With a Kona you can always expect a great
riding position for your money. You get the same style frame as some of the more
expensive bikes. The group is similar to low cost hardtails ranging from alivio to
stx-rc. The stopping is done via Tektro brakes which really are the only things that
underperform. During wet rides the bike loses brake power dramaticly and when you’ve
crashed, the brakes are usually knocked off the rim.
Forks are the excellent Project 2 forks which are in my opinion only matched by Pace
for best product design.
Some top dollar finishing kit are included such as the Ritchey flat bar and the Tioga
seat together with some good quality Kona pieces.
One other thing that is cause to complain is the pedals – they are too small but
this isn’t really a problem as pedals are the most replaced thing on a bike.
The rims are Mavic 181 which do the job well with Kona Break and Enter tyres which
in my opinion were a little thin. One of the more major problems of the bike is never
try any kind of jumping with the headset provided as mine was loose after just ten
minutes in the woods.
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