Kona Satori

Kona Dream Builds: Mikey’s Not Quite a Process Satori

We haven’t seen a whole bunch of Satori Dream Builds, mostly because we don’t sell the Satori as a frame only, but as Mikey Spear from Halcyon Bike worked out, the base model is essentially a blank canvas and his build is one serious work of art.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I was so torn on which way to go when I started this years bike build.  My riding is split between my hardtail on local trails and a full suspension mainly used for all day Appalachian excursions.  I wanted the shred of the Process but with the climbing characteristics of the Hei Hei.  It was in the middle of my months long internal struggle on which way to go that the Satori was released and I knew right away that was the bike for me.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Knowing I wanted to build it my way but with no frameset option I opted to buy the base level Satori complete bike and stripped it down to the frame.  Starting with the suspension I called up one of my buddies at Cane Creek and got a Helm Air fork, DB Air CS rear shock, and a 40 series headset.  I left the fork at its stock 150mm for just a little more party.  Next I moved to the wheels,  Continuing the made in the USA theme I laced up a set of Velocity Blunt SS rims to Industry Nine Classic hubs with DT Swiss Competition spokes.  I wrapped the wheels in Schwalbe Hans Damp 2.35 rubber. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The drivetrain is a little bit of a Sram Eagle hodgepodge.  GX shifter, XO rear derailleur, XO cassette, and XX crankset.  Sram Guide RSC brakes handle the stopping with a 180mm rotor in front and a 160mm rotor in back. I had the Race Face Kash Money Atlas bar laying around just begging to go on something for the past year so I figured now was its time to shine.  The Industry Nine A35 is on clamping duty and a sweet SDG Duster saddle sits on top of a Rockshox reverb to round out the cockpit.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Mountain Bike Action reviews Satori DL “Rips around the trails like a Porsche on an open highway.”

“Kona built the Satori with a sporty feel that rips around the trails like a Porsche on an open highway.” – Mountain Bike Action 

Mountain Bike Action have been riding the all-new Satori DL for a few months now and they have just posted their review live online at MBAction.com. MBA gave the Satori DL props for its climbing, descending as well as its build.

“We don’t want to call this an entry-level bike, as that wouldn’t do justice to its overall performance. Plus, its cost is slightly above the beginner level. That said, intermediate to advanced riders will find the Satori DL is an excellent mid-travel 29er that won’t require refinancing your mortgage. We give Kona’s all-new Satori DL a big thumb up.”

You can check out the full review on MBAction.com here and you can check out the new Satori bikes here.

Kona Dream Builds: Garry’s Satori DL

Garry has a history with Kona and a history with the Satori, when he heard that we were planning on bringing back the model he knew he had to get his hands on one.

Seven years ago he bought the first edition of the Satori, it was on this bike that he completed the 2012 BC Bike Race, a proper bucket list event and a week that Garry will never forget. The bike had a good race career back in Ireland afterwards in local enduro events before being placed aside.

“I remember the bike as a great all-rounder with a suspension set-up that was ideal for Irish riding conditions. I have lots of memories wrapped up in the Satori and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new one.”

Garry has customized his Satori DL with the same component mix as on many of his previous Kona builds.

The cockpit consists of Kona bars clamped by a Hope Stem paired with the trusty Hope headset to keep out the Irish weather. Ergon grips and saddle complete the contact points along with CrankBrothers Mallet E pedals. The drivetrain is SRAM Eagle 1 x 12 turned by Hope Cranks on a Hope BB.

There’s a CrankBrothers Highline dropper post held in place by a Hope seatclamp.

An RRP front mudguard keeps the worst of the dirt off and he’s tweaked the fork performance with an MRP Ramp Control cartridge.

Braking is done via by Hope tech 3 levers biting on Hope floating rotors. Wheels are Reynolds Black Label rims on i9 Hubs. Maxxis Minion Semi Slick rear tyre and DHF 2.3 front filled with Orange Seal sealant.