Product DescriptionIf you're the type of rider who burns with the fire to travel deep into the wilds of the world and you need to go down as speedily as you go up, consider the Cadabra, one of the most adaptable dual-suspension bicycles ever made. The Cadabra has up to 160mm of plush rear travel and features new Scandium 6069 tubing, ISCG tabs, cable stops for adjustable seatposts, stiff 142x12 rear axle, and a spec package that strikes the perfect balance between value and performance. Whether you race enduro or love massive mountain epics, the Cadabra is all magic, all the time.
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Date Reviewed: September 7, 2014
Strengths: Versatility. Hasn't failed me yet. I have the 2011 with a 60mm stem, 50 mm extra wide riser bar. The magic link does what it says and more. Sure you can set it up like they recommend and it really does do everything quite well. Climbs like a hard tale with the magic link adjusted to stiff and the rear shock on pro pedal on the days I ride cross country. On days I ride park/ freeride I slap on my big betty tyres and wind the preload spring back to plush up the rear suspension and slacken the head angle by a degree or 3 and away you go. Even on the hardest landings the rear end has never bottomed out.
Weaknesses: The magic link squeaks but teflon spray is an easy fix. Also the magic link screws tend to get lose but loctite is another easy fix. Some people talk about the limited tyre clearance but even with 2.40 tyres and lots of mud I have never had any issues. I'd also love a chain tensioner but running the big ring at the front and 4th from the bottom at the rear has made dropping a chain in the park a rarity and you can always buy an after market one if you really want to.
Duration Product Used: 3 seasons
Price Paid: $2800.00
Similar Products Used: Reign 2 2012
Glory 2 2013
Giant trance 2013
Ghost AMS 2007
Bike Setup: 6mm Stem
50 mm extra wide riser bar
Stock tyres and big betty for freeride/park
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2013
Strengths: I have the 2011 model still with the old coil auxiliary shock and a 32mm Fox Talas fork. I tend to ride with a stiff setup (high pressure, low sag). It is a bike, not a sofa. ;)
With that setup the Cadabra climbs very well but is also very capable down hill. The MagicLink IMO is a fantastic piece of technology. Just like advertised it is like riding a CC bike but on the downhill you have lots of reserves.
Add the Talas (I personally like adjustable travel forks) and you have a super versatile bike.
Weaknesses: The brake rotors (180mm front, 160mm rear) in the standard setup are too small for heavy riders. You can use up to 185mm brake rotors in the rear, but no bigger rotors. I ride 200mm front, 185mm rear and that is OK for me (ca. 100kg rider weight).
There is not much tire clearance on the 2011 model. I hear that has improved on the 2013 model.
The MagicLink (coil) on my bike sometimes makes some squeaking noises. Spraying Teflon (PTFE) on the elastomer inside the coil helps. (The new Cadabras have an air-shock as auxiliary shock anyway.)
I hope Kona will produce another bike with MagicLink in the future.
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2013
Strengths: Plush rear end, travel feels deeper than 6", fairly light, laterally stiff, good climber too...
Weaknesses: Fox 34 clunkiness, hard to get at (ie. clean) magiclink shock, narrow bars, long dong stem, stock wheels are tubeless but tires are not, Kronolog seat post needs a re-build every 50 hours
The tweener's are bad ass.
Anybody wanna buy mine?
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2013
Strengths: -Climbs well, fairly light, hmmm thinking hard to find allot good with it.
Weaknesses: Durability is crap. I had the bike for 9 months before the frame cracked right above the front derailleur. Now they want $1200 for another one due to not purchasing it from a Kona store. In that time I spent $175 on the magic link air shock which also broke and then Kona charged me $30 to get another one from Vancouver. What else, oh the mavic crossride rear wheel broke, so I had to replace that too.
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2013
Strengths: Suspension like a motorcross bike, climbs well and handles the downhill well. A very fluid machine and it is tough.
Weaknesses: Dialing in the MagicLink system and the constant squeaking when dust gets into the MagicLink spring assembly.
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2013
Strengths: It's fairly good on the downhills
Weaknesses: The rear suspension system is a total sham. Magic Link is a load of bullcrap. This makes it terrible for climbing. The whole bike feels like it's working against you on the way up. I just really don't like it. The Talas fork is really heavy feeling. It feels super unbalanced.
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2013
Strengths: Damned quick uphill for such a long travel bike
Very versatile (I have done a 133mile long distance path carrying camping kit over significant climbs and decents as well as bombing downhill courses with the only change being tyres!)
Loves to get air
Not massively easy to get suspension setup correct
Excellent value for money (at the price I paid, 1500GBP, not retail!)
Weaknesses: Most components (e.g. BB Shells) massively over torqued when new; not sure if this was Kona or the bike shop's fault
Suspension bolts have a tendency to loosen up every month or so
Not a fan of the Fox TALAS fork (personal preference)
Butt destroying saddle!
I don't find that I need the travel adjust on the fork, so will be replacing this with a RS Revelation that I have as I find the Fox TALAS doesn't give me full travel and is a bit spongy at first (although small bump damping is superb).
I have fitted ZTR Crest wheels (tubeless) with a Conti Mountain King Mk 2.4 on the front and the stock Ardent (tubeless) on the back. In this configuration, the bike goes blazingly fast such such a capable frame. Although friends (of roughly equal fitness / ability) on hardtails or race full-susers can generally beat me on long grunting climbs, it isn't by much and obviously the Cadabra destroys them on the descents.
One odd thing about the bike is the very (very!) steep seat tube angle. This helps it climb very efficiently, but for me (6'3", 35" inseam) does mean that I have to run a seatpost with quite some layback. This is slightly due to the fact that I got the 20" frame, but the 22" felt slightly less chuck able.
I haven't (touch wood) suffered any problems with the magic link and I have not exactly been kind to this bike!
Price Paid: $1500.00
Similar Products Used: Trek Fuel Ex (130mm version)
Specialized Stuntjumper (briefly)
Bike Setup: Upgrades over stock:
Hope Tech Evo M4 front stoppers with 203mm disks
Shimano XT rear brake (not impressed)
ZTR Crest wheels on Hope Pro 2 hubs front and back running tubeless
Hope ceramic BB
Some old Bontrager saddle I had lying around (anything is better than the stock WTB!)
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2013
Strengths: Rides well uphill before it breaks
Weaknesses: Broken frame ( don't buy SCAMdium)
Broken magic link
Can't put over 2.2 tire on the rear and forget about high volume
Probably more but there was so much going wrong it all started running together
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2013
Strengths: - great idea of magic link (yes, we heard it before with GT I-drive) while it's not magic but physics - it works. The simple idea gives you nice geometry while both descending and climbing
- it's very sturdy and forgiving - likes abuse :)
- it's stiffer than his predecessors, and mgic link does not induce heavier weight or problems with frame stiffness
- great design: white fork, polished alluminium and bright red frame (2010 model) - reminds of ww2 fighters
- great light and fast maxxis aspen tires, boy are these FAST on tarmac!
Weaknesses: - the stock brakes (M575 in 2010 model): rattling, squealing with less than average modulation and stopping power. Change them immediately
- if you like fast XC trails only it is heavy
- if you like drops and jumping only it is too light
- a damper with lockout (remote lever too) would be more than appropriate
- mavic crossride wheels are rather on the lighter/faster side and in sharp turns you can feel them flexing
Of course it is not a 100% DH bike and eventually you're gonna break it. Of course it is not a 100% XC speeding 10 kg machine - you gonan hate it for the weight. It's one and another - perfect for people who seek diversity in biking, who like KONA's design. It's worth the price however the stock brakes suck and I recommend tossing them right at the shop! Also more demanding users should upgrade the shifters as a minimum. Dont thik it is worth to buy Abra Cadabra - plain cadabra with upgrades would be better and adjusted to your nees.
Would I buy it once again? Sure, but I hope it will serve well for years as my old stolen Kikapu.
Duration Product Used: 1 season
Price Paid: $2000.00
Purchased At: Germany
Similar Products Used: Kona Kikapu
Bike Setup: 2011 Cadabra, Magura Louise brakes, full XTR drivetrain, egg beaters.
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2013
Strengths: Suspension is super plush. Frame is amazingly strong ( I weigh 230 lbs). The bike is pleasing to the eyes and is a blast to ride.
Weaknesses: The fox talas 32 is a great fork....just too flexy for this bike. The wheels are also a bit weak for all mountain type riding. I swapped the fork for a rs lyrik 160mm solo air and some wtb stryker hoops. The bike now feels like it should and its a rocket!!
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Purchased At: hank and frank bicyc
Bike Setup: Full xt 2x10, mrp 2x guide, wtb stryker wheels/moto 2.3 tires, Rochshox lyric solo air 170mm travel
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2013
Strengths: (2011 Kona Cadabra) Looks great. Lightweight for bike of this travel (13.3kg with pedals straight from the shop in size 19'). Great performance uphill, the magic link works very well here and turning propedal on improves it even more with no noticeable bob. Flies downhill and gives so much confidence. Good spec for the money I paid (£1350 pounds). Lifetime warranty on frame.
Weaknesses: The bolts on the magic link were slightly loose when I checked after a few good rides so needed to use stronger thread-lock. They havent come loose since but probably worth checking now and then. Rear avid brakes required bleeding a few times to get right. Didn't get on with the maxis ardent on the front so changed to a maxis minion and feels much better.
I use this bike on my local trails which are mostly steep rocky, rooty downhill runs and although its no downhill bike, it handles them no problem. The ups are long and steep but the travel adjust fork helps on the very steep parts and has lock out.
I also use the bike on my local tow-path trails which includes some road sections and it feels fine. I blow the tyres up hard for less drag and the Pro-pedal combined with the magic link and no bob at all, feels like my old hard tail but alot more comfortable.
The fox fork is good, it has the 15QR axle which I wanted but does not have the latest FIT cartridge- if I paid full price for the bike I would have been disappointed but the Open bath is grand. I also find the travel adjust useful.
The gears and drivetrain haven't missed a beat and I got an 11-36 cassette with mine which was a bonus. I'd like to maybe fit a chain tensioner and swap outer ring for a bash guard.
The 2012 and 2013 models have had a few minor geometry tweeks to the head angle and BB height and it now comes with an air auxilary shock and bolt through rear axle. This is bound to help the bike but i'm more than happy with my model.
Would I buy again? At full price no, I think the price of all bikes now are crazy but with a good deal definitely yes.
Bike Setup: Changed the following from stock - Front tyre changed to a soft compound maxis minion. Changed the stem to a 60mm to keep in with the crowd (wouldn't use any longer now). Flat pedals.
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2013
Strengths: good looks, nice name and a very nice trick pulled out by Kona
Weaknesses: The trick is to fool you and make you believe you're buying something worth of such amount of money
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2012
Strengths: While honeymoon lasts it'll probably be the best bike you've ever had
Weaknesses: Durability and customer service: if I divide the cost of the bike by the miles I was able to use it it becomes (mile by mile), more expensive than a brand new Ferrari... and still, customer service is worst than any other I have ever had the need to contact before: broken bike and no response!
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2012
Strengths: Climbing, descending, killer value, lifetime warranty
Weaknesses: The Magic Link takes a while to set up, and feels a little weird at first.
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2012
Strengths: beautiful looking bike and it does what it says: magic
Weaknesses: the magic lasted for very little time: at 3rd month magic link bacame a magic donkey (every pedal meant a donkey like noise), at 6th month magic link broke and believe me I'm far from being a wild jumper (a 3ft drop off is my top challenge), what is Kona gonna do still don't know but even if they replace the whole bike all they will do is improve customer service to my eyes... my hope is this was only an isolated defect which will not be present in the next bike
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