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House of the Big Wheel


Daniel and Andy from Kona Europe visited Bothy Bikes this week. They had a 2012 Tanuki Supreme, successor to the very popular Dawgs of yore; an Entourage Deluxe, which looks like an awesome play bike for people who like to go downhill very fast; a Caldera (last years Kula in price & spec, confusingly) and a Mahuna entry-level 29er. Now, the Mahuna really got my interest: a nice, simple XC trail bike, with tempting looks and price (£650) We’ve got one to try out, look out for a mini-review soon!
Here’s a link to Kona’s cog blog

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Kona Honzo

We’ve just taken delivery of a few of the new Kona Honzo 29er bikes. It’s a steel framed hardtail,with a 68mm head angle, designed for all mountain use. Chainstays are about as short as you’ll get them, planty of mud clearance with the Maxxis Ardent 2.25 fitted, it’s set up as a 1×9 (front mech would get in the way) with a Rock Shox Revelation 120mm fork.

We took the bike for a quick spin around the car park and over a few rooty singletrack bits. First impressions: fun bike! Feels playful and easy to chuck around… can’t wait to take one for a proper ride!

Here’s what the designer, Chris Mandell has to say:

“The chainstays on these bikes are 415mm which are extremely short for a 29er, we actually had to remove the front derailleur compatibility for this bike to accommodate the size of tyre that you’d want to have on an all-mountain 29er and the chainstay length that we felt we needed. So that’s why this bike comes with ISCG tabs and you’ll always see it run with a singlespeed at the front, with a 9 or 10 speed cassette at the back. The bike comes specced with a 12-36 cassette so it has a really wide range good for pedalling and good for getting up hills. It also uses the Kona CC hanger, which is a replaceable sliding dropout, so if you want to run it singlespeed you’re able to.”

I think this would be a great bike for steep trails, technical terrain and big hill rides where you’re riding for the descents.

The price is £1599 for the complete bike – frame only is available from December.

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