- Lightweight Kona Race Light Scandium butted MTB race frame
- New tapered headtube/steer tube for increased stiffness, strength and better handling
- Hydroformed tubing for stronger, lighter, faster frame
- Asymmetrical chainstays are lighter, stronger and stiffer
- One-piece, lightweight magnesium rocker
- Cold forged dropouts, swing arms, yokes, shock mount and pivots
- Cartridge bearing / bushing pivots are used for optimum weight and performance
- Fox Float RP23 lightweight air suspension rear shock for new 100mm rear wheel travel
- Fox Float 32 F29-RL 100mm travel fork
It's the ultimate Unimog, jet-pack tractor of the dual suspension mountain bike world. There's no place this bike can't roll. A boost valve RP23 rear Fox shock with 100mm of travel, tapered headtube, 15mm thru-axle front hub, and Easton wheelset means racier, stiffer, and light as a feather. Ride it all young beast, now there's no excuse.
|Frame sizes||16", 18", 19", 20", 22"|
|Frame tubing||Kona Race Light Scandium Butted, 4" Travel w/Mag Rockers|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float RP23 (7.25 x 1.75)|
|Fork||Fox 32 F29 100-RL TA 100mm w/15mm Dropouts, Tapered Steerer|
|Crankarms||Shimano SLX (14-16=170, 17-22=175mm)|
|Pedals||Shimano M520 Clipless|
|Freewheel||Shimano Deore (11-34, 9spd)|
|R/D||Shimano XT Shadow|
|Handlebar||Kona Energy Bar (31.8mm x 680mm=16-18" / 710mm=19" +)|
|Stem||Kona XC/BC (6°± ; 16=90, 18-20=105,21=120mm)|
|Grips||Kona Race Light|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX Disc 7" fr / 6" rr|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX Disc|
|Front hub||Easton XC2 Wheelset|
|Rear hub||Easton XC2 Wheelset|
|Spokes||Easton XC2 Wheelset|
|Tires||Maxxis Aspen 26 x 2.1 Kevlar|
|Rims||Easton XC2 Wheelset|
|Saddle||WTB Rocket V Comp|
|Seat clamp||Kona Clamp Primo|
|GEOMETRY LEGEND:||RC = Chainstay Length||BBH = Bottom Bracket Height|
|FC = Front To Center||SO = Standover|
|TTH = Top Tube Length||WB = Wheelbase||HT = Head Tube Length|
|STA = Seat Tube Angle||FL = Fork Length||BBS = Bottom Bracket Size|
|HTA = Head Tube Angle||OF = Fork Offset||FD = Front Derailleur Clamp Size||Note: All Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice|
It's one of our favorites.
Over the past 10 years Kona has invested heavily in Scandium technology. Known to be one of the lightest and strongest metals in the world, with superior riding characteristics, it's no surprise we use Scandium throughout our entire line of bicycles.
Scandium is a potent grain refiner that, when added to aluminum alloys, elevates the strength and durability of the material by 50%. It accomplishes this by aligning the grains of the alloy, making the metal less susceptible to failure.
First used by the Russians in Cold War missile fins and Mig fighter jets, it's Scandium's strength and durability that makes it so attractive a material when it comes to building bicycles.
Scandium alloy is twice as strong as 6061 or 7005 aluminum, allowing our engineers to use much less material. In turn, the ride characteristics are similar to steel. And we love the compliancy and overall feel of steel. Not to mention, we're shaving weight from our aluminum frames by 10-to-15% .
For 2010 you'll find Scandium throughout our entire line of bikes. Most notably, our Cadabra 100-160mm variable travel backcountry bike uses a Scandium frame, a testament to our commitment and faith in one of the world's most rigorous materials.
- Light as titanium
- More durable than carbon
- Half the weight of steel
- Five times stronger than aluminum
- Fast as light
- Lifetime warranty
Hydroformed tubing is a forming technology that uses a liquid to form the shape of a tube and align its grain structure. At Kona we use hydroformed tubing on a variety of our bicycles. Quite simply, the technology delivers on sound structure and ride performance like no other tubing in the world. The process results in a seamless, continuous, aligned piece of metal-right down to the fiber structure itself.
Hydroforming proves especially advantageous at weld points where it can be flared to increase weld areas, essentially, adding strength without adding weight. The result is a strong, flawless frame with great lateral stability, durability and responsiveness.
Kona Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage System
Since Kona first introduced the platform in 1996, we've been refining and honing the most functional, durable and performance-oriented dual suspension platforms ever invented. That's why you see versions of our 4-Bar linkage on everything from the Hei Hei XC Race bike to our DH Stab Supreme.
Function and Durability
Anytime you have a pivot in anything, there is side-to-side movement, or tolerance. It's what allows the pivot to move freely. When you have pivots that are close together, like in more complicated multi-pivot designs, the side-to-side movement in those pivots becomes amplified, what's called tolerance stacking. Kona's 4-Bar system keeps pivots as far away from each other as possible, thus minimizing tolerance stacking. Ultimately, it equates a stiffer rear end, as well a significant decrease in bearing and bushing wear.
Another benefit of our 4-Bar system is minimized side load on the rear shock. If you've got close pivot points and/or the shock positioned so that it is exposed to lateral forces, you've got side load on the shock. Side load causes resistance, which negatively impacts suspension performance. Side load also causes premature seal failures.
With our 4-Bar system the rear shock is protected from side-to-side forces. As a result, we have a super low rate of shock problems, as well as a very responsive feel to the rear suspension.
4-Bar allows for a rainbow of different suspension characteristics, after all, this is the suspension platform used for F1 racecars. For XC bikes, we can take an inherently progressive air shock and make the suspension more linear, allowing the rider to benefit from all of the bike's travel. For downhill bikes, like our Stab, an inherently linear coil shock can be set-up to be more progressive for big hits.
Void of gimmicks, with pivots, bearings and the shock itself well supported, Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage System delivers that beautiful, super plush feel we all crave as mountain bikers. Whether it's taking the edge of a technical XC race course, the burl out of a backcountry all-day epic, or smoothing the brake bumps at your local bike park, our 4-Bar suspension designs deliver bomber plushness, ride in, ride out.
Sloping Top Tube
As the pioneer of sloping top tubes in mountain bike frame design, we've since stayed true to all the many positives this design technology brings to the trail.
First, it allows the top tube to be longer, providing more room for correct positioning and free body movement. Second, it also allows for more standover clearance, critical on dual suspension bikes due to a higher bottom bracket. Vertically, the frame is more compliant, allowing it to absorb more shock than frames with horizontal top tubes. It also puts the rider in a more secure position for downhill sections of trail.
29er refers to the wheel size of the bicycle. In this case, the wheels are 29-inches in diameter. "Standard" wheel sizes on mountain bikes are typically 26-inches. There is much debate as to which standard is better, but with all the positives and negatives considered, we find it comes down to preference.
The positives, however, for the right rider in the right scenario, are significant. Bigger wheels mean more rollabilty over technical terrain. They also supply more centrifugal force-once a 29er bike is rolling down the trail, you'll notice the speed, stability and momentum of the bike are significantly increased.
Benefits of the Big Wheel:
- Rolls over obstacles easier-thanks to simple physics, 29" wheels skip over bumps better than 26" wheels, offering a smoother, faster ride, especially on broken ground
- Stability-bigger wheels have higher pivots, meaning that a rider is "deeper" in the bike, requiring more force to pitch the rider forward, over the bars
- Longer wheel contact-bigger wheels enable tire tread to stay in contact with the ground more than a 26" wheel, improving cornering and float
- Superior momentum-rollability, stability and longer wheel contact all add up to speed. Speed is good.
Magnesium is the perfect metal for use in applications where stiffness and weight are crucial. At Kona, many of our rear suspension rocker plates are made of magnesium for improved suspension performance, efficiency and low weight.
Unbeknownst to most of us, when we torque on the pedals, not only are we propelling the bike forward, we're also pulling the rear wheel over to the drivetrain side of the bicycle. It is the one element of bike design that's not in perfect balance.
Asymmetrical stays help to stiffen the rear end. The drive-side stay is straight, while the non-drive takes advantage of no chain rings and chain, incorporating a better structure to improve rear end stiffness. By putting strength where it is needed, pedaling stiffness is greatly increased.
Tapered Head Tube
You'll notice many of Kona's Backcountry and Out-of-Bounds bikes, like our Dawgs and CoilAirs, now come with a tapered head tube: 1 1/8-inches at the top, 1.5-inches at the bottom. For bikes using suspension forks, especially longer travel models, a tapered head tube provides more support at the intersection of the top tube and down tube. In short, more diameter equates to a stronger weld surface.
In addition, more girth at the bottom of the head tube better distributes shock force, prolonging headset bearing life. Thanks to a bigger bearing where most of the stress is located, the design also allows for a stronger steering position, improving balance and giving the rider more control in rough terrain.
Of course you don't just want to hear about how great we think our bikes are. Get unbiased opinions, and read about our bikes in the real world, as magazine editors, writers and gear reviewers run our wares through the ringer. Below is an up-to-date listing of all current web and print reviews.
Abra Cadabra review on Singletracks.com It’s unlike any other suspension set-up you’ve ridden - it’s like magic!
Abra Cadabra review in Ciclismo (IT) Dura prova quella della Abra Cadabra. L'abbiamo messa sotto torchio nella gara di SuperEnduro di Finale Ligure e si è rivelata una bici molto equilibrata e divertente. Ideale per il biker tecnico ed esigente
Abra Cadabra review in bike magazine It works well, especially on climbs
Abra Cadabra review in GQ UK The Abra Cadabra is a super neat way to get two bikes in one
Abra Cadabra review in Singletrack Magazine It's well worth a play and perhaps someday, all bikes will end up like this.
Abra Cadabra review in Dirt Rag Magazine ....the Abra Cadabra was a joy to ride....comes alive as your speed increases...gobbles up rough and flowy sections of trail with equal prowess....I'd certainly be happy with this bike in my quiver.
AfricaBike review on Treehugger.com The Kona AfricaBikes are specifically designed to be light-weight, unbelievably durable, and easy to maintain. Basically, the bikes are built to go wherever needed, including off-road through dirt, rocks and mud.
Band Wagon review on bikemonkey.com Deluxe! That's the Cadillac of bikes, young man!"
Cadabra review in Tutto MTB (IT) un'ottima trail bike a lunga escursione, con un leggero telaio in lega allo scandio e una sospensione posteriore efficiente, una delle migliori per i Single track goduriosi !
Cadabra review in Velo News Buyers guide The result is capable climbing and supple, bottomless descending
Cadabra review in Mountain Biking UK Impressive spec and weight for the money
Cinder Cone review in The Bicycle Buyer We loved the smooth welds on the front end of the frame making it look much more expensive than the actual price tag, very classy. We also loved the simple bold graphics and colours which co-ordinated well with the component parts. The Kona is also the only bike we tested available in 1" increment sizes, allowing a more precise fit. A flawless ride, no surprises good or bad, what you see is what you get.
CoilAir review in Bike magazine The CoilAir is exceptionally stable and the suspension, damn near bottomless. Nice. If you're looking to tackle seriously big and punishing terrain that requires some honest pedaling to the top, the CoilAir delivers...and then some.
CoilAir Deluxe review in Velo News Buyers guide The result is capable climbing and supple, bottomless descending
Dew Deluxe review in The Bicycle Buyer The ultimate flat bar commuter bike for discerning dedicated cyclists
Dew Drop review in Cycling Plus Smart looking, mountain bike-inspired and built to be bombproof
Dew FS review on bikecarson.com The upright riding position is comfortable on your back and neck, and you have great visibility of traffic and other things that are going on around you.
Dr Fine review on velotaf.com (FR) Le cadre est vif et joueur. Le poste de pilotage, vraiment très haut d'origine, accentue presque excessivement cette vivacité.
Haole review on road.cc The Haole is a very well thought out bike,with a cracking frame, good wheels and a high level groupset backed up by sensible finishing kit
Haole in Cycling Plus Bike of the Year test The compact frame and small rear triangle keeping everything very tight and under control. It's also sharp going up hills and surefooted descending. Another of the pleasant surprises in this years test, and another reason to give steel a try
Hei Hei 100 review in Mountain Biker Magazine A truly lightweight racer that performs well and provides loads of fun on the trails during climbing as well as descending
Hei Hei 100 review in Velo News Buyers guide An XC race bike that can also act as a solid all-arounder
Hei Hei 100 review in bike magazine The four-bar linkage was efficient yet active on climbs and supple on descents
Hei Hei 100 review on singletrack.com An excellent bike overall. It felt stiff, fast and predictable and is easily handled on all terrain.
Hei Hei 29 review on BikeWorks of Lake Stevens Personally I think this is Kona's best offering yet in the 29'r category.
Hei Hei 29 review on bikemag.com I've flogged the hell out of this bike, on trails that have a reputation for ruining machines, it is still running like a top.
Hei Hei 29 review on singletracks.com With lightweight, hydroformed scandium tubing, race-ready geometry, and a solid XC component mix, this bike will let you rocket down the trail for hours on end.
Jake the Snake review on bikehugger.com I have to say it was a good step up over similar setups I’ve ridden.
Jake the Snake review in the Bicycle Buyer Jake the Snake is the Bicycle Buyer's Choice for Best All Round Cyclocross Bike
Kahuna review in Bike & Trekking magazine Even los, de Kahuna is en dijk van een fiets. Degelijk, origeneel en met de moiste kleur.
Major Jake review in VeloNews The bike is competitive against the new carbon 'crosser
Major One review in Stuff Magazine It's beautifully made
One 20 review in Bike Magazine France le Kona One 20 est le vélo idéal pour une majorité de vététistes avides d'évasion et d'amusement.
One20 Deluxe review on singletrack.com It has great pickup on small chatter, and likewise the big hits disappear. It's very plush in general.
Paddy Wagon review in Cycling Weekly UK Why not ride a fast, efficient bike that looks absolutely brilliant? And that's just what Kona has given us.
Stinky Deluxe review in bike magazine Perhaps most importantly, it will last
Stuff review in Mountain Biking UK The Kona is the Ideal Bike for Doing Stuff You Want
Sutra review on Outside online I grew so attached to my green Kona Sutra... that when I had to break her up and ship her home I almost cried at the thought of a five day separation.
Sutra review on gearjunkie.com Want a bike that’s good at doing a little bit of everything? The 2010 Kona Sutra might be your ride
Ute review in Momentum The long wheelbase of the Kona UTE allows for a lot more carrying capacity.
Ute review in Bicycle Times Of all the bikes I've tested in my tenure...no bike has attracted as much attention as the Ute
Ute review on bicycletimesmag.com No bike has attracted as much attention as the Ute
Ute review on fortworthology.com Kona's crammed all this functionality and down-to-Earth coolness into a remarkably affordable package
Africa Bike review in Cycle Commuter. This is a machine designed to take some serious abuse and it's really sturdy
Africa Bike review in the Seattle Times The bike rolls comfortably on long cruises, and is nimble enough for the stop-and-go of the city
Africa Bike review on road.cc A classic, and a bargain, every home should have one
Africa Bike - rower.com (polish) Africa bike – rower z przeslaniem. Africą możesz dojeżdżać zarówno do pracy jak i po zakupy. Świetnie nadaje się do jazdy w mieście
Bass review on whistlermountainbike.com The Bass was super fun to ride, with the short chain stays it showed us new lines on trails that we hadn't seen before.
Bass review in BIGBIKE Le velo excelle par sa tolerance et sa facilite sur les sauts, ideal pour les lignes rapides et engagees en bike park.
Bass review in Singletrack Magazine The Bass proved itself to be a very versatile bike
Bass review in Mountain Biking UK £1000 gets you a lot of bike that will thrash the dirt jumps and stand up to slopestyle.
Blast Deluxe review in MBR Magazine ...Inspires plenty of confidence when letting it all hang out...a sprightly-feeling ride.
Caldera review in Blue Ridge Outdoors ...About as light as you'll find for this price
Coilair Deluxe review in Mountain Bike Rider (german) Gute Enduro-Eigenschaften
Coilair Deluxe review in Mountain Bike Plus (dutch) vanaf 2000 Euro koop je een redelijke Enduro. Wil je er meer mee klimmen (en dus een lichtere bike dan zit je eerder in de 3000 Euro-klasse).
Coilair Deluxe review in Outside magazine We found ourselves grinding up difficult climbs in search of descents that would push it to its limits (we couldn't find any)
CoilAir Supreme review in BIGBIKE C'est une super bike d'enduro, hyper amusant a piloter grace a sa grande vivacite et maniabilite, et efficace grace a ses excellentes suspensions. Le fonctionnement du Magic Link est imperceptible dans le feu de l'action.
CoilAir Supreme review in Decline The pedaling capabilities and variable geometry give the bike a broad range of use, but the CoilAir's true calling is bombing rugged downhill terrain
CoilAir Supreme review on x-aces.com (german) Kona CoilAir Supreme 2009 – ein sehr vielseitiges Bike, welches durch das Magic Link System sein Potential sowohl beim Uphill als auch beim Downhill spürbar verbessert. Mit dem Kona CoilAir Supreme bekommt der Käufer somit ein wirklich sehr vielseitiges Bike, das bergab mehr Reserven bietet, ohne bergauf langsamer zu werden, zumindest bei einem runden Tritt.
Cowan Lock-On-Grips review in Mountain Biking UK Very soft and grippy with excellent extra length
Dawg Supreme review on cyclingnews.com this is a not a bike to be handled gently, it likes to be grabbed by the scruff of its neck and hauled into place – and then whoops down like a two-wheeled armchair , soaking up everything in its path.
Dawg Supreme review in Tutto MTB Magazine Le nuovo Dawg 2009 sono gia arrivate nei punti vendita kona, pensando di fare cosa gradita agli appassionati abbiamo approfittato della disponibilita di una Dawg Supreme per realizzare il nostro test in anteprema
Dawg Supreme review in BIGBIKE Le velo colle parfaitement au programme, a l'aise sur les terrains technique, autant en montee qu'en descente, ou il se montre aussi ludique qu'efficace. Un all-mountain tres reussi, pour les adeptes des sorties musclees en montagne.
Dawg Supreme review in CICLISMO (IT) Bella bike, leggera e divertente. Ottima per un uso Back Country e All Mountain anche esasperato!!
Dawg Supreme review in Mountain Biking UK A bike that feels right from the off and let's you just get on with the business of thrashing it.
Dawg Supreme review on gear.com Every Kona I've ridden has just plain worked and worked well.
Dawg Supreme - Forum.it (italian) la prima cosa che colpisce togliendo la bici dal cartone è il peso contenuto. Siamo infatti a quota 12.8 Kg, un buon risultato per una AM dall'escursione piuttosto generosa - la sospensione posteriore, sensibile e sempre perfettamente incollata al terreno - la Dawg si dimostra agile e divertente
Dawg Supreme review on feedthehabit.com you'll instantly fall in love with the way the Dawg simply devours the downhill.
Dawgma review in bike mag the Dawgma never felt over its head, no matter how hard I pushed it
Five-O Deluxe review in Mountain Biking UK The Five-O is a great play bike that's extremely competant on XC trails. It's happy on hard, fast descents and can handle moderate abuse too.
Freddy Jacket / Eddy Pant review on FRAKTUR (german) Flott auf'm Spot! Warum Kona und Nicht-Kona-Fahrer einen Blick auf
Hei Hei 2-9 Deluxe review on feedthehabit.com Maybe this should be called the Woo Hoo 2-9 because this bike is a complete hoot on the trails
Hei Hei review in Mountain Bike Plus WAT EEN MOOI FRAME!
Hei Hei review in What Mountain Bike This is a very rapid & enjoyable ride.
Hei Hei review on bikeradar.com An ultralight bike that delivers tight, sting-reducing speed with bags of potential for upgrading
Honky Tonk review on bikeradar.com Cool, retro ride for those happy to sit back and chill
Test Kona Humu FRAKTUR Kona Humu 2009 - Woher kommt der Name und was das Bike sonst noch kann ... ein Testbericht von Fraktur Magazin Deutschland
King Kahuna (2-9ER) review from gearjunkie.com. for those in the 29-inch marketplace, the King Kahuna should be at the top of your list
King Kahuna (2-9ER) review in Mountain Biking UK Excellent - One of the best wagon wheelers we've ridden.
King Kahuna (2-9ER) review on mtnbikeriders.com ...a durable well rounded bike that can withstand some hard trail riding while also easily slipping into the racer mode if you so desired.
Kula Deluxe review in What Mountain Bike A phenomenally committed climbing and race bike that's impressive on descents too.
Kula Deluxe review on bikeradar.com A phenomenally committed climbing and race bike that's impressive on descents too
Kula review in What Mountain Bike Out of the box the ride feel is sweet.
Lisa 120 Deluxe review on dirtragmag.com I was pleasantly surprised to find this bike felt instantly familiar and comfortable.
Lisa TR review on bikeradar.com Every tester who rode this bike – from novice to experienced triathlete – felt immediately confident in the ride position
Lisa TR review in 220 Triathlon The Kona Lisa is a solid investment and holds its own at this pricepoint.
Major Jake review on bicycling.about.com Whether you race cyclocross or just want to take to the woods without having to lug a heavy old clunker mountain bike, Kona's Major Jake is a good choice
Major One review in Mountain Bike Mag. We think the bike is a steal-and an ideal platform for customization
Minxy review in BIKE Mag. The Minxy is a solid purchase for a girl wanting to push her limits on a predictable and plush bike.
Minxy review on mtbr.com a far and refreshing cry from the stereo-typical women's bike
Minxy review in MountainBike Rider (german) Black is beautiful – Mountainbike Rider Magazin testet Kona's Freeride Bike, das Minxy
One20 review on bikeradar.com Slack but balanced budget bouncer is a blast.
One20 Deluxe review in BIGBIKE Le velo se tourne vers une pratique sportive plus XC que rando, dont la position allongee est parfaite pour rouler vite sur le plat et en montee.
Paddy Wagon review on roadcyclinguk.com Kona's Paddy Wagon manages to stand out with a bold look which is backed up by a decent frame and competent handling
Stab Supreme review in BIGBIKE C'est une arme en competition, dote de suspensions efficaces et concu pour rouler vite. Il est plus taille pour les parcours rapides que pour les parcours lents et techniques. Il est fait pour les riders qui recherchent un velo tres stable et tres bien suspendu.
Stinky Air review in Ciclismo magazine Stinky Air è una delle novità "forti" della gamma Kona 2009.
Stinky Air review in BIGBIKE Ce cadre est excellent, avec une bonne geometrie et au comportement tres joueur, ideal pour les riders voulant un velo de freeride pas trop lourd.
Stinky Air VS Stinky Deluxe review in TUTTOmtb (Italy) Con oltre 10 anni di carriera alla spalle la canadese Stinky rappresenta l'icona delle Mountain Bike da freeride. Una bici che ha saputo adeguarsi alla esigenze di un mercato in continu
Supreme Gloves review in Dirt Rag Kona's Supreme mesh-paneled glove provides maximum airflow along with all the characteristics that make a great glove.
Sutra review in the Seattle Times The bike rolls comfortably on long cruises, and is nimble enough for the stop-and-go of the city
Unit review on CourierPostOnline.com It handles bumps well considering it's fully rigid, can accelerate, climbs like a champ and carries momentum over obstacles.
UTE review on road.cc A brilliant do-anything bike
Ute review on bikeradar.com Kona is getting involved early, bringing more legitimacy (and a worldwide dealer market) to the cause.
Ute review on Outside online This is my favorite, and I've ridden more than a few cargo bikes over the last six years or so.
Ute review on Mountain Bike Action Kona's Ute is as elegant as a utility bicycle can be
Ute review in Singletrack Has armchair ergonomics and can carry tons of awkwardly shaped stuff in an eccentric style
Ute review on bikecarson.com The Kona Ute is a blast to ride, and makes a great urban bike
Ute review on Outside Magazine Online a bike like the Ute can replace your dependency on having to jump in a car to make the haul
Ute review on bikecarson.com I've only yet begun to use the Ute to its full potential, but I was pretty pleased with this particular cargo. It was by no means a heavy load, but the awkwardness of it probably would've made me drive if I didn't have the cargo bike.
The Dr. Dew Files - Episode #4 - Built To Last review on mtbr.com The Doctor is at it again. This time he pounds the pavement and trails in search of old Konas that have stood the test of time.