Kona Goes Big for 2014, with 25 new Models
Kona has been very busy for 2014. Not only are there 25 new models across the line, but their Enduro line sees a major suspension overhaul with 6 new Process and Process DL bikes. Whether you consider yourself a mountain, road, cross, or casual rider Kona probably has something for you in the coming year!
Check out the highlights including the new fatbike after the break!
One of the biggest changes would have to be the new Process line up which replaces the previous process, along with the Abra Cadabra, and Cadabra. Equipped with their new Rocker independent suspension design, the compact linkage with a lower center of gravity provides stable pedaling while still allowing things to really open up on the descents. Broken up into three different models, the Process and Process DLs will be offered in 27.5″ wheels with the 134/140mm travel Process 134 DL (top, $3,599), and 153/160mm in the Process 153 DL (above, $4,999).
The third model is the Process 111 DL ($5,599), which packages 29″ wheels into a 111/120mm travel platform. All three models will be offered in both Process, and higher spec Process DL trims. Developed specifically for trail and Enduro riding, the new geometry uses a longer top tube with shorter stems and slack 68 degree head angle for a longer front center. The BB is kept low, and the suspension rides high in the travel for stability at high speeds even in technical terrain.
Processes are all built from 6061 alloy frames with 142×12 rear axles and sold in S-XL frames that are all dropper post equipped. Combined with a smart spec for all around trail and enduro-ing the Process line looks really good for 2014.
In addition to the new carbon Supreme Operator we checked out at Sea Otter which will retail for $6,999, there will also be a more privateer friendly version called the Operator for $3,999 (right). Both bikes use the same UD monocoque front triangle with 6061 aluminum rear end for a super light, fast DH bike.
Entry level bikes get a boost as well with the new Precept which is the evolution of the Tanuki. Sitting below the Process line, the Precept DL allows riders on a budget to still get the most from their ride with modern features like dropper post routing, direct mount front derailleur, and full cartridge bearings all for $1,899 with the lower spec Precept at $1,599.
In addition to a few other new or revised hardtails, the Cinder Cone gets an update to a 27.5″ Scandium Race Light 6069 frame. The Cinder Cone joins the Steel Explosif and alloy Blast for the 27.5″ hardtails.
Wo. A fatbike that is uniquely Kona. Built with a 6061 butted alloy frame, the Wo features a 170mm rear axle, 100mm BB, and 31.6 dropper post compatible seat tube with a low standover. Wo will retail for $1,699 and will be sold in 15, 17, 19, and 21″ frames.
Also covered at Sea Otter, the Super Jake and Major Jake are set to brink Kona into the world of disc only cross. Super Jake above will feature a full Sram Red 22 Hydro HRD set up for $5,999.
While the Major Jake will use the same carbon fiber frame as the Super Jake with an Ultegra drivetrain and Stan’s Iron Cross tubeless wheels for $3,599.
Along with some other updates to the road bike line, there is the new Alloy Zone, an aluminum model of the carbon Zone endurance bikes. Built from 6069 aluminum, the frame is not quite the light and stiff frame the scandium versions are, but it is very affordable and still has great ride characteristics. Equipped with a 105 drivetrain with an FSA crank, the Alloy Zone runs $1,499.
Finally, the new alloy Coco Mixte brings style and performance to the commuting segment for $699.