Kona Explosif 27.5 Hardtail

5/5 (2 Reviews)


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Product Description

  • Frame Material: Kona Cromoly Butted
  • Crankarms: Sram X7 GXP
  • Pedals: Shimano M520 Clipless
  • Chain: Sram Powerchain 1031
  • Shifters: Sram X7


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johno55 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2016

Strengths:    Finally I have a modern trail bike without having to modify dedicated XC "race" bikes. Reynolds 520 tubing, short chainstays, long low and slack angles.

Weaknesses:    Nil

Bottom Line:   
This is the 2016 bike, bought for a considerable reduction in the rrp. I was unsure of sizing so at 175cm I went for the large size. LBS swapped the 70mm stem for a 50mm but supplied a 31.8 bar size, which I happily accepted cause I had a Haven carbon bar to suit. Also upgraded the wheelset to the Roval Traverse Fatty SLs. Reducing the wheel weight from 2059gms to 1550gms, obviously made a big difference in the feel of the bike.
My previous ride was a Ibis Mojo SLR, and to my surprise (according to Strava) I keep setting records on sections of trails on this wonderful steel hardtail.

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Favorite Trail:   Stromlo and Kowen Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 mths

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   City Cycles ACT

Similar Products Used:   This is my first 27.5 bike, but in steel have had a Niner MCR 29er and RM Blizzard 26". Ti hardtails include Lynski Pro 29er and Voodo D-jab 26".

Bike Setup:   XT Discs; XT 1x11 w/ Raceface 34 wide/narrow cranks; Fox 34 120mm with 3 shims removed from air chamber to reduce ramp up and achieve full travel. Roval Traverse Fatty SL carbon wheelset (30mm internal). Chainstay set to shortest 420mm setting. Haven carbon bar 740mm with Shimano Pro 50mm stem.
Reverb 100mm dropper post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Porch a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2016

Strengths:    For Titanium version: All-day bike that can handle uphill as well as shred on the downhill. Sliding dropouts accommodate single-speed or geared. Cantilevered rear axle has lots of "spring", almost like a soft-tail. Tons of rear tire clearance, almost enough for running a 26+ tire. 2.5" tires no problem. Super short (and adjustable) chainstays make it highly maneuverable. Standard size threaded BB, standard headset, 31.6 seatpost--all standard stuff! Made in USA at Lynskey's factory.

Weaknesses:    No internal dropper routing on the 2015 (fixed in 2016 i think).

Bottom Line:   
Review is for a 2015 Kona Explosif Ti. Absolutely gorgeous American-made bike with an incredible geometry. As comfortable going uphill as tearing it up on the downhill. Rigid frame when pedaling, but compliant ride from cantilevered rear axle. Should last a lifetime!

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Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Online

Bike Setup:   140mm MRP Stage, 1x11 Shimano drivetrain, dropper post, etc.

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