Kona Mahuna 29er Hardtail

4.22/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00

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Designed specifically to be an excellent-value, entry-level mountain bike, the Mahuna ("green beans" in Croatian) is a 29-inch-wheel hardtail perfect for those with a curiosity for jumping on the big-wheel bandwagon. Built using Kona's sweet-riding 29er geometry and 7005 Aluminum Butted tubing, the Mahuna is all about keeping things simple and fun, with components selected to keep the Long Sweet Ride going for years.

  • SRAM X4 drivetrain
  • Kona Custom cockpit
  • Suntour SF11 XCT fork w/ lockout
  • Avid Elixir 1 brakes

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

    Date Reviewed: March 12, 2015

    Strengths:    Price, rear rack compatible, geometry, weight, lifetime frame warranty, decent components for the price, surprisingly comfortable saddle

    Weaknesses:    Fork, pedals

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this as a commuting and XC trail bike. I love 29er wheels for commuting since it makes the bike faster than a 26 on roads and rolling hills. I didn't need anything too expensive or serious for what I was doing, since I also haul my toddler around in a trailer. What caught my eye about the Kona was the fairly decent component set (for the price) the lockout fork, and the fact that it has threaded eyelets on the seat stays for a rack. It also doesn't look half bad in matte black. The fork is pretty terrible. It's mushy and can't really be adjusted, but it has a lockout and at the price of the bike I'm not going to complain. I also swapped out the super cheap Wellgo platform pedals because they are just plain awful. Had my LBS install Shimano Deore XT pedals. So far, I love this bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Rockingham Recreational Trail

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Pedal Power, Portsmo

    Similar Products Used:   Haro Flightline Sport (2012)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by videoboyMatt a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: November 5, 2014

    Strengths:    9 speed, good for the price range, as many bikes are being sold with 8 speed cassettes (good for upgrading), amazing frame and build quality. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, decent SRAM crank for bike level.

    Weaknesses:    Thin sticky grips, not amazing fork, but not terrible, Altus rear derailer not competative.

    Bottom Line:   
    My girlfriend bought a 2014 the same time I bought a Cinder Cone. We looked at about 20 bikes, and it really came down to this and Scott. What you get is a much better frame than anything from Trek in this price range..and you can tell instantly. The build quality is top notch, with some of the best looking welds, 4 colour matte paint job and aggressive geometry that doesn't look like a hybrid with knob tires. The headset is the same as the one on my Cinder Cone (my bike cost $400 more). It comes with a 9 speed cassette, good compared to many bikes that were offering 8 speed, making it great for upgrading. That is a good thing because Altus is crap. Fortunantly our LBS upgraded her rear derailer to Deore free to compete with Scott at the same price. Overall it is a great bike worth upgrades, something many entry level mountain bikes are not worth doing. Also on the plus side this bike is clearly less common than any Trek or Giant, when you meet bike snobs..you will get more credit. My girlfriend rides it 20-35 miles a day 4-5 days a week. She loves it.

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    Duration Product Used:   5 months

    Price Paid:    $780.00

    Purchased At:   Kyle's Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Cinder Cone, Scott Scale 750, 970, Marin Muirwoods

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by roknfnrol

    Date Reviewed: October 28, 2013

    Strengths:    Comfortable, great cockpit fit, love the drivetrain and the brakes.

    Weaknesses:    I wish the handlebars were wider. Also, the fork is pretty heavy and very low-end.

    Bottom Line:   
    Overall it's a great bike. It was my first 29er and it really allowed me to gain speed and roll over anything.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian

    Date Reviewed: August 28, 2013

    Strengths:    Nice breaks, durable

    Weaknesses:    Some gear tuning from time to time

    Bottom Line:   
    I'm a big guy (~250 lbs) and have ridden it hard for a few months on rocky trails. I haven't had a single durability issue. The paint has held up well, and it comes with touch-up paint (which I haven't needed). There isn't a single component that is irritating me enough to want to swap it out. So far it has been a good value for an entry-level mtn bike.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Zack

    Date Reviewed: August 15, 2013

    Strengths:    Looks cool

    Weaknesses:    Cheaply made

    Bottom Line:   
    When I bought the bike and took it home I noticed the second cog was bent beyond use... nice QC Kona. In under 30 miles I have had a broken fork and the derailluer snaped off the frame. Many different brands of bikes out there stay away from Kona!!!!

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dan

    Date Reviewed: July 12, 2013

    Strengths:    Great frame, feels solid and is responsive...for the size (I have a 22" frame) it's not too heavy...love the hydralic brakes.

    Weaknesses:    The only issue I have had is frequent gearing tuning, but could be just the break in period.

    Bottom Line:   
    Overall, I am very happy with the bike, I bought one for me and one for my mountain bike racing daughter, she has really wiped out a couple times, had some injuries and a couple dings to the bike, but nothing that wasn't easily fixed...seems in 2013 they fixed the paint chipping problem I have read about earlier, cuz we haven't seen any of that. After a lifetime of "pretty good fit" frames, this one feels better than them all.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by hardtailrider2013 a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2013

    Strengths:    Great bike, looks good, feels solid, tyres have good traction, seat is great, brakes are realy good, love the sram x4 and It's light. I can't say if it's durable it's been 1 week but haven't had any problems :D

    Weaknesses:    Paint chips easily, I just brushed againts a plank of wood and the paint got away :/ Not that it's realy a BIG problem.. but yeah. Brakes squeals sometimes, The suspension, but it's normal for the price considering all the other good components, but still a good suspension.

    Bottom Line:   
    Realy good entry bike, it's my first mountain bike and I love it! Definitely a good purchase! :D

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    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   kijiji (used)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Enrico a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013

    Strengths:    Frame: Quality frame. Kona Racelight 7005 feels great.

    Weaknesses:    Pedals: These ones will break after a few offroad rides.
    Suspension: Feels just too soft. Bounces a lot if you jam hard.

    Bottom Line:   
    I tested a Hardrock, a Rockhoper, Trek Mamba and Wahoo and I went for Kona.

    Purchased this bike 6 months ago. It has delivered. I am 6"6 and I gotta say one of its strongest points it´s the design. This bike feels great for a big fellow. I ride it offroad on weekends and I commute daily about 7 miles. So far I have no complaints.

    This is the kind of bike that needs to be perfectly adjusted and afterwards it will ride very smoothly. Invest some time checking everything, adjusting brakes, gears etc. If you adjust everything perfectly it will last that way.

    I tossed everything I could at this bike and it wants more. Rocks, stairs, roots, drops. You name it. Everything works perfectly. Being a hardcore rider but not having a lot of money I recommend you this bike. I am positive It wont dissapoint.

    Broke a pedal on my third ride offroad. (Probably my fault)
    Flat Tire. (Meh)
    Adjusting the rear brake can take a while.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Similar Products Used:   Hardrock 2013, Trek Mamba and Wahoo, Cannondale sm500.

    Bike Setup:   All stock but pedals.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Marko

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2012

    Strengths:    Cheap
    Hydraulic brakes
    Good looks
    Nice handling frame
    Very stable downhill

    Weaknesses:    Paint really is very bad, chips extremley easily.
    I also experience strong vibrations from rear brake, brakes need constant caliper adjustment
    My rear stock tyre also got replaced because it was too wide for the frame
    Suspension fork is very basic, but for this price ok I guess

    Bottom Line:   
    Well, it seems that i wrote a lot more weaknesses but I think this bike is a good deal and a joy to ride.
    Despite everything, I'm happy with it.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Kevin

    Date Reviewed: July 19, 2012

    Strengths:    Good strong and light frame, hydraulic disc brakes, strong rims with decent tires, comfortable cockpit for a tall guy, good price compared to similar bikes.

    Weaknesses:    Rear tire rubs front derailleur, cheap paint, rear disc problems

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this bike in Feb. 2012. I purchased it after test riding several other bikes (Specialized, Cannondale, GT, Trek, and others). I paid $699.00 for the bike which I thought was a great deal. I am a tall guy and felt most comfortable on the Kona versus the others. The components are similar to other brands at the same level except for the brakes which are far better than the competitions. The paint job is a dissapointment, any stick, pebble, dirt ball or what not takes chips out effortlessly. And do not lean it against a post or bike rack either. Even the brake and gear cables have rubbed through to the metal. The rear tire is too big for the design. The 29x2.20 rubs the front derailleur no matter how you try to adjust it. After about 2 months of arguing Kona agreed to replace my tire for a narrower one that fits and at equal value (Kenda 29x1.90). Talk to the bike shop about that problem before purchase to avoid a headache. The rear disc brake needed replacing as well; it vibrated terribly. That was a warranty covered upgrade as well. Apart from those 3 issues I love the bike. It climbs like a beast and handles extreme downhill very well. I also commute about 4 miles a day in it no problem. I have about 350 miles on the bike and expect to get many more. It also has the same frame as the Kona Kahuna Deluxe, so with a few upgrades in the future it could be even better. I would recommend it to a friend if they could get that tire problem fixed before purchase.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by thefurryone a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2012

    Strengths:    Hydraulic disc brakes, double walled rims, decent drive train components, high quality frame, Geax tires.

    Weaknesses:    The paint is very fragile, rear brake squeaks.

    Bottom Line:   
    I finally chose this bike based on several weeks of research and the recommendation of a friend who rides competitively (he is sponsored by Specialized- go figure). Anyway, I rode the Mahuna, a Kona Splice and a 2011 Specialized Hardrock 29er. The Splice and Hardrock both had cable disk brakes which just did not compare to the Avid Elixir 1's. Apparently, even low end hydraulic brakes perform better than mid level cable disk brakes. There are other bikes nearly twice the price that have the same brakes and bikes at 3X the price that have brakes one group higher. The drive train components were pretty similar on all three bikes, low end, but not terrible. I have upgraded all but the crankset so far, but not because I had to. The Sram X4 group would be just fine for most people. I was able to find great deals on Sram X9 components so I decided to go for it. The wheels and tires are pretty decent. They aren't super light or anything, but are pretty strong. The tires do well on and off road, adjusting the pressure helps boost performance in both scenarios. The fork is pretty blah. It's not horrible but I did see the same fork on a Schwinn at Target the other day if that tells you anything. Probably will be my next upgrade. Probably my least favorite thing about this bike is the garbage paint it is covered with, which is a shame because I love the color. It is so soft it's laughable. I once learned it against an unpainted wooden post for a minute. I must have slipped a little bit because it scratched the paint. The bike and the post were both clean so it wasn't abrasion. Lots of other thing have dinged it too. The supplied touch up paint cures to a dull matte finish that looks great on a bike with a clear coat finish. Basically, I think this is a good frame surrounded by components that are good enough to last until you upgrade them, lose interest in the sport or just upgrade to a more expensive bike. If you're considering buying this bike, there is nothing that you will actually regret about doing it. I plan on building this bike into a very solid entry level race bike. The only stock item left will probably be the frame, but the oem stuff will be just fine until I reach that goal. I have 700 miles on this bike since I got it 2 months ago with no major issues.

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    Price Paid:    $739.00

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 820

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Guillermo a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012

    Strengths:    Great brakes, solid frame, firm and solid bike for the buck

    Weaknesses:    Seat; It is too hard
    Front derailleur issues: The factory rear tire is just huge, so huge that the front derailleur will touch the tire when trying to adjust the lower position of the derailleur. So be ready to change the rear tire to a narrower one.
    Suspension fork: It is just right for the price. On a bumpy trail it suffers a lot. next upgrade?????
    I'm also having some issues with the chain sticking tho the chairing and not shifting gears properly.
    I need to do my research on that.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love the bike.
    Best bike for the buck!
    Entry level? I think it is more than that.

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    Price Paid:    $835.00

    Purchased At:   Victory Bikes in Mem

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Marcel

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2012

    Strengths:    Very LITE Kona 's race lite frame is really strong and stiff, really well put together . Had one problem with gears , guys over at Mock Orange Bikes took care of that . Overall for little over 700 dollars its worth the buy. Not to mention you get Avid Elixir 1 brakes,with are hydraulic hard to find on entry level bikes.

    Weaknesses:    have none

    Bottom Line:   

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by HappYbiker a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2012

    Strengths:    (This review is for the 2012 Kona Mahuna) Lightweight, Comfortable, Smooth, Good Brakes, Easy to ride.

    Weaknesses:    Squeaky forks

    Bottom Line:   
    An entry level mountain bike that doesn't have top of the line components, but is very good. A good price for a 29er with hydraulic disk brakes. If you are a casual rider who bikes in the city and the trail, this bike is for you.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Jubilee Cycle

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by usstoledo a Weekend Warrior from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 30, 2011

    Strengths:    Rock solid frame (my welder buddy was particularly impressed with the welds), great brakes and workman-like drive train--and wicked cool aesthetics to boot. And frankly, based on 3 solid months of leg work and research into the local market, you'd be hard pressed to beat the value.

    Weaknesses:    The seat wasn't terribly comfortable. Also, the forks are nothing to write home about. They are probably the first thing you'll want to upgrade.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you're not willing or able to drop $1600 at one time for the next couple of levels up (The Big Kahuna), the Mahuna is a great way to get your foot in the 29er door.
    A couple of notes: With a bit of breaking in and retuning, the Avid BB5s provide braking power that far outstrips the rim brakes on my Trek and will likely be fine for all but the most heavy downhill trails. Secondly, the Suntour fork will probably serve for a couple of years of commuting and light trail riding, but beyond that, I'd recommend putting three or four hundred bucks into a RockShox Tora TK 29 100mm or Recon TK Solo Air 100mm that comes standard on the 2011 Kahuna or Big Kahuna.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Bobsled

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $675.00

    Purchased At:   The Wild Rose

    Similar Products Used:   My last bike was a 2007 Trek 3700 (26 inch wheels, Rim brakes, 7 speed).

    Bike Setup:   Stock 2011.

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