Showing posts with label Kona. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kona. Show all posts

Friday, July 10, 2015

Kona Minute

Kona's compact cargo bike is ready to haul your stuff. Courtesy: konaworld.com
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


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kona Doctor Good

2013 Doctor Good. Credit: konaworld.com
Kona's Doctor Good has a 7-speed internal gear hub and an aluminum frame.  It retails for about $900.

Another porteur bike?  This one looks like it could work. Kona says it went with short chainstays and seat stays for stability.  It gives the bike a nimble, compact appearance.  Comes with a bell conveniently located near the brake lever.


Frame Material Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Sizes C46, C49, C53, C56, C59, C61cm
Rear Shock N/A
Fork Kona Project Two Aluminum Disc
Crankarms FSA 316BT
Chainrings 38t/Bash
B/B FSA 7420
Pedals Wellgo C169
Chain KMC Z610 RB
Freewheel Shimano 18t
F/D N/A
R/D N/A
Shifters Shimano Revo 7spd (rh only)
Brake Calipers Avid BB5 (fr) Shimano Roller Brake (rr)
Front Brake Rotor Avid G2 Cleansweep 160mm
Rear Brake Rotor N/A
Brake Levers Tektro 4 Finger w/Bell (fr)
Headset TH ZST No.10
Handlebar Kona Handplant
Stem Kona Commuter
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/Offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Velo Ergo
Saddle Kona Comfort
Front Hub Formula
Rear Hub Shimano Nexus 7
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims Freedom by WTB Cruz Disc
Front Tire Continental CityRide 700x32C
Rear Tire Continental CityRide 700x32C
Paint Color Green w/Grey
Extras Front Rack, Fenders, Front Stabilizer Spring

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Kona Roundabout

The 2013 Kona Roundabout. Credit konaworld.com
The 2013 Kona Roundabout has an MSRP of $1,000.

Kona introduced the Roundabout in 2012.  This year's model has longer fenders and an integrated rear rack.  It's great to see Kona making such a nice-looking lugged steel bike.

Here are the specs:


Frame Material Kona Cromoly Butted
Sizes S, M, L
Rear Shock N/A
Fork Kona Retro Road
Crankarms FSA Tempo City
Chainrings Bash/39t/Bash
B/B FSA 7420ST
Pedals VP 198
Chain KMC HG53
Freewheel Shimano Acera 11-32t 9 spd
F/D N/A
R/D Shimano Alivio
Shifters Shimano Acera
Brake Calipers Hayes CX6
Front Brake Rotor N/A
Rear Brake Rotor N/A
Brake Levers Tektro FL540
Headset TH 848
Handlebar Kona Handplant
Stem Kona Commuter
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/Offset
Seat Clamp Integrated
Grips Velo Ergo
Saddle Kona Comfort
Front Hub Formula
Rear Hub Shimano M475
Spokes Sandvik Stainless 15g fr /14g rr
Rims Freedom by WTB Racine Elite
Front Tire Continental UltraSport 700x28C
Rear Tire Continental UltraSport 700x28C
Paint Color Matt Silver w/Rust, White & Grey
Extras Rear Rack, Fenders, Kona Bell

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kona Africabike Three and Bike

If the typical American just mounted a bike instead of climbing into a car everyday there would be many more bikes like Kona's "Bike" and Africabike Three. 

The wide tires and three-speed internal hub gears mean you don't have to worry about dodging potholes (ok, small ones) or remembering to shift before you stop. They both have fenders to keep the grime off of you and backpedal rear brakes. 

Are they fast? No, probably not. Statistics tell us most people are only going a couple miles, so who needs road-bike fast? Did you ever see people in cars circle for that close parking spot in front of the grocery store? The basket on that Africabike Three will fit a gallon of milk or package of diapers and get you there faster.

Africabike Three
The rear rack is integrated into the (new this year) aluminum step-through frame. It comes with a ring lock (aka wheel lock), front basket and a bell. The tires are puncture resistant.

Specs (from Kona):
Frame MaterialKona 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes18"
ForkKona Project Two
CrankarmsProWheel Z005
ChainringsProWheel 36T
B/BCH
PedalsVP-560
ChainKMC Z410
FreewheelShimano SM-Gear 18T
F/DN/A
R/DN/A
ShiftersShimano Twist Shifter
Brake CalipersShimano BR-M422 (FR) Coaster (RR)
Brake LeversShimano BL-M421 (front only)
HeadsetCH
HandlebarKona Riser
StemKona Control
SeatpostKona Thumb
Seat ClampKona Clamp
GripsVelo
SaddleKona Plush
Front HubKT
Rear HubShimano Nexus 3spd Internal
SpokesStainless 14g
RimsShining A-6N
Front TireKenda K922, puncture resistant
Rear TireKenda K922, puncture resistant
Paint ColorWhite or Black
ExtrasKickstand, Handlebar Mount Basket, Fenders, Chain Cover, Bell




Bike
The simple name will lead to "Who's on First?" conversations, I'm sure. It doesn't have a rack, but you could add one. It's simple and tough. Kona went with a non-quill stem which is too bad, but it would look great if you added riser handlebars anyhow.

Specs (from Kona):
Frame MaterialKona 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes14", 16", 18", 20", 22"
ForkKona Project Two
CrankarmsFSA
Chainrings38T
B/BFSA
PedalsShimano UN-26
ChainKMC Z610 RB
FreewheelShimano SM-Gear 16T
F/DN/A
R/DN/A
ShiftersShimano Twist Shifter
Brake CalipersTektro 849 AL (FR) Coaster (RR)
Brake LeversTektro TS-384A
HeadsetFSA
HandlebarKona Aluminum Riser
StemKona Control
SeatpostKona Thumb
Seat ClampKona Clamp
GripsVelo
SaddleKona Plush
Front HubKT
Rear HubShimano Nexus 3spd Internal
SpokesStainless 14g
RimsShining MT-20
Front TireKenda Komfort 26 x 1.95
Rear TireKenda Komfort 26 x 1.95
Paint ColorBlack
ExtrasFenders, Kona Bell


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kona Humu


It's a simple bike with big fat tires, a sturdy steel frame and some cruiser bits and pieces for good measure. The Humu from Kona has a double triangle frame with a sloping top tube that reminds me of the Worksman Newsboy. Those tires are Kenda 26 x 2.3!

This bike is more for fun around town or on the trail than anything else. It's Kona's answer to the Swobo Folsom in many ways. If the Folsom is the tatoo-clad bar hopper then maybe the Humu is more the surfer on the way to the bonfire party.

Specs:

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Kona Africa Bike

The Most Important Bike in the World, perhaps.
USA $ 349 EUROPE € 345 AFRICA BIKE 3.0
The AfricaBike graces the pages of the June issue of Reader's Digest in a story titled "Four Ways of Looking at a Bicycle" - the best thing on two wheels in Africa, Germany, New York City and Paris. The article explains the importance of the AfricaBike to healthcare workers (and others) in sub- Saharan Africa and how it has become a vital means of transportation. It also features three other bikes in the categories: as a concept, as a memorial and as community property. 

AfricaBike all-star campaigner Christine George reached her goal of raising $10,000 for the BikeTown program with a little help from Virginia Tech honors students. One major campaign donor was the Wytheville, VA Rotary Club who's members ended up giving $2,200! Other major campaign donors included: Patricia Caldwell ($1,000), Dr. Jack Dudley ($600), VT Communication Skills Classes ($600), Ava Howard ($500), Wiley Contracting Co. ($500), Members of the VT WLP Council ($500), and the VT College of Vet. Med. Class of '09 ($400).

Nicely done folks.




Frame sizesOne Size
Frame tubingKona Cromoly
ForkKona P2
HeadsetCH
CrankarmsProWheel Z005
Chainrings36t
B/BCH
PedalsXERAMA SP-102
ChainKMC Z410 RB
FreewheelShimano 16t
HandlebarKona Chromoly
StemKona Cruiser
GripsVelo
Front hubFormula
Rear hubShimano SG-3C41 DX 3spd coaster Brake
SpokesStainless 14g
TiresKenda SMALL BLOCK 8 w/Thornproof Tubes
RimsRigida Cyber 10
SaddleViscount
SeatpostHL SP-200
Seat clampKona Clamp
ColorBlack Matt

Monday, February 11, 2008

Kona Ute

Kona Ute. Available at Big Wheel Bikes or Oasis Bike Works (Fairfax, Va.).

I haven't been able to obtain a price from an LBS, but these appear to go for around $900. Another option would be to convert your existing bike into a long tail via xtracycle.

The long tail concept is perfect for those who are car-free or who simply want to replace car trips with bike trips. You can load up with groceries or even give your kids a lift to school.

Here's a review from Bike Hugger.

2008 specs:

Frame: 1 size fits all; 7005 aluminum
Chainrings: 36/26
Pedals: Xerama Sp-500
Freewheel: Shimano Alivio (11-32, 8 spd.)
Deraileurs: Shimano Deore
Handlebar: Kona Riser
Tires: Continental Town & Country 700x47c
Saddle: Velo Comfort
Color: Green
Extras: 2 sidebags included (holds 4)

If you have any feedback about the Kona Ute, please leave a comment.