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  • Concern for Kona as staff take down stand at Sea Otter
  • Mark
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    The annual Sea Otter Classic race and expo is the traditional new season starter event. Based in California it attracts racers and some of the world’s …

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    Concern for Kona as staff take down stand at Sea Otter

    neilupnorth
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    😳

    footflaps
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    Very sad, been around from almost day 1 in the mid 80s.

    chrismac
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    Let’s hope it’s not the end of the brand.

    somafunk
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    Doesn’t Utah have some very suspect business practices?

    northernmonkey73
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    Sad times if they do cease trading. Fingers crossed for all the staff at Kona

    kerley
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    Sad.  Still remember my early nineties Cinder Cone and even rode around northern France on it.

    thegeneralist
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    Hope they haven’t Kikedapu.

    tonyd
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    I still have an early 90s Cinder Cone and ride it almost every day! It’s my favourite bike.

    Sea-Urchin
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    Sold Kona for many years and still have all my favourite bikes and clothing..!

    I’m wearing my flannel shirt as I type this..  Really hope they are OK and pull through this.

    5lab
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    I expect the brand will continue as its got a lot of depth to it. might not be the same folks running it though

    Ben_H
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    Holy cow – I’ve bought three (discounted!) Konas in the last 12 months.  One of my favourite brands. 🙁

    Northwind
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    They’re one of the big brands that I’ve still got a lot of time for, they make a load of rock solid middle of the range bikes that are good value, and loads of interesting stuff too. Too many models, mind, and their ebike selection looks pretty dismal compared to others, that’s got to be a big deal in 2024. Hope they’re OK

    sc-xc
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    Doesn’t Utah have some very suspect business practices?

    They’re not all saints.

    kimbers
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    As a huge Kona fanboy this saddens me

    Might buy a Euromillions ticket and see if I can buy the brand

    Daffy
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    Everyone saying how sad, but when was the last time you considered buying a Kona and how many of you own one?

    IHN
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    they make a load of rock solid middle of the range bikes that are good value

    Maybe this is the problem. Kona, back in the day, wasn’t ‘rock solid middle of the range’, it was something special.

    woodster
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    I’ve liked every Kona that I’ve ridden over the years. Hopefully they’re not gone, I’m sure the brand will survive if nothing else.

    Perhaps they have lost their way a bit of late (see above), can’t say I see many recent ones around.

    didnthurt
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    I’ve owned three Kona bikes and loved them all, the last one I bought was a single speed Paddy Wagon for my 40th Birthday, sold it a couple of years later as I hardly used it.

    It’d be a shame if they disappear but they’ve always been a bit of an odd one for me. A Canadian company whose name (and many of their bike names) based on Hawaiian names and places but made in the far east.

    Their frames were quality but their specs were often a bit crap IME.

    munrobiker
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    Didn’t everyone feel this was inevitable? They’ve been charging insane money for their bikes for a while without really keeping them cutting edge and you never saw any out on the trails. The prices really were out of this world compared to other rivals in bike shops.

    They used to be everywhere – new riders getting about on Cindercones, people loved the Process range and once upon a time Stinkys were the default bike for anyone doing anything vaguely gnarly that didn’t have much money. I can’t remember the last time I saw a new one though.

    The takeover seemed to be an opportunity to grow but really they just stagnated.

    Typing that, it sounded very similar to what people were typing on the Orange thread…

    kimbers
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    Everyone saying how sad, but when was the last time you considered buying a Kona and how many of you own one?

    ive got 7  and I bought a Honzo DL last year (tho that was s/h)  my last new new bike was a Kona process in 2019 😁

    spec wise they’ve been over priced of late but usually their lower tier is much better vfm with a deore groupset.

    Maybe this is the problem. Kona, back in the day, wasn’t ‘rock solid middle of the range’, it was something special.

    i think the Honzo dl is something special, probably the most versatile bike ive owned

    cakefacesmallblock
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    We have two Konas in our current ‘fleet’.

    My Unit is the simplest,  yet favourite bike I’ve ever owned. Mrs CFSB has a Honzo DL ( horrible unwieldy thing in my view) which is her pride n joy. It will be a sad day if they go under.

    Good luck, for the sake of all the staff and folk who rely on them to run their businesses in the uk.

    AD
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    Loved my Cinder Cone – it was (I think) a’96 in a gorgeous bronze colour.

    Had a Paddy Wagon for commuting and I’ve still got an A-Ha frame hanging on the wall.

    I hope there is an ‘innocent’ explanation for the stand disassembly 😟

    funkmasterp
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    Always liked the look of their bikes but a lot of them seemed way over priced for the spec.

    thelooseone
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    My first proper mtb was a Kona, a 95 Lava Dome. I’ve had 6 Konas over the years, currently own a 2019 Process. Will be a sad day if they go under, if I had to pick a favourite bicycle brand, it would be Kona.

    Bruce
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    We currently have four Konas and I have owned another 3. I hope the company survives.

    For me the sadest thing would be for the name to end up being sold to and ending up on BSOs

    Rubber_Buccaneer
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    Everyone saying how sad, but when was the last time you considered buying a Kona and how many of you own one?

    Me.  Love mine.  But I think they’ve been on the slide since they were sold unfortunately.

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    johnny63
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    Doesn’t Utah have some very suspect business practices?
    They’re not all saints.

    deserves more credit ! 🙂

    squirrelking
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    Everyone saying how sad, but when was the last time you considered buying a Kona and how many of you own one?

    Fancied a Unit or Big Roam ST, own a Dew which has done many miles and I’d recommend then to anyone (and often do).

    Am I sad? Maybe. Am I surprised? Not in the slightest. Would be hilarious if it was sold and the original owners bought it back for less than they were paid for it though. Sadly I doubt that will be the case.

    Kuco
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    My first proper mountain bike was way  back in 89 a Kona Cindercone. Really wanted an Explosif but that was out of my budget.

    sotonkona
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    This doesn’t sound good, they announced a new and slightly burly gravel bike a couple days ago! It would be a real shame for them to go under, they’re a brand I’ve loved since the 90’s, they carved their own path for a long time and didn’t really stick to convention. Sadly they stagnated for a while and made a few poor decisions. They’re deemed a big brand but they never had the volume and buying power of Trek, Spesh etc. so they just couldn’t compete at the prices they charged – in latter years spec never justified the price.

    Anyway, I’m 11 Kona’s in and currently on the Process 134 29 Carbon, it’s covered 7000 miles in 2 years on everything from sessions at FOD to the whole SDW in a day to XC races, it’s an awesome bike, for me the one to do it all. I’ve been looking forward to what they make next, I hope they get through the other side and don’t forget the essence of their brand.

    The UK team and particularly their shop in Chertsey are brilliant, hope whatever happens next these guys aren’t impacted

    Daffy
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    I’m just playing devil’s advocate.  I own a Kona and have owned 3 in total, but if I were to look for a bike of almost any type these days, Kona would not be near the top of my list of first places and I’ve bought 5 bikes in the last 4 years.   That’s a sad fact that’s possibly mirrored in many others.

    vlad_the_invader
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    I’m not sure whether I dodged a bullet or not, but a couple of months ago I was in the market for a Kona Unit X (it ticked all the boxes) but I never got to try one, as no one had my size and nobody at Kona could locate anything in XL or give me any sort of time-frame when they would have stock.

    I hope they don’t go under but at least I don’t have to worry about any potential non-warranty

    crab
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    Very sad to hear. Hope they’re not muni mula-red as a company. (I’ll get my Hawaiian print coat)

    Remember getting smoked by Fabian Barel on Le Pleney around 2004 when the stinky/stab was one of the best bikes.

    politecameraaction
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    “They’re not all saints.”

    Don’t worry about Kona – I just know that something good is gonna happen.

    robertajobb
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    Another who started with a Conder Cone in the 90s – same as Kuco, the Explosiv was ther real object of desire, but too many sheckels by far for a poor engineer.

    t0mislav
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    I’ve loved three Konas and the old crew has been part of the sport for decades. But bigger companies and private equity kill bike brands. In 8 months the Kona name will grace Chinese catalog e-bikes. Reference Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, etc. Selling two-for-one FS bikes is not a sign of financial health.

    matt_outandabout
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    when was the last time you considered buying a Kona and how many of you own one?

    I was saving for a Kona Sutra LtD when my Genesis came up locally at 1/3 the price second hand but unused. My head ruled heart.

    I mean, just look at that paint job.

    matt_outandabout
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    And I also think that thier MtB’s were not great value since they were sold.

    spooky_b329
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    I’ve had a Lava Dome, Kula, Explosif, and my wife has had a Fire Mountain, Cinder Cone and a Caldera. The first one I bought would have been 1997 when I was 16 I think, last one 2005 (the Explosif…mad to think it’s 19 years old…and 19 years since I’ve bought from them).

    I was pretty close to buying a Unit single speed but weirdly it came down to the good value Unit and the rather spendy Shand Bahookie.  Ended up spotting a 2nd hand Shand so never got the Unit.

    Generally I don’t like the way the bikes look anymore, they don’t seem to stand apart from all other brands.

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