- What has happened to Kona?
I think it’s when the names started getting really silly – probably around the late 90’s early suspension bikes – remember the Sex One and Sex Two? As bad as the Cove B**w Job or whatever it’s called.
So around then a whole generation of now 40 somethings like me brought up on the aforementioned Explosifs, Kilaueas, and Cinder Cones (which I’ve still got) got turned off. Combined with the fact that Kona seemed to move from from classic “Hard Core” bikes for real riders to making things like the Stinky Primo Dee-luxe………… just the name is enough to put me off
Plus they did a Marketing Brochure waffling on about not having a marketing department…………Posted 9 years ago
they’re becoming the Trek of a few years ago with a much-maligned brand imagine. this is mainly due to the dated designs and technologies used. the only people who like them are those that hark back to the halcyon days of the mid-90s which is part of the problem. they need to re-invent themselves a bit like Trek did recently with bikes like the Fuel, Remedy and SessionPosted 9 years ago
I think they need to narrow their focus a bit on a particular area instead of just bringing out the same old designs for every conceiveable cycling pigeon hole.
I don’t want to ride a bike that everyone says is crap – that’s just human nature
I tried Konas in the 90s and never got on with their geometry, I’ve also rode a Stinky which was admittedly too big, but was still horrible
maybe I’m just thinking from a UK perspective, maybe their image and credibility is a better in the US and they’re doing well
but then they’re bit thick over the pond
no offence likePosted 9 years ago
the magic link is a step in the right direction, but they still maintain the four-bar gate design and poor graphics. scandium isn’t new – although one of the few bikes I like is The King
they’d be re-designing for the sake of keeping the company current and relevant
marketing may be bollocks, but people buy bollocksPosted 9 years ago
i think a big factor here is that kona seem to make bikes that young gnarly dirt-jump/ DH dudes
What, like sweet road bikes, the Paddy Wagon, the Sutra, the Heihei 29er, the Unit, the Jake etc etc? Have you actually looked at their range? New bikes recently include the Four for trail usage and the 5.0 long travel hardtail – both very much aimed at the kind of riding that gets done on here.
I don’t want to ride a bike that everyone says is crap
Well I’m telling you they’re great. So go try one 🙂 Skyline at Glyncorrwg will lend you one that you can thrash round Afan by way of a proper demo.Posted 9 years agoBearBackMember
The thing that annoys me most about Konas is the pivot bearings(particularly the nylon
The bushing system that they used on the ’95 Sex One.. and still on current bikes?
this is mainly due to the dated designs and technologies used
I’ve had 3 stabs, all with worn bushings.. resulting in numerous rear mechs getting destroyed as the rear end folds sideways under cornering.
I love their older hardtails (love the RM blizzard too) but i’m completely unimpressed by their current XC and trail FS bikes.
Relatively cheap over here though – especially if you work for Whistler Blackcomb.Posted 9 years ago
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