Kona Reviews and News


Connor Fearon shreds on the Kona Hei Hei

Numbers are just numbers. While they’re a useful means of describing how a bike may ride, they don’t tell a full story. To learn why that’s important, take a lesson in style from World Cup DH racer Connor Fearon.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Cross-country Bike


Gone are the days of one-trick-pony XC bikes. The modern cross-country machine is equally adept at climbing and descending. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Gallery: Inside the supremely eclectic Kona Bikes HQ


While the offices of some bike manufacturers resemble a cross between an Ikea and a mausoleum, Kona’s headquarters are steeped in history. The artwork, NWD posters, and scattered bikes gives us that same warm and fuzzy feeling as walking into our favorite bike shop.

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Kona releases new 27.5 Operator DH bike


The new Kona Operator is a World Cup ready DH racing machine that’s designed to still be playful enough for bike park laps.

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Kona Hei Hei Trail DL first ride review


Kona’s latest is a 140mm travel trail bike that’s built off their XC race platform. So how does it fair on rough and tumble trails?

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Mtbr weighed the Kona 2017 product line


Manufacturer weights are often very different than actual weights, so we put the Kona 2017 product line on the scale to find out the truth.

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The most exciting new XC bikes of 2016 (so far)


In recent years, cross country race courses have become more technical. To help give their athletes a competitive edge, a number of brands are launching bikes that are more capable of tackling technical terrain. Check out the most versatile new XC bikes released this year.

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Kona Honzo gets the carbon treatment


The original Kona Honzo was a forward thinking hardtail for all mountain enthusiasts. In its newest incarnation, the bike has been reborn as an XC race bike and given the carbon treatment.

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Kona rolls out Hei Hei Carbon in race and trail versions


The Kona Hei Hei is a 100mm travel 29er cross country rig that’s capable of so much more with the right build kit. Kona recognizes that and their latest is now available in either XC or AM trim.

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Kona teases new Carbon Hei Hei, Plus sized Honzo, and Wozo fat bike


While Kona wouldn’t formally discuss their new product line, they did have several new models on display.

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Round up: Best value mountain bikes under $1000


27 interesting options for the entry level rider on a tight budget from brands like Trek, Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, GT, BMC, Scott, Rocky, KHS, Kona, Marin and more.

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Outerbike Whistler: Hot bikes, amazing trails, good times


Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss with hundreds of demo bikes, and access to the world’s most famous bike park.

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Sea Otter: Manufacturers putting real resources into kids bikes


Sea Otter Classic reveals growth in pint-sized mountain bikes designed with geometry and components made just for junior.

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Sea Otter: Cross-country race bike round up


With full-suspension, short-travel cross country bikes weighing in lighter than ever, and pedaling with near-hardtail efficiency, we’re seeing pro racers and weekend warriors alike choose the extra squish. Here are some the newest choices coming into the market.

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Photo Gallery: Bikes of the Global Fat Bike Summit


See what was on display at this gathering of all things fat in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Introducing the Kona Project 2 Collection


Kona bicycle bags were designed to survive the rigors of the Kona lifestyle. Seattle, June 20, 2012 — Brenthaven is excited to announce the launch of a line that is protective, stylish and created for the biker enthusiast. The Kona Project 2 bags by Brenthaven are designed to give unparalleled carrying comfort in a water […]

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13th Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Hosts All Star Lineup!


Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Presented by Tucson Medical Center Welcomes top talent this weekend! Mountain bikers from around the world are planned to arrive in Tucson, AZ this weekend to participate in the 13th Annual Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Presented by Tucson Medical Center, set to begin […]

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Brian Lopes Wins Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Kona Bicycles


Brian Lopes Wins Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Kona Bicycles Anne Caroline Chausson Defends Her Title As Champion Whistler, BC July 24, 2011 – Brian Lopes (USA) opened and closed the action at Kokanee Crankworx with gold medal performances. He won the Fat Tire Crit on July 15 and then took first in the newly […]

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Kokanee Crankworx Evolves Canadian Open Enduro


Kokanee Crankworx and Richie Schley Evolve Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Kona Bicycles Rally Style Format Has Five Timed Stages Linked By Transfer Stages Whistler, BC July 6, 2011 –The Canadian Open Enduro, presented By Kona Bicycles will feature a total re-design by mountain bike athlete Richie Schley, evolving the event into a five-stage race […]

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Kona Shoot the Ride Contest Returns + 2012 Entourage Sneak Peek


Shoot the Ride Returns for the Fourth Consecutive Year The much coveted, highly anticipated, spectacular photo producing 4th Annual Kona Shoot the Ride Contest returns with a new twist…we are no longer in control. In the past we’ve seen shots from all over the world. Bikes in Africa, bikes in Slovenia, Canada, Thailand, and all […]

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The Monster Energy White Style Presented by Kona 2011 Is Coming Closer


The Monster Energy White Style Presented by Kona 2011 Is Coming Closer Leogang, December 22nd, 2010 – With almost no time to spare, Leogang can boast a new title sponsor and is excited to have joined forces with Monster Energy for the snow event. Just in time for Christmas, POC, Tony Hawk Shred (Activision) and […]

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The Kona Luau Good Times Explosion – Part 2


At last year’s Kona Blast we invited 125 dealers from across the US for two days of learning, riding and conversating. It was a huge success, allowing many a Kona dealer to gain greater insight into: Kona family: how, why and where we develop our bicycles. We see no reason to buck the trend, and […]

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Atherton and Ragot Win CAD Open DH Presented By Kona at Kokanee Crankworx


GEE ATHERTON AND EMMELINE RAGOT PINNED IT TO WIN CANADIAN OPEN DH PRESENTED BY KONA AT KOKANEE CRANKWORX Both Riders Earn King And Queen Of Gravity Titles Based On Performance Over Entire Festival WHISTLER, BC – Today saw Gee Atherton (GBR) and Emmeline Ragot (FRA) hammer down the steep rock faces and notoriously technical Canadian […]

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Race Face Doubles Up On The Radness In Whistler


Race Face Doubles Up On The Radness In Whistler VANCOUVER, BC – Race Face Components Inc., renowned North American producers of high performance bicycle components, protection and apparel, today announced that it has signed on for three more years as the official components and protection sponsor for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. In a second […]

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Kona News – New Bike Park Website and Factory Team Site


KONA BIKE PARK WEBSITE IS LIVE From Whistler, BC to La Molina, Spain and nearly 20 resorts in-between, Kona is the official mountain bike supplier to more bikeparks than any other cycling company in the world. It’s an equation that works. Epic trail systems designed to cater to a full range of cycling abilities – […]

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UK DH Ripper Joe Smith Returns To the Kona Factory DH Team


Joe Smith’s plan for next year is to keep doing what he’s always been doing-just a little bit faster. Training and staying in the right mindset is also key for this super talented racer from Wales. Over the winter Joe’s been working with a personal trainer, focused on gaining strength and flexibility. A pre-season training […]

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Sam Pilgrim wins -White Style presented by Kona – in front of Linus Sjoeholm and Yannick Granieri


Leogang, February 1st – Europe’s young guns dominated the fifth anniversary of the “White Style presented by Kona” winter slopestyle competition in Leogang last Friday evening. Riders from North America made into the top ten: Darren Berrecloth became fifth, Cam McCaul sixth and Jamie Goldman seventh. Great Britain’s other well-known faces, Sam Reynolds and Grant […]

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Easton Wheels: The Choice of the Best Off-Road Athletes


Effort to test new technologies in the heat of competition results in better wheels and components for all types of riders. (Scotts Valley, Calif., Jan. 19, 2010) Easton Cycling has announced their support of the sport’s top teams and riders including the Lapierre International Team, Kona Clump and Trek-Brentjens Racing Team. New Zealand’s Sam Blenkinsop, […]

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Basagoitia's Epic Kona Ride Continues Through 2011


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Graham Agassiz Returns To The Clump For 2010


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Kona Chevron Glove Review


COLOR: Americano Brown Concrete Grey Raven Black FABRIC CONTENT: NYLON-68%, POLY URETHANE-24%, POLYESTER-4%, LEATHER-2%, SPANDEX-1% AND COTTON-1% SPECS: CHAMUDE PALM W/CHAMUDE OVERLAYS FOR INCREASED DURABILITY, CORDED NYLON BODY FOR DURABILITY, SILICONE GRIP FINGER TIPS FOR BETTER BRAKE LEVER CONTROL, LYCRA GUSSETED INDEX AND MIDDLE FINGER AND TERRY SNOT WIPE THUMB. PRICE: $25.00 but on sale […]

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Kona Pro Bike Talks – The Twin Timbers Buck Up


KONA They’re beastly both in size and ability. And even though we pay them to race and ride the bejesus out of our XC mountain bikes, they still love them. US National XC Championships tell you that. In the first two installments of Kona’s new series of Pro Bike Talks, produced by Freeride Entertainment, we […]

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Kona AfricaBikes Head To Vietnam


Kona AfricaBikes Head To Vietnam Kona Bicycles Partners With Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy To Bring 16 AfricaBikes To Students KONAWORLD (October 15, 2009) – Kona Bicycles and Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy are proud to announce a new partnership to provide Kona AfricaBikes to ethnic minority students in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. In Vietnam, Roadmonkey identified the need — […]

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Kona Partners With Road Monkey To Bring AfricaBikes To Vietnam


Kona AfricaBikes Head To Vietnam Kona Bicycles Partners With Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy To Bring 16 AfricaBikes To Students KONAWORLD (October 15, 2009) – Kona Bicycles and Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy are proud to announce a new partnership to provide Kona AfricaBikes to ethnic minority students in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.  In Vietnam, Roadmonkey identified the need — […]

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Kona and IMBA Fundraising Raffle at Interbike


KONAWORLD – Kona Bicycles has a cool new bike to show off. The Cadabra is a bike that can intuitively handle what you throw at it, from steep, technical ascents to rugged descents and everything in between. Some might even say it’s magic… Who else best to promote this bike with than IMBA, who intuitively […]

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Kona Coilair Supreme Review


Article Originally Found On Mountain Biking by 198 Review by Robb Sutton Original Article: Kona Coilair Supreme Mountain Bike Review The Kona Coilair Supreme is a controversial mountain bike. With the Magic Link “6 +1″ suspension that automatically changes from 6″ of rear travel to 7.4″ of DH glory, the Kona Coilair is marketed as […]

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Kona Introduces New Lacondeguy Inc. Dirt Jump Slayer


Andreu Lacondeguy is hands down, tats out, one of the best mountain bike dirt jumpers in the world today. Sweet style, balls out aggression, and no bullshit, giterdone attitude. “I really wanted a bike that was clean and simple,” says the 20-year-old Clump rider from Barcelona, Spain. “Something made specifically for really aggressive tricks.” Yes, […]

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Kona Does Crankworx Good


In the six years since it’s inception, Crankworx has become the biggest, wildest, most diverse mountain bike festival in the world. Multimedia shows to live music, outdoor demos to epic parties, and lest we not forget, every single kind of gravity fueled mountain bike competition you can think of: enduro straight through to women’s slopestyle. […]

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New Kona 2010 Collection


KONAWORLD (August 1, 2009) – The good people at Kona have been busy. Seventy-eight unique models of bicycles, with 14 new models, each built to sparkle and shred. From track classics to classy downtown fixies, highly adaptable trail bikes to a Andreu Lacondeguy signature dirt jump frame. 2010, our 22nd year building bikes, is an […]

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The Need For Speed: Kona Dew Files #7 – Fast Pat


KONAWORLD (July 29, 2009) – There can’t be too many bike companies that have a product manager as speed addicted as Pat White, the guy in charge of making sure Kona’s bikes rip, and rip real good. In the 7th episode of The Dr. Dew Files: Fast Pat, the good doctor catches up with Pat […]

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Kona Newsletter – Kona Cog


Kona Newsletter It’s Kona’s new COG. Kinda like a blog, but with way more personality. Yeah, it also has a catchy bike-related name, but where the COG really delivers on a daily basis is in the content which varies from CLUMP Team updates to worldly tales from Kona globetrotter Hirsch to the Kona Bikes lifestyle. […]

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Whistler Mountain Bike Park Is Kona Groove Approved


Whistler Mountain Bike Park Is Kona Groove Approved Bike Park Serves Up Exclusive New Line Of Kona Bikes, Fresh Trails, 3,000 Vert And 150 Miles Of Gravity-Fed Descents Media Contact: Keith Cozzens, kcozzens@basecampcomm.com or 307.734.7575. KONAWORLD (June 10, 2009) – The year 1998 was a historic. Google launched, Seinfeld ended and the first Kona Groove […]

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Kona's Dr. Dew Files #6: The Scandium Episode


Kona’s Dr. Dew Files #6: The Scandium Episode Mad Scientist Dr. Dew Helps Explain How Kona Bikes Are So Light And Durable By Using #21 On The Peridoic Table KONAWORLD (June 3, 2009) – Ever wonder what makes Kona Bikes so light, fast and durable all at the same time? Would you believe us if […]

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Kona Offers Special Six-Day Travel Package For Crankworx


Ride In Style with Kona At Crankworx Hit The Kokanee Crankworx Party This Summer With A Six-Day Travel Package To Whistler’s World Class Bike Park KONAWORLD (May 27, 2009) – What are you doing in mid-August? Oh, that’s cool, mowing the lawn, getting a root canal and watching re-runs of The Bachelor. Hopefully not. So, […]

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"Cadabra" It Is – Kona Bikes


“Cadabra” It Is – After A Month Of International Creative Brooding And Cerebral Scheming Our “Name Our New Bike Contest” Has A Winner – KONAWORLD (May 6, 2009) - Over the last month, our team of academics and engineers here at Kona Bikes sifted through more than 2,000 names and votes from, you, the public and Kona lovers about what we should […]

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Kona – Our New Bike's Name Is Up To You


Our New Bike’s Name Is Up To You – VOTE NOW: We’ve Weeded Out More Than 3,000 Submitted Names For Our New Magic Link Bike And Four Remain In The Hunt – Media Contact: Keith Cozzens, kcozzens@basecampcomm.com or 307.734.7575 KONAWORLD (April 20, 2009) – Sure, naming our new all-mountain jewel may have stumped us, but […]

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Dr. Dew Files #5: Four Bar Forever


Dr. Dew Files #5: Four Bar Forever – Watch And Learn As The Doctor Receives Insightful Info About The Four Bar System; And Why He Eats It For Breakfast – KONAWORLD (March 20, 2009) – Simple, durable and loaded with performance, Kona Bikes Four Bar System for mountain bikes is as necessary as eggs and […]

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Time To Click Your Shutter For Cash


Time To Click Your Shutter For Cash – If You’ve Got What It Takes Behind The Lens, Enter Kona’s 2nd Annual Shoot The Ride Photo Contest And Win Big – Media Contact & Questions: Keith Cozzens at kcozzens@basecampcomm.com or 307.734.7575. KONAWORLD (Feb. 19, 2009) – Back by popular demand, Kona’s Shoot the Ride Photo Contest returns […]

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Norco Vixa and Kona Minxy, ’09 Women FR Bikes


Norco Vixa: (Small) $2875 Travel: 152mm – 6″ Weight: ~36.5 lbs/16.6 kgs Website Pros: 1. Quick and responsive, light and neutral to control 2. Small design fits average female shape well 3. Doesn’t over react to rider input Cons: 1. Requires sizable effort to pedal up hill 2. Not a great sprinter 3. Seat Post […]

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Kona's Regular Joe Takes You To The Trails Each Month


Take It From Joe – Let Kona’s Regular Joe Bring You Into His World Each Month With Tales Of Mountain Bike Exploits – KONAWORLD (Feb. 12, 2009) – He rides with a smile, and smiles when he rides. He’s a Nelson, B.C. boy and has been a Kona rider – and family member - since he was 16; […]

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