Kona

  • The Good:

    I built this bike up from a frame so I cannot speak to the stock components. I will say I love the GEO. The bike is comfortable, flickable and eats up the down as well as up. I love the way the frame looks. Mine is in blue. Compared to my aluminum bike this chromoly frame really absorbs the bumps and etc. Very fun to ride.

    The Bad:

    I do not find anything bad about this frame some say it is heavy, others say the BB is too low, some grip that you cannot run a front derailleur.

    Overall Review: If your looking for an all in one bike this is it. It is brawny, hardcore and does everything really well from XC, Trail to All mountain. It shines on downhill and technical sections. The GEO places your weight more towards the center rear rather than like an XC bike where your weight is shifted...

    Posted by gzilla on 5/28/2014 10:54 AM

  • Reviewed by John Hauer and Jess Pedersen // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear Miller We’ve seen a number of the greats on Kona bikes over the years. Clear back in 1994 Steve Peat was rallying a Hei Hei Ti frame down local downhill tracks, then Greg Minnaar, Tracy Moseley, and Fabien Barel joined...

    Posted by bturman on 5/3/2014 2:03 AM

  • 2014 Test Sessions: Kona Process 153 DL (photo album)

    Posted by sspomer on 4/30/2014 4:56 PM

  • The Good:

    Geometry, Handling, Nice wide bars, Pikes, dropper post as standard,

    The Bad:

    Bit wide at the rear, Cranks could be stiffer, monarch RT sealing not as good as fox, KS seatpost not great in mud

    Overall Review: Had the bike for 3 months now and every time I ride it just seems to get better! My medium was 14.5kg with pedals and came with i25 rather than i23 rims as listed The Bars are nice and wide clutch mech, brakes (with big discs) have worked impressively, grips are nice too, saddle is very comf...

    Posted by kimbers on 2/6/2014 7:44 AM

  • The Good:

    Great frame and suspension, bike soaks up the terrain with ease.

    The Bad:

    No direct mount stem, would prefer Minion DHF tires and Zee brakes, USD shock annoying to adjust, wheels are super heavy.

    Overall Review: I demoed this bike, I was pretty impressed with the frame, great geometry and graphics, Kona have come a long way even in the last 2-3 years. Other components slightly less impressed, upside down shock was annoying to adjust as as I couldn't see the compression knob properly. The normal stem loo...

    Posted by ZMC888 on 2/4/2014 1:25 PM

  • 17 Questions: Connor Fearon (video)

    Aussie upstart, Connor Fearon, casually converses with the camera in this 17 Questions. Spoiler, he would try Yoga if Tahnee Seagrave was his instructor. Connor won the opening round of the Australian National series in Adelaide aboard his Kona Supreme Operator

    Posted by sspomer on 2/4/2014 12:37 PM

  • The Good:

    Overall the bike has awesome features. It boasts great geometry, solid drivetrain and brake selections, Kona has always done an awesome job with picking wide handlebar and short stem combos (and this process has no exception), and last but not least is the addition of a KS Lev Dropper post, which on a build this inexpensive is pretty awesome!

    The Bad:

    Front Suspension - Man I have got to say that the Rock Shox Sektor fork on this thing was terrible, I felt as if it dove every time I would push the bike into the corners. Trying to compensate for this, I increased the preload air pressure in the fork, without much success.

    Overall Review: Riding the Kona 134 This season I have demo-ed quite of few bikes, and this bike was by far the cheapest, and quite possibly the heaviest as well, which made me think that I wasn't really going to like this ride. While that may have been the case, once on the trail I was pleasantly surprised. ...

    Posted by Rconroy on 2/2/2014 9:34 AM

  • 25 Mountain Bikes Tested - Vital MTB Test Sessions 2014 (photo album)

    Posted by sspomer on 1/17/2014 10:34 AM

  • The Good:

    - Price.
    - Ride handling.
    - Low stand over height.
    - Factory down tube protector.
    - Internal cable routing and external cable routing options.
    - Integrated fork bumpers.

    The Bad:

    - Could do with a stock DM stem.

    Overall Review: The frame is amazing. Coming from an 'All Mountain' bike (2010 Giant Reign X1) the Operator was my first DH bike. Obviously the way it handles DH trails is better, so much better. In terms of geometry and the feel of the ride, I can't fault the bike. The way it rides is great; sticks into corner...

    Posted by Koper25 on 11/13/2013 4:33 PM

  • The Good:

    Geometry: HA is 70 degrees with short chainstays and Reynolds tube set .

    The Bad:

    grips and pedals

    Overall Review: Ok I'm riding a SS bike for the fall and winter portion of this year. I chose the Unit because of its geometry and because its steel. It turns out that lot of what you hear about SS is not that far from fiction as you might think. Update 2 months later. This bike has become the stand out bike of...

    Posted by Christian Peper on 11/3/2013 9:16 PM

  • Kona Raijin Frame (product)

    Price: $2237.00

  • The Good:

    Moves rapidly over Tahoe trails and rocks. plenty stiff rear thru axel. Good components.

    The Bad:

    Little heavy on steep climbs

    Overall Review: Got this bike as first 29 er after demoing tallboy long travel carbon. This bike oat like a sixth of at bike but still does justas good a job. I like locking out suspension for climbs fire roadscandvpavement. The giants don't even have lockout. This bikealsodoes fine in the twists. Just gotta ma...

    Posted by Rydeordie on 8/7/2013 1:45 AM

  • The Good:

    Tapered head tube, nice geometry, 142 x12

    The Bad:

    Heavy wheels and tires, 2x10 and bash, Elixir brakes

    Overall Review: At first look at the stats the bike seems too heavy to be a contender, espcially when there are way lighter 160mm travel machines on the market, but somehow you just don't notice the weight until you pick it up. It climbs OK, but it could climb so much better, on the descents it is fun, but this...

    Posted by ZMC888 on 7/21/2013 8:59 AM

  • 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 ...

    Posted by John_Bamford on 4/29/2013 3:21 PM

  • Kona Raijin Frame (product)

    Price: $1999.00

  • Matthew Slaven #Slaying (video)

    The Pacific Northwest is a wet, dark and mossy place to train in the Winter. Kona Factory enduro racer, Matthew Slaven, leaves the mud and Sasquatch behind to shred some flowy, rocky, cliff-side trails in the sun. Spring is here and it's time to ride!

    Posted by corytepper.com on 3/24/2013 7:15 AM

  • First Look - 2014 Kona Carbon Operator DH Prototype Frame (video)

    There has been much speculation and plenty of rumors floating around in regards to Kona releasing a carbon downhill frame. We can now confirm that Connor Fearon is in fact testing a prototype model at this weekend's race. Although we weren’t allowed to directly interview anyone from Kona, includi...

    Posted by CaptyvateMedia on 2/22/2013 6:13 PM

  • Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman Born and bred in the shred-heavy forests of Bellingham, Washington, the Kona Process has a decidedly simple, capable look to it. This bike blurs the line between all-mountain, enduro, and fr...

    Posted by bturman on 2/15/2013 1:58 AM

  • The Good:

    Shimano part spec
    Handles great

    The Bad:

    Cheap paint on frame
    Downtube is very exposed

    Overall Review: After riding a buddies 2011 Operator I immediately put my name on the list for a 2012. I ride a large frame and have been riding mine for a year now. I love the top tube length because I find that a lot of other bikes feel too jammed. The top tube length just feels very natural. I also like the ...

    Posted by Jordan_Hunter on 9/11/2012 9:59 PM

  • 2012 Kona Entourage Deluxe Bike

    Featured Review Shred-sled (product review)

    The Good:

    Solid and versatile with a good overall component spec. Easy to maintain. Predictable and flick-able.

    The Bad:

    One of my best friends wants to beat me up and take mine from me. Otherwise, just little nit-picky things that are just my biased opinion.

    Overall Review: I purchased mine a little over a couple of months ago, although I was originally planning on getting their Supreme Operator model. I had demoed their standard Operator and was impressed, but then I demoed/raced the Entourage and I had big decisions to make - as in, 8" big or 7" big. This guy, w...

    Posted by Pininator on 8/22/2012 10:09 PM

  • The Good:

    Short stays, a great flickable park bike.

    The Bad:

    Fork, pedals and tires.

    Overall Review: For a base model bike, it is a great value. nice part spec aside from the fork and pedals, I was also sad to see thin sidewalled non-full DH tires. Good place to start, with room for upgrades you would likely make anyway.

    Posted by unissamog on 8/14/2012 5:49 PM

  • The Good:

    every thing is good.

    The Bad:

    nothing bad at all about this bike.

    Overall Review: i have this bike and it just rocks it handels any you can throw at it,and downhill really brings this bike in to the light,highly recommended.

    Posted by konaman66 on 7/6/2012 3:36 PM

  • Easton's Big New Zealand Adventure (video)

    Freeride blaster, Graham Agassiz, takes a trip the New Zealand for some serious shredding and testing on the new Easton Havoc35 bars and stems. Sam Blenkinsop, Nicolas Vouilloz and the Coastal Crew enjoy the diverse terrain and culture of island nation. Watch the Behind the Scenes Slideshow and...

    Posted by sspomer on 5/14/2012 11:00 PM

  • Lone Wolf Productions - Graham Agassiz...Need I Say More? (video)

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    Posted by lone-wolf-productions on 12/8/2011 10:47 AM

  • The Good:

    Has a great light build that can handle anything that you throw at it I have raced 5 races in all diffirent conditions and this bike really surprised me on how well it tracks through gnarly stuff. The bike jumps like and dream shredding down a classic trail like "A-line" and has great simple adjustments for anyone looking for a simple clean bike.

    The Bad:

    I really can not say any bad things about it, it was the perfect bike for that suited my riding style. Being a 4-Bar suspension design, it is harder to pedal that other bikes but with the right suspension setup it can be heavily reduced

    Overall Review: Overall the bike felt amazing and easy to ride right as I first pedaled it around. The bike handles great on steep gnarly stuff and flying through the air. I love this bike and was defiantly the best bike I have ever rode and would recommend it to anyone

    Posted by Belliott on 11/15/2011 10:28 PM

  • The Good:

    Feels like a true DH bike on the gnarly, but somehow is extremely flick-able in the air and on the ground. I rode this bike at Trestle Bike Park and I could not be happier with it. Its so good that I rented it twice! I rode every trail that Trestle has to offer, jump trails, freeride trails, pedally trails, the slopestyle track, and obviously the DH track and it felt perfect for every single trail there! Kona truely hit a gold mine with this bike!

    The Bad:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....wait you were serious? I must laugh harder hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Overall Review: I could not be more pleased with this bike. I even pulled a Danny Hart whip on the slopestyle coarse at Crankworx Colorado!!

    Posted by codh on 10/21/2011 9:38 AM

  • The Good:

    I love my 2011 Ab Cab... IT JUST READS MY MIND..its fast, agile, climbs like a fiend and decsends with authority, Low maintenance so far ~ 6-7 months old.

    The Bad:

    2012's get 143mm-12mm rear treatment. Doesnt bunnyhop as intuitively as you would like. The FOX Fork has no compression adjustment but does lock out.

    Overall Review: SICK BIKE...Im constantly impressed with it.

    Posted by Mr.SMF on 9/7/2011 3:23 PM

  • The Good:

    Great Setup with the magic link. Good components, Real pleasure to ride. Great looks really clean.

    The Bad:

    Handle bar could do with being a little stronger and a better saddle. Could do with a bolt through rear wheel. Tyres are great but the sidewalls rip easy when riding hard, on rocks/roots.

    Overall Review: Great bike for all day riding. The versatility of this bike is incredible cross country big technical asscents and decents this thing soaks it all up. Talas fork is great and the propedal really stiffens up the back end for flat riding. Cross country, downhill, 4X, trail riding, this is the mach...

    Posted by ben.kinslow1 on 8/24/2011 4:31 AM

  • The Good:

    Decent front end (travel, usable 68 degreeHT angle and 20mm axle).

    The Bad:

    Heavy, so-so parts, ISIS BB, Better with Hussefelt Howitzer and X7 surely?

    Overall Review: Have the 2009 bike, this bike to me doesn't seem much like a DJ/urban bike, but it does seem like a light free-ride bike. To me if you want a hard-tail why not a 4x bike or maybe a Giant STP or SC Chameleon?

    Posted by ZMC888 on 5/2/2011 6:33 AM

  • The Good:

    good for young non agresive riders

    The Bad:

    has a cog wich dosnt last long on the jumps

    Overall Review: good for small riders

    Posted by Dillon739kaiser on 3/14/2011 9:31 AM