Roadhouse

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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