DTolnai_KonaPreceptDL_NSMB_KazYamamura-1From NSMB: Huh. I picked up the Kona, and I don’t hate it. It actually looks like a pretty nice little bike. The frame seems like something meant for a higher dollar bike. Aggressively formed tubes. Beefy pivots. Tidy cable routing. Even a spot for an internally routed dropper post.

The parts spec hides a few little nuggets, as well. The tires are far from the worst thing I’ve seen as an OEM spec. The rear derailleur is an SLX, albeit a clutchless one. The bar doesn’t have a terrible bend to it. Shimano hubs. Even lock on grips. Not bad, Mr. Product Manager. Read more