Kona Coilair (Magic Link) Freeride Full Suspension

4.7/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame sizes: S(15"), M(17"), L(18"), XL(19"), XXL(20")
  • Frame tubing: Kona Clump 7005 Aluminum/Magic 6+1 System
  • Rear Shock: Fox RP2 with XV sleeve
  • Fork: Marzocchi 55-TST2 20mm axle 160mm
  • Headset: TH w/Big Nut
  • Crankarms: FSA MOTO MegaExo
  • Chainrings: Rockguard /36/24
  • B/B: FSA MegaExo
  • Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless
  • Chain: Shimano HG53
  • Freewheel: Shimano Deore (11-34, 9spd)
  • F/D: Shimano Deore
  • R/D: Shimano LX
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore
  • Handlebar: Kona DH Aluminum Riser
  • Stem: Kona XC/BC
  • Grips: Kona LOG
  • Brakes: Hayes Stroker Trail Hydraulic V7
  • Brake Levers: Hayes Stroker Trail Hydraulic
  • Front hub: KK Disc 20mm
  • Rear hub: Shimano M525 Disc
  • Spokes: Stainless 14g
  • Tires: Maxxis Advantage 26 x 2.4
  • Rims: Sun EQ 2.7SL
  • Saddle: WTB Pure V Sport
  • Seatpost: Kona Double Clamp
  • Seat clamp: Kona QR
  • Colors: Brown & White Matt


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

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

    Date Reviewed: January 10, 2013

    Strengths:    Magic link! Additional 1.4 inches of rear travel, making it 7.4.
    Climbing power delivery is very efficient, best I pedaled at this weight with pro pedal off and when pro pedal is on its climbs even better.
    Rolling downhill makes it feel at home, very capable, plush, controllable and precise.
    Rear suspension has "coil feel" to it and is predictable, can set it up to have different feel and activation of travel, pedaling power, stiffness.
    Decent weight.
    Legendary Kona 4-bar technology.


    Weaknesses:    Setting up the magic suspension and rear shock takes patience and time to get to magic right, but totally worth it as this magic will work for you.
    Stock Maxxis High Rollers 2.35 were holding the bike performance. Get proper tiers you will never look back to these!!!! Get 2.5 - 2.7 width tiers, only then you will discover what this bike is all about!
    Wish it had a fox fork or a dual crown 170-180mm set up.
    Cant say its heavy because Im used to downhill dual crown bikes, its definitely lighter ! Around 38 pounds with new tiers.


    Bottom Line:   
    Wanted to get a bike that can do it all and this one delivers!
    I choose the 2009 model because of the frame and travel on it, 17 inch.
    The 2009 model is more like stinky but with more travel and more pedaling power this bike more free-ride - downhill oriented than the newer coilair, with proper weight for free ride and downhill, climbs well.

    Strong frame design, 4-bar with magic.
    The stock setup is basic, I like the fox rp shock, paint gets you noticed.
    Switched out the stem and handlebars for more rise in the front and better riding position and comfort, now bike can do bunny hops and get air easier ( not to mention stock cockpit setup is somewhat xc oriented ) .
    Maxis High Rollers 2.35 with presta valves had to go, they were holding this bike back, no confidence in turns with side loads, good for drift and kicking the dirt or maybe in summer on the dry smooth trails. Somewhat light weight.
    Put on Vee Rubber Ninja DH 2.65 with normal valves and downhill tubes. Changed the ride completely! Fits perfect, rides amazing, rolls very well, great grip and chunky knobs, quite, drift predictably and only when you intent to! HUGE CONFIDENCE now when riding and comfort too!

    Why should you buy it? If you want to feel the magic! Its great all around bike, set it up right, get tires that suit your riding. Get sitting position right. Then you will have all the confidence in the world and nothing to stop you going up or down.

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    Favorite Trail:   DonValley

    Duration Product Used:   1 Month

    Similar Products Used:   08 Kona Stinky

    Bike Setup:   Stock pretty much.
    New tiers 2.65 Vee Rubber Ninja DH and proper dh tubes. What a difference do these tires make!
    Handlebars - Truvativ / SRAM Stylo with good rise. Got them cut to 640mm.
    Stem - forged 70 mm stem with 35 degree rise. Now bike can get air, jumps, hops, proper sitting position and control, comfort.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Ian a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2012

    Strengths:    Climbs like a good AM bike, despite the weight. Descends really well for a bike you can pedal. If the magic link is set up correctly for your body weight, it really does its job. I was skeptical and pleasantly surprised. Hard to find this performance for the price.

    Weaknesses:    Some lateral flex in the frame if you crank on it, most likely a result of so many pivots. The stock Shimano Deore brakes lack stopping power for a bike that takes descents this well. It would be well suited for ISCG tabs, even if it doesn't come stock with a guide.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great all-in-one if you don't race DH or XC and can only afford one good mountain bike. For an AM rider that like the occasional shuttle day, this is great.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1250.00

    Purchased At:   craigslist

    Bike Setup:   Bone stock as of yet.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by blurofreality a Weekend Warrior from north bend, wa, usa

    Date Reviewed: December 19, 2009

    Strengths:    Magic Link: amazing piece of technology. Around here, I do a lot of pedaling to the top of the runs, and the magic link really stiffens up the back end just as if you were on a hard-tail. Going back down, very slack with ample travel (7.4 inches). Takes most of the initial stiffness out of the air shock. Kona really nailed it. Adjusts in 2 positions; one for light/less aggressive rider, the second for heavier/aggressive riders.

    Weight: coming in at aprx. 38 lb's, it's not the lightest of bikes, but I find that when going down the heavier bikes take more 'umph' out of the drops and jumps.

    Hydraulic disk breaks: great stopping power- I only weigh 130 lb's, maybe 145 lb's with a pack on. Little to no maintenance required.

    Gear ratios: 11/34 on the cassette and 24/36 for the chainrings. Tons of power in the granny gear- I can pedal up trails so steep that you have to dismount because you can't stay on the saddle. I hardly ever get the bike into high gear, even on extremely steep runs.

    Brake and shifter lines: all cables and hydraulic lines are put under the top tube, out of the way

    Fork: saved me a few times from crashing, plenty of travel (6.3 inches)


    Weaknesses:    These are more or less annoyances, but here they are:

    Brakes squeal: brakes occasionally will start squealing then all of a sudden stop.

    Shifting: after some hard runs the rear derailment gets thrown out of wack, but that's expected with every bike

    Ground clearance: not super, but is aprx. 11 inches

    Weight: as stated earlier, this can be a strength, but it sure makes for a lot of work pedaling up a hill.

    Cleaning: lots of nooks and crannies to get the dirt out of


    Bottom Line:   
    Very affordable bike. If you're a freerider who does any pedaling going up, this is the bike for you. If you are lucky enough to have a shuttle to the top of your runs, then I guess there's no sense in needing the magic link, stick with Kona's Stinky or Dawg.

    If you're looking at the 2010 models, I would consider the Coilair Deluxe- they've equipped it with hammerschmidt technology, which will increase the ground clearance, plus allow you to dry shift. Look into it.

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    Favorite Trail:   flowtron, gemstate

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   singletrack cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro S-Works, 2007

    Bike Setup:   Factory

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Zachariah666 a Weekend Warrior from Goleta, California, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 19, 2009

    Strengths:    (2008 Coilair) Very plush fork and shock, sturdy frame, super fast on downhills, and of course, the MAGIC LINK!

    Weaknesses:    Front derailleur has some trouble shifting to the larger chainring sometimes. Ugly paint job... But that's Kona for you.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike really is everything the reviews and Kona says it is. It bombs down hills, carves the corners, and is pretty capable of climbing (within reason for its weight and long travel). There is no chance of the lockout lever on the fork getting turned accidentally, so don't worry about that. I have taken it down a very steep, rocky, windy trails at high speed, and had no problems with horizontal flex. However, I haven't had the bike all that long yet, so I'll write another review in a couple of months.

    I don't find clipless pedals particularly useful (or safe) for the kind of riding I do, so I had the stock Shimanos changed out for Kona Jack---- platforms, which are great. The bike is comfortable, stable, and fun! If you want to take on big hills, drops, some jumps, and still climb instead of walk up the hills, this bike is great! Not terribly heavy, either. Find a shop discounting the 2008 models; for the amount you'll save rather than getting an '09, you can upgrade to whatever new components you may want.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any in the Santa Ynez Mountains

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1700.00

    Purchased At:   Velo Pro in Goleta

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro SX Trail

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for Jack---- Primo platform pedals (screw clipless!)

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by snipe33 a Downhiller from Plattekill, NY USA

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

    Strengths:    Great downhill and freeride bike. Takes rocks and roots with no issues. Hard climbing but who needs to climb when you downhill. Comfortable ride. Having major issues with horizontal movement. The flex in this bike is crazy. I road the bike 4 times and the crank began hitting the chain stay. Have yet to resolve the problem. KONA warranty department stated I was too big for the bike, are you kidding. Also they want the bike shop to file down parts. Just want the issue fixed or give me a new frame or bike.

    Weaknesses:    Horizontal flexing, Noisy brakes and cranks, Basic components. KONA Warranty Department.

    Bottom Line:   
    The bottom line, It's a great bike and can handle anything you put in its way. It's very comfortable and feels good on short and long drops. The down side is the horizontal flex and the lack of support from KONA. The warranty department is horrible. Good luck on getting anything from KONA. All in all the bike shop is doing the best they can when dealing with KONA.

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    Favorite Trail:   Have none yet

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $2100.00

    Purchased At:   Beacon Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Added a shorter XC Kona stem, Wah Wah pedals,Rogue grips,

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cesslinger a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix

    Date Reviewed: May 19, 2009

    Strengths:    Durable. Fast. Soaks up everything I can dish out currently. Jumps, lands, carves, and stops well.

    Weaknesses:    Lack of ISCG tabs.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had gone down a hill that I was not supposed to do on a rigid 29er. It was fun but BRUTAL. A few months later and I am shopping for a nice, aggressive FS bike to get into the daredevil side of mountain biking. Luckily for me, Cactus Bike sells stuff mainly to be used on South Mountain. This mountain destroys mountain bikes with a passion. I wanted something durable and Steve advised either the Kona or the Giant Reign. I only wanted to spend a grand, but considering what I was looking for, $1000 was not going to cut it. I bought the Coilair because I am a sucker for gadgets and I liked how the magic link could help me get up the mountain on my own; plus it was $500 cheaper than the not top of the line Reign.
    Funny thing is that now it is summer in AZ and I have been running with the shuttle guys more than I expected.
    The current set up is NOT pedal friendly; but going downhill is awesome! The bike can definitly keep up with most as long as I can hold on. I also have taken it to the NRA pit a couple times and I am falling in love with dirt jumps. It jumps really well, it is stable in the air, and the landings are so buttery.
    So far the bike is durable and keeps me very happy.

    Only real issue is that there are not any ISCG tabs and the way the chain stay is attached to the frame doesn't make it friendly with any existing chainguide that is on the market. I found that really rough stuff was throwing the chain completely off of the granny gear. A ronnie ring fixed that issue so I can atleast keep going without having to get off and put the chain back on; but a real chainguide would be the appreciated when I need to stay on the middle ring.

    5 chilies for value because everything is tough for the money (55 bomber doesn't count but was fixed for free).
    5 chilies for overall because I am riding stuff that I didn't think I could do back in Feb '09.

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    Favorite Trail:   Geronimo/Holbert

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1700.00

    Purchased At:   Cactus Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   None, this is my first FS bike.

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for Wellgo Mag flat pedals, Ronnie Ring, Maxxis Mobster 2.7 on front and Nevegal 2.5 on rear, Oury grips.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by orion79 a Weekend Warrior from ISRAEL

    Date Reviewed: April 10, 2009

    Strengths:    One bike that can do it all!
    climbs great, goes down even better!


    Weaknesses:    Components are too basic. especially the wheels and gear componnents

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy it! and be quick about it! only two conditions:
    1. your not afraid of carriyng extra weight uphill ( aprox 16 Kg).
    2. You intend to use the full 7.4 inch of rear wheel travel!

    Perfect agressive AM, light freeride machine.
    Love you KONA!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1670.00

    Purchased At:   Slalom bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondale prophet, kona dawg deluxe, Trek fuel.

    Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jllewis1 a Downhiller from utah

    Date Reviewed: March 12, 2009

    Strengths:    It has taken everything I have thrown at it so far. Good shocks, have saved me a couple of times on some rough landings. Absolutely love this bike. I am a little partial because my last bike was a giant yukon. That was constantly having problems. Goes uphill as good as can be expected. Actually have liked all the components so far.

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy, but that's good if you want to go fast down hill. The brakes get a little squeaky when wet.

    Bottom Line:   
    A great bike for the price. Plan on keeping this and building up from here. If you want a bike that can do it all, then this is for you. Extremely comfortable bike. Would recommend it to anyone. Well done Kona.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   skline bike

    Bike Setup:   All the stock components.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jwood1157 a Weekend Warrior from nh

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2009

    Strengths:    great pedaler great downhiller the magic link works perfectly

    Weaknesses:    the stock crank almost lost a pedal

    Bottom Line:   
    this bike can do it all pedaling throw the woods or bombing downhill this is my first fully and i am super happy with it can take 5 to 6 foot drops with no problem for a bike to do it all this is it you will not be disappointed

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   bicycle bobs

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   gravity gap crank 5050xx pedals funn bars and stem

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Taylor a Weekend Warrior from Danville

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2008

    Strengths:    handles downhill like a champ. takes 7 feet to flat no problem and the magic link works perfectly.

    Weaknesses:    heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    good solid bike, very nimble at speed and can take a beating in the back country. a good climber, just raise the seat and the magic link seamlessly integrates the rear shock from dh mode to climb. the only weakness is its weight and it makes it self known when climbing a mountain. but good bike and i highly recommend it to anyone.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   Hank & Franks

    Similar Products Used:   kona coiler, giant trance, kona stinkey, Kona shred

    Bike Setup:   stock

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