Friday, July 10, 2015

Kona Minute

Kona's compact cargo bike is ready to haul your stuff. Courtesy:
The Kona Minute is an aluminum cargo bike with disc brakes that goes for about $1400.

Do you remember when we told you about Yuba's Boda Boda?  Basically, Yuba took its full-size cargo bike, the Mundo, and made it more compact so apartment dwellers and people dealing with tight spaces could own a cargo bike. It was a really good idea.  And that's what Kona is doing here.

Kona took its full-size cargo bike, the Ute, and made it more compact.  So it's a mini-Ute, or a MinUte. Get it?

This is a solid design for a cargo bike: hydraulic disc brakes; wide 40c tires; long chainstays and "wood deck" rear carrier; upright riding position; and lots of gear options.  The Ute bags are included.

Here are the full specs:

Frame Material Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes 18", 20"
Rear Shock n/a
Fork Kona Project Two Aluminum Disc
Crankarms FSA Alpha Drive
Chainrings 26/36/Guard
B/B FSA Powerdrive
Pedals Wellgo Platform
Chain KMC HG53
Freewheel Shimano HG200 11-32t 9spd
F/D Shimano Acera
R/D Shimano Alivio
Shifters Shimano Acera
Brake Calipers Tektro HDC-M290
Front Brake Rotor Tektro HDC-M290 160mm
Rear Brake Rotor Tektro HDC-M290 160mm
Brake Levers Tektro HDC-M290
Headset TH ZST No.10
Handlebar Kona Handplant
Stem Kona Commuter
Seatpost Kona Commuter
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Velo Ergo
Saddle Velo Plush
Front Hub Formula
Rear Hub Shimano M475L
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims Freedom Cruz Disc
Front Tire Freedom Trekking 700x40c
Rear Tire Freedom Trekking 700x40c
Paint Color Charcoal w/Off White & Silver
Extras Wood Deck, Fenders, Kickstand, Ute Bags, Steering Stabilizer


foldable helmet said...

Wow! I love it!

Ἀντισθένης said...

I miss the Ute, but then again I never bought one, so can't complain they took it off their list. It wasn't perfect, but its price-point for what you got blew the Big Dummy, Boda-Boda and others out of the water.

If North American roads were safer, which is to say people didn't drive like sociopaths on pot, they'd move a lot more of these for parents to put child seats on; nobody uses a trailer in Japan or Denmark or Holland, and cars don't bully family bikes off the road! It's about time the big bike makers push far harder for the type of road laws and facilities civilized nations have.

Freewheel said...

Ἀντισθένης - I was not aware that Kona had discontinued the Ute. It's still featured on their website.

Ἀντισθένης said...

Last year, Minute, no Ute; this year, Ute, no Minute. Ute's price is also up a few hundred, but still kills the competitors at price/value. Has hydraulic brakes now, which may stop better, but will become a shop-trip for more users, so mixed feelings.

Freewheel said...

Ἀντισθένης - Thanks for bringing this up. I have not been able to confirm with Konaworld, but you appear to be correct.