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.
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?
About as stealth as it gets. Frames come in a full range of sizes from Small to XL.
And here’s a closer look at the geometry. Stay tuned next week for the full lowdown and first ride impressions.
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