Photo’d & Weighed – 2012 Kona 29er, Freeride, DH and Cyclocross Bikes

2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike weight

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…

2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike 2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The King Kahuna gets a 12×142 rear thru axle and postmount disc brakes.

2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike 2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

2012 Kona King Kahuna carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The pressfit BB area is pretty stout, too, particularly the flare at the bottom of the seat tube.

2012 Kona Satori 29er full suspension mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona Satori 29er full suspension mountain bike 2012 Kona Satori 29er full suspension mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona Satori 29er full suspension mountain bike 2012 Kona Satori 29er full suspension mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona entourage freeride full suspension mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona entourage freeride full suspension mountain bike

2012 Kona entourage freeride full suspension mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona supreme operator dh downhill full suspension mountain bike

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.

2012 Kona jake the snake carbon fiber cyclocross bike

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.

2012 Kona jake the snake carbon fiber cyclocross bike

2012 Kona jake the snake carbon fiber cyclocross bike 2012 Kona jake the snake carbon fiber cyclocross bike

Internal cable routing should keep it shifting smooth. Molded carbon brake hanger on the rear is pretty sweet.

2012 kona freeride stem

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.

Comments

Jason - 07/24/11 - 3:52pm

Any info or photos of the new Honzo?

From the little bit I’ve seen on their site, it looks to be a unique animal:

http://cog.konaworld.com/archives/7997

stretchypants - 07/24/11 - 6:19pm

isn’t that the majorjake? and not the jake the snake?

Varaxis - 07/24/11 - 7:25pm

@Jason: I don’t know if you can call it that unique. People are just now receiving their Canfield Nimble 9 frames, which is strikingly similar to the Honzo, as far as geo goes. I asked one owner what they thought about news of the Honzo. They didn’t seem to really be upset.

http://www.canfieldbrothers.com/frames/nimble-9

I definitely appreciate all the extra features the Honzo has. Looks like it undercuts and outdoes the Nimble 9, unless riders value comfort over all the extra features.

As for info, the US MSRP a rumored to be targeted to be: ~$1750 for a complete build and ~$550 for a frame. The Canfield Nimble9 is $700.

This might be what the production model looks like:
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/284934_10150251395830326_9236275325_7668391_6241355_n.jpg

trevor - 07/25/11 - 1:46pm

Looks like the article disapered

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