Raijin

Kona have just released details of its first titanium 29er frame, the new Raijin.

At first glance it doesn’t much look like a Kona, but it does bear a whacky name so some things are still true to the brands heritage. Kona went to Lynskey to get the frame made, and while the one pictured is a prototype, the production version is set to be almost identical.

Raijin is the Japanese god of lightning and thunder and is built from 3/2.5 titanium tubes with a 69.5 degree head tube angle and 74 seat tube for the 18in frame – five sizes will be offered when the bike is hitting the shops in April this year.

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Kona says the frame has been designed to “perfectly balance the need for both stiffness and compliancy in a trail bike". It features details such as a BB30 bottom bracket, 44mm head tube, sliding dropouts with singlespeed and derailleur hangers both supplied. Weight is a claimed 1.8kg (4lbs).

No word on UK pricing yet but over in the States it will cost $1,899.

http://cog.konaworld.com/archives/9800?pid=1422

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