The Team

Announcing the Kona Ambassadors!

The time has finally arrived! After thoroughly combing through more than 650 applications from countries all around the world we’re excited to finally announce our Kona Ambassadors! We’ve hand-selected 35 people that embody the Kona spirit. They’re adventurers, die-hard cyclists, movers and shakers. They’re athletes, artists, advocates, and stewards of their local communities. They’re organizing rides, literally painting the town with color, pushing boundaries, bringing new people into the sport, and riding far and wide. They’re trail directors, scientists, teachers, stylists, chefs and more! We covered every base that we could to represent as many of you as possible. Their mission? Bring amazingly unique and creative content to you!

Please say hello to your 2019 Kona Ambassadors!

Alexander Kangas // Sweden

Alex Luise  // San Vitale, Italy

B’yauling Toni // Saskatoon, Canada

Barry McWilliams  // Berlin, Germany

Becky Gardner  // Salida, Colorado

Brooklyn Bell // Bellingham, Washington

Carlos Langelann // Barcelona, Spain

Clara Cendoya Ibanez // Madrid, Spain

Cole Pellerin // Saskatoon, Canada

Colt Fetters // Durango Colorado

Delia Massey // Issaquah, Washington

Erkki Punttila // Helsinki, Finland

Euan Camlin // Edinburgh, Scotland

Graham Beaumont // Cumbria, United Kingdom

Gretchen Leggitt // Bellingham, Washington

Josh Lowe // East Sussex, United Kingdom

Kate Meyer // Bend, Oregon

Kris Herstns // Sint Niklaas, Belgium

Leah Maunsell // Cork, Ireland

Lita Monaghan // Fircrest, Washington

Markus Zieher // Aalen, Germany

Molly Joyce // Flagstaff, Arizona

Molly Sugar // Portland, Oregon

Riley Seebeck // Issaquah, Washington

Ryan Gardner // Oakland, California

Ryan Lindsay Bartz // Always on the move!

Ryan McEvoy // Knoxville, Tennessee

Sandra Beaubien // Ottawa, Canada

Sebastian De Meris // Segny, France

Shae James // Bellingham, Washington

Simoni Medici // Montecchio Emilia, Italy

Stephen Pope // Middlebury, Vermont

Tim Wiggins // Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Trevor Browne // Montreal, Canada

Tudor Gillham // Cardiff, Wales

 

The ambassadors will be regular contributors to the Cog and our social media. Stay tuned for their work… coming soon!

Introducing the 2017 Kona Bikes Pro Teams

For 2017 the Kona pro team roster has expanded. As with years past we have two distinct teams in the Kona family, and in 2017 both of these teams have had their scope expanded to include a wider range of athletes and events. Our 2017 Team pages feature an interview with each rider with some serious and some not-so-serious questions, a gallery of images, and links to their media on the Cog blog.

Kona Endurance / Adventure Team

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The Kona Endurance and Adventure Team returns for 2017 ready to continue its global reputation for two-wheeled excellence. From gravel grinders to cyclocross, marathon adventures to pure, hard-core cross-country, and the ever-popular enduro, it’s all good, all of the time.

The 2017 Kona Endurance and Adventure Team brings incredible young talent to the races with Rhys Verner, Amira Mellor and Kerry Werner. Combined with the veteran squad of Spencer Paxson, Kris Sneddon, Cory Wallace, Barry Wicks, and Helen Wyman, the team is set to turn heads and nail down podiums around the world.

Meet the 2017 Kona Endurance / Adventure Team.

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Kona Gravity / Enduro Team

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For 2017 Kona is supporting athletes in both gravity and enduro disciplines. From the Enduro World Series to the Downhill World Cup to freeride, our riders are pushing the limits of the sport. Take three of Australia’s fastest downhillers, a quick junior downhiller, a big mountain specialist hailing from Canada, and four fast enduro riders stepping up from our Super Grassroots program, and you’ve got the makings of one of the world’s most exciting mountain bike teams.

With the podium contending skills of Connor Fearon, Josh Button, Tegan Molloy, and Anthony Poulson on the World Cup DH circuit, Graham Agassiz at Rampage and on the big screen, and Ryan Gardner, Scott Countryman and siblings Jonathan and Leah Maunsell holding down all things enduro, big things are happening with Kona’s Gravity and Enduro team in 2017.

Meet the 2017 Kona Gravity / Enduro Team.

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Helen reports from Koppenberg

helen descending in sand The past weekend wasn’t exactly my best weekend on the bike so I’ll get that bit out of the way first. At GP Twenty20 Cycles, Koppenberg, I took the lead, crashed with no help from anyone else, and the pain that followed held me back and I wasn’t able to perform at all. A very sad 8th place finish in my hometown race was a big disappointment but I’ll be back. So it was on to Zonhoven, a sandy classic in the East of Belgium. (more…)

Kona Does Crankworx Good – The Full Report

_g5y4533Andreu wins VW Best Trick, Bas takes 4th in Slopestyle, Joe Smith Shreds, Grassroots Cleans House

In the six years since it’s inception, Crankworx has become the biggest, wildest, most diverse mountain bike festival in the world. Multimedia shows to live music, outdoor demos to epic parties, and lest we not forget, every single kind of gravity fueled mountain bike competition you can think of: enduro straight through to women’s slopestyle.

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