- Kona 2018 bike launch
is happening now in austria
anyone have any info?
Kona rep advised me to wait for the new line before purchasing a long travel 29er from anyone else ( or even a 2017 111 or 153)
the process range also gets a new linkage apparently
just gotta find a way to pay for it…Posted 2 years ago
the 2018 is just a refresh before they totally redesign it.
so new linkage now then a completely new design in 2019?
Ive given up waiting for a carbon process! my 153 is 14kg in a burly build so im not too fussed tbh
just want something that has the fun of my 153 with the grip of my, (slacked out) unitPosted 2 years ago
Oh hello! I’m very happy to have my pessimism rewarded with some new bike nerdery to look at. Kona ditched their previous carbon Process efforts three years ago and it was rumoured they then used the knowledge from the Hei Hei redesign to start work on the Process. Shops will be happy, they thought this was 12 months away and they’d have another season of trying to shift a (good) but somewhat dated design.
Funnily enough I was just reading a thread on MTBR where someone mentioned a new design with a trunnion mount. There were comments about everyone being tight lipped and something was coming very shortly.
It does look like a trek, but thrilled to see a Process redesign. I love my Process 134 but was looking to Transition for my next bike.Posted 2 years agoangeldustSubscriber
He also told me not to bother with a 111 or a new 153 I was looking to demo!
That does put a **slightly** different spin on it, but as a rep I’d fully expect him to be saying the new range is the best thing ever, and a ‘massive improvement’ over last years models (which this time last year were also the best thing ever)!Posted 2 years ago
Looks like a trek tho
Got to admit it does, but with the seatstay pivot still. I can’t get on board with that colour personally.
Very interested to see the 29er though. The P111 was such a unique bike, amazing fun but also really hard work. Intrigued about what improvements they have deemed necessary.Posted 2 years agotuomoeMember
I happened to be riding in Seerfaus Fiss Ladis yesterday were they apparently were having a some kind of Kona dealer launch event.
Saw plenty of those cyan carbon Process 153s, looked super nice in flesh. Seemed to work pretty nicely too based on following one good rider riding it.
P111 replacement I didn’t see sadly. Was a bit miffed about that since it’s a bike the release of which I’ve really been looking forward to. Dunno wether just didn’t manage to spot it, it’s not coming or if they just didn’t have those available for testing.
What I did see however was an Process 167, 27.5″ wheels, alu frame, grey color, Lyrik fork and coil shock. Looked very interesting and burly. Really looking forward on learning on the specs on that beast.Posted 2 years agozakflipMember
New 2018 Kona Process 153 https://happyride.se/forum/read.php/1/3191828/3191834Posted 2 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
The google translation of that site is hilarious:Posted 2 years ago
I think you formulated it perfectly correctly. Here I sit, hopeless Kona fanboy, and do not get either semi or wet water running at the sight. Even the color does not feel woman-like.
A woman should radiate robustness, calmness and look raw and it will also feel when riding a bike.
Kona Dealer Agreement
2018 Product Embargo
Hello Kona Dealer!
Things are a little different at Kona this year. Rather than launching all of our bikes and a new website in the summer, we will be launching bikes on Konaworld.com as they become available. We appreciate your help in keeping new models under wraps!
WHY AN EMBARGO?
We are not launching our full 2018 website until bikes become available. Why?
Allowing our marketing team to launch new models with professional quality photos, videos, and technical information through media partners, dealer and consumer newsletters, and on Konaworld.com
Maintaining the value of your current year’s inventory as long as possible
PHOTOS OF NEW KONA BIKES
Please do not text people photos, do not post them to social media, do not post them to your website!
Please do not share specifications, prices, or availability dates!
OK THEN, WHEN CAN I POST PHOTOS?
As an absolute guarantee, all new bikes will be on Konaworld.com by January 1, 2018. As models become available, we will make their pages live on the website. If you can see the bike on the Konaworld consumer website, it’s good to post about. Questions? Check with your rep!
With our big stories this year, some bikes will become available sooner than the end of the year. When those major campaigns go live, you are welcome to share assets as provided through our dealer newsletter.
I, THE UNDERSIGNED
NOT to share photos of new Kona models seen at the Kona Ride Launch by text, email, social media, or word of mouth.Posted 2 years ago
NOT to share specifications, prices, or dates of availability of the above.Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Not sure if that’s a good move by Kona or not, tbh.
They’ve always been one of the first to properly update the (very decent) website, but they do seem to discount old models pretty heavily, every year.
Whether the two are connected or not I don’t know, but I reckon many people looking at new bikes are already fixated on a couple of favourites from those manufacturers who’ve sowed the seeds a bit earlier.Posted 2 years ago
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