Kona Carbon Honzo – Full Video Added

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Kona Bicycles has never been one to particularly toe the line or fit into pigeonholes, so it’s not too much of a surprise to see that its new carbon hardtail comes with a very burly look and provisions for dropper posts despite World Cup cross country racing ambitions. We’ll be getting a whole rundown of the range at the World launch next week, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some of the specs.

Kona says: “who ever said that a hardtail couldn’t be as fun as other ‘trail’ bikes? Who assumed a 29in hardtail couldn’t have an aggressive trail geometry and a carbon frame that can climb almost as fast as it descends? And where is it written that a dropper post and wider/stiffer Boost rear end can’t be utilized on a frame with no moving parts? Nobody and nowhere! We’re just trying to figure out why we didn’t we make the Honzo Carbon’s sooner.

The Honzo CR Race – just what you race it in is up to you.


There are several different specs for the Honzo – from mostly racy (though still 120mm forked) to the two more burly versions with dropper posts pre-fitted. And who heard of a race bike with a Pike?

The Honzo CR Trail – 1×11, Fox 34s and a dropper. Nice!


About as stealth as it gets. Frames come in a full range of sizes from Small to XL.

The Trail DL comes with a RockShox Pike for added mayhem


And here’s a closer look at the geometry. Stay tuned next week for the full lowdown and first ride impressions.

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And there’s even a full video – much like the recent dual-personality full suspension HeiHei video.

Can’t see the video, click here: https://vimeo.com/169697972


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (4)

    Yep, DL please in medium, in all week

    That looks like one sweet recipe.

    They do look sweet. I’m still mourning the loss of the steel version, with a saved search on the Bay. CR and Ti would be well too pricey for me but a Reynolds tubed one? Mmm

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