Libre DL

Go Deluxe! The Rove NRB DL and Libre DL Are Here!

We’ve got some hot bikes to announce this week and we’re starting off with the stunning Libre DL and the badass Rove NRB DL. Both bikes are coming equipped with Shimano’s new GRX groupset, which is geared towards the gravel market.

Libre DL

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The 2020 Libre DL moves to 650b wheels and a 2x Shimano GRX 800 drivetrain, providing a broader gear range for a wider variety of terrain. The Kona Race Light Carbon frame is mounted with an Easton carbon bar, Race Face carbon seatpost, Easton EA70 AX wheels and a Kona Verso Carbon touring fork providing a light and fast ride. Numerous mounts for water bottles and frame bags give you the ability to be more self-sufficient and travel further than ever before. Similar to last year’s Libre, this bike features one of our gorgeous prism paint jobs that changes colors depending on the angle of the light.

Rove NRB DL

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Rove NRB DL represents the light and fast mentality of a long-distance rider. We’ve spec’d this bike with a high-end, yet affordable Shimano GRX 600 drivetrain and 105 hubs. The NRB DL also features our new full carbon flat mount disc fork with three-pack cage mounts, which is perfect for touring and long days in the saddle. Big tire clearance, custom dropouts that are fender-compatible, and hydraulic disc brakes make the Rove NRB DL a unique bike that is ready for anything.

CX Magazine Reviews the Libre DL

Cyclocross Magazine has been cruising around gravel roads, singletrack, and pavement aboard the 2019 Libre DL for the past couple of months. The verdict?

“If you are looking for a gravel bike that has a slant toward the off-road adventure, the Libre DL has plenty of flare and deserves a look. The Libre DL with 700x wheels is light and nimble, with great geometry to keep the bike stable should you strap a load to all the lashing points on the bike.”
– Clifford Lee, CX Magazine

You can read the full review over on the CX Magazine Website.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Bike World Spain Publish Kona Gravel Bike Round UP From Madeira

Bike World magazine from Spain has just published their round-up of our 2019 gravel and multi-surface bikes from our European launch in Madeira. Bike World took to this Portuguese paradise on board Libre‘s, Rove NRB’s and on Sutra LTD models and it seems they were as impressed with bikes as they were with the terrain on offer. Journalist Jorge Talus was more than taken with the Libre’s comfort, its finish, and the attention to detail in the build.

“Definitivamente esta bici nos enamoró por su versatilidad de uso, comodidad, buenos acabados (todo el cableado es interno) y el silencio durante la marcha incluso en las situaciones más extremas de terreno roto y suelto.” 

If you can read Spanish (or are a dab hand at google translate), you can check out the full write up as a high res PDF here.

Madere en gravel (avec Kona) direction Porto Santo.

Veloroute has posted their second piece on riding the Libre in Madeira – specifically Porto Santo island.

“Pour notre deuxième jour en terre portugaise, nous avons mis le cap sur l’île Porto Santo. Porto Santo c’est le lieu de villégiature des habitants de l’Ile de Madère. Les lieux seraient calmes et les plages merveilleuses. A la manière de l’apôtre Thomas, nous sommes partis vérifier ces dires.”

You can check out the full story here.

 

Road.CC Features the Libre DL in Their Drop Bar Review

Road.CC has featured the Libre DL as a top contender in 1x drop bar bikes. Have you tossed out the extra chainrings? What do you love about 1X?

“With its carbon fibre frame, 45mm tyres and massive selection of gear mounting points, Kona’s new Libre platform is billed as “the ultimate adventure machine’ and for once it looks like that hype is justified. Sensibly, Kona have gone for hubs with SRAM’s XD freehub body, allowing a ten-tooth smallest sprocket so the 40-tooth chainring still provides a decent high gear, and it’ll still be reasonable if you decide to fit a 36-tooth ring for hauling gear. There plenty of rack and mudguard mounts, four bottle mounts, a top-tube bag mount and Salsa-style three-bolt rack mounts on the fork legs.” –Road.cc

Check out the full report here.

The All-New Kona Libre Has Arrived

One Bike, All Surfaces
Good things come to those who wait. If road biking were to dream up a version of itself that was capable of not only smashing distance on pavement, but also excel at actual trail riding, it would fall in love with the Libre. A combination of the Sutra and Rove bikes, we put versatility at the top of the priority list. Light and fast are the motto with carbon frames, wheel size interchangeability, and two specs that are aimed to perform. No matter the distance or terrain, the libre is the answer.

Want to check out the Libre in action? Head over to our brand new stories section on KonaWorld.com and follow 24hr Solo World Solo 24 MTB Champ Cory Wallace in his first ever Dirty Kanza 200mile gravel race.

Libre DL
The Libre DL is the ultimate adventure machine. Our Race Light Carbon frame, new Kona Verso Carbon Touring fork, Easton EA70AX wheels, and SRAM Force 1 components make this thing a rocket ship on any kind of hill. And by any hill, we mean that: gravel grind, monster singletrack climb, or a weekend haul over a mountain pass. The Libre DL knows no limits.

Libre
The Libre is the result of years of dreaming up the ultimate carbon dream machine. It’s part road bike, part mountain bike, part gravel grinder, and entirely badass. A Shimano 105 2×11 drivetrain ensures maximum gear range, while WTB 650b tubeless ready wheels provide ample clearance for your favorite tires. Our new Kona Verso Carbon Touring fork is one of the only carbon forks on the market that allows for multiple rack and fender mounting options.