|Frame Material||Kona Race Light Scandium 69|
|Sizes||15", 17", 19", 21"|
|Fork||RockShox Recon Gold Solo Air 100mm Tapered QR15|
|Freewheel||Shimano HG50 11-36t 10spd|
|Brake Calipers||Shimano Deore Hydraulic|
|Front Brake Rotor||Shimano 180mm|
|Rear Brake Rotor||Shimano 160mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Deore|
|Handlebar||Kona XC/BC Riser|
|Seatpost||Kona Thumb w/Offset|
|Seat Clamp||Kona Clamp|
|Grips||Kona Race Light Lock-on|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Sport SE|
|Front Hub||Shimano Deore QR15|
|Rear Hub||Shimano Deore|
|Spokes||Sanvik Stainless 14g|
|Rims||WTB ST i19 TCS|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 27.5x2.2"|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 27.5x2.2"|
|Paint Color||Matt Charcoal w/White, Yellow & Charcoal|
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.
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.
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.
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.
The benefits of the 27.5-inch wheel are simple: they roll over obstacles and track better than 26-inch wheels, but are more maneuverable and nimble than 29-inch ones. They are, quite literally, the best of both worlds, effectively increasing overall performance and rider confidence. No surprise then, that 27.5-inch wheels have found their way throughout our Mountain Bike range. You’ll find the wheel size throughout our Enduro platform and now throughout many of our traditional mountain bikes, like the Cinder Cone, Blast and Lana’i.
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.
Note: this Limited Lifetime Warranty applies to purchases from Kona U.S.A., Kona Canada and Kona Europe.
|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|