TRAIL 27.5" HT


If you’re focused on laying down some heavy trail beats, prepare to shatter all foes on the all-new 27.5-inch Kula race machine. Designed for lightning quick Trail and XC riding, and featuring a speedy Scandium 69 tubeset, the 2015 Kula introduces a new chapter in one of our longest-running models. A 100mm RockShox Recon Gold Solo Air 100mm fork, routing for Stealth dropper post and Shimano components round out a ride that’s huge on the price per fuzzy-feelings quotient.
  • Kona Race Light Scandium 69 frame
  • Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes
  • Shimano 10-speed Deore drivetrain with XT RD
  • RockShox Recon Gold Solo Air 100mm fork
  • Tubeless ready WTB rims w/ Maxxis TR 27.5-inch tires


Frame Material Kona Race Light Scandium 69
Sizes 15", 17", 19", 21"
Rear Shock n/a
Fork RockShox Recon Gold 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 Hydraulic
Front Brake Rotor Shimano 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Shimano 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano Deore
Headset FSA No.57B
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem Kona XC/Road
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
Extras n/a


TRAIL 27.5" HT

Last year we introduced a number of 27.5-inch-wheel MTB XC Trail bikes, including the Explosif, Cinder Cone and Blast. With its great rollability, smart handling and increased traction, for 2015 we couldn’t help but grow the platform by leaps and bounds. While the wheel size works well in applications like Enduro and all-mountain, it also happens to fit beautifully on more recreational models. This year you’ll find the Tika, Fire Mountain and Lanai jump into the modern age, creating a diverse, fun grouping of bikes from expert straight through to entry-level.


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.


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.


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.

27.5" WHEELS

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.


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.


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.


mm   |   inches   |   sizing chart
  Size 15 17 19 21
1 Reach 391 413 433 452
2 Stack 591 601 619 638
3 HT Angle 69 69 69 69
4 HT Length 105 115 135 155
5 ST Angle 73 73 73 73
6 ST Length 381 432 483 533
7 CS Length 425 425 425 425
8 BB Drop 49 49 49 49
9 Wheelbase 1067 1092 1119 1145
10 Front Center 646 672 698 725
11 Fork Length 489 489 489 489
12 Fork Offset 42 42 42 42
13 TT Length 572 597 622 647
14 Standover 725 755 790 825
  Size 15 17 19 21
1 Reach 15.4 16.3 17 17.8
2 Stack 23.3 23.7 24.4 25.1
3 HT Angle 69 69 69 69
4 HT Length 4.1 4.5 5.3 6.1
5 ST Angle 73 73 73 73
6 ST Length 15 17 19 21
7 CS Length 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7
8 BB Drop 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9
9 Wheelbase 42 43 44.1 45.1
10 Front Center 25.4 26.5 27.5 28.5
11 Fork Length 19.3 19.3 19.3 19.3
12 Fork Offset 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
13 TT Length 22.5 23.5 24.5 25.5
14 Standover 28.5 29.7 31.1 32.5


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


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