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.
This Kona classic brings some of the finer things to light. Feel true stopping power with hydraulic disc brakes. With an adjustable 100mm of Suntour suspension, a 2x Shimano drivetrain, and sturdy WTB tires, the Fire Mountain helps build confidence off-road. Available for smaller riders in a 26" X-Small version and a 27.5" wheel for sizes Small through X-Large. - Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted frame - Suntour XCR 32 LO-R Coil Spring 100mm fork - Shimano Altus/Alivio 2x9 drivetrain - Alex DP25 rims w/WTB Trail Boss 2.25" tires - Tektro HDM275 hydraulic disc brakes
The Honzo is the bike that redefined Kona’s goal to push the limits and do something radically different. From biking to work to getting creative in the bike park, the Honzo inspires serious fun. This boost-spaced frame with thru-axle rear dropout features a 120mm RockShox Recon RL boost fork, SRAM NX/SX 12-speed drivetrain, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The Honzo sets the standard for a hardtail that’s equal parts fun and fast. - Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted frame - RockShox Recon RL Solo Air 120mm fork - SRAM NX/SX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain - WTB ST i30 TCS 29" rims w/WTB Trail Boss 29x2.25" tires - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes - Trans-X dropper post
You love the Honzo but wanted an aggressive hardtail with a bit more versatility. Enter the Big Honzo. With geometry derived from our carbon Big Honzo, the Big Honzo was designed around a 27.5+ wheel but is cross-compatible with a 29" wheel, allowing you to create your favorite configuration to get the most out of the terrain. The Big Honzo features 130mm of RockShox front suspension, boost spacing, a SRAM NX/SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, dropper post routing with up to a 200mm insertion depth, and hydraulic disc brakes, all in an affordable package. - Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted frame - RockShox Recon RL Solo Air 130mm fork - SRAM NX/SX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain - WTB ST i35 TCS 27.5" rims w/WTB Ranger TCS 27.5x2.8" tires - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes - Trans-X dropper post
Kids these days! They’re faster and more daring than ever before, so they need a bike that can keep up with their progression. We’ve designed the Process 24 with geometry characteristics similar to our full-size bikes in order to make it incredibly fun on the trails. 100mm of front and rear suspension is custom tuned for lighter riders. Powered by a Shimano Deore 1x drivetrain, the Process 24 is ready to get rowdy with the groms! - Kona 6061 DH Aluminum Butted frame - Manitou Machete Comp Air 100mm fork - RockShox Deluxe Select Solo Air shock - Shimano Deore 1x10 drivetrain - Alex DM24 wheels w/Kenda Kinetics Rear 24x2.35" tires - Shimano hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors
Once upon a time a bunch of mountain bikers dreamed up something wild: a drop bar bike that felt like a mountain bike and rode like a mountain bike but had the speed of a road bike. It was made of steel for that added bump absorption and ride quality, had powerful SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic disc brakes, a 1x drivetrain and beefy, yet fast-rolling 700x50c tires. It had a wider bar with a 16-degree flare that made for more aggressive descending. Born of that dream, the Sutra LTD came to reality in all of its dreamy glory and is an absolute riot on-road or off. - Kona chromoly Butted frame - Kona Project Two chromoly Disc Touring fork - SRAM Rival 1x11 drivetrain - WTB KOM Light Team i25 TCS rims w/WTB Venture TCS 700x50c tires - SRAM Rival 1 Flat mount hydraulic disc brakes
There’s a decent chance we’ll be caught in a zombie apocalypse in our lifetime. What’s your escape vehicle? The Process 153 would be a solid choice if you live in a place with unforgiving terrain. It’s an awesome build at a wallet-friendly price. With 160mm of RockShox Yari travel up front and a Deluxe Select Plus shock in the rear, the ride is plush and smooth. Well accompanied by SRAM Guide T hydraulic disc brakes, a dropper post, and SRAM’s NX/SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, the Process is one sweet build for the buck. - Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted frame - RockShox Yari RC Motion Control DebonAir 160mm fork - RockShox Deluxe Select Plus rear shock - SRAM NX/SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain - WTB ST i29 TCS 27.5" rims on Formula hubs - Trans-X dropper seatpost
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