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 a park bike that can be ridden to the top of your favorite hill without the need of a lift assist but still bomb the DH like you would be used to on a 7.4″ travel rig. With statements like this from Kona…
“For the discerning free-crosser, that soldiered soul who climbs to the huck-and-hold goodness of advanced mountain cycling, the Kona CoilAir Deluxe does everything good. XC one day, dirt jumps the next, shuttle-descents on Thursday to mega alpine assaults all weekend long, thanks to our Magic Link technology, the CoilAir has the instinctive ability to change geometry, suspension performance and length of rear travel depending on your type of riding and the terrain at hand.”
…the Kona Coilair Supreme is going to have some big shoes to fill in its quest to be the do-it-all rig.
The Kona Coilair Supreme comes nicely spec’ed with some of the best from Fox Racing Shox, Shimano, Race Face and Mavic. The Supreme was Kona’s top build for 2009 and for around $5,799 retail, you get a bike that has some of the best components in the industry. This build weighs in around the mid 30’s range which puts it right in the fight for DH capable all-mountain bikes.
- Fox Racing Shox Talas RC2 w/165mm Travel and Tapered Steerer Tube
- Fox Racing Shox RP23
- Race Face Atlas Cracks setup 2×9 (32T/22T)
- XTR Rear Derailleur with XT Components Rounding Out the Rest of the Group
- Mavic Crossmax ST Wheelset
- Race Face Bars, Stem, Post
The bright orange and white definitely gives this bike a unique, in your face look that might not be for everyone. If you are looking for a bike that will not go unnoticed…this orange will do the trick. Within the front triangle, you will see the nuts and bolts of the Magic Link suspension setup. Each Kona Coilair comes with a detailed manual on suspension setup as you have many more variable to deal with than normal. Luckily, this rig came setup for my riding weight, so all I had to do was make sure that each of the adjustments equaled the correct sag and ride quality. In total, there are 5 adjustments to the rear suspension based on your riding weight.
- Fox RP23 air pressure
- Secondary shock spring rate (replace per riding weight)
- Secondary shock spring preload (turning preload collar)
- Secondary shock elastomer stiffness (replace per riding weight)
- Secondary shock position (based on rider weight)