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2013 Kona Taro Bike (discontinued)

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2013 Kona Taro
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Great all around bike at a decent price

The Good:

The fork, chainguide, and frame are all quality parts, it is a very stable, durable machine

The Bad:

I wish it had orizontal dropouts for SS conversion, the rear hub isnt very strong

Overall Review:

I really enjoy this bike; I am in my mid twenty's and I wanted to get a bike that could go up and down hills. I started riding 3 and a half years ago on a dirt jumper, then got a free ride/ dh bike, and this completes my fleet. I love this bike for XC and light free ride. The fork is amazing, I have yet to completely bottom out and have hit a 25 foot trail gap on this thing. I am pretty rough on my equipment and it has stood up superbly. It was at a great price for me, I wanted a fun bike that was on the cheaper side (I am in college and I work part time, I had to save up over many months to purchase it). I have since added different handlebars, pedals and a dropper seat post that I already had. My local shop also converted the rims to a tubeless setup for me with no issues at all. It is now the perfect machine for my town, Eugene, Oregon, and I absolutely love it.


Product Kona Taro Bike
Model Year 2013
Riding Type Cross Country
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 23 24 25 26
Head Tube Angle 68° 68° 68° 68°
Head Tube Length 3.9 3.9 4.3 4.3
Seat Tube Angle 74.5° 74.3° 74.3° 74.3°
Seat Tube Length 16 18 18.8 20
Bottom Bracket Height 12.2 12.2 12.2 12.2
Chainstay Length 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5
Wheelbase 43.4 44.3 45.4 46.3
Standover 31.5 32.3 32.8 33.3
Reach 16 17 17.9 18.8
Stack 25 25 25.3 25.3
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details 6061 Aluminum Butted
Rear Travel Hardtail
Rear Shock N/A
Fork RockShox Sektor
Fork Travel 120mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset FSA NO.10/No.7B/44
Handlebar Kona XC/BC
Stem Kona XC/BC
Grips Kona G-LOG
Brakes Avid Elixir 1 Calipers with 180mm Front and 160mm Rear Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotors
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
Shifters Shimano Alivio (Right Hand Only)
Front Derailleur E*13 LS1+ No Taco
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Chainguide E*Thirteen LS1
Cranks FSA Step-Up
Chainrings 32 Tooth
Bottom Bracket FSA Platinum ISIS
Pedals Kona JackShit
Chain KMC HG53
Cassette Shimano Deore 12-36 Tooth 9-Speed
Rims WTB SX23
Hubs Formula 20mm Front, Shimano M475 Rear
Spokes Stainless 14g
Tires Maxxis Ardent 29"x2.4" EXO Front, Maxxis Ardent 29"x2.25" EXO Rear
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost Kona Thumb OB
Seatpost Diameter
Seatpost Clamp Kona Quick Release
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Matte Grey with Lime and Black
Weight N/A
Price $1,299
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