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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

Dirt Rag Magazine on the Hei Hei Trail “The Hei Hei Trail Proved Me Wrong”

“Bucking the slacker-lower-plusher trend, Kona produced a nimble, efficient and pedaly trail bike that’s versatile enough to handle the full spectrum of conditions”

Karl Rosengarth of Dirt Rag has just published his review of our Hei Hei Trail DL in their 199th issue. Karl’s review seems to echo what other press have said about this bike and that it is just one super fun, sprightly all round mountain bike that can handle the climbs with aplomb as well as the descents “This could be one of the best plain-old mountain bikes going.”

Spoiler Alert: Karl LOVED the Hei Hei Trail DL.

“From my very first ride, I felt in sync with the nimble handling that the short chainstays and not-too-slack head angle combined to produce.

“The geometry and cockpit felt totally dialed in, and I wouldn’t (and didn’t) change a thing.”

“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.”

We’ve just posted a PDF of the full review as a PDF here (or you can click the below image)

“A playful, smooth ride at a reasonable price” – VeloNews on the Kona Wheelhouse

VeloNews has featured the Reynolds 853 Wheelhouse in their recent Buyer’s Guide. The Wheelhouse’s steel frame and disc brakes stand out on a road bike, making it a unique choice with the unmistakable Kona ride.

“Riding the Wheelhouse is just plain fun. The steel frame is an anachronism amid all the carbon bikes in this Buyer’s Guide, but that’s okay. It offers a playful, smooth ride at a reasonable price.”

Read the full writeup at VeloNews.

Vital MTB Reviews the Kona Operator DL: “Park Friendly, World Cup Approved”

Vital MTB has just published a very thorough and positive review of our Operator DL.

“Whether you spend $3,200 on the baseline model or $7,500 on their highest end build, you still get a durable, well-thought-out machine with good geometry, a solid suspension platform, all in a mega-stout package that should take a beating for many seasons to come.”

“Kona’s updated Operator DL is a solid downhill bike with a build that strikes a nice balance between performance and budget.”

Read the full review at Vital MTB!

Factory Jackson is in awe of the Honzo CR Trail: “The Kona really has encouraged me to ride…”

Andrew Dodd from Factory Jackson has recently published an excellent long term review of our Honzo CR Trail. The Honzo inspired him to get out in sloppy conditions all winter and helped him to push his riding skills – exactly what we were hoping by sending over a long term tester.

“Unlike many hard tails that can feel a bit nervous when the going gets treacherous, the Kona Honzo CR Trail actually has more in common with the way you might ride a jump bike on a section of single track. It’s stiff and really inspiring to ride.”

“Overall – I bloody love this bike. You might have already guessed that.”

Without any doubt, Doddy is impressed! Read his complete long term review at Factory Jackson!

Dirt Mountain Bike’s 27.5 Kona Operator Long Term Review: “We totally love it…”

Dirt Mountain Bike has just posted their long term review of Operator. With notes on the history of our race-ready downhill machine, Ieuan Williams gets into just what our lineup of DH shredders is capable of.

“The RockShox Kage rear shock together with the suspension system is a real gem of a pairing – smooth, supple over harsh high frequency terrain but also has a progressive curve to help deal with big hits without blowing through the travel. We totally love it.”

“We rate this bike highly and the ride characteristic offers superb traction together with a silent ride.”

Read the full review at Dirt Mountain Bike!

Mountain Bike Action Hei Hei Trail “The Hei Hei Trail is one Seriously Fun Bike to Rip.”

Mountain Bike Action has recently reviewed the Hei Hei Trail in their May issue and we have the full review right here on the Cog.

“If there is any bike that will put a smile on your face when ripping down the mountain, the Hei Hei Trail is it. Almost every bit of singletrack had our test riders searching for bonus lines or hips to push the Hei Hei off.”

Click here or on the image below to read the full review in high res PDF.

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“Reasonably priced and unreasonably fun” – Big Honzo Wins a Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

The Kona Big Honzo DL has won a Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice award! Bicycling revealed their 2017 Mountain Bike Editors’ Choice Winners at Sea Otter this past week and the Big Honzo – “reasonably priced and unreasonably fun” – made the list.

“If you want to shred trails—without the expense, additional complexity, and service requirements of full suspension—this Kona is reasonably priced and unreasonably fun.”

Read the full writeup at Bicycling.

Dirt Magazine Raves About the Kona Process 111 in the 2017 Dirt 100

“Take a test ride and you’ll taste the magic.” That’s what Dirt Magazine has to say about the Process 111 as featured in their annual roundup of the best products in mountain biking.

In the video below you can watch Leuan Williams absolutely shredding the Process 111 on home turf. Leuan joined us at our Retallack launch last year and went home with his very own Kona Humu frame after being nominated for the MVP award there.

“This is a bike that featured in the 2014 Dirt 100 (the year that 29ers really started taking hold for us) and had a winning formula from day one. Now Kona have slackened the head angle to 67.5 degrees and added length to the (already long) top tube, creating a more up-to-date layout than before.”

Check out the video, and read the full review with glam shots over on the 2017 Dirt 100.

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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