This Vital MTB Honzo ESD review has been a long time coming, we just may have sent them the wrong size bike initially and lost a bit of time sourcing them a new one, then a snapped brake lever in the early days of testing slowed things down in this crazy parts-shortage world we now live in. But the 4-star review is finally here and we are stoked with what Vital MTB had to say after really putting this bike through it paces. They clearly “get” the Honzo ESD and what this hardcore hardtail is truly capable of. 2022 Honzo ESD‘s are arriving in stores now but selling fast, so get a wiggle on!

It will surprise a lot of people with how capable it is, not only down, but also up. The long slack geometry and the 150mm Marzocchi Z1 had us forgetting we were on a hardtail, until the climbs. Kona’s Honzo ESD is the perfect transition for the hardtail curious and will keep riders cackling all the way down the trail.

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