Westfir, OR and Driggs, Idaho are the next stops for the 2018 Kona Demo tour!
Can’t wait to ride a Kona in your town? Check the full tour schedule for more details.
“The Satori is a bombproof bike to get you in and out of just about anything you find. It has the composure to charge confidently into the “somewhat unknown” without worry.”
–Daniel Sapp, Pinkbike.com
Daniel Sapp reviewed the Satori on his home trails of Brevard, NC. Sapp says he put the Satori through it’s paces riding in conditions varying from dry and loose to pouring rain, roots, rocks, and multi-use trails with ruts and wear to more XC style trails and everything in between. For the full review click the link below.
Markus Ziegler und Uli Brucker die für das Kona Factory/Bike Ranch Team aus Schonach starten hatten am Wochenende ihre Feuertaufe. Die beiden Mountainbiker starteten beim Schwarzwälder Tälercup in Haussach in die neue Rennsaison. Die Herren-Fahrer gingen zusammen mit den Senioren auf die Strecke, die vier Mal umrundet werden musste. Entgegen bisheriger Erfahrungen auf dieser Strecke konnte sich Ziegler am Start gut behaupten. Die erste Runde hielt er sich zurück, um nicht in der hektischen Startrunde in einen Sturz hineingezogen zu werden. Danach begann er mit der Aufholjagd und arbeitete sich Position um Position nach vorne. Bald waren alle besser aufgestellten Seniorenfahrer eingeholt und es entwickelte sich eine “Herrenspitze”. Allerdings war der Führende bereits in weiter Ferne. Markus schob sich auf Position zwei und gab alles, um diese zu halten. Die Strecke forderte sowohl technisch als auch konditionell alles ab. Ziegler verteidigte seine Platzierung souverän und beende das Rennen nach 43:29 Minuten auf dem zweiten Platz. Uli Brucker der dreifache dt. Meister fuhr ebenfalls ein super Rennen. Er nutzte seinen Heimvorteil und konnte seine Stärken ausspielen. Er kam kurz hinter seinem Teamkollegen Markus Ziegler ins Ziel und dies bedeutete für ihn den Sieg bei den Senioren. “Das war ein tolles Wochenende für unser Team, gleich zweimal Podium. Wir bereiten uns auf die Marathonsaison vor und da nutzen wir solche kurze härteren Rennen um Tempohärte zu entwickeln, außerdem sind wir, wie die meisten Profis im World Cup, auf leichte vollgefederte Rennbikes aus Carbon umgestiegen. Aufwendige Tests des internationalen Teams unseres Sponsors ergaben bessere Werte im Bereich Ermüdung und Lactatbildung auf langen Strecken, sowie Traktion Berg auf und Geschwindigkeit und Sicherheit Berg ab. Die Erfolge am Wochenende bestärken uns in unserer Entscheidung und ich bin gespannt auf die Saison.“ Team Chef Schnürle
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A few weeks ago Pinkbike posted this video of product manager Paddy White discussing the evolution of Kona’s bikes and the methodology behind a lot of the older models. Yesterday they released part 2 of the series. This time, product manager Ian Schmitt jumps to some of the later models and gets into detail behind their development and design.
Recently our friends at Pinkbike stopped by our Ferndale, Washington headquarters to talk to a couple of our product managers about the evolution of Kona’s bikes over the past 30 years. First up is long-time Kona PM Paddy White, who’s had a hand in some of our most notable bikes.
It’s Valentine’s Day. For lots of people that means romance, fancy meals, and way too many heart-themed things.
At Kona, we also want to share the love of our favorite bikes with you. So from the bottom of our sappy little hearts, this is an ode to the bikes we are currently loving the most.
Happy Valentines Day to you and your bikes, from all of us at Kona!
With 2.8 inch wide Rekons from Maxxis, wide bars and a dropper post, it was clear that the Big Honzo was made for big fun. Built around the 6061 aluminum frame, this bike is as tough as it is a good time.
Dirt Rag have just posted up their First Impressions of our their latest review bike, a Kona Big Honzo DL. Its a brief look at this do-it-all fun loving machine and you can check out their initial thoughts here. The full review will be dropping in issue 203 of Dirt Rag due out Early February
Remember that feeling of freedom when you were a kid on your bike? Your little world expanded from your driveway to your street to your entire neighborhood. If you were curious enough to explore off-road you probably had adventures skidding through the fallen leaves, smashing through puddles, and jumping whatever was in your path. If you’re like us, you still do all of this on all of your current rides too. At Kona, we want to help your kids find their freedom in the woods. Our 2018 kids’ bikes ensure the groms are riding bikes that are as tough as they are and built with quality in mind. All kids bikes are spec’d with single ring drivetrains and suspension bikes feature an adjustable air spring fork. Max gets the exploring thing. Check out his quest to find his freedom in the woods aboard the Kona Shred 24.
This just in, Spencer Paxson set out to climb over 10,000 metres in a day on the longest day of the year. Check out his Instagram stories while they’re live for the next few hours, and read on below for his report on this year’s Epic Rides Triple Crown…
Words by Spencer Paxson.
Yes, I still own a skin suit! Amidst all of our backcountry adventuring, we members of the Kona Endurance Team have also been busy doing some good old fashioned bicycle racing. Last Sunday saw the conclusion of the 2017 Epic Rides Off Road Series in Carson City, Nevada. The three-race series began in late-April through the cactus of Prescott, Arizona, the slick rock of Grand Junction, Colorado in mid-May, and wrapped up under the hot blue skies of the the Sierra Nevadas.
I can speak from experience that within the realm of endurance mountain biking, the Epic Rides Series has come to be the most distinguished race series in North America, attracting the entire tribe of top-ranked endurance racers this side of the Atlantic (and in some cases a few Europeans, too), all vying for a piece of the prestige and $100,000 prize. This year I managed to log consistent efforts and earn 5th overall in the series.
A podium finish eluded me this season, and snagging a top-5 overall admittedly had more to do with luck. I finished 9th in Carson City, and was a subpar 14th in the other two events. Going into Carson City, a few riders in the top-10 were unable to contest the final event due to injuries, and there were some mechanicals in Sunday’s marathon that shifted things around even more. Not exactly how you want to earn your marks, but then again, consistency and luck are a reality of the sport.
While the racing is serious, one of the greatest things about the Epic Rides Series is that it proves how well-done events go far beyond the racing itself. Each event consists of a 3-day festival atmosphere where beginners, seasoned amateurs, and the world’s fastest pros come together to enjoy mountain bike culture, live music and world class singletrack. A pro fat-tire crit kicks things off on Friday night (it’s all about putting on a show!), followed by great music and beer gardens Friday and Saturday nights. Amateurs race on Saturday morning, and the pros race on Sunday. Over a thousand racers partake in the events, and thousands more come to watch and experience the weekend.
Each stop of the Epic Rides Series places a rewarding spotlight on its host communities, helping to promote community health, outdoor recreation and making a real boost to the local economy. As the Executive Director of the Carson City Visitors Bureau was quoted in the Nevada Appeal, “Epic Rides is more than just a good fit in Carson City. It has made an impact in our rebranding and we are seeing a dynamic change.” According to the Carson City Visitors Bureau, Carson City’s revenue in tourism increased 64 percent over the last four years, from $12.3 million to $20 million.
Out for food on Friday night, we noticed that several new restaurants and other businesses had opened up in Carson City since the first event in 2016 thickened their circle on the map. Significant buy-in from sponsors and host cities provides the largest cash purse in endurance mountain biking (split equally for men & women) along with a strong media platform. That in turn attracts major industry players and their top professional riders to participate in a world class set of events.
The momentum is unquestionable, and the series plans to expand in 2018 and beyond. Meanwhile, Todd Sadow, President and visionary of Epic Rides, looks to support groups within the host communities to build and maintain trails of the Off-Road series. The fundraising goal in 2017 is $30,000, and 100 percent of the funds will go to repairing, maintaining, and expanding existing trail systems — evenly split between the host cities.
It is a great series to be a part of – as an elite-level racer, as a member of the mountain bike tribe at large, and as someone who appreciates the value of a healthy, local community.
Needless to say, I’m stoked to come back for an even bigger and better series in 2018!
In the meantime…time to head into the mountains. Stay tuned for the next installment of the Kona Adventure Team’s “Cooldown Adventure”…somewhere in the mountains above Lake Tahoe…
Okay I have a confession, I hadn’t organised a Ti Kona for this weeks #TiTuesdaysWithKona. Luckily though, the good folk at Kona dealer Sellwood Cycles in Portland already had one for me to “borrow” from their blog. They posted up this sweet build last week and I figured it would be rude not to re-post it here on the Cog.
If you haven’t had the joy of riding a Kona Esatto Ti yet, you should. Or guy Matt rides his nearly every day, and for good reason: it’s SO smooth. The Esatto Ti is one Kona‘s first disc brake road-specific offerings, and though it’s been out for a couple years now it’s like most Kona “road bikes”: it’s a do everything kind of ride that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Kona did a good thing with the Esatto, but making a titanium version of the bike really sends it over the fence.
The Esatto Ti comes standard with a 12×142 rear thruaxle and a Kona Carbon Race Disc fork. Clearly a solid foundation for any bike worth getting rad on.
Matt built his frame up around a Shimano Ultegra 6800 group (compact cranks, and an 11-32 cassette). The wheelset are handbuilt 28t DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to Stans Grail rims all wrapped in Specialized Roubaix tubeless tires that measure out to 33.3 (yes, “.3” because “every little bit counts” so says Matt). He’s also running the Shimano Road hydraulic disc brakes which, other than the fact his front brake probably needs to be bled, provide ample stopping power.
Some of the other creature comforts you can’t possibly miss is the FULL-SIZE frame pump (Matt’s particularly proud of it…) and titanium bottle cages.
Lastly this bike is topped off with a Bontrager saddle, Bontrager XXX seatpost, and Bontrager Iso-zone bars with EXTRA padding under the bar tape. It’s like riding a pillow! A PILLOW I SAY!
This is a solid build that we’re stoked to see in the shop nearly every day. Been thinking about pulling the trigger on a fly new bit of Titanium to add to your stable? You should come talk to Matt about it, he’ll help convince you it’s a darn good idea.
Eric over at Dirt Rag magazine has put together a collection of eight sub US$3000 bikes for their Choice Cuts group test and they have included our 2016 Hei Hei Trail. We are pretty stoked to see it in the mix and can’t wait to see how it goes. They have posted their first impressions up on the site now, head here to check them out.