If you’re looking for a non-custom and more affordable version of John’s Sklar that we posted today, then check out the newly-released Kona Unit and Unit X. For 2022, these popular models return with the Unit ($1,399) offered as a singlespeed and the Unit X ($1,599) comes with Deore 12-speed. You can even buy a frameset for $699. See all the details at Kona and throw your leg over one at your local dealer.
Trail dogs are the best and in the latest video from Kona, we get an introduction to Luna, the 11-year old who loves to rip around on trails…
Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt has created a niche for herself as a muralist of grandiose proportions. Her impeccable line work can be seen on buildings and walls in major cities across the west. She has transformed a plethora of blank walls in her hometown of Bellingham, Washington with paintings of landscapes, flora, portraits, and our personal favorite, the Kona Astrowhip. In her most recent project, Gretchen teamed up with Coast Salish artist Jason LaClair to create a gorgeous 720’ long piece paying homage to cultural roots of the region and the significance of the annual salmon run.
Check out more from this project at Kona.
Rush Dhillon is a renaissance man. Illustrator, scientist, gravel grinding machine-there’s not much he can’t do well. Rush uses his Libre CR DL to help inspire his drawings which in turn help educate people about the intricacies of the human body. This is Rush’s My Kona.
Check out Leah Lind-White shredding the 2022 Kona ESD after work one afternoon…
Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt is paving the way to greatness with an endless bounty of creativity. Gretchen is an artist, muralist, entrepreneur, and bikepacking enthusiast. She’s pedaled thousands of miles across some tricky terrain all in the name of adventure and inspiration. What she derives from her rides she infuses into her artwork that is taking the world by storm. Whether painting murals the size of football fields or creating new artwork for her Hydrascape Sticker company, Gretchen uses her Sutra LTD to get her to the places that bring her dreams to reality.
When Kona launched the ULTD last year, I don’t think they anticipated its success. What began as an experimental model has now replaced the Sutra LTD for 2022 and the 2021 LTD has been discontinued. So why did Kona do this? It could be a change in consumer demand. People want big, meaty tires, dropper posts, and more expedition-oriented tourers. If you want to learn more about the 2022 Sutra LTD, check out our review of the 2021 Sutra ULTD from last year and see more on the 2022 model at Kona.
For 2022 the beloved Honzo got a geometry overhaul, with slacker headtubes (from 67º to 66.5º), steeper seat tube angle (from 74º to 76º) longer reach (by 5mm per size), shorter seat tubes, which allow for the use of longer dropper posts and more standover, as well as 42mm offset on the RockShox Recon RL Solo Air 120mm fork.
This might not seem like a complete overhaul but in hardtail design, a few degrees can drastically improve a bike’s handling. The best thing about the Honzo still remains its price, which is only $1699 USD. Holler at your local dealer for availability and see all the changes in detail at Kona.
The Big Honzo is the Honzo’s big sibling. It’s a Honzo with bigger tires (27.5×2.8″) and a nice build kit featuring hydraulic disc brakes and 130mm of suspension. You’ll have all the benefits of bigger, 2.8” tires such as increased traction and control in a variety of terrains while softening the ride along the way.
For 2022, the Big Honzo DL ($1799 – in mint) is a 12-speed hardtail with Shimano Deore while the Big Honzo ($1499 – in black) is specced with Deore 11-speed. The Honzo platform is perfect for someone that’s curious about getting into mountain biking without breaking the bank. See more at Kona…
Over the next few weeks, Kona will be rolling out their drop bar adventure bikes, beginning with the Rove DL and Roce LTD models today. The DL is a 650b do-it-all, no-nonsense fully-steel bike, filled with all the cargo and extra bottle bosses you’d need in a neat, tight, 1x drivetrain kit. The DL’s fork has cargo bosses and this year, it comes in a bright blue. While the Rove LTD is a 2x, 650b machine with a carbon fork, also equipped with cargo bosses on the fork. Check out the full spread at Kona! If you’d like a full review, check out our Related column below the fold.
Spring is here. What does that mean for you and your trails?
Pandemic life means a lot of the normal, day-to-day coverage we cherished has gotten put on hold. One of which are Shop Visits. While I’ve been sticking local to Santa Fe over the past twelve months, my friend Nick was able to submit a Shop Visit to his local digs, Two Wheel Drive down in Albuquerque. Read on for Nick’s photos and words by Zach, Two Wheel Drive’s manager…
Follow bikepacking guide Timo Veijalainen as he takes Kona Ambassador Erkki Punttila and former Kona Factory DH team rider Antti-Pekka Laiho on a wintery two-wheeled adventure through the magical landscape of Kiilopää in Finland Lapland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park.
Today’s Readers’ Rides coincides with John’s review of the Kona Sutra ULTD. This build was done for the owner, Jason, of Back Alley Bikes in Carrboro, North Carolina. This build was documented by Jared Harber, so you know it’s going to be good! Let’s jump right in!
I’m going to nerd out here. Fair warning. When I see a bike like the Kona Sutra ULTD hit the internet, I feel mixed emotions. Part of that has to do with my love of the now-dead “adventure” category Specialized launched a few years back, beginning with the AWOL. I had some good memories on that bike and it feels like eons ago. If you remember, this was around the time people started calling bicycle touring “bikepacking”.
The AWOL was a touring bike in the sense that it had rack mounts, clearances for, at the time, big tires and it came specced in both its Poler and Trans-Continental limited-edition build kits with racks and panniers. Sounds like a touring bike to me! While this isn’t an article about the AWOL, I can’t help but see the face-value similarities between it and the Sutra Unlimited, or ULTD for short.
Now, the AWOL came out in 2014, and in these past six years, a lot has changed in the touring or bikepacking world for me but one thing remains constant: I love fat tire tourers, and the Sutra ULTD really impressed me. It pulled at all the heartstrings…
Modern beings are swimming in a self-destructive bath of distraction and doubt. “What is our usefulness?” we ask. What are we missing out on? Obviously something way better than what’s presently available to us. Is there a possible transaction of labor and capital that will permanently remove our doubts and self-diagnosed shortcomings? Is loving our own being possible? What is the best lifestyle accessory for our feelings of inadequacy? Such is our cruel method of measure, our search for moments of ease. This pernicious dance is as tedious as it is destructive. In this mindset, we will never be enough, never feel whole. It’s a zombie game that eats the possibility for our own contentment and moments of equanimity. This seeking is a cruel grift.
The story of this bike starts before it entered my life. It starts with a place, a center of creativity and bike culture. It starts with Citizens warehouse. In 2007 my sister Cailin joined a newly formed youth cycling club called El Grupo through her high school. The club centered around a DIY ethic and she built herself a bike at a then 18-year-old bike collective called BICAS. BICAS lived in the basement of a haggard old warehouse called The Citizens Transfer Warehouse affectionately known as Citizens. Cailin quickly fell in love with cycling and being my best friend she built me a single-speed road bike and encouraged me to come to see what El Grupo and BICAS were all about.