly updated MTB Hardtail collection.

The Legendary Kona Ride

Kona’s heritage is in simple and capable mountain bikes. Names like Explosif, Cinder Cone, and Fire Mountain are instantly recognizable. Classic in name but modern everywhere else, Kona’s MTB Hardtails incorporate three decades’ experience honing the legendary “Kona Ride”.

With a sleek Honzo-esque aesthetic, improved standover clearance, and streamlined cable routing, the 2018 collection of Kona hardtails is our best yet. All the way from Lana’i to Lava Dome, Cinder Cone to Kahuna, these capable hardtails are the gateway to the Kona Ride.

Mohala

The Mohala is designed around our progressive geometry that is stable and confidence inspiring for those looking to push their riding skill further. Based around a 27.5-inch wheel known for its quick handling traits, the Mohala retains a good footprint that makes solid contact with the trail and boosts confidence. Spec’d with a RockShox fork, Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes, and a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, the Mohala is built like a Kona and is ready take leaps and bounds on the trail with you.







Lava Dome

Making bikes that are dependable, capable and built for everyday riding is what we are known for. Based on a renowned XC frame that is light, durable and fun, the Lava Dome, with its big 29-inch wheels, is just as capable on trails as it is bombing around banged-up streets. Consider this your SUV of the bicycle world.







Mahuna

The advantages of 29-inch wheels has been touted for years. They roll faster and have a larger contact patch with the trail, creating more traction and a more confident and fun ride. Add these traits to a dependable Kona hardtail, and you have a bike that will provide you with a lifetime of gritty grins: the Mahuna.






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