Roadhouse

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.

Winterized: Part 1

Let’s face it. If you live north of the equator there’s a decent chance you’re stuck in this weather phenomenon we call, “winter.” Perhaps you’re a skier or snowboarder and have hung up your rubber shoes in favor of wooden plans. More power to you. But, for those of you who just can’t quit your bike, we feel you. We feel you because we still have sensation in our fingers from years of trial and error of keeping our bodies somewhat temperate in cold(er), nasty weather. In fact, we have so much wonderful advice for you that we’re launching a series of posts called Winterized. Winterized features tips from Kona employees, partner and pro riders on how to best survive the winter. So grab a cup of your favorite toddy, throw another log on the fire, and soak in the advice. We’ve suffered so you don’t have to.

Name: Kevin Rutherford
Kona gig: Canada Sales/Small Parts
Bike of choice: Process
How Kevin gets Winterized:

Fall/winter is my favourite time to ride! I generally ride my Process all year long, regardless of weather and I run Minions year round.

The key riding gear I find is:

  • Warm, semi-lined base layers
  • Moto/DH/long legged pants to keep my legs clean, and avoid the mud ‘tan lines’
  • RaceFace Agent jacket
  • Bag for wet gear after the ride. Anything from a garbage bag to a dry-bag to keep the slop contained and the car dry

A couple dream gear additions would be:

  • 5×5 pop-up canopy for changing underneath
  • Mini pressure washer, either battery or cigarette-lighter powered

Name: Pat White
Kona gig: Long-time Product Manager and floral verbiage connoisseur
Bike of choice: Roadhouse and Hei Hei AL
How Pat gets Winterized:

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Microfleece helmet liners
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Booze
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Name: Molly Joyce
Kona gig: Inside sales support,
Bike of choice: Honzo
How Molly gets Winterized:

  • Best Drink: Thermos with hot Skratch Green tea electrolyte mix.
  • Snack: 100% pure Maple Syrup – the electrolytes and low glycemic sugars give you a more steady boost of energy and it just tastes like the holidays. Untapped has them in shot size packets, or if you are more wary of lots of trash, then a hip flask with maple syrup in it – just make sure you refrigerate it after your ride so it doesn’t go bad.
  • Mucky Nuts fenders.
  • A vest (Troy Lee Design, Giant, Pearl Izumi etc)– keep the core warm for sure!
  • A bandana wrapped around your neck – great for keeping you warm but more importantly for protecting your face on the bitter cold descents, and blowing all those runny boogers out.
  • Hand warmers: again, a good trick for warming up your hands if your fingers are frozen.
  • Studded tires! Mob around the trails or your frozen streets with nobby, studded tires! The most fun commuting around. Schwalbe Marathon Winters and the Ice Spiker are all rad.

Name: Kevin Thornton
Kona gig: Graphics
Bike of choice: Whichever one has fenders
How Kevin gets Winterized:

Just like everyone else, I’ve tried every type of clothing, layering, combination possible and nothing stops the rain from getting me wet. But there is one thing I swear by…gore-tex socks that I wear inside my shoes. Not the boot things that go over the shoes…those are a hassle. In my experience…dry feet = warm feet = nothing else matters.

That’s it for round one of Winterized. Stay tuned to the Cog over the coming weeks for more cold weather riding tips!

 

Kona Dream Builds: A Very Sweet Roadhouse from Belmar Bike Shop

A bike as rad as the Roadhouse deserves a bit of custom flair, and that’s just what Belmar Bike Shop in New Jersey has done with Alex’s bike. The Roadhouse already stands out from the crowd with its clear-over-raw finish and brass brazing on the Reynolds 853 steel frame, and yet they’ve managed to turn it into something even more striking. Here’s the story from Kyle at Belmar:

Back in September we got a call from Alex to see if we had the new 2017 Kona Roadhouse that had just come out. We hit it off right away due to our mutual lust for this bike. The bike had not become available yet so instead he came by just to meet us and check out the shop and the other Konas we have here. We talked him into taking our Sutra LTD demo bike out for the day to see what that big tire bruiser is all about. After putting back 30 miles on the Sutra he was hooked on Kona no matter what.

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That ride confirmed that although Kona is a known as a mountain bike company they really know what they are doing when it comes to their drop bar offerings – but Alex did not waver on his desire for the Roadhouse and nothing else. He stared me in the eye and shook my hand as hard as he could and said that as soon as the Roadhouse becomes available to call him for the order. That is normally great but it turned out this bike was even more limited than we knew and already had more customers who felt as strongly as Alex than the amount bikes Kona had coming in.

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By five months later I had assumed the math didn’t add up in our favor and the Roadhouses were all gone until next year. When Jordan at Kona called us in the middle of January I figured it was just to check in and see how things were going as he does every few weeks. This time he had unexpected news. Alex’s bike was in. Good thing I didn’t follow up with Alex to tell him I thought the bike wasn’t gonna happen!

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When I called Alex was shocked. The call came at just the right time, because with spring right around the corner he started to look around to see if there was a different bike out there that tickled his fancy. Looking for something similar just confirmed what he already knew: the Roadhouse is a very unique, very special bike and could not easily be substituted.

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Now that the dream bike existed and we finally had it en route he wanted to go the extra mile and make it a very classy affair. He wanted some accents that would make the bike pop. We went right for the solid brass Sim Works fenders and the same final touch I do to all of my own bikes, honey Brooks saddle and tape. Perfect.

Getting this thing together was a longer process than normal but it ultimately fell together like it was meant to be. We are very thankful to have such patient customers who love the same rad bikes we do.

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Follow along with Belmar’s great custom builds on Instagram! And if you’ve got a custom Kona you’d like to share, hit us up on the #KonaDreamBuilds tag on Instagram or send us an email at dreambuilds@konaworld.com.

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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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Dew Files London: How Bikes Make Cities Cool #2

His name is Dew. Dr. Dew. In this episode our vagabond traveler has made his way to London with a few friends and a handful of Kona’s Steel Road bikes to further investigate how bikes make cities cool. From the coffee shop to the bike superhighway, Dew explores the British capital with hopes that he might catch sight of agent 007.

Dew and his crew of urban adventurers chose bikes from our Steel Road lineup for their time in London: the Roadhouse, Penthouse, and Paddy Wagon. Lively and durable, Kona started with steel bikes back in 1988 and this heritage is engrained in the Steel Road line. Take one for a spin, and you’ll quickly realize that all the talk about how “steel is real” is more than just talk.

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Road Bike Action Reviews the 2016 Kona Roadhouse – “Steel is real, and Kona makes it worth it.”

Road Bike Action has published a review of our Roadhouse in their September 2016 issue. The Reynolds 853 steel frame paired with a modern road spec caught their attention:

“Kona’s Roadhouse is the perfect example of technological integration with the classic look and characteristics of steel.”

“It was obvious this was a bike meant to be ridden, but when we say that, we’re referring to it as a do-it-all drop-bar bike. Not all roads are built or maintained the same, but the Roadhouse doesn’t care as it confidently and comfortably took us wherever we desired.”

To read the full review in pdf, click any of the images below or click here, and get a digital subscription here.

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