Kona SticksTo 26-Inch Tires Where It Makes Sense
Kona’s 2015 lineup is biggest so far, with almost 70 bikes and frames in the catalogue. The Canadian-American company stays true to their MTB roots, at the same time it continues to invest in road and commuting bikes.
The biggest news in the endurance line with bikes like the Esatto. Esatto (Italian for “exact”) is the Race Lite Scandium 69 frame, full carbon forks, a new geometry and 700c tires. The bike is built in the line with the endurance road trend – with a balance of comfort and sporty geometry.
Three models will be available, the top two will feature mechanical disc brakes. The DDL (Disc Deluxe) represents the top of the range with a mix of Shimano Ultegra/105 components and Mavic Aksium Disc One wheels.
Surprises in the MTB range
Kona has some surprises in the MTB range; it sticks to 26-inch wheels. Most of the hardtails and full-suspension bikes went on 27,5-inch or 29-inch wheels, but their DH bike Operator stays on the small wheels, so do two new bikes. The Precept 200 is a budget downhill bike with a similar suspension linkage that is used on Kona’s entry level bikes.
The Process 167 shares the same suspension technology and geometry concept (short stem, long top tube, short chainstays) as the Process models, but has much more travel. It features a 65 degrees head angle and 150 mm dropper seat post. It should be a great bike for all 26-inch fans. With 167 mm of travel it bridges the gap between the enduro in downhill, so it really is a rig for most technical and brave riders. Also interesting is the Process 134 SE, a 27,5-inch full-suspension bike that will only be available in XS, S and M sizes. The smallest size fits the riders with the height of under 1,6 meters.