Welcome back to Winterized, the series of winter tips from Kona employees and athletes aimed at helping you survive cold, harsh winter rides. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the warmth of the indoors while considering these tips for your next frozen ride!
Name: Oliver Bartoli
Kona gig: Inside sales and warranty for France
Bike of choice: Rove ST
How Oliver gets Winterized:
I live in France close to Geneva ( Switzerland) at the bottom of the Jura mountain. We have proper winter, without being Alaskan ones, but cold temperatures and snowfall are regular.
I mainly ride my gravel bike ( a 2015 Rove ST), as it permits to spend a short time (less than 2 hours) outside, having good fun and also having good fitness. For the tires, I’m still struggling to find the right ones.
Some little tips: warm tea, not too much infused, is good to replace cold water in the water bottle.
For the riding gear, I favor flexibility and ability to move than warmth as my rides are short. I use some Gore winter stopper socks which are quite good to keep your feet warm or at least not frozen. I also use Shimano all mountain shoes. These shoes have thick material on the front, so you do not feel too much the cold air.
The rest of my kit is quite usual ( base layer – Kona ones are great!-, winter jersey + good jacket, winter pant)
Name: Emmanuelle Zucchi
Kona gig: Sales: Switzerland
Bike of choice: Kona Process 153
How Emmanuelle gets Winterized:
My winter tips are:
- Waterproof socks,
- long bibs,
- 1 Thermo layer
- 1 Jersey (no more, it’s always better to let our bodies breathe)
- 1 waterproof jacket (just in case of blizzard and snow)
- Beanie, winter gloves and goggles (no fancy glasses) are mandatory.
Here we have a good variety of terrain, so tires and setups are kind of a sensible topic.
Some riders prefer to change them in relation to the conditions.. I prefer to use almost the same set up: Front Maxxis DHF 2.5 3c; Rear Maxxis DHR II 2.3 3c
Best riding snacks for my personal experience are CLIF BAR.
Name: Graham Agassiz
Kona gig: Kona freerider and team legend
Bike of choice: Kona Operator
How Aggy gets Winterized:
My winter bike of choice is my 2014 Operator, equipped with 26″ 2.35 EXO Maxxis Beaver’s that are laced with sheet metal screws. Surprisingly this tire set up is still lighter than running normal 3C DH tires, and the with the studded tires the icier the better.
As for riding gear, I’ll use my Dakine Descent shorts, Dakine Mayhem knee pads and wrapped around my Giro shoes I run Gore Tex gators that keep any snow from getting inside the shoes.
As for a quick bike set up, a couple turns of the rebounds to help speed things up for when it’s cold.
Name: Justin Clements
Kona gig: Product Group Manager
Bike of choice: Splice-E
How Justin gets Winterized: