Your want to go quickly through the good woods is persistent, like a weed. You like the big wheels for stability and speed. Light, functional components that balance performance and durability only add to your confidence and desire to go quicker, longer and stronger. In short, you need a sweet-riding 7005 aluminum, 29-inch-wheel speedster designed to go fast and last. With a host of refinements, the 2012 Kahuna Deluxe is all you.
RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo Air 29er w/20mm thru-axle
Strengths: excellent mid-level bike. killer front fork. shifts smooth.
Weaknesses: Feels big even compared to other 29ers the same size. front tire is iffy
I haven't ridden a mtn bike in about 8 years. Before that I rode signletrack for hours like a mofo. When I decided I was gonna ride again I wanted to check this 29 thing out. I was expecting the SRAM 5/7 combo to be weak, but its held up ok. Some seeking in extreme gears, but ah well. The fork is a work of art and its got a great WTB seat. Its an excellent platform to start with and then customize. That front tire scares me though, I feel like its gonna wash out a lot and I know as soon as I'm not scared of it I'm gonna get hurt. Easy to fix though. If you're an intermediate level rider and want to get on a 29, do it. You'll dig it.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2013
Strengths: Very comfortable, climbs well. Frame sizes.
Weaknesses: Rear tyre clearence. Some parts are not as good as similar price Cube and LaPierre.
I have the 2013 verson of this bike. Its my first new bike in more then 15 years. When I was going through the process of choosing what bikes were worth test riding I nearly passed over this one. On paper, there is nowhere near the value the European brands like Cube and LaPierre are offering. This would have been a mistake though, after riding a few different bikes, most of which had better parts, I was struck by how comfortable the Kahuna DL was to ride, Konas many frame sizes mean that you are more likely to get the right fit rather then have to compromise if your body shape has a more between sizes proportion. I find the bike climbs well and also does well on the flat on any type of terrain, so far its been on fire roads, snow, roots and rocks on a mix of technical singletrack and forest trails. Desending is a different story though, not sure how much of that is the bike and how much of that is me, I suspect the latter :-) I have a bit of fine tuning to do on the handlebar width and some other minor adjustments that should help. The tyres are best suited to the summer if you are from the UK or Ireland, not a whole lot of thread depth there. The forks are a highlight, at this price though I would have expected a remote lockout as most of the other brands are supplying them. They work well, the 100mm travel has been enough for what i've thrown at it. They are easily adjusted and the travel is very smooth. The 15mm axel is a nice touch, it makes them feel secure and the steering really benefits from it. One thing I am slightly concerned about is the lack of tyre clearence on the back, makes me think Kona had a dusty riding environment in mind rather then a muddy one when it was being designed.
I won't review the components, pleanty of detail around that on the web and reviews by people a lot more qualified to talk about them then me. In summary, if you are looking for a good all round comfortable bike thats good in a mix of terrain than I'd say its a good choice, If you are looking for an out and out race machine or a agressive hard tail then maybe better options out there. The price below is in €€ BTW.
Bike Setup: Everything is stock, except for a set of DMR V8 pedals.
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2012
Strengths: Brakes work awesome, lightweight frame, awesome fork, fast shifting
Weaknesses: None I have experienced. One thing I have noticed is the rear tire is awfully close to frame and derailleur parts being a 29er. Haven't had any problems yet.
Bought this bike about a month ago for $1390. I use this bike as a commuter, as well as for some trail domination. Very light bike. This thing climbs like a champ, and the Recon fork glides over roots and rocks on the descents. If you are looking for a great all-around bike in this price range, it doesn't get much better than the Kahuna. The Trek Cobia is something to consider being similar and cheaper, but the Kahuna Deluxe has X7s rear derailleur rather than X5s, comes with Shimano M505 clipless pedals, WTB wheels, Maxxis tires, and the nicer Avid elixir3 brakes.
Hi guys, - can seem to use the return key on this forum so apologies in advance for this being all on one lump - I'm a new member but been a viewer for about 5 years - and now I need some help :) I'm about to move to a 29er from my old cannondale f5. but I'm worried about the sizing, I'm 6'1" an ... Read More »
I'm getting back into riding after taking a number of years "off" for various reasons. Needless to say, a lot has changed. I'm in southern Ontario, so I'm thinking a 29er is probably very well suited to the type of terrain we have. For the money I'm willing to spend (~$1750), I'm looking at a dec ... Read More »
So I've decided I want to buy a bike. Great. Now I just need to find one. Not so great.
I've checked a ton of dealers, tried various bikes and at this point I am so thoroughly confused by what I am supposed to have for a bike size.
I am 5' 11 and a 1/2" tall. However, when I strip down to my s ... Read More »
Hello I recently purchased new old stock frame from my LBS that was closing down. The issue is that it did not come with a shock so I need help with a few things.
1. What shock size should I put on this frame:
2003 Kona Kahuna Deluxe size 14
2. What size spacers do need to mount shock on f ... Read More »