Kona Kahuna 29er Hardtail
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Product Description"Priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession." That's how the Hawaiians define "Kahuna." Our Kahuna is the same-master of all. Made of high-grade 7005 Aluminum Butted tubing, the Kahuna comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a blend of smooth functioning components. This fantastic 29-inch-wheel hardtail mountain bike is designed specifically for those looking to add a dash of speed to their wilderness wanderings.
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Date Reviewed: September 6, 2014
Strengths: It's a kona
A smiley ride and does what you tell it.
Nice one kona.
Date Reviewed: January 18, 2014
Strengths: Everything other than WTB components. Solid mid-level bike, let down by WTB components.
Weaknesses: Everything WTB, seat rails snap, rear rim cracks.
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2013
Strengths: frame, hydraulic brakes, price
Weaknesses: pedals, saddle, low BB causes the pedals to hit rocks
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2013
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
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 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.
Price Paid: $1550.00
Bike Setup: Everything is stock, except for a set of DMR V8 pedals.
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2013
Strengths: Smooth rollin'-- well built and extremely solid
Weaknesses: Rock Shox xc32 is a bit under performing and sluggish
Some components can use some upgrading
Duration Product Used: 1 month so far
Price Paid: $900.00
Purchased At: Breakaway Bikes (Roh
Similar Products Used: 2012 Stumpy fsr (not so similar)
Date Reviewed: February 26, 2013
Strengths: When was the last time you accelerated up a hill on a 26"? Chews up the climbs compared to the 26" hard tail it replaced it really has blown me away how enjoyable hard tail riding can be. Living on the west coast of NZ where we have really root trails I was amping for a new full-suss bike to take the edge of the things. However I took the plunge and purchased a 29er hard tail and having ridden it for 3 weeks, it is a thing of joy, so much so that I am sure my excitement is impairing my ability to write coherently.
90% of my riding is done sitting on the seat, a novelty on a hard tail, I am able to roll over much of the trail I was confined to grimacing through on the 26". The geometry on the bike is awesome and allows me to really attack the trail and hills, when was the last time you could accelerate as you ascend? The forks are plush (I am a fan of Reba), why they didn't throw in the poploc in the deal is daft!
The bike is agile, you could easily believe that riding a 29er would be like riding a penny farthing, but in reality its seriously good at tight switchbacks, the acceleration you get in the bike too, speeds this technical bit of riding too. The brakes are great, good control. Gears are awesome, the sram shifting is intuitive and highly responsive.
I have competition coming up and am really looking forward to being competitive again. If you are thinking of going full suss as you age gracefully (I am 36), then think of this bike as an alternative. It's rejuvenated my riding and made me smile, and I can wipe the floor with my mate on his 29er Anthem X (that makes me smile too).
Weaknesses: The tires seem to suck a little, especially as you drift across trails that are un-consolidated (gravel roads), I have spilled a few times. The pop lock, such a useful little device for the reba for XC riding should be included. The rear hub has broken, but the warranty is 1yr, so they are fixing it up.
I can't imagine riding a 26er again or a full suspension bike for that matter, my days of jumping and throwing myself off stuff never happened in the first place and ain't starting now. A great XC bike, thanks Kona.
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2013
Strengths: Solid overall. Great geometry. Good fork. Tires. Brakes.
Weaknesses: Seat. Pedals.
Good bike overall. Definitely most bang for you buck in the price range. Only HT 29er in my arena with wheels not made by the company who makes the frame. (id rather ride WTB wheels then specialized or giant wheels). Very comfortable and solid. People are hating on the forks, but they work great for the price range. Derailers both work flawlessly in all conditions, so do the brakes.. Haven't had to touch them. Tires are outstanding, haven't let me down once in off-road conditions. Amazing traction.
The bad things are definitely the seat and the pedals. For me personally the seat was horrible. Where I live you spend about half your ride or more with your butt on the saddle climbing til your legs burn, for a XC rider or someone who lives somewhere that is a little more flat the seat might be fine. The pedals are cheap, not even platform or studded. They look just like the ones on a target special. But considering some people clip in, others like large platforms, some people dont, I guess I can understand not adding more price for pedals since they are likely to get swapped out anyway. Kona markets the smaller "rear triangle". This makes the bike very rigid over bumps, but the trade off is more stability and traction in the rear as well as a more responsive bike overall. If your sitting down over bumps in the first place, your doing it wrong, but just something to think about.
If you are considering this bike, do yourself a favor and buy it. Its great. I tested every other bike in the price range and this one blew them all away. Very satisfied customer here.
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2013
Strengths: Very easy, very fast to drive
It is my first Kona and 29er and I am really impressed. Very good build quality, comfortable to drive, you have always control over the bike
Weaknesses: The whees could hve a better grip
Price Paid: $2000.00
Purchased At: Hibike, Germany
Bike Setup: current 2013 model
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2012
Strengths: The bike is super quick yet comfortable. It gives you a lot of confidence and really lets you tackle some sections that otherwise would be sketchy. Overall, a fantastic race bike.
Weaknesses: The wheels. I blew out the rear hub completely after only 4 months of riding. Definitely do an upgrade
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2012
Strengths: Great fork and thru axles front and rear.
New elixirs are strong and quiet
Weaknesses: 38 tooth big ring seems tall for 29er.
Have been using a 120mm dually for casual club level Xc races and wanted something a bit racier but not super aggressive all out x c.
First 29er I have owned and first hardtail in a while but really impressed with it. It weighed 12.1kg out of the box with the included shimano pedals and tubes in the tyres on a parktool bike scale.
Rear traction is a real highlight and is nothing like a 26 hardtail. I dropped the stem down for a bit more aggressive front end and it grips great at the front. Maxxis ikons are really grippy too! Ive run these tubeless on a 26 before with mixed results so happy to keep the tubes for now. I run 32 rear and 30 front. The wheels are a tad heavy but seem like good quality. The stickers say they are hand built and they feature a loud and proud freehub, sealed bearings and thru axles front and rear. The Reba fork is super plush and uses all of its travel without bottoming out.
Shifting between the chainrings is a bit of a big jump and the 38 tooth seems a bit tall to me but if you ride on the road it would be good. Direct mount front mechanical is a nice touch.
New elixir 5s are a huge improvement, a great confidence booster. 180mm disc front and 160 rear.
The frame is gorgeous with its compact rear triangle and stealth paint job. It has a normal threaded bottom bracket, not a press fit as the website states.
The stock grips are only single bolt but look and feel like ODI ruffians.
Overall really happy with it and looking forward to putting more km on it.
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2012
Strengths: Light weight, excellent geometry, not to steep and short enough chain stays, feels very natural, super fast and stiff but also comfortable.
Weaknesses: Parts could be a little better, but with a crank upgrade and wheel upgrade it would be an unstoppable weapon. I would rather the chainstay length to be 436-438mm to make it perfect.
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.
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012
Strengths: At this price point this big give you a lot of bike just like Kona has always done. The frame is the star attraction of this bike, very stiff and responsive. Brakes are good but nothing fancy, and the fork although not great performs really well especially if you do the reba upgrade.
Weaknesses: Weakness has to be the wheels, extremely heavy and slow. I recently lightened mine up with some Rovals and it really woke the bike up.
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2011
Strengths: Super stable, overall good components, strong enough for a clyde.
Weaknesses: Low-end fork, basic pedals
I'm 6'2" and got an 18" which I thought might be too small, but it has worked out just right for me. I bought a longer seat post so I had a bit more "meat" in the frame to carry my clydesdale-sized body.
Speaking of being a clydesdale, the brakes and wheels have held up admirably to my weight. I don't jump the bike, but they sure take a beating when the bike hits the rough stuff.
The cockpit is a nice mix of Kona-branded parts with a roomy 660mm riser bar and 90mm stem. Being a bit old-school, I have moved the controls and grip in a bit and added some stubby bar-ends.
I got mine in a 40% off sale so it was too good an offer to pass up.
If I were to upgrade anything on this bike it would be the pedals to SPDs and the forks to anything else. The forks are Rock Shox Dart 3's which are OK, but they won't set the world on fire. They come with the stock medium spring which is a bit too lightweight for me. I would probably recommend upgrading at the time of purchase.
Retails in NZ for around $1900NZ.
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $1485.00
Purchased At: Bike Barn
Similar Products Used: None
Bike Setup: Stock except for a 400mm Ritchey seat post
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