It's a real favorite among the Kona USA staff, all of whom make a point of riding to work rain or shine. And that's saying something when you live in the very wet Pacific Rain Forest that surrounds Ferndale, Washington. The bike is the vision of longtime Factory Team Kona rider and Portland, Oregon shop owner Eric Tonkin, who wanted a Paddy Wagon with gears. The Honky Tonk comes with a Shimano rear derailleur and WTB Freedom rims. Sensible and affordable. Sometimes you don't need to be fancy.
|Frame Material||Kona Cromoly Butted|
|Sizes||SC49, SC53, SC56, SC59, SC61cm|
|Fork||Kona Retro Road|
|Freewheel||Shimano HG-50 12-25 9 spd|
|R/D||Shimano Tiagra SS|
|Brake Calipers||Tektro R538|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Sora|
|Seatpost||Kona Double Clamp w/offset|
|Seat Clamp||Kona Clamp|
|Grips||Kona Cork Tape|
|Saddle||Kona Retro Road|
|Rear Hub||Shimano 2200|
|Spokes||Sandvik Stainless 15g fr/14g rr|
|Rims||Freedom Racine Elite|
|Front Tire||Continental Ultrasport 700x28c|
|Rear Tire||Continental Ultrasport 700x28c|
|Paint Color||Medium Blue Metallic|
|Extras||available as frame only|
|GEOMETRY LEGEND:||RC = Chainstay Length||BBH = Bottom Bracket Height|
|FC = Front To Center||SO = Standover|
|TTH = Top Tube Length||WB = Wheelbase||HT = Head Tube Length|
|STA = Seat Tube Angle||FL = Fork Length||BBS = Bottom Bracket Size|
|HTA = Head Tube Angle||OF = Fork Offset||FD = Front Derailleur Clamp Size||Note: All Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice|
We've never given up on the original mountain bike material. You'll find the simplicity, strength, comfort, resilience, and playfulness of steel sprinkled throughout our line of road, asphalt and mountain bikes.
Kona recognized the advantages of sloping top tube frame design right from the original models we made in 1988, designed by inaugural MTB Hall of Fame legend Joe Murray. As a company, we've stayed true to this philosophy, going so far as to pioneer the design in road bikes before the benefits were understood. Today, you'll find sloping top tubes in most high-end road race bicycles. We've since stayed true to all the many positives this design brings to overall bike performance and comfort.
First, this design allows the top tube to be lower, providing more room for correct positioning and free body movement, enabling more standover clearance, which is particularly useful on dual suspension bikes that have higher bottom brackets. Riders have a more secure riding position, which is especially beneficial when riding downhill sections.Also, the top tube is longer and more compliant. As the top and down tube become more parallel, there's less triangulation, resulting in more compliancy. So not only is the frame stronger and more responsive, but it absorbs more shock than frames with horizontal top tubes.
Short chain stays and seat stays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedaling hard. Shorter seat stays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate quicker than longer stays. The shorter rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight twisting sections of trail.
Sizing and fit have always been one of the main strengths of the Kona range, with more stock sizes available than any other bike company. With our range of bicycles expanding significantly over the last couple of years, we felt it was time to overhaul our size scale.
We started with the overwhelming request for longer top tubes on our XC mountain bikes. The average increase is ½-inch (15-20mm), which we coupled with shorter stems and slightly shorter headset stack heights. The steps between sizes were evened out to ½-inch or 1-inch increments, and there are still up to 7 sizes: from 14-inch to 22-inch on many models.
In the asphalt range, top tube lengths were marginally lengthened, with the size gaps revised to even 15 to 20mm steps. There are still up to 6 sizes" from 46cm to 61cm on most models.
When it's called for, seat posts are either offset or straight to maximize the reach and power output of the rider. More importantly, the overall sizing on mountain bikes and road bikes allow Kona dealers and riders to determine their fit more easily from model to model and category to category.
The net result is better fit on the entire range, with a simplified system that allows easy fine-tuning and a perfect marriage of bike and rider throughout our entire 2011 range.
Kona warrants to the original owner that the frame of this new Kona bicycle purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for the lifetime of ownership by the original owner. Carbon frames have a 5 year warranty. During this warranty period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, the bicycle frame if Kona determines the frame is defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor and shipping charges connected with the repair or replacement of the bicycle frame. Please see the Kona Owners manual provided with your bicycle for additional information.
Of course you don't just want to hear about how great we think our bikes are. Get unbiased opinions, and read about our bikes in the real world, as magazine editors, writers and gear reviewers run our wares through the ringer. Below is an up-to-date listing of all current web and print reviews.
Dr Good reviewed in Bicycle Times Money well spent
2011 Paddy Wagon tested in Cycle Commuter (UK) Kona's Paddy Wagon is hard to beat
Hei Hei 100 reviewed in What Mountain Bike Magazine UK The Hei Hei 100 wins the Best Bike at £2100
Kona Bike reviewed in What Mountain Bike Magazine UK Pure Simplicity
Nunu reviewed in MBR Magazine UK A great feel and eagerness on the trail
2011Operator DH reviewed in Dirt Magazine (The Operator is)...Bang On
Kahuna tested in Mountain Bike (NL) A 29er test without Kona is unthinkable
Unit review in Fiets Magazine (NL) Lol voor je geld
Unit review in Up Down Magazine (Dutch) ...de Kona (Unit) geeft het gevoel dat hij meer leent om overal overheen te walsen...
Cadabra review in Up Down Magazine (Dutch) ...de Kona (Cadabra) stuurt zeer meegand en relaxed...
Tanuki Deluxe review in Enduro Tribe (FR) C'est un velo parfait pour s'amuser partout en France
Ute review in Bike & Trekking (NL) Fijne Fiets, die Ute!
Dr Fine reviewed on Road CC ...a fine all-year commuting machine
Supreme Operator reviewed in Dirt Magazine ...the ride is superbly damped and balanced
Kula Lisa reviewed on The Bike List This bike really is a dream to ride. I’ve been testing this bike out on my local trails and I don’t want to give it back!
Cadabra reviewed in Big Bike (FR) le Magic Link est un vrai plus qui offrent un gain de confort, en montee comme en descente
Shonky reviewed in Big Bike (FR) le Shonky est tres seduisant, fun et amusant
CoilAir reviewed in Big Bike (FR) Voici un compagnon capable d/y monter de facon tres acceptable et d'en descendre super bien
Operator FR reviewed in Big Bike (FR) L'accord avant-arriere en suspension est parfait, le bike est super "smooth" a piloter
2+2 reviewed in Velo Tout Terrain (FR) Ici le dynamisme et la finesse sont de rigeur
Paddy Wagon reviewed in Cycling Active magazine It's clear to see that Kona knows exactly what it’s doing and has created something a little bit special
Tanuki reviewed on montenbaik.com ...una bicicleta de XC puro
Cadabra reviewed on montenbaik.com ...con una sonrisa después de cada salida
Honky Tonk reviewed in Cycling Plus magazine A thoroughly modern machine with a sweet disposition
Electric Ute reviewed on Road.cc Massively Useful
Paddy Wagon reviewed on cycling.tv This is a solid entry level single speed/fixed bike which is ideal for the commuter.
Jake review in What Mountain Bike magazine An adaptable go-anywhere all-rounder that's both competent off-road and a sturdy option for touring or commuting.
2011 Abra Cadabra previewed in MBR UK magazine There is no denying that the 2011 Abra Cadabra is a step in the right direction.
Sutra review in Cycling Active magazine Dag nabbit, it’s a great bike...
Wah Wah pedals review in bike magazine these pedals continue to perform flawlessly—no slop, no squeaks, no grinding complaints from the innards
Jake review in Cycling Active magazine The Kona Jake – Grouptest Winner, Cycling Active. Overall Rating 87%
Dr Fine review in Cycle Commuter Magazine You’re getting yourself a reliable commuting option... you won’t be disappointed
CoilAir Deluxe review in What Mountain Bike Magazine A proper maximum fun bomber of a play bike... capable of clawing its way back up to have another go
Stinky 2-4 review in the Bicycle Buyer Magazine Above all, the Stinky 2-4 upholds the Kona stamp of quality
Ute review in The Bicycle Buyer Magazine The UTE’s practicality could easily replace a car journey to the supermarket
Sutra review on road.cc The Kona Sutra is an awesome package.
Lisa RD review on thebikelist.co.uk ...this is a reliable, strong ride with a hoard of quality components that will last you for years.
Major Jake review on cxmagazine.com ...the new 2011 Kona Jakes are taking things to a lower level, in weight anyway, and giving the Kona duo a leg up on the competition.
Abra Cadabra review on Singletracks.com It’s unlike any other suspension set-up you’ve ridden - it’s like magic!
Abra Cadabra review in Ciclismo (IT) Dura prova quella della Abra Cadabra. L'abbiamo messa sotto torchio nella gara di SuperEnduro di Finale Ligure e si è rivelata una bici molto equilibrata e divertente. Ideale per il biker tecnico ed esigente
Abra Cadabra review in bike magazine It works well, especially on climbs
Abra Cadabra review in GQ UK The Abra Cadabra is a super neat way to get two bikes in one
Abra Cadabra review in Singletrack Magazine It's well worth a play and perhaps someday, all bikes will end up like this.
Abra Cadabra review in Dirt Rag Magazine ....the Abra Cadabra was a joy to ride....comes alive as your speed increases...gobbles up rough and flowy sections of trail with equal prowess....I'd certainly be happy with this bike in my quiver.
Abra Cadabra review in What Mountain Bike Magazine An adept technical climber and rewarding descender
Abra Cadabra review in VeloMag (French Canadian) I'll offrira de belles qualites pour grimper et procurera des frissons dans le dos lors des descentes endeliables
AfricaBike review on Treehugger.com The Kona AfricaBikes are specifically designed to be light-weight, unbelievably durable, and easy to maintain. Basically, the bikes are built to go wherever needed, including off-road through dirt, rocks and mud.
Band Wagon review on bikemonkey.com Deluxe! That's the Cadillac of bikes, young man!"
Cadabra review in Tutto MTB (IT) un'ottima trail bike a lunga escursione, con un leggero telaio in lega allo scandio e una sospensione posteriore efficiente, una delle migliori per i Single track goduriosi !
Cadabra review in Velo News Buyers guide The result is capable climbing and supple, bottomless descending
Cadabra review in Mountain Biking UK Impressive spec and weight for the money
Cinder Cone review in The Bicycle Buyer We loved the smooth welds on the front end of the frame making it look much more expensive than the actual price tag, very classy. We also loved the simple bold graphics and colours which co-ordinated well with the component parts. The Kona is also the only bike we tested available in 1" increment sizes, allowing a more precise fit. A flawless ride, no surprises good or bad, what you see is what you get.
CoilAir review in Bike magazine The CoilAir is exceptionally stable and the suspension, damn near bottomless. Nice. If you're looking to tackle seriously big and punishing terrain that requires some honest pedaling to the top, the CoilAir delivers...and then some.
CoilAir review in Decline magazine A Special blend of all around ability and superb descending talent.
CoilAir Deluxe review in Velo News Buyers guide The result is capable climbing and supple, bottomless descending
Dew Deluxe review in The Bicycle Buyer The ultimate flat bar commuter bike for discerning dedicated cyclists
Dew Drop review in Cycling Plus Smart looking, mountain bike-inspired and built to be bombproof
Dew FS review on bikecarson.com The upright riding position is comfortable on your back and neck, and you have great visibility of traffic and other things that are going on around you.
Dr Fine review on velotaf.com (FR) Le cadre est vif et joueur. Le poste de pilotage, vraiment très haut d'origine, accentue presque excessivement cette vivacité.
Haole review on road.cc The Haole is a very well thought out bike,with a cracking frame, good wheels and a high level groupset backed up by sensible finishing kit
Haole in Cycling Plus Bike of the Year test The compact frame and small rear triangle keeping everything very tight and under control. It's also sharp going up hills and surefooted descending. Another of the pleasant surprises in this years test, and another reason to give steel a try
Hei Hei 100 review in Mountain Biker Magazine A truly lightweight racer that performs well and provides loads of fun on the trails during climbing as well as descending
Hei Hei 100 review in Velo News Buyers guide An XC race bike that can also act as a solid all-arounder
Hei Hei 100 review in bike magazine The four-bar linkage was efficient yet active on climbs and supple on descents
Hei Hei 100 review on singletrack.com An excellent bike overall. It felt stiff, fast and predictable and is easily handled on all terrain.
Hei Hei 29 review on BikeWorks of Lake Stevens Personally I think this is Kona's best offering yet in the 29'r category.
Hei Hei 29 review on bikemag.com I've flogged the hell out of this bike, on trails that have a reputation for ruining machines, it is still running like a top.
Hei Hei 29 review on singletracks.com With lightweight, hydroformed scandium tubing, race-ready geometry, and a solid XC component mix, this bike will let you rocket down the trail for hours on end.
Jake the Snake review on bikehugger.com I have to say it was a good step up over similar setups I’ve ridden.
Jake the Snake review in the Bicycle Buyer Jake the Snake is the Bicycle Buyer's Choice for Best All Round Cyclocross Bike
Kahuna review in Bike & Trekking magazine Even los, de Kahuna is en dijk van een fiets. Degelijk, origeneel en met de moiste kleur.
Kilauea review in What Mountain Bike magazine Very light, very lively, very fast
Major Jake review in VeloNews The bike is competitive against the new carbon 'crosser
Major One review in Stuff Magazine It's beautifully made
One 20 review in Bike Magazine France le Kona One 20 est le vélo idéal pour une majorité de vététistes avides d'évasion et d'amusement.
One20 Deluxe review on singletrack.com It has great pickup on small chatter, and likewise the big hits disappear. It's very plush in general.
Paddy Wagon review in Cycling Weekly UK Why not ride a fast, efficient bike that looks absolutely brilliant? And that's just what Kona has given us.
Stinky Deluxe review in bike magazine Perhaps most importantly, it will last
Stuff review in Mountain Biking UK The Kona is the Ideal Bike for Doing Stuff You Want
Sutra review on Outside online I grew so attached to my green Kona Sutra... that when I had to break her up and ship her home I almost cried at the thought of a five day separation.
Sutra review on gearjunkie.com Want a bike that’s good at doing a little bit of everything? The 2010 Kona Sutra might be your ride
Ute review in Momentum The long wheelbase of the Kona UTE allows for a lot more carrying capacity.
Ute review in Bicycle Times Of all the bikes I've tested in my tenure...no bike has attracted as much attention as the Ute
Ute review on bicycletimesmag.com No bike has attracted as much attention as the Ute
Ute review on fortworthology.com Kona's crammed all this functionality and down-to-Earth coolness into a remarkably affordable package
Africa Bike review in Cycle Commuter. This is a machine designed to take some serious abuse and it's really sturdy
Africa Bike review in the Seattle Times The bike rolls comfortably on long cruises, and is nimble enough for the stop-and-go of the city
Africa Bike review on road.cc A classic, and a bargain, every home should have one
Africa Bike - rower.com (polish) Africa bike – rower z przeslaniem. Africą możesz dojeżdżać zarówno do pracy jak i po zakupy. Świetnie nadaje się do jazdy w mieście
Bass review on whistlermountainbike.com The Bass was super fun to ride, with the short chain stays it showed us new lines on trails that we hadn't seen before.
Bass review in BIGBIKE Le velo excelle par sa tolerance et sa facilite sur les sauts, ideal pour les lignes rapides et engagees en bike park.
Bass review in Singletrack Magazine The Bass proved itself to be a very versatile bike
Bass review in Mountain Biking UK £1000 gets you a lot of bike that will thrash the dirt jumps and stand up to slopestyle.
Blast Deluxe review in MBR Magazine ...Inspires plenty of confidence when letting it all hang out...a sprightly-feeling ride.
Caldera review in Blue Ridge Outdoors ...About as light as you'll find for this price
Coilair Deluxe review in Mountain Bike Rider (german) Gute Enduro-Eigenschaften
Coilair Deluxe review in Mountain Bike Plus (dutch) vanaf 2000 Euro koop je een redelijke Enduro. Wil je er meer mee klimmen (en dus een lichtere bike dan zit je eerder in de 3000 Euro-klasse).
Coilair Deluxe review in Outside magazine We found ourselves grinding up difficult climbs in search of descents that would push it to its limits (we couldn't find any)
CoilAir Supreme review in BIGBIKE C'est une super bike d'enduro, hyper amusant a piloter grace a sa grande vivacite et maniabilite, et efficace grace a ses excellentes suspensions. Le fonctionnement du Magic Link est imperceptible dans le feu de l'action.
CoilAir Supreme review in Decline The pedaling capabilities and variable geometry give the bike a broad range of use, but the CoilAir's true calling is bombing rugged downhill terrain
CoilAir Supreme review on x-aces.com (german) Kona CoilAir Supreme 2009 – ein sehr vielseitiges Bike, welches durch das Magic Link System sein Potential sowohl beim Uphill als auch beim Downhill spürbar verbessert. Mit dem Kona CoilAir Supreme bekommt der Käufer somit ein wirklich sehr vielseitiges Bike, das bergab mehr Reserven bietet, ohne bergauf langsamer zu werden, zumindest bei einem runden Tritt.
Cowan Lock-On-Grips review in Mountain Biking UK Very soft and grippy with excellent extra length
Dawg Supreme review on cyclingnews.com this is a not a bike to be handled gently, it likes to be grabbed by the scruff of its neck and hauled into place – and then whoops down like a two-wheeled armchair , soaking up everything in its path.
Dawg Supreme review in Tutto MTB Magazine Le nuovo Dawg 2009 sono gia arrivate nei punti vendita kona, pensando di fare cosa gradita agli appassionati abbiamo approfittato della disponibilita di una Dawg Supreme per realizzare il nostro test in anteprema
Dawg Supreme review in BIGBIKE Le velo colle parfaitement au programme, a l'aise sur les terrains technique, autant en montee qu'en descente, ou il se montre aussi ludique qu'efficace. Un all-mountain tres reussi, pour les adeptes des sorties musclees en montagne.
Dawg Supreme review in CICLISMO (IT) Bella bike, leggera e divertente. Ottima per un uso Back Country e All Mountain anche esasperato!!
Dawg Supreme review in Mountain Biking UK A bike that feels right from the off and let's you just get on with the business of thrashing it.
Dawg Supreme review on gear.com Every Kona I've ridden has just plain worked and worked well.
Dawg Supreme - Forum.it (italian) la prima cosa che colpisce togliendo la bici dal cartone è il peso contenuto. Siamo infatti a quota 12.8 Kg, un buon risultato per una AM dall'escursione piuttosto generosa - la sospensione posteriore, sensibile e sempre perfettamente incollata al terreno - la Dawg si dimostra agile e divertente
Dawg Supreme review on feedthehabit.com you'll instantly fall in love with the way the Dawg simply devours the downhill.
Dawgma review in bike mag the Dawgma never felt over its head, no matter how hard I pushed it
Five-O Deluxe review in Mountain Biking UK The Five-O is a great play bike that's extremely competant on XC trails. It's happy on hard, fast descents and can handle moderate abuse too.
Freddy Jacket / Eddy Pant review on FRAKTUR (german) Flott auf'm Spot! Warum Kona und Nicht-Kona-Fahrer einen Blick auf
Hei Hei 2-9 Deluxe review on feedthehabit.com Maybe this should be called the Woo Hoo 2-9 because this bike is a complete hoot on the trails
Hei Hei review in Mountain Bike Plus WAT EEN MOOI FRAME!
Hei Hei review in What Mountain Bike This is a very rapid & enjoyable ride.
Hei Hei review on bikeradar.com An ultralight bike that delivers tight, sting-reducing speed with bags of potential for upgrading
Honky Tonk review on bikeradar.com Cool, retro ride for those happy to sit back and chill
Test Kona Humu FRAKTUR Kona Humu 2009 - Woher kommt der Name und was das Bike sonst noch kann ... ein Testbericht von Fraktur Magazin Deutschland
King Kahuna (2-9ER) review from gearjunkie.com. for those in the 29-inch marketplace, the King Kahuna should be at the top of your list
King Kahuna (2-9ER) review in Mountain Biking UK Excellent - One of the best wagon wheelers we've ridden.
King Kahuna (2-9ER) review on mtnbikeriders.com ...a durable well rounded bike that can withstand some hard trail riding while also easily slipping into the racer mode if you so desired.
Kula Deluxe review in What Mountain Bike A phenomenally committed climbing and race bike that's impressive on descents too.
Kula Deluxe review on bikeradar.com A phenomenally committed climbing and race bike that's impressive on descents too
Kula review in What Mountain Bike Out of the box the ride feel is sweet.
Lisa 120 Deluxe review on dirtragmag.com I was pleasantly surprised to find this bike felt instantly familiar and comfortable.
Lisa TR review on bikeradar.com Every tester who rode this bike – from novice to experienced triathlete – felt immediately confident in the ride position
Lisa TR review in 220 Triathlon The Kona Lisa is a solid investment and holds its own at this pricepoint.
Major Jake review on bicycling.about.com Whether you race cyclocross or just want to take to the woods without having to lug a heavy old clunker mountain bike, Kona's Major Jake is a good choice
Major One review in Mountain Bike Mag. We think the bike is a steal-and an ideal platform for customization
Minxy review in BIKE Mag. The Minxy is a solid purchase for a girl wanting to push her limits on a predictable and plush bike.
Minxy review on mtbr.com a far and refreshing cry from the stereo-typical women's bike
Minxy review in MountainBike Rider (german) Black is beautiful – Mountainbike Rider Magazin testet Kona's Freeride Bike, das Minxy
One20 review on bikeradar.com Slack but balanced budget bouncer is a blast.
One20 Deluxe review in BIGBIKE Le velo se tourne vers une pratique sportive plus XC que rando, dont la position allongee est parfaite pour rouler vite sur le plat et en montee.
Paddy Wagon review on roadcyclinguk.com Kona's Paddy Wagon manages to stand out with a bold look which is backed up by a decent frame and competent handling
Stab Supreme review in BIGBIKE C'est une arme en competition, dote de suspensions efficaces et concu pour rouler vite. Il est plus taille pour les parcours rapides que pour les parcours lents et techniques. Il est fait pour les riders qui recherchent un velo tres stable et tres bien suspendu.
Stinky Air review in Ciclismo magazine Stinky Air è una delle novità "forti" della gamma Kona 2009.
Stinky Air review in BIGBIKE Ce cadre est excellent, avec une bonne geometrie et au comportement tres joueur, ideal pour les riders voulant un velo de freeride pas trop lourd.
Stinky Air VS Stinky Deluxe review in TUTTOmtb (Italy) Con oltre 10 anni di carriera alla spalle la canadese Stinky rappresenta l'icona delle Mountain Bike da freeride. Una bici che ha saputo adeguarsi alla esigenze di un mercato in continu
Supreme Gloves review in Dirt Rag Kona's Supreme mesh-paneled glove provides maximum airflow along with all the characteristics that make a great glove.
Sutra review in the Seattle Times The bike rolls comfortably on long cruises, and is nimble enough for the stop-and-go of the city
Unit review on CourierPostOnline.com It handles bumps well considering it's fully rigid, can accelerate, climbs like a champ and carries momentum over obstacles.
UTE review on road.cc A brilliant do-anything bike
Ute review on bikeradar.com Kona is getting involved early, bringing more legitimacy (and a worldwide dealer market) to the cause.
Ute review on Outside online This is my favorite, and I've ridden more than a few cargo bikes over the last six years or so.
Ute review on Mountain Bike Action Kona's Ute is as elegant as a utility bicycle can be
Ute review in Singletrack Has armchair ergonomics and can carry tons of awkwardly shaped stuff in an eccentric style
Ute review on bikecarson.com The Kona Ute is a blast to ride, and makes a great urban bike
Ute review on Outside Magazine Online a bike like the Ute can replace your dependency on having to jump in a car to make the haul
Ute review on bikecarson.com I've only yet begun to use the Ute to its full potential, but I was pretty pleased with this particular cargo. It was by no means a heavy load, but the awkwardness of it probably would've made me drive if I didn't have the cargo bike.
The Dr. Dew Files - Episode #4 - Built To Last review on mtbr.com The Doctor is at it again. This time he pounds the pavement and trails in search of old Konas that have stood the test of time.