Kona was founded in 1988 by longtime riders and racers who had previously worked for other pioneering west-coast mountain bike companies. The first Kona bicycles were custom machines based on the Kona founders' own personal preferences in high-end off-road bikes. And, this tradition of making thoughtful, reliable, special, well-balanced bicycles is still the cornerstone of the Kona way.
Kona's headquarters are in Ferndale, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, home to some of the most demanding trails on the planet. This Disneyland for mountain bikers consists of near-vertical ramps, ladders and root entangled mudslides to name just a few of the obstacles. And they're all things that Kona's employees ride every day.
This exciting environment is thrilling to ride and harsh on equipment and riders making it ideal for evaluating Kona frame designs and components. If a bicycle excels in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest under Kona's demanding and accomplished test riders, it will excel everywhere!
So why does a company that straddles the US/Canada border have a Hawaiian name? It comes from their fascination with all things volcanic. They're located on the northern edge of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range, which runs down the Pacific Coast from Canada to Southern California. The Hawaiian Islands are part of that volcanic chain, so the Kona name connection came along naturally.
But, don't let the laid-back Hawaiian company or bicycle model names fool you. Whether you love stomping huge drops with 8-inches of travel or sailing around high-speed sweeping corners on a road bike (yes, Kona makes awesome road bikes, too!), or touring across the globe (photo), Kona has the perfect bike for you!
And, you can be confident that every one is dialed to perfection thanks to valuable input and extensive testing from Kona's factory pro riders.
Explore the trail with the legendary Fire Mountain. With singletrack-worthy components and a size-specific wheel selection, the Fire Mountain is ready to start anyone down the mountain bike life. A lightweight aluminum frame and 100mm of front suspension make riding fun and rewarding, and powerful hydraulic disc brakes help you maintain control on steep descents and in wet weather. From cruising greenbelt paths to testing your skills over roots and rocks on forest trails, the Fire Mountain encourages you to get out and ride.
With a durable Kona 6061 aluminum frame, size-specific wheels, 120mm of front suspension, and a solid component spec, the Shred is more than ready to get a little bit rowdy with you. An 18-speed Shimano drivetrain keeps you pushing up the steepest trails, while Tektro hydraulic disc brakes offer loads of stopping power on the way back down. For those eager to get out on the trail and play in the dirt, the Kona Shred delivers.
Kona's Blast is perfectly named, since it's designed specifically for all-day fun. The moment you stomp on the pedals, the snappy, yet tough Race Light Aluminum frame leaps forward, looking for the next rough section of trail for the RockShox fork to tame. The fast-rolling and frisky 27.5-inch Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires love carving up singletrack, and you give them the go-ahead with a 27-speed Shimano drivetrain that can handle anything. Always one step ahead, Kona added internal dropper post routing for all-mountain versatility and clean lines. A pair of no-nonsense hydraulic disc brakes keep you and the Blast this side of oblivion while you pilot with a grin from a race-ready, Kona-outfitted cockpit.
The Sutra is Kona's classic steel touring bike, with all the accoutrements you’ll need to set out on your dream trip. The Brooks B17 saddle and Shimano Deore drivetrain are complemented by the confidence-inspiring Hayes disc brakes and Schwalbe Marathon Mondial touring tires, giving you comfort and reliability over the long haul. Full-coverage fenders add to your happiness when life on the road turns wet, and a rear rack gives you loads of options when it comes to carrying gear. Whether it’s a weekend out of town or a summer on the open road, the Sutra is your ticket to freedom.
You asked for it, and you got it. A 29-inch-wheeled Process that leaves nothing to be desired going uphill or down. This heavy hitter gets a SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain, RockShox Yari fork and Deluxe RT shock, and a Reverb dropper post. Throw in tubeless-ready 3C Maxxis Minions and WTB Asym i29 TCS rims, and the Process 153 AL/DL 29 is shred-ready right out of the box.
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