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Kona Steely DJ/MtnX

4/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $1349.00


Product Description

At Kona we've always had a deep affinity for the incredible ride performance of steel. Using geometry honed after two decades of serious steel affection, Kona is entering its second year producing the Steely. Best summarized as the classic 26-inch-wheel steel hardtail built for the modern rider, the Steely is a throwback to wheely-dropping, gnar-loving freeriders of the late 90s. Modern meaning, a slack headtube angle, low bottom bracket and short chainstays. The Steely also features a 31.6 seat tube, ISCG 05 tabs, lighter rims and tires, and a single ring Shimano 9-speed with 11-36 rear cassette. Everything you need to rip a piece of radical singletrack near you.

  • RockShox Tora 289 U-turn 85-130mm fork
  • Avid Elixir 1 brakes
  • WTB FX 23 rims
  • FSA Step-Up cranks


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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by amgine a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX

    Date Reviewed: December 20, 2011

    Strengths:    Steel! Kona Geometry

    Weaknesses:    Weight

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this off chainlove because I was itching for a 26" hardtail and it was a great price for a Kona. I rode many steel bikes as a kid and this Kona is just as much fun. It'll take any beating I give it and keep going. Although it's heavier, it rides a lot smoother than my previous aluminum hardtails. I'm a big fan of steel thanks to this bike. Weight weenies might want to steer clear, but anyone who wants a good DJ or trail bike (I ride mine on trails) should check it out.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anthills

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   chainlove

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by OMGPoniez a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2011

    Strengths:    Steel, Feel, ride quality, Geometry, adjustable fork, There is no other bike out there like this one.

    Weaknesses:    Super heavy wheels and tires, If its a trail DJ bike then whats with the crappy pedals? Overall it is really heavy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Be it a bike or any other product I'm always looking for the 1 thing that does it all. The Steely fits the bill by being a lot of different bikes in one package. I've always felt that Kona's geometry is just a little more fun than their competition. The steely is no exception, its lively and maneuverable without being too cramped to do some XC riding. The climbing disadvantage of the super slack 67deg head tube angle is easily overcome by adjusting the fork down about 100mm. Which is actually where I have been keeping it for descents and climbs alike. Its actually a better climber then I expected. The issue that I take with this bike is its bizarre spec. The pedals that come with this bike are inexcusable. Kona has amazing housebrand pedals that they could have slapped on this puppy. The tiny platform, poor grip, and plastic body'ed wellgo is an irresponsible and possibly dangerous choice on a bike that otherwise comes ready for some serious and intense riding.

    The steely sticks out like a sore thumb in Kona's DJ/Trail lineup, with good reason. The folks over at Kona clearly recognized that this bike fills a hole in the market that other companies are too wimpy to touch. This bike was clearly designed and spec'ed to perform double duty as a huckable FR hardtail and also as a potential do-it-all machine. Splitting the difference between something burly enough to stand up to jumping, drops, and downhill while still making a bike thats not a nightmare to climb on is a razors edge. Kona walked that edge impressively with the steely. The adjustable travel fork combined with the frame geometry really do allow the bike to have the flexibility to be whatever bike you want it to be, but the wheels and tire choice keep you grounded in reality about this rig's true purpose. Pun intended by the way.

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    Favorite Trail:   Buttermilk

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1100.00

    Purchased At:   Rowlettes

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Caldera, Kona Roast

    Bike Setup:   Bone stock for now, except I replaced the pedals with platforms

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    Kona Steely

    Posted this in the Kona forum but those guys are asleep. I'm looking at a Steely for about $600+shipping. Its mostly stock except it has a Kore wheelset,rock shox pike fork, and some atomlab pedals. Im looking for a steel ht and feel this might be a decent bike to build up. Its hard to find much inf ... Read More »

    Thinking about a 2011 Kona Steely

    i've got a 29er XC bike and ive been wanting a steel AM HT for some more spirited, technical trail riding here and came across a 2011 Steely for $650. Think I might try and talk him down a bit. Its pretty much stock other than an aftermarket wheelset and looks to be in pretty good condition from th ... Read More »

    AMHT: Kona Steely vs. Specialized P1

    I'm just getting into all-mountain biking and need a tougher bike than my wimpy XC thing. My list is huge so I'm starting with deciding between the Steely and P1. I also will still do some cross-country, and maybe some dirt-jumping and light freeride and downhill stuff. Also want to be able to wheel ... Read More »

    New Bike: Steely, Chameleon, Crush . . . Opinions?

    [Sorry about any errors; this is my first post:cool:] So I'm thinking about getting another bike mostly for "all-mountain" type stuff, but also light freeride and occasional downhill, some jumping maybe a few times a month, and also quite a bit of xc. But my main focus is AM, including fast downhil ... Read More »

    Kona Steely frame info ... how does it compare to 456, Ragley pigs, Cotic?

    I've finally admitted to myself that my CinderCone is a bit too stiff for my liking ... geo is spot on of me ... just too stiff. The Steely looks to fill the bill pretty good ... geo based around a 67* HTA @ 130mm Can someone comment on the frame, as all the infomation is on the whole bike & it's ... Read More »

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