“A trail destroying monster.” –Dirt Rag, USA
|Frame Material||Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminum Butted 130mm Travel|
|Sizes||16", 18", 19", 20", 22"|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD BV LV|
|Fork||Fox Float 34 CTD 140mm QR15 Tapered|
|B/B||Shimano SLX Press Fit 92|
|Freewheel||Shimano Deore 11-36t 10 spd|
|R/D||Shimano XT Shadow Plus|
|Brake Calipers||Shimano SLX|
|Front Brake Rotor||Shimano SLX 180mm (centerlock)|
|Rear Brake Rotor||Shimano SLX 160mm (centerlock)|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX|
|Handlebar||Kona XC/BC Riser|
|Seatpost||KS Super Natural Remote|
|Seat Clamp||Kona Clamp|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Comp|
|Front Hub||Shimano SLX QR15|
|Rear Hub||Shimano SLX 142x12mm|
|Spokes||Sandvik Stainless Butted 14g fr / 15g rr|
|Rims||WTB STi23 TCS|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4" Folding|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Ardent 29x2.25" Folding|
|Paint Color||Matt Raw Aluminum w/Black & Orange|
KONA RACE LIGHT 7005/6061 ALUMINUM BUTTED
Kona Race Light 7005/6061 is a lighter, more performance-oriented fabrication of our 7005 and 6061 Aluminum tubing. Designed to meet Kona’s discerning race specifications, Race Light 7005/6061 uses custom butting to create thicker tubes at weld areas and important parts of the frame, providing incredible strength and torsional integrity to the feel of the ride. We remove wall thickness in other parts of the frameset to lighten up the bike, giving the perfect balance between quickness and stiffness. The emphasis here is on performance, lightness and speed, built the Kona way.
By having the headset bearing located inside the headtube (called “zero stack”), rather than the top and bottom, we are able to achieve a number of advantages when it comes to front-end stiffness, durability and overall riding performance. The major benefit of an internal headset is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.
Aside from improving the aesthetic, due to its cleaner lines and smooth transition between the fork crown and the headset cover, tapered headtubes also offer a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered headtube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.
Kona warrants to the original owner that their new Kona bicycle frame purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for the lifetime of ownership by the original owner. This warranty is limited to five years for carbon fiber frames. During this warranty period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, the bicycle frame if Kona determines the frame is defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor and shipping charges connected with the repair or replacement of the bicycle frame. Please see the Kona owner’s manual, provided with your bicycle, for additional information.
TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS
An increasing amount of 2014 Kona models feature the benefits of tubeless compatible rims. Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance, better tire grip on the trail, lower rolling resistance and weight savings over traditional tube + tire systems. For 2014, you’ll find tubeless compatible rims on most of our XC Race Light and Enduro bikes, as well as throughout our Cyclocross and Road platforms.
12x142 / 12x157 REAR AXLES
The XC/Trail/Enduro 12x142mm and the DH 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142mm/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. The take-away? 12x142 and 12x157 standards make a bike that rides better and is easier to work on.
SWINGER INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION
First introduced on the Satori, and featured on the new Precept DL and Precept for 2014, Kona’s Swinger configuration allows us to increase standover and optimize the leverage rate for Trail and All-Mountain riding in a way that we could not have done with other configurations. It retains the same advantages and performance features as our other designs, but at a more affordable price.
Dropper posts are a key element in riding technical singletrack. No surprise then, for 2014 we’ve spec’d dropper posts on numerous models throughout our Enduro and MTB Trail platforms, featuring the lightweight and proven seat posts from Kind Shock. Bikes like the Honzo, Taro and new Wo fat bike do not come equipped with dropper posts but have cable routing to allow for after-market upgrades.
- Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted 130mm travel Swinger LSR Suspension frame with 12x142 axle
- RockShox Sektor Silver TK Solo Air 140mm travel fork with QR15 axle and tapered steerer
- Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, SLX derailleur
- Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25" tires
- Custom WTB SX23 rims
- New Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted 120mm travel swing link suspension frame
- RockShox XC 30 120mm travel fork
- Shimano 27-speed drivetrain
- Tektro HDC300 hydraulic disc brakes
- Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25" tires