Kona Honzo ESD first ride review: Kona’s classic hardcore hardtail gets an update

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On one of the hottest days of the year, Andi takes out one of the hottest new bikes of the year. Here are his first ride impressions of the Kona Honzo ESD.

There was a time that all I rode was steel hardtails. Now and then I would see a new suspension bike and give in to temptation, but inevitably I would get rid of the full-bounce and head back to a sorted hardtail. These days though I ride full-suspension bikes, partly because the terrain I now ride is more suited to full-squish but primarily because full-suspension bikes are such amazing machines these days.

RaceFace handles the chainset, stem, 35mm diameter bars and ARC rims. It's all solid kit that should last, but nothing on the Honzo can be described as lightweight. This goes for the Maxxis 3C EXO tyres, a tremendous Assegai 29 x 2.5 on the front and Minnion DHR II 29 x 2.4 on the rear, great rubber with amazing grip.

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