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NSMB.com Reviews the Kona Wozo: “This bike was so much fun!”

Interested in reading an in-depth review of Bluto fork and fat bike tire setup as well as three riders’ experiences on the Wozo on dirt and snow? NSMB.com has just published their three-rider review of the Wozo, and they’ve done a great job of encapsulating the Wozo experience during an unusually cold North Shore winter.

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“With some mostly clear trails, I upped the pressure in the tires a few pumps to resist roll over and hit dirt with much more consistent results. It’s actually crazy how far a mere mortal – such as myself – can lean over the Wozo without actually laying it in the dirt. Even in flat corners. Even at slow speeds. Uphill on steep and tight switchbacks! Wheelbase is not an issue when you tip the bike over at a 45 degree angle.” – Andrew Major

“I loved carving lines in snow banks to the side of trails, going through trees off- piste (on top of snow so I was not damaging forest floors) like I was tree-boarding. It was great fun when snow turned to dirt and I was hound-dogging friends on trails ranging from intermediate flowy to advanced gnarly Shore tech.” – Trevor Hansen

Rider: Cam McRae |  Location: Mt Seymour | Bike: Kono Wozo

“There isn’t too much for me to add except to say that the Wozo is a surprisingly fun bike on dirt and snow. Anywhere except perhaps pavement actually. I would even recommend it to friends considering adding a hardtail to their collection – independent of snowy climes. The big tires, with their correspondingly large cushion and grip, encourage aggressive riding, and the geometry and fork play along nicely.” – Cam McRae

Read the full review at NSMB.com.

Rider: Cam McRae |  Location: Mt Seymour | Bike: Kono Wozo

Photos by Dave Smith.

Bicycling Magazine Reviews the Kona Private Jake: “More than a cyclocross bike…”

Bicycling Magazine has just published their review of our versatile and capable Private Jake. Just as we hoped it would, the Private Jake’s character as more than just a ‘cross bike shone through, and reviewer Hannah Weinberger found herself well beyond the race course with the bike.

“At $1,999, with the given spec, the Kona Private Jake is a decidedly affordable bike — especially if you aren’t planning to buy other bikes to supplement it. It’s capable and confidence-inspiring in techy terrain, and incredibly dependable between the course tape.”

“The Private Jake makes easy work of mountain bike trails, road rides, gravel paths, commutes, and (naturally) ‘cross courses. It took pushing the bike to the edge of what it can reasonably be expected to tackle to even see it flinch.”

Read the full review at Bicycling.

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7,500 km Aboard the Kona Sutra LTD – “An amazing all-purpose adventure bike…”

Which bike would you choose for 7,500 km of bike touring, both supported and fully loaded, through Australia and New Zealand? For Micah Markson at Riding Feels Good and TDA Global Cycling, the Sutra LTD was that ticket. And after all that time on the powder blue beauty, he’s still as stoked as he was on day one.

When I got the call to ride for three months across Australia and New Zealand, I of course jumped at the opportunity, but also immediately started pondering a new bike. I’ve written before on how to choose a touring bike, but this time I’m going to write about the bike that I actually chose – the 2016 Kona Sutra LTD.

Read the full review at Riding Feels Good.

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Bike Mag Bible Video Review of the 2017 Kona Hei Hei Trail DL – “One of the most fun bikes I’ve ever ridden…”

Bike Mag has just published their 2017 Bible of Bike Tests review of our 140mm, 27.5″ wheel Hei Hei Trail DL, including the always-informative three-way debate. Both Mike Ferrentino and Brice Minnigh were taken with the Hei Hei Trail’s capabilities, to the point that Mike doesn’t want to give us the bike back.

“Testers spent their time arguing over who would get to ride it next. For backcountry fiends or for trail riders looking for snap and acceleration first and foremost, this is your bike.” – Bike Mag

“I’d buy it in a heartbeat – it’s one of the most fun bikes I’ve ever ridden. Are you listening Kona? Gimme that bike.” – Mike Ferrentino

Scroll down for a few detail photos from the review, or click here to read the PDF.

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Kona Process 134 DL “An Obvious Winner” on Pinkbike’s “5 Trail Bikes Ridden and Rated”

Pitted against bikes that cost two-to-three times as much in Pinkbike‘s recent article, our Process 134 DL comes out “an obvious winner” for riders who like their trail rides on the descending side of the spectrum or maybe even with a side of chunk and a bit of airtime.

“There’s an obvious winner when it comes to trail rides that include any type of challenging descending: the Kona 134 DL, of course. She ain’t light, which is partly due to the 134 DL’s price point, but I’d rather have a chunky bike with sublime handling than a lighter weight one that has me on my tippy toes anytime things get serious. Sure, the black Kona isn’t made out of carbon fiber – although they’re likely working on a version that is – but it simply doesn’t matter how much a bike weighs or what it’s made out of when it’s this much fun to ride.” – Pinkbike

Read the full story at Pinkbike.

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Bicycling Magazine’s Online and Video Review of the Kona Roadhouse –  “A bike that will make you want to go out of your way to explore new roads…”

“Surrounded by zippier, carbon-fiber test bikes, I found myself choosing the Roadhouse again and again for its smooth ride, comfortable pedaling position, sense of indestructibility, and chameleonic personality.”

We had already posted a PDF version of Caitlin Giddings’ print review of our 2016 Roadhouse, but the web review adds a short video overview. Read the full review and watch the video at Bicycling.

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Bikepacking.com’s Long Term Review of the Big Honzo: “Outstandingly comfortable and capable.”

Skyler des Roches over at Bikepacking.com has been riding our Big Honzo for several months now, getting into development projects such as Porcelain Rocket’s Albert seat pack for dropper posts and taking the bike on a number of backcountry bikepacking trips.

This week he published his long term review of the Big Honzo. Skyler went in-depth on the geometry of the Big Honzo, praising its capabilities as a 27.5+ mountain bike first, noting its plus-tire-specific geometry, and concluding that these traits lend themselves well to his style of unsupported, off-road bike travel.

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“The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL are throwbacks to the go-anywhere recreational bikes from the dawn of mountain biking. It’s a bike with no racing niche. This being 2016, you need just a mountain bike with smart, progressive geometry that will make the most of your abilities and let you ride.”

“Kona has done well at the balancing act between making a bike that people will love, and hitting a price point. Besides, the Big Honzo’s precise and intuitive handling, and its powerful riding position, make it far greater than the sum of its parts.”

Scroll down for a few more photos below, and head over to Bikepacking.com for a whole pile of great photos and words.

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10,000 Kilometres on the Kona Private Jake with Wiggle’s Tim Wiggins

“With ten thousand kilometres on its wheels, the Kona Private Jake has proven to be one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden.”

This really does go above and beyond – a great testament to the versatility of our Jake series of cyclocross bikes. It doesn’t take 10,000 km to get to know the character of a bike. In fact, most bike reviewers would be content to put 1,000 km on a bike before writing it up. So, when Wiggle‘s Tim Wiggins chose to spend nine months doing all sorts of riding on our Private Jake, it says something.

Over those nine months, Tim has ridden the Private Jake for big single day efforts, long distance commuting with all the fun detours, and some impressive on-road bikepacking feats.

“There are some bikes that are useful, practical, and reliable; they perform faultlessly, and get the job done. There are some bikes that are loud, interesting, and bold; they draw comments from other riders, and make you feel like a fighter pilot when you’re riding them. There are some bikes that just make you smile; they feel perfect, and your ride feels like a ‘state of flow’. For me, the Kona Private Jake has ticked all of the above boxes.”

The Jake series has long been our workhorse, the bike riders choose to ride day in and day out, on the cross course or, as you can see with Tim’s experience, almost anything else you can imagine. Dig in on Tim’s writing on the Private Jake at the following links:

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Tim Wiggins on 9 months and 10,000 km with the Private Jake

1,900 km in 12 days on the Coasts and Cols tour

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Kona Ti Honzo Reviewed in Singletrack Magazine: “You’ll be giggling for hours…”

Singletrack Magazine has just published their review of the Ti Honzo on the web. Here are a few excerpts:

“Lovely titanium tubes… incredibly easy to get airborne… an incredible bike to ride downhill… you’ll be giggling for hours…”

Peruse a few photos below, read the full review on Singletrack HERE, and check out Singletrack’s subscription options HERE.

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Launching in Squamish with Mountain Bike Action

Mountain Bike Action‘s December issue features coverage from our product launch this summer in Squamish, BC. Brandon Castelli joined us at the launch, and did a great job of covering both the context and the new bikes.

“Heading into 2017, Kona combined its enthusiasm for building bicycles with modern components and input from its highly talented athletes to create its best lineup of bikes to date.”

Read the full story in high res PDF here, and subscribe to MBA here.

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Bicycle Times Reviews the Kona Wo: “As fat bikes continue to evolve, so too does the Wo…”

Bicycle Times has reviewed the Wo in their November 2016 issue. Writer Adam Newman was particularly impressed by the Wo’s massive tire clearance and its sliding dropouts:

“With the sliding dropouts and massive clearance, you should be able to fit any fat bike tire and wheel combo in here.

The sliding dropouts are a great feature, not only because they let you tune the ride as you’d like, but they can save your sandwich if you get into a pickle by letting you set it up as a singlespeed.”

Read the Bicycle Times Wo review in full size PDF here, and check out Bicycle Times’ subscription options here.

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BikeRadar on the Kona Operator DL – “Hugely competent and confidence inspiring…”

BikeRadar‘s Jon Woodhouse joined us at Retallack Lodge for our Operator launch. His takeaway?

“The new Operator is a bundle of fun, with the new rear suspension curve being particularly praiseworthy. Wind it up to speed and it’s hugely competent and confidence inspiring, with a change of direction that belies such a long travel machine.”

Read more at BikeRadar.

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