You need a bike that's tough-tough on the trail, the street, the backyard. A bike that'll be there no matter what, through rain, snow, sleet and sun. You want a frame that comes with a lifetime warranty and components that won't hold you back, designed to bring in a new era of cycling fun. Time to Shred.
Strengths: great price, well balanced frame, bullet proof fork .
Weaknesses: altus rear deraileur, mechanical brakes lack adjustment/power (upgrade to hydraulic or some bb7's would be great) non lock on grips.
This reveiw is on an 09 so may be slightly outdated, Anyways ive ridden 05 and 06 shreds in the past which also lacked braking power, lock on grips, and a dirt jam fork that liked to blow seals . also always found that the frame was unbalnced and kept all the weight to the rear wheel . however on the newer 09 kona has a more balance frame and a solid dj3 fork. For a bike at this price you cant go wrong though . its got all the goodies to satisfy a progressing rider yet it has the entry level price for begginers . defiately a bike i would recomend to the weekend warrior who wants to do it all.
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2013
Strengths: It works great for all types of ridding and handles jumps and minor downhill trails very well.
You defenily get more than you paired for
Weaknesses: Doesn't change gears very well.
And the derailer bends of a day of hard riding
This bike is great but once you become a serious rider you will want to agust or replace the retailer and gears.
Bikes components other wise are good and you won't have problems with, besides normal wear and tear.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2012
Strengths: Strong frame
Weaknesses: A little bit heavy
Great bike overall. Really fun for trail and jumps. Easy to get used to. Great for a begginer
Weaknesses: None.... Would be more stoked if it were a single crown.
I bought this bike 2 years ago.... Haven't had a problem with it yet. I come froma bmx background so i wanted to be able to ride DJ/Street but still go pedal around with my Am/XC friends.... i completely scored. Couldn't be happier with my decision.
a Weekend Warrior
from Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
Date Reviewed: November 22, 2011
Strengths: Smooth gears, nice shifters, good colour range, nice brakes, suspension, frame, seat, rims, grips, pedals, and everything else.
Weaknesses: Heavy (only a tad though), pedal crank keeps falling off.
I've owned this bike for a good few yers now, and Its been a great bike. Gears are smooth, brakes are smooth, seat is comfy, handle bars are prefect. It Is good for intermediate - pro level riders, I'm not sure what its like for doing tricks and stuff, but its good for everything else, an all round exceptional bike. Oh and Its very good value for money.
Strengths: frame, fork....did't have a problem with them
Weaknesses: The pedals, wich suddenly broke down, the hubs needed replacement with Novatec because they broke down too. It don't have an ISCG5 mount
It's a verry good bike, because you buy it for the frame and fork, you don't care about the others....it feels soo smooth an flow in the air, on on a trail, you can do anything with it. I see that kona offers now a lifetime guarantee wich is a great value for money. I will remain on kona because i love it's feeling, how you don't like it at first, but only after you ride it you can really see what it can do and then fall in love with it. Try this bike and you won't be disappointed
Bike Setup: Kona shred 09, mz dj3 2007, novatec hubs, doubletracks, crankbrothers pedals, deore shaddow with chaingude
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 23, 2011
Strengths: great bike,i ride every sunday night,and keep up with friends on there regular mnt. bikes,,rides easy on road,and on trails,,front forks are great,very smooth,,mill be looking into getting a 2011 shred soon
Bike Setup: kenda k rad tires,alpha drive cranks,chisel headset,odi bar ends,hayes breaks
a Weekend Warrior
from Salem, OR
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010
Strengths: 07 Kona Shred: Looks great, Alot of bike for the money on the used market. Mine came with upgrade front disc but I'm sure the bakes worked awesome without, stopping power is great. Bike is pretty light considering the equipment installed
Weaknesses: I hear the frame welds can crack although I've heard alot of rumors on the net that aren't entirely true. I've taken it off a 6 or 7ft stair drop and it seemed rock solid to me, did it 4 more times afterwards. The Marzocchi DJ4 forks that come stock on this one are a little bouncy but they don't bottom out easily at all, they are decent forks.
Feels like an awesome bike for the money. Jumps great at the BMX/DJ track and mobs around town with 16spds too choose from. I hang with my friends on the technical mtb type trails and the downhill stuff too. I would'nt push it more than a 10ft drop, I would guess it's gonna hurt alot after that. I love mine, I'll keep it and just upgrade the forks to fox or some other nice fat 100-120mm fork.
Similar Products Used: nothing, been out of bikes for 10+ yrs
Bike Setup: Marzocchi Seat, ODI Locking grips, Maxxis HollyRoller/High Roller Tire setup, Bash Guard with chain tensioner
a Weekend Warrior
from spokane wa usa
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2010
Strengths: really srong good tires and brakes for 700
Weaknesses: forks suck seats really heavy and thae overall bike wieghs a lot.
its a great bike but if your gonna buy one just get the frame because most of the components suck. if you get the setup just buy a different fork because the forks. the bend and botttem out and have almost no edjustibility.
Weaknesses: Fork, rear deurailer, seat, pedals. Can't fit 7" rear disc without grinding frame down. Fork is GARBAGE! It flexs left and right, bottoms real easy and I'm a skinny kid! Replace that rubbish asap!
Great intro to intermediate bike. Will last you forever even with hard riding. I haven't serviced my bike a single time since 2004 and it runs smooth as butter. Reliable and sturdy. Get a size smaller and it's really 'flckable'.
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