Kona Dawg All Mountain Full Suspension

4.35/5 (43 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00


Product Description

We've put some added meat and muscle into our backcountry scrambler. More aggressive geometry, faster suspension, beefier components and stiffer all-around construction-like a new 1.5" tapered headtube, the new and improved Dawg comes keen to attack obstacles with tongue a flappin'. For those looking to enter the world's universe of backcountry burl for the first time, or just a beautiful bike with no boundaries, this is your new best friend.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Soundtallica a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2012

Strengths:    Sexy looking bike (2009 model), great descender, very stiff frame, scandium is sexy, climbs decently, fun nature, low maintenance pivots

Weaknesses:    Long wheelbase makes it feel a little sluggish on flats, simple suspension design is more susceptible to bob and brake jack than others (nothing propedal can't fix), stock stem looks cool but is flexy.

Bottom Line:   
This bike may not be the best bang for the buck, the most efficient suspension design, and nor is it the lightest. But like a true Kona, none of that matters because the thing is so darn fun to ride. The 2009 model that I have has 6 inches of travel, so it's biased toward the downhills, and it kills them. The suspension is supple, the angles are dialed, and the frame is super stiff. It's pretty good on uphills too due to its light scandium frame, as long as you use the propedal and proper body positioning to keep the front end from wandering on steep climbs. Its only drawback ride-wise is that it can feel a bit sluggish on flats, probably due to its long wheelbase and chunky tires, but that's a worthy compromise. Oh, and that boxy Kona stem may look cool, but it's too flexy for aggressive riding. Switch it out.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Heavy ass Iron Horse Warrior FS, Mongoose Teocali

Bike Setup:   2009 Kona Dawg, XT, Answer Carbon bar, Recon 335, RP2, LX crankset. Maxxis Ignitors, Bontrager saddle, ancient but indestructible Crossmax Discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Firepoint24 a Cross Country Rider from Maitland, FL USA

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2012

Strengths:    Solid frame and rear suspension. Did not come with OEM components so I cannot review those. However the bike is a solid platform to grow from.

Weaknesses:    It is Heavy! Also the rear triangle meets at the rear tire with a few extra parts and screws, no welds. This adds a weak point as well as a location for additional maintenance.

Bottom Line:   
Overall I am happy with the bike. I have been riding a hard tail Marin since 1997 but lost a disc in my lower bake and went to a full suspension bike to save what I have left. It is a different kind of riding but the Kona is a solid bike. It would be a great bike to get used and replaced the OEM parts as they fail to make one great riding bike. After riding a steel Marin the Kona is heavy which takes some getting use to, but the trade off for the five inches of travel and the ability to continue to ride has been worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   2008 Kona Dawg, Marzocchi 44 RLO, Hayes Stroker Rydes. XT rear, SLX front derailleurs. Deore Shifters. WTB Laser light wheelset and hubs. FSA Orbit headset, FSA cranks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 253mtnbmadness a Cross Country Rider from Washington state

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2009

Strengths:    Great climber with the fox pro pedal, 5" of suspension travel makes for a great decender as well.

Weaknesses:    Wheelsets are lame imo they have needed to be trued every time I've rode the bike. THrow the clip in pedals away if you want to ride all mountain... they're terrible for jumping and decending.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike all around. I know I'm having a great time on it and can floor it off jumps and drops 4-6'0" so far. Lots of fun just will change out my wheelsets in the future for more reliability.

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Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mt. Lately

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Therapy

Similar Products Used:   just test rode a couple bikes, specialized fsr expert and giant, not sure of the model cause I felt is sucked.

Bike Setup:   2008 Kona Dawg all stock other then Kona's new dirt pedals $100 msrp.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tgoogs a Weekend Warrior from Olympia, WA

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2008

Strengths:    For '08 Dawg. Strong, tough bike yet nimble. I'm 220 lbs and this thing doesn't buckle, period. Able to carve tight corners and feel spry (enough) on xc runs (firmly believe fox pro-pedal helps here). Geometry (long top tube) suits my long torso/short legs. Componentry rocks as far as I'm concerned, especially hayes stroker hydraulic brakes & shimano xt shadow rear.

Weaknesses:    Folks complain about bike weight, but at 5'10", 220 lbs, I can only complain about my own. I've also heard complaints that the Marzzochi XC600 doesn't have adjustable travel - no issues here up or downhill, just a blast to ride.

Bottom Line:   
Best cost/value ratio I could find in an "all-mountain" full sus bike. That fit my crazy long-ass torso/short legs. Great bike for weekend warriors & heavier riders looking for worry-free fun on all terrain and trail types other than big drops/jumps.

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Favorite Trail:   capital forest, wa

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   '05 Dawg.

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by IcePack a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2008

Strengths:    Very good climber and fun descender. Strong. Predictable - inspire confidence.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
The DAWG is a great do it all bike, slightly overbuilt (reasonable weight penalty) like most Kona's but that was an advantage in my case - I rode and abused it for 3 year and it held perfectly. All day rides or short technical onces all were fun with the DAWG.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Slalom Tel-Aviv

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000,SC Bullit,Haro X3

Bike Setup:   Stock except: Weirwolf 2.1&2.3 tires, RS revelation fork and shimano DX647 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rembrandt a Weekend Warrior from Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008

Strengths:    Built tough. Good overall climber and downhiller, good value. I bought the 2004 Dawg new, but in 2006, so I got a great deal on it. Very good looking bike. Strong and solid. It wil take you anywhere.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy. Crappy color.

Bottom Line:   
This bike can do anything! Regardless of whether you've been riding a year or twenty, you will have fun seeing what this bike can do. Very strong, does well under pressure. I've been riding it for two years and only had to replace the front brake pads. Highly recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Old San Juan

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   The Path

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler, Various Specialized bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock. Regular pedals- How can you people stand clip-ins?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xaqori a Cross Country Rider from xxxxxxxx, GA USA

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2008

Strengths:    light weight compared to last
strong joints
price paid
handles well


Weaknesses:    rear shock not adjustable


Bottom Line:   
this is just about the best bike that you could get for the price. the components are easy to replace, comes with decent stock stuff, and is very fun to ride. i would reccomend to my friends, but they're not to keen on ridin.
THIS IS AN UTTERLY OUTSTANDING BIKE!

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Favorite Trail:   blankets(dwelling) &big creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay.com

Similar Products Used:   ibex ignition
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Bike Setup:   avid, manitou, pig headset, wellgo, shimano, jagwire, rinolite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William a Weekend Warrior from Burlington, VT, USA

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2008

Strengths:    Relatively light, decent spec, Kona burly-ness/agility

Weaknesses:    Weak front fork offering, crappy Shimano pedals

Bottom Line:   
This is for the new '08 Dawg.

Sweet bike overall.

Nice geometry to do it all. This is truly a fine all-mountain bike. Tough enough to handle a little light freeriding/North Shore style stuff, but light enough to rip through some all-day rides.

We'll see how tough the Scandium frame is over time.

Decent drivetrain specs, although I killed my XT Shadow RD on the first ride on some blowdown. The Stroker Trail Discs are very nice. RP2 shock is decent, but the XC600 TST2 fork is a little sticky, I may upgrade to a 55 next season.

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Favorite Trail:   Passing the Horizon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Earl's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Fully stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick a Weekend Warrior from CA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2008

Strengths:    solid frame, handles anything!

Weaknesses:    a little on the heavy side, unimpressed with the front fork, short stem for climbs, poor breaking.

Bottom Line:   
I cant believe the punishment this bike has gone through and continues to go through. VERY strong! I had issues with brake fade so i switch to the avid BB 7's. The stem was a little short for the steep climbs, so i changed that out. All and all pretty happy with it. I recommend this bike to riders starting out that want a good platform to build on without worrying about breaking the bank or their new investment.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Similar Products Used:   heckler, slayer, iron horse.

Bike Setup:   mostly stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2007

Strengths:    Strong wheels (Sun SOS), Nice fork (Bomber MX Pro). Handles everything I throw at it. I have the rear shock set in the back hole for rising rate - climbs like a goat.

Weaknesses:    ISIS bottom bracket is crap. No layback on seatpost.

Bottom Line:   
I'm very happy with this bike, bought the low end version as I intended to replace to lighter parts (I like to customize). The stock wheels, rear shock and fork I'm keeping as they work great. I ride alot of twisty east coast style singletrack and this bike handles it with ease.

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Favorite Trail:   Da Goat

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Solutions

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar - loved it but bushings kept wearing out.

Bike Setup:   20" frame. Upgraded to sram X7 rear and X9 grip shifters, LX integrated crankset (love Ebay!) and swapped out seatpost to raceface evolve to get layback. Fizik gobi saddle

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brennan Fox a Weekend Warrior from Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2007

Strengths:    The Frame, Fox shock,

Weaknesses:    The stock fork can not handle any hard hits, wheels are fragile, Tioga tires dont grip on most surfaces, (Scary when bombing a hill) a bit on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
This is a tough bike, spend $400-700 on a marziocchi bomber fork and you have yourself a beast. Can now handle 4-5 foot hits. If you plan on riding a little bit of everything this is a good bike for you.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Century Cycles

Similar Products Used:   2003 Giant full suspension mountian bike (forgot the name)

Bike Setup:   Stock except for 2004 Marziocchi Bomber fork and WTB MOTO Rapter 2.24 tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evan a Weekend Warrior from Duvall

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2007

Strengths:    Tough super strong frame, i've hit 8 ft drops on it and i can ride away from every one, comfortable rideing position, i can ride it all day and not feel it the next morning. Also this bike is very predictable in the air.Oh and its an easy climber!

Weaknesses:    The Marzocchi EXR was crap, i broke with in the first month i had the bike, the chain slaps the frame.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike and if you are looking for that all montain bike this is the one. Ride all day, take drops, tight downhill sections and hucking it at the dj park, this bike can do it all!

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Favorite Trail:   My Backyard

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Bothell Ski and Bike

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi, Fox Shox, Hayes, Shimano, WTB, Nokian

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Evan a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Woods, Mi

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007

Strengths:    2004 Dawg. Great geometry for epic rides. Simple design. Economical but smart parts spec. Climbs well, not great, but well.

Weaknesses:    The stock Marzocchi is great for durability and general use, but I felt it was inadequet when I really started pushing it out west.

Bottom Line:   
I enjoy long technical xc rides out west. I like that this bike can handle it all (including runs at whistler). The bike is not a great climber, but this is no fault of the suspension. The same geometry that makes it so great everywhere else compromises it's climbing prowess. The bike is also a tad heavy stock, but is in line with the price/intended use. I would classify this bike as designed for more agressive riding than many other bikes in it's class. I should also note that the Fox fork has proven to be less durable than the stock fork. That said, I still felt the stock fork rough compared to other offerings.

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Favorite Trail:   La Milagrosa

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Continental Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Rush, Giant trance, Trek liquid, Specialized FSR designs.

Bike Setup:   Fox Vanilla RLC fork/Fox Float R rr shock. Sram X7 drivetrain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jan Meyer a Downhiller from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2006

Strengths:    Strong bike, great fork and very nimble. Goood climber as well.

Weaknesses:    Lots of chain slap and I tend to have issues with chain jumping off after heavy bits of trail. Rear shock bottoms out easily on 3+' flat drops (not surprising as that is not what is made for, but I thought I'd mention it as the front fork is quite happy to soke it up).

Bottom Line:   
I kow I mention i use this bike for downhill, but I started out XC and it is really what this bike was meant for. I just found some great downhill tracks that I didn't know about before and got hooked and luckily my bike could handle them as well. I don't do the hairy stuff on the tracks yet as they get pretty hairy. We are talking 10'-15' drops and similar gaps. I stick to the 3 foot drop range and the really nasty rocky single tracks. This bike can really handle a lot of punishment it was never meant to take (according to the marketing/manual) and is a very efficient climber and an awesome XC bike for the more daring XC'er. Highly recommend this as a first or second bike for beginner/intermediate or someone looking to switch to XC from freeride/DH.

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Favorite Trail:   Oxford falls, Red Hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpumber FSR 06, Some hire bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock except for a recent change to 2.5 tyres front and rear which made an amazing difference on jumps/hard hits.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by doug a Cross Country Rider from mahwah, nj

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2006

Strengths:    this is the review for the 06 dawg deluxe... great frame, rear fox float is nice, handlebars, shifting, hayes brakes

Weaknesses:    front fork is garbage i already broke mine, also front hub broke already too

Bottom Line:   
decent bike but not what i expected to get for $1800. the frame is nice but kona made some wierd choices with the components. front fork is terrible there if u just tap the front brake the whole fork ends up moving back and forth a considerable amount. other than the fork and hubs tho, i would say it is a good bike

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   yeti asx, trek liquid

Bike Setup:   new wheels and fork on the way

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