New for 2012 is a Kona Satori 29er route bike (James Huang/BikeRadar)
Kona are no strangers to
29in-wheeled bikes and this year brings a company’s many expanded collection
to date, with 13 bikes from that to choose. Included in that operation are
five all-new framework – from hardtails all a approach adult to 130mm of behind wheel
travel in aluminum, CO fiber, titanium, and even chromoly steel.
The new 29ers all share an importance on rigidity and doing pointing – not usually light weight – along with entirely complicated geometries and versatility-expanding facilities like ISCG-05 tabs, slider dropouts, and
dropper post harmony on some models. While any of a new bikes has an
intended purpose, Kona don’t wish to categorize any of them as one-trick ponies. Save for a new titanium bike, all of a new 29ers are
already shipping to dealers.
Go prolonged with a Satori
Perhaps a many sparkling new indication is a Satori, that we first saw a antecedent of behind in a summer. It’s a butted 7005
aluminum dual-suspension route bike with 130mm of front and behind travel,
20x110mm front and 12x142mm behind Maxle through-axles, a slim conduct tube, a
direct-mount front derailleur, ISCG-05 sequence beam tabs, and an asymmetrical
linkage-activated single-pivot behind end.
Claimed support or bike weights weren’t
available during this weekend’s launch in Tucson, Arizona yet a on-going geometry, intelligent spec and admirably
rigid framework should make it good matched for a far-reaching operation of duty.
Head tube angle is set during 68 degrees while a bottom joint dangles
just above a belligerent during 338mm (13.3in) – a ideal regulation for high speed
stability and vituperation corners. Chainstays are superbly brief during usually 440mm
(17.3in) – 10-15mm shorter than a normal – that should make for
excellent low-speed maneuverability in parsimonious corners as good as easier manuals.
The build pack highlights a Satori’s dictated jack-of-all-trades
personality, with a SRAM X7/X9 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir 5 brakes with
180/160mm front/rear rotors, non-tubeless Easton Vice wheels with
volume-boosting 23mm middle edge widths, a RockShox Revelation RLT flare and
2.4/2.25in-wide (front/rear) Maxxis Ardent tires. Suggested sell cost is US$3,099/€2,999/£2,850.
130mm of front and behind transport total with terrain-flattening 29in wheels creates a new Kona Satori feel like a beast lorry on a trail
Extra rigidity for the
short-travel Hei Hei 29
The revamped Hei Hei 29 100mm-travel cross-country tallness gets an
all-new scandium-enhanced 6069 butted aluminum tubeset that now includes a
direct-mount front derailleur and beefed-up linkage to go along with last
year’s slim conduct tube and asymmetrical behind end. The biggest upgrade,
however, is Maxle through-axles during both ends (15x100mm front, 12x142mm rear) for
what Kona explain is many softened doing pointing relations to a 2011
Geometry is some-more racing-oriented than a Satori, with a 70-degree head
tube angle and somewhat reduce 335mm (13.2in) bottom joint height, yet a chainstays are almost longer during 457mm (18in).
Claimed support or finish bike weights weren’t accessible during a launch.
The top-end Hei Hei 29 Supreme ($3,899/£3,500/€3,699) will come with
a Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 29 RLC FIT flare and RP23 behind shock, a SRAM X9 2×10
drivetrain, Avid Elixir 9 brakes (180/160mm front/rear rotors), 19mm-wide
(internal width) Easton EA70 XCT 29er wheels and fast-rolling 2.2in-wide
Maxxis Ikon tires.
The mid-range Hei Hei 29 Deluxe ($2,999) stairs down to a RockShox
Reba SL flare and Fox RP2 behind shock, a churned SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain,
Avid Elixir 3 brakes and Easton XC 29er wheels, while a customary Hei Hei 29
gets a RockShox XC 32 flare and a Kona house-brand behind shock, a churned SRAM
X5/X7 drivetrain, Shimano M446 hydraulic front brakes, Shimano/WTB wheels and
2.1in-wide Maxxis Ignitor tires.
Kona have given a 2012 Hei Hei 29 Supreme through-axle dropouts front and behind for softened doing pointing than a 2011 version
King Kahuna goes CO for
Kona’s top-end King Kahuna 29er hardtail gets a large change for 2012, that we first saw during Eurobike. Kona have switched from final year’s scandium-enhanced aluminum support to a modular
monocoque CO fiber setup that they contend is 100 percent combination save for
aluminum stop post threads, some of a behind castaway hardware, front
derailleur mount, housing guides and H2O bottle mounts.
Bearing seats for a slim and integrated front finish are molded right
into a structure, a bottom joint uses Shimano’s press-fit standard, and
the dropouts are CO fiber as well. Kona have still baked some flexibility into a King Kahuna, though, so
buyers won’t have to extent it particularly to competition day. Rotors magnitude 180mm up
front and 160mm out back, and a tires magnitude a useful 2.2in across. Even
more considerable is that Kona have propitious a King Kahuna with through-axles front
Geometry is straight-up competition bike, however, with a 70-degree conduct tube
angle, neat 440mm-long (17.3in) chainstays widely set on a BB92 press-fit
bottom joint shell, and a 310mm (12.2in) bottom joint height. Claimed
frame or finish bike weights weren’t accessible during a launch.
Retail cost for a newly CO King Kahuna climbs usually $150 to $3,399/£2,650/€2,799 yet like a prior version, a build
kit is rather medium in sequence to keep a prices down. Highlights embody a SRAM
X7/X9 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir 5 brakes, a RockShox Reba RL 29er fork, non-tubeless Easton XC 29er wheels and 2.2in-wide
Maxxis Ikon tires.
Kona have switched from aluminum to CO fiber for a 2012 King Kahuna 29er hardtail
Kona go opposite a grain
Kona product manager Christopher Mandell straightforwardly admits that a new
Honzo 29er hardtail won’t be for everyone. Its butted chromoly support is a bit
hefty during around 2.7kg (6lb), there’s no sustenance for a front derailleur and a 120mm of flare transport and geometry are some-more typically found
on a route bike than a hardtail.
But those radical measure are precisely what make a Honzo
special. The automobile slider dropouts and chair tube concede for ultra-short
414mm (16.3in) chainstays – shorter than many 26in hardtails – the
head tube measures a tardy 68 degrees, a scarcely prolonged tip tube is paired
with a stubby 60mm-long branch (not distinct Gary Fisher’s strange Genesis
Geometry from a mid-90s) and a bottom joint is a fast 12.2in (310mm) off a ground.
Other pivotal facilities embody ISCG-05 tabs on a required threaded
bottom bracket, a 44mm conduct tube surrounding a slim steerer, a 31.6mm inner
seat tube hole for dropper post harmony (yes, dedicated routing is
built in), 23mm-wide (inner width) rims and through-axle flare dropouts.
Pricing is set during $1,799/£1,600/€1,699, with a
value-oriented build pack that includes a RockShox Revelation RL fork, FSA Step-Up
cranks spinning on an RPM ISIS bottom bracket, Avid Elixir 1 brakes (with
180/160mm front/rear rotors), WTB FX 23 rims on Shimano and Formula hubs,
Shimano Alivio nine-speed shifters and an HG-61 12-36T cassette, an e*thirteen LS1 chain
guide and saturated 2.4/2.2in-wide Maxxis Ardent tires.
The new Kona Honzo is a decidedly opposite form of 29er yet one that looks like a lot of fun
Kona lapse to their roots
with a limited-production Raijin titanium hardtail
Missed your possibility behind in a day to possess a Kona Hei Hei hardtail? Here’s
your possibility to make adult for mislaid opportunities. The new Lynskey-built Raijin, done from 3/2.5 straight-gauge titanium,
rekindles that aged fire yet this time around 29in wheels.
modern facilities embody sharp slider dropouts that’ll concede for both geared
and singlespeed use, a 44mm-diameter conduct tube for use with true or tapered
steerers, a PressFit 30 bottom joint shell, a machined driveside chainstay
section, considerable tire clearance, and zip-tie guides for full-length housing.
Initial prototypes were built with 31.6mm-diameter seatposts yet production
models will step down to a 27.2mm post for additional comfort.
Chainstays are superbly brief during 440mm (17.3in), bottom bracket
height is 310mm (12.2in) and a conduct tube angle measures 69.5 degrees –
half a grade slacker than a King Kahuna. Target weight is around 1.8kg
(4.0lb) for an 18in frame. And in box you’re wondering, yes, Kona are adhering to a old-school trademark for a laser-etched graphics.
Kona will offer a Raijin usually as a unclothed support for $1,900/€1,400.
Interested business should get in line quickly, though – the initial production
run will include of usually 250 frames worldwide. Kona contend a second run is
currently underneath discussion.
Kona lapse to their roots with a Raijin titanium 29er hardtail, tradition built in Tennesse by Lynskey Performance
You can see a Honzo, Satori, Hei Hei 29 and King Kahuna in movement in a videos below, from Kona: