Kona took some of their best alloy bikes and created carbon versions that were on display at the Sea Otter Classic. These bikes are very close to the alloy models with some slight changes.
The Process 153 29 has the same geometry as the alloy version, with 160/153mm front and rear travel and 29er wheels. Its chainstays are claimed to accommodate up to 2.5 tires, depending on manufacturer. The final version will differ slightly from the photos, including being spec’d with top of the line RockShox Lyrik and Super Deluxe suspension. If you are a shorter rider, rejoice, the medium frame seat tube has a 250mm insertion length, so it should still accommodate up to a 170mm travel dropper post.
Cable routing was also improved, with the derailleur and rear brake lines outside the shock mount to make servicing easier. It will be available in M, L and XL sizes. Pricing is TBD.
The Big Honzo also now has a carbon frame option. Maximum tire width for 27.5 wheels is 3.0 and 29er can fit up to 2.5 tires. The biggest difference from the alloy frame is the asymmetric chainstay, shown below. Geometry numbers align with the alloy frame and pricing is TBD.
Kona has also debuted a carbon Operator. It can run 27.5 or 29er wheels, though Kona plans to sell only one of the configurations, which is, you guessed it, TBD.
There are multiple geometry options for the Carbon Operator, with a flip chip on the seat stay to maintain bottom bracket height between wheel sizes. The user can also select between 425 or 440mm chainstay length and reach is adjustable at either neutral or +10mm. Other geo numbers follow the 2018 Alloy Operator chart.
Travel for 29er wheels is 195/190mm f/r and the 27.5 gets 200+/200mm f/r. The Carbon Operator uses a metric trunnion shock to maximize usable range. As with the other bikes, pricing is TBD.