“Surprisingly capable in technical conditions for an XC rig.” —Bike Magazine (US)
|Frame Material||Kona Race Light Carbon 100mm Travel|
|Sizes||15", 17", 18", 19", 21"|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT3|
|Fork||RockShox SID XXS 100mm QR15 Tapered XLOC|
|Crankarms||RaceFace Next SL|
|Freewheel||SRAM XG1195 10-42t 11spd|
|Brake Calipers||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Front Brake Rotor||Avid Centerline 180mm|
|Rear Brake Rotor||Avid Centerline 160mm|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Headset||FSA No.57E/SLFSA No.57E/SL|
|Handlebar||RaceFace Next 35|
|Stem||RaceFace Turbine 35|
|Seat Clamp||Kona Clamp|
|Grips||Kona Race Light LOG|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Front Hub||Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset QR15|
|Rear Hub||Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset 142x12mm|
|Spokes||Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset|
|Rims||Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"|
|Paint Color||Gloss UD Carbon w/Purple, Orange, White & Black|
To create our growing fleet of Kona Carbon bikes our design team works intimately with our manufacturers to ensure the desired ride characteristics, durability demands and weight stipulations are met to the highest standards possible. Kona Carbon bikes are feather-light, super-fast, extremely durable and wildly fun.
THE FRAME: Kona Carbon frames are built with a monocoque main triangle that allows continuous fibers at tube junctures, resulting in a stronger, lighter overall structure. Our production process also eliminates as much bonded-in aluminum inserts as possible. Kona Carbon frames are only molded with internal air bags, which are removed after the molding process.
The major benefit of an internal headset, whereby the bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable, 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, thanks to more weld contact area. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself, eliminates brake shudder, all while providing positive steering performance. 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.
An increasing amount of 2015 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 2015, 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.
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.
Designed to be off-the-top progressive, helping the bike to stay higher in the travel and recover from hits more quickly, and imbued with what our product managers like to call “pure shock movement,” whereby the shock is protected from side load, Beamer is featured on our super-playful Carbon Operator platform, and the fast but fun MTB Race Light Hei Hei dual-suspension bikes.
Dropper posts are a key element in riding technical singletrack. No surprise then, for 2015 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. New for 2015, you’ll find internal and external routing for dropper posts throughout our Race Light XC mountain bikes.
|4'10" - 5'1"||147 - 155 cm||25" - 27"||64 - 69 cm||47 cm||46 cm|
|5'0" - 5'3"||152 - 160 cm||26" - 28"||66 - 71 cm||49 cm||47/49 cm||46/49 cm|
|5'2" - 5'7"||157 - 170 cm||27" - 29"||69 - 74 cm||49/52/53 cm||49/53 cm||49/53 cm|
|5'6" - 5'11"||168 - 180 cm||29" - 31"||74 - 79 cm||53/54/56 cm||53/56 cm||53/56 cm|
|5'10" - 6'3"||178 - 190 cm||31" - 33"||79 - 84 cm||56/58/59 cm||56/59 cm||56/59 cm|
|6'2" - 6'5"||188 - 196 cm||33" - 36"||84 - 91 cm||61 cm||61/63cm||61 cm|
|Height/Inches||Height/Metric||Inseam/Inches||Inseam/Metric||MTB XC||All Mountain/Enduro||Gravity|
|4'10" - 5'1"||147 - 155 cm||24" - 27"||61 - 69 cm||13/15||Small||Small|
|5'0" - 5'3"||152 - 160 cm||26" - 29"||66 - 74 cm||13/15/16||Small||Small|
|5'2" - 5'7"||157 - 170 cm||27" - 30"||69 - 76 cm||13/15/16/17||Small/Medium||Small/Medium|
|5'6" - 5'10"||168 - 178 cm||29" - 31"||74 - 79 cm||15/16/17/18||Small/Medium||Small/Medium|
|5'9" - 6'0"||175 - 183 cm||30" - 33"||76 - 84 cm||17/18/19||Medium/Large||Medium/Large|
|5'11" - 6'2"||180 - 188 cm||32" - 35"||81 - 89 cm||18/19/20/21||Large/XL||Medium/Large|
|6'1" - 6'5"||185 - 196 cm||33" - 36"||84 - 91 cm||19/20/21/22||Large/XL||Large|