Photo’d & Weighed – 2012 Kona 29er, Freeride, DH and Cyclocross Bikes
Kona had a pretty little display with final and pre-production versions of all the new bikes we’ve been showing you so far (specs, etc., in that post), including the King Kahuna carbon and Satori 29ers, Entourage freeride bike, Supreme Operator DH and Jake the Snake carbon cyclocross bike. They also had a slick new housebrand stem that PR guy Smiley was pretty proud of.
Above, the King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail comes in at 25lbs 4oz. Not the lightest we’ve seen, but look at the spec: SRAM X9 and housebrand cockpit, and it has pedals on it. This cost cutting measure it carried over most of their bikes, which means virtually all of them can be contenders on the scale if you’ve got the aftermarket budget, but they’re within a pretty good weight range out of the box.
Make the jump for detail pics and weights on all of them…
The King Kahuna gets a 12×142 rear thru axle and postmount disc brakes.
The tapered headtube has a pretty big cross section behind it to disperse frame stresses, and the top- and down-tube shapes are very angular, helping keep things stiff.
The pressfit BB area is pretty stout, too, particularly the flare at the bottom of the seat tube.
The new Satori 29er all-mountain full suspension bike. Like the King Kahuna, the Satori weighed here is spec’d with middle of the road components and comes in at 31lbs 5oz.
One of the standout features of the frame design is the clean cable routing. Everything runs under the top tube and through the shock mount and swing arm linkage. Color matched FSA headset top cap is a nice touch, too.
Being pre-production, this one still had front derailleur cable routing on the downtube and behind the bottom bracket, but final bikes will run that cable up top with the rest. All Satoris will come with ISCG tabs standard.
This “prototype” Entourage (above) is actually closer to the production model than the stock looking model below. The spec on the one above is about 65% what you’ll see on the showroom floor. So, the weight will be somewhere between 37lbs 7oz and 40lbs 6oz.
This bead blasted pearl white color is really nice in person, and a similar color will be on the Supreme Operator DH, below. Kona says the bead blasting strengthens the outer surface of the tubes and helps prevent cracks.
The pro-level spec of their top-end Supreme Operator DH puts the full downhill bike at just 38lbs 12oz. And that’s with the new Easton 35mm bar/stem parts.
The new Jake the Snake carbon cyclocross bike weighs in at a respectable 18lbs 3oz with slightly upper mid-level spec. It could definitely get a lot lighter if you wanted.
Internal cable routing should keep it shifting smooth. Molded carbon brake hanger on the rear is pretty sweet.
The new Kona freeride stem uses a pretty slick open-sided design and two piece front clamp. On the production models, the laser etched marks will actually be on the front clamps to help it line up with the marks on their handlebars.