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Bicycling Mag Loves the Hei Hei CR DL

“It can be difficult to find an impressive bike to race on, but trying to find a bike that’s built for racing and handily capable of much more is a grander task—the Kona Hei Hei CR DL is a solution to this search. -Gabriel Lodge, Bicycling

Bicycling Magazine recently took the Hei Hei CR DL out for a spin to test its capabilities on the warm, humid trails of Bentonville, Arkansas. Writer Gabriel Lodge enjoyed the Hei Hei’s innate ability to climb with ease while being pleasantly surprised at how it handled downhill sections- including a jump line he wasn’t intending to hit.

Check out the full review here.

Ready to buy a Hei Hei? Visit your local dealer today or check konaworld.com for purchasing options in your area.

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.

Pinkbike Reviews The Satori DL

“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.

Pinkbike Satori Review

 

 

Need Help Choosing a Kona? MBR is Here to Help!

 

The folks at MBR UK have created a super comprehensive guide to help buyers choose a Kona. Hardtail? XC bike? Trail? Gravity? There are a lot to choose from and picking the one bike you need can be overwhelming. Their advice is to think about the kind of riding you do and pick a bike that best suits the majority of your riding. If you live in a fairly flat area but go to the bike park once a year, it’s probably wise to buy something that is good at pedaling. Fortunately, there are a lot of Konas that can be ridden in a wide variety of terrain.

Check out the MBR UK article to get a good idea of what bikes you should consider.

Bikepacking.com Review the Sutra

“‘The Kona Sutra LTD is a drop-bar bike “designed by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers.’ As simple as that statement may sound, the result is one of the most versatile, category-shattering rigs in the mainstream bike market.” – Logan Watts, Bikepacking.com

Recently the riders from Backpacking.com spent a few months aboard the Sutra LTD. Riders and writers Logan Watts and Ryan Sigsbey weigh in on just what makes the Sutra so unique, from it’s tire clearance, frame thickness and overall geometry. From pavement to gravel to singletrack the bike was tested around Pisgah’s dark winding forests. The net result? Watts ended up buying a Sutra LTD, and we think that’s as good of a review as we could ever hope for.

Check out their very thorough review here.

 

Road CC Love the Kona Rove DL

Recently, the team at Road CC spent some time aboard the Kona Rove DL. They just posted this super in-depth look into the bike and breaks down the full frame spec, and overall ride of the bike. Their verdict? “Virtually all of the competition can be had for less money, but do you know what? I’d still happily pay the small premium for the Rove DL. It’s a complete package and I’d know every time I go out for a gravel blast on it or negotiate a commute in tricky weather conditions I’d have a little smug grin on my face.”

You can read the full review here.

Get a Grip!

Bike Magazine recently touted the Key Grip in their “Fresh Produce” section on their website saying, “The new Key Grips come in a myriad of colors to match your bike… and the rubber compound is slightly tacky, but not uncomfortably reminiscent of a dive-bar floor.” We think that’s a pretty good mix of grip and hygiene, and are really happy with the compound. Check out the complete blurb here, and be sure to pick up your favorite set of Key Grips from our webstore!

 

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.