Kona Taro 29er Hardtail

5/5 (3 Reviews)

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Product Description

  • Frame Material: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
  • Fork: RockShox Sektor 120mm
  • Crankarms: FSA Step-Up
  • B/B: FSA Platinum ISIS
  • Pedals: Kona JackShit

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ucmule6 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2014

Strengths:    Brakes, tires, fork, 1x9 set up.

Weaknesses:    pedals

Bottom Line:   
This bike is sassy. Bought it in January and have ridden the crap out of it. handles downhills and rock gardens really well. also climbs really well, even with the 1x9. that scared me at first being new to riding but it has made me much stronger and taught me how to flow better.

The wide handlebars up front gives this bike good cornering leverage even with the monster, roll over everything, 29er wheelset. Just have to watch out for the trees on singletrack.

Can adapt to dropper posts and I might do it because of how good this thing is on the drops and downhills. I assumed droppers were strictly for full squish but this bike could sport one without shame.

Dig this rig!

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Favorite Trail:   Sac River Trail, Springfield MO

Duration Product Used:   3 Months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Queen City Cycles

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dustin

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2014

Strengths:    Geometry!!! It is a very balanced bike. The short chain stays is the secret to the amazing ability of the bike. I have tried many other 29ers and they are not fun to ride but the taro makes riding fun. It is playful and awesome on the downhills. I don't know why these bikes are not flooding the market? For $1150 aus it is by far the best do it all bike I could get. I will race xc and gravity enduro on this bike.

Weaknesses:    Heavy bits can be swapped out eg crankset, tyres (wire bead), and wheels

Bottom Line:   
Buy one, and upgrade as you go. Very highly recommended. I would rather this bike than a 5 inch dully 26er any day.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by obar a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2013

Strengths:    beefier, better geometry that feels like a monster truck when you clean technical sections, 20mm dropouts on the fork keep it stiffer, 1x9 drivetrain makes you a better ride and stronger...

Weaknesses:    avid elixer 1, 1 x9 might be too much for some, but it will make you stronger..

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike i swapped out the stoppers to slx and the cockpit to rf and whiskey bars, its a blast on faster and more dh flowy trails,

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Purchased At:   campmor

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