More Kicks For Kids – 3 Kona Bikes For Your Offspring

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We’d already seen the bikes for big kids at Sea Otter: a carbon Process 153, a Big Honzo 27.5+ hardtail, and a nice Honzo ST in a special 30th birthday limited edition. Like many other 30 year olds however, Kona has started to turn its thoughts to children, and has introduced three new bikes for kids which will give youngsters the chance to emulate their idols (their parents – obviously, not Connor Fearon).

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For those with a gnarly paper round

First up, and on display at Eurobike, there is the new Process 24. Based on the adult Process, this is a full suspension bike with 24in wheels. A 100mm Manitou Machete provides the bounce up front, while a RockShock Deluxe R Solo Air has rear suspension covered. Shimano hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors keep things under control, while a 30T chain ring and 11-42T 10 speed cassette provide the go. Positioned up high on the stand, we weren’t able to pick it up, and we understand it’s not especially light weight, but for kids who are riding hard and perhaps even using uplift this may well be of interest.

The Process 24 will retail at £1,799. Kids, you’d better get doing the chores.

The Honzo 20 – not on display at Eurobike.

Not on display but also in Kona’s new kids’ range are the Honzo 24 and Honzo 20. As you’d expect, these are hardtails with 24 and 20 inch wheels. The 24 will retail at £649, and the 20 at £549. The 24 comes with 65mm of travel thanks to a Spinner Grind air fork, while the 20 has the same fork with 50mm of travel. Both come with Tektro HDM286 Hydraulic brakes.

Maybe a Honzo 24 for your youngster?

Kona says it is keen to work on its kids’ range in future – young brand loyalty could pay off in the long run – so it’ll be interesting to see what else they come up with. It would be great to see a top quality plus-proportioned rigid bike – a mini Unit perhaps? Which, incidentally, wasn’t on display but is still in the Kona line-up.

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Kona Process 153 hangin’ around
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What colour would you go for?

For a look round the Kona stand, check out our live video here: https://www.facebook.com/singletrackmag/videos/10156108289813612/

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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