Hei Hei DL Named Editor’s Choice by Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine has named the Kona Hei Hei DL a 2017 Editor’s Choice bike.

“Bellingham-based Kona has a reputation for being a brand that always forges its own path, particularly when it comes to the spectrum of riding that a bike of a given amount of rear travel is capable of. Case in point, the Hei Hei DL…Really, this is a bike that lets you get away with far more than a 100mm travel bike really should, and that makes it stand out as one of the most competent – and fun – bikes of 2017.” 

-Wil Barrett, Technical Editor


Be sure to read the full recap of why the changes made to the Hei Hei Trail DL earned the bike a top pick. 

VitalMTB Loves the Process 153 CR DL!

“The updated Process 153 CR/DL puts itself squarely among the best all-mountain and enduro bikes at a competitive price.”

– Joel Harwood, VitalMTB reviewer 


VitalMTB have had the Process 153 CR DL for a few months and have been putting it through some serious paces in the mountain biking motherland of Squamish, BC. In other words, they’ve been punishing it on some of the most challengingly awesome trails out there. We’re thrilled that they loved the bike, claiming it is a huge improvement over the original Process (which they also loved). They appreciated the durability of the bike, the thoughtful spec, and the updated geometry of the G2 over the original process.

Check out the very in-depth review here.

Dirt Rag Post Their Big Honzo DL First Impressions “It was clear that the Big Honzo was made for big fun”

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

Bike Mag Names Process 153 SE a Best Value!

Bike Magazine recently posted about the best-valued bikes under $2500, and the Kona Process 153 SE was named the top pick in the long travel category! Writer Jonathan Weber states, “What Kona has done here, presumably, is taken some leftover Process 153 frames and outfitted them with an entourage of affordable components…the Process frame geometry was far ahead of its time when it came out, so even its previous iteration seems contemporary.”

Check out the article here!

Roadhouse Review: Steel Loving You! (French)

Our friends over at Velo de Route just posted a review of the Roadhouse.

Offering true, energetic sensations without being a weapon of mass destruction, this Kona will make you happy …

“Kona sort souvent des sentiers battus. Nous connaissons bien leurs vélos alternatifs, nous vous en avons souvent parlé. Mais il ne faut pas cantonner la marque canadienne uniquement à ce segment. Dans sa gamme «route», il figure des vélos classiques en carbone et des vélos orientés endurance. Parmi eux, nous avons retenu le Roadhouse, un modèle séduisant sur de nombreux aspects.”

You can read the full review here.

Valuing Bikes 20 Years Apart

It’s not uncommon to look at modern-day mountain bikes and scratch your head thinking, ‘these things are expensive.’ The fact is bikes aren’t inexpensive to make, and therefore aren’t always inexpensive for the consumer to purchase either. At Kona, one of the pillars of our brand is creating bikes that last, which gives you, the consumer, better bang for your buck. We believe in longevity and believe that sets us apart from other brands.

The folks over at Ride.IO recently compared two Lava Domes 2o years apart in age and technology. Their results are interesting. Are bikes getting more expensive? Perhaps, but a good bike’s value is worth far more than its dollar value. Check out the full piece on their test and comparison. You might be surprised by the results. Gives the Sutra a First Ride spent time aboard the Kona Sutra LTD and discovered the real reason this bike is so special. “I think this is a bike you can have fun on. To romanticise a little, perhaps it’s a bike that goes to the roots of what biking can be, put together by people who aren’t trying to make something that “makes sense”, but something that they want to ride and use themselves,” writes Benedict Pfender.

Check out the rest of their impressions here.

“Always up for a trail party…”’s Long Term Review of the Kona Operator DL has just published their long term review of our Operator DL after joining us at our Retallack launch of the new 27.5″ platform last year. After nearly a year with the bike including lots of time at Whistler Mountain Bike Park, reviewer Tim Coleman was impressed by the Operator’s durability and fun factor.

“The Operator felt stiff in every direction, which works well with my riding style. I think all these choices by Kona fit the design philosophy and geometry of the Operator. All the decisions are middle of road, nothing extreme in any one direction. All pointed cohesively towards one goal; a fun and accessible downhill bike that most folks can go out and enjoy.”

Read the full review at

Dirt Rag Reviews the Kona Hei Hei Trail DL: “This bike has all day epic adventure written all over it.”

Karl Rosengarth from Dirt Rag is normally in charge of Dirt Rag’s beer reviews, but for this special occasion was granted the task of reviewing a Hei Hei Trail for his friends at Kona. Here’s a taste of Karl’s experience with the bike:

“The Hei Hei Trail DL is a great all-arounder that pedals like a rockstar and has enough swag to bail you out when the going gets rough.”

“The Hei Hei Trail leaped over logs with the greatest of ease and snapped through tight singletrack with a dexterity that was totally instinctive.”

Head over to Dirt Rag to read the full review.

Peloton Magazine says “the Kona Rove NRB defies expectations…”

“What do you do if you’re given an open-ended brief to make whatever drop-bar bike you want? If you’re a Kona Bikes’ product manager, you embrace your company’s quirky Pacific Northwest, off-beaten-path spirit and go for broke.”

Bryan Yates from Peloton Magazine joined us at our drop bar launch in Squamish a few weeks back, and got a chance to ride our new Rove NRB DL. We must agree that the Rove NRB defies expectations!

Read on at Peloton.

Three Kona Bikes on Bike Magazine’s 10 Best Hardtails Under $2000

If there has ever been an accolade for our MTB Hardtail and Honzo ranges, this is it: three bikes in a list of 10, with great notes from Bike Magazine on the value of Kona’s trail-ready, yet affordable mountain bikes.

“Another Kona? Yeah. Another. Three Konas made this 10-bike list because they’re smartly specced values and have modern geometry. We scoured the internet looking for an alternative from another brand that could top the Big Honzo at the $1,700 price point, but couldn’t find anything. So here it is, another killer Kona.”

All of these bikes are in stock now and available to order through your local dealer or Kona Ride Online. Read on at Bike Mag!

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Dirt Rag’s Ode the Honzo CR Trail: “Long, Low and Slack. It Works.”

Dirt Rag‘s Scott Williams has finished testing the Honzo CR Trail DL and it seems he gets it “Long, low and slack. It works. “ From the component spec to the frame details to the ride characteristics, Scott absolutely loved the Honzo CR Trail.

“There have only been two bikes that I immediately felt at home on, my personal bike being one of them and now this Honzo CR Trail DL.”

Read Scott’s complete review at Dirt Rag or right here as a PDF. 20170406-Kona_Honzo_CR-11