Kona Mountain Bikes
Kona has always had a playful approach to business, even if its reputation for providing performance across the board is no joke. Fun names and effortless off-road wrangling leads to good times for all involved. The company is only two decades old and was initially created by a team that included ex-champion cyclist Joe Murray, although he would later create yet another manufacturing company distinct from Kona.
The Kona range of mountain bikes is defined by both high end superstars and more affordable introductions which let you get a taste for the firm’s wares and see whether you will invest more in the future. Its Gravity bikes include plenty of inventively named models, such as the low end hard tail Shred which features a Rock Shox Recon Silver fork, alloy frame and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. Things get progressively more impressive with the Kona Stuff, Shonky, Steely and Honzo hardtail models which will take punishment on downhill runs while still giving you the throughput of power which will deliver performance in climbs.
The family of full-sus Gravity bikes from Kona begins with the Entourage, which delivers 170mm of travel thanks to its Fox Van R rear shock and Rock Shox Domain R CL fork. The Kona Operator kicks things up a notch, introducing 200mm of travel on its alloy frame setup. There are deluxe editions of each of these bikes which raise the stakes when it comes to components while the Kona CoilAir features full adjustability allowing you to vary travel between 120-200mm.
The Trail and All Mountain bikes produced by Kona cover all the bases. For people on a particularly tight budget there is the Splice, a hardtail alloy machine which features an 80mm Suntour XCR fork, Shimano Altus and Acera components along with ProMax mechanical disc brakes. This gives you good performance for your money and hints at what is to come if you invest a little more.
Other similarly affordable hard tail bikes from this Kona bracket include the Lana’I, Fire Mountain and Blast. Meanwhile the range is rounded out by the Kahuna and Kahuna Deluxe, with 29 inch rapid rolling wheels and plenty of SRAM X-Series components. Kona even produces a single speed MTB called the Unit, which features a steel frame and an all-purpose setup which will conquer any challenge you face, provided you have the will to succeed.
Kona has a diverse selection of full-sus all mountain bikes, from the mid range Tanuki to the class-leading options like the Abra Cadabra. Its cross-country race ready bikes also include full-sus and hardtail options designed to suit various budgets. The Hei Hei 29er Supreme is both lightweight and strong thanks to its alloy frame and comes kitted out with SRAM X9 components, twin shocks and the Easton XCT wheelset. Meanwhile at the other end of the scale is the hardtail Kula which further showcases Kona’s ability to create fast, powerful mountain bikes using alloy and other carefully selected materials and components which are perfect for training and racing.