If there’s one thing we know, it’s how much Kona fans LOVE their steel hardtails. We think steel is awesome too and we’re pretty psyched about or 2020 steel hardtail lineup. Killer colors and features meet up with your favorite adventure-ready bikes.
The Unit has garnered a cult following among serious bikepackers. The love for fully-rigid steel is real. Still made with Reynolds Chromoly, the 2020 Unit is getting a facelift and a shiny new set of 29” boost wheels with thru-axles to help conquer rougher terrain. We’ve spec’d the Unit as a single-speed but its full-length freehub body allows for gears and the dropout has a derailleur hanger, should you want to modify your setup. Updated geometry provides better handling and a more comfortable ride, so you can get lost on those backwoods adventures!
There’s no way around it. We love the Shonky. Whether hitting Dirt jumps, pumptracks or ripping slalom tracks, the Shonky is pure fun. Bombproof construction, sliding dropouts, long top tubes, and a tapered headtube make the Shonky the king of the dirt. Yeah, yeah, we know. 26 ain’t dead…
The Big Honzo ST is the result of all of our favorite options coming together in a single bike. It’s steel, so it feels amazing. It has adjustable dropouts, so you can run a front derailleur or even as a single speed. It comes set up as 27.5+ but can run a 29” wheel. It’s got boost spacing for extra stiffness and control. It’s got an SX/NX Eagle drivetrain, so it climbs with ease. It’s the hardtail that gives you all of the options for customization but is also ready to rip right out of the box.
The one that started it all: the almighty steel Honzo. Low-slung. Long reach. Tight rear end. Unmistakably Honzo. What we did with the original steel Honzo has trickled into the DNA of almost every Kona bike since – which is a nice tip of the hat to the material we first started making bikes with. We sell the Honzo ST as a frame only so you can build your own dream ride.
Deciding which Kona is our favorite is like picking your favorite child. Everyone has one, but we don’t really speak about it. Hint, hint…we love the Honzo ST. We’ve built the bike to be gearless and fearless with modular dropouts, so you can go full custom, or run it as we spec it, with a 120mm RockShox Revelation RC fork, SRAM NX 1×11 speed drivetrain, and SRAM Level T brakes.