XC RACE LIGHT

KAHUNA DELUXE

KONA RACE LIGHT SCANDIUM 69 COMPACT REAR TRIANGLE INTERNAL HEADSET TAPERED HEADTUBE TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS DROPPER POST COMPATIBLE 29" WHEELS LIFETIME WARRANTY
New for 2015, the seminal Kahuna Deluxe gets upgraded with a light-as-a-feather and quick-as-the-wind Scandium 69 frameset. With short chainstays for responsive handling, stiff design for effective power transfer, and progressive angles that perfectly balance ride comfort, the Kahuna Deluxe is the perfect bike for the budding XC racer, or anyone ready to go very fast on a mountain bike.
  • Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes
  • RockShox RECON GOLD Solo Air 100mm fork
  • Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain with XT RD
  • Tubeless ready WTB ST i19 rims
  • Maxxis IKON EXO TR 29-inch tires

SPECS

Frame Material Kona Race Light Scandium 69
Sizes 15", 17", 19", 21"
Rear Shock n/a
Fork RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo Air 100mm Tapered QR15
Crankarms Shimano Deore
Chainrings 24/38t
B/B Shimano Deore
Pedals Wellgo Platform
Chain KMC X10
Freewheel Shimano HG50 11-36t 10spd
F/D Shimano Deore
R/D Shimano XT
Shifters Shimano Deore
Brake Calipers Shimano Deore
Front Brake Rotor Shimano Deore 180mm (centerlock)
Rear Brake Rotor Shimano Deore 160mm (centerlock)
Brake Levers Shimano Deore
Headset FSA No.57B
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem Kona XC/BC
Seatpost Kona Thumb w/Offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Race Light LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Sport SE
Front Hub Shimano Deore QR15
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims WTB ST i19 TCS
Front Tire Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"
Paint Color Matt Black w/Red, White & Black
Extras n/a

TECHNOLOGY

XC RACE LIGHT

Super fast and really fun: that’s how we like to describe our 2015 lineup of Race Light XC bikes. Since cross-country legend Joe Murray designed some of our first bikes back in 1988, we’ve always been focused on creating incredibly light, ridiculously fast mountain bikes. But what differentiates us from the competition is our want to ensure our bikes deliver equally on the smile quotient. From our technically capable Hei Hei series of dual-suspension trail igniters to the legendary ride of the Kahuna hardtails, no one puts more fun into going fast than Kona.

KONA RACE LIGHT SCANDIUM 69

Known to have one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios for any alloy in the world, Scandium has been a hallmark in our bikes since we first introduced the material in 2000. Since that time, it’s found a home in light and quick 29-inch hardtails, savvy all-mountain rides and recreationally oriented, well-priced mountain bikes.

For 2015, our commitment to the material grows significantly, with new Kona Race Light Scandium 69 models showing up throughout our growing range of Road bikes, from the new Road endurance Esattos to the base model Zone, through to the Kahuna Deluxe, Kula and Cinder Cone.

Introduced to our line in 2012, Race Light Scandium 69 comes with yield strengths that are about 40 percent higher than previous Scandium alloys. The result is the strongest per-weight aluminum alloy ever made. Because of its fibrous or fine-grained structure, Race Light Scandium 69 alloy reveals a unique combination of corrosion resistance and excellent fatigue strength.

WHAT IS SCANDIUM?

Scandium is the eighth most abundant rare element on earth. A silvery white metal extracted from the earth’s crust, Scandium is a potent grain refiner that, when added to aluminum alloys, elevates the strength and durability of the material by 50 percent. It does this by “straightening” out the grains of the alloy, making the metal less susceptible to failure. It’s this strength and durability that makes Scandium alloys an attractive material when it comes to manufacturing bicycles. Strength is so much higher—Scandium alloy is twice as strong as 6061 or 7005 aluminum—that we’re able to use much less material to achieve riding characteristics similar to steel. With Scandium we’re able to shave weight from our aluminum frames by 10 to 15 percent.

COMPACT REAR TRIANGLE

Short chainstays and seatstays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedaling hard. Shorter seatstays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate faster than longer stays. A more compact rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight-twisting sections of trail. The Honzo, Operator and Process 111 are good examples of 2015 bikes with incredibly compact rear triangles: quick, aggressive in corners, easy to maneuver and laterally stiff.

INTERNAL HEADSET

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.

TAPERED HEADTUBE

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.

TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS

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.

DROPPER POST COMPATIBLE

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.

LIFETIME WARRANTY

New for 2015! Register a new 2015 Kona bike within three months of purchase, and the original owner qualifies the Kona frame for a free Lifetime Warranty. Note: this does not apply to Kona Carbon models.

ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY ON COMPLETE BICYCLE

Kona warrants to the original owner that this new Kona bicycle shall be free of defective materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of original purchase in the United States or Canada and operated under normal conditions and use. During this one-year period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, all parts that are found by Kona to be defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor charges connected with the repair or replacement of all parts.

LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY ON BICYCLE FRAME

When warranty on non-carbon Kona bikes and frames is NOT registered within three months of purchase, Kona warrants to the original owner that the frame of this new Kona bicycle purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for a three-year period. IF THE WARRANTY IS REGISTERED WITH KONA WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE PURCHASE OF THE BICYCLE, THE WARRANTY IS EXTENDED FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER, with the exception of carbon bikes and frames. During 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.

Note: this Limited Lifetime Warranty applies to purchases from Kona U.S.A., Kona Canada and Kona Europe.

GEOMETRY

mm   |   inches   |   sizing chart
  Size 15 17 19 21
1 Reach 393 415 429 448
2 Stack 620 629 648 667
3 HT Angle 70 70 70 70
4 HT Length 105 115 135 155
5 ST Angle 74 74 73.5 73.5
6 ST Length 381 432 483 533
7 CS Length 440 440 440 440
8 BB Drop 58 58 58 58
9 Wheelbase 1084 1109 1129 1156
10 Front Center 650 675 690 722
11 Fork Length 506 506 506 506
12 Fork Offset 47 47 47 47
13 TT Length 572 597 622 647
14 Standover 740 770 805 840
  Size 15 17 19 21
1 Reach 15.5 16.3 16.9 17.6
2 Stack 24.4 24.8 25.5 26.3
3 HT Angle 70 70 70 70
4 HT Length 4.1 4.5 5.3 6.1
5 ST Angle 74 74 73.5 73.5
6 ST Length 15 17 19 21
7 CS Length 17.3 17.3 17.3 17.3
8 BB Drop 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3
9 Wheelbase 42.7 43.7 44.4 45.5
10 Front Center 25.6 26.6 27.2 28.4
11 Fork Length 19.9 19.9 19.9 19.9
12 Fork Offset 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9
13 TT Length 22.5 23.5 24.5 25.5
14 Standover 29.1 30.3 31.7 33.1

ROAD/CX/ASPHALT

Height/Inches Height/Metric Inseam/Inches Inseam/Metric Road CX Asphalt
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

MTB/ALL MOUNTAIN/GRAVITY

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

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