Kona Coilair Freeride Full Suspension

4.29/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $3799.00


Product Description

Thanks to the intuitive adaptability of Kona Magic Link Active Geometry, no other bike goes up this fast and down this quick. With the ability to provide the rider with a wide range of on-trail, no-switch-necessary geometry and suspension tuning, the CoilAir climbs both comfortably and efficiently but at the drop of a hammer taps into 200mm of progressive and plush rear travel. It's the ultimate quiver killer, designed to crush big up and big down-all you have to do is ride.

  • Fox 36 180 Talas tapered fork
  • SRAM 10-speed
  • Avid Code R brakes
  • Easton Vice wheelset


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by naga_trailer

    Date Reviewed: April 27, 2012

    Strengths:    over-all, fine bike.

    Weaknesses:    i notice once weakness, though. the bracket connecting the rear suspension to the tail is susceptible to crack. after a few trail runs here in the Philippines, i found some cracks which of course could be potentially fatal. i was disappointed because i don't do jumps; i just rode it on some off-road trails. i thought it was a factory defect, but then, i noticed again the same weakness in the replacement i received. if Kona could only strengthen the bracket against metal fatigue, then i would really, really recommend it to every trail rider i know. but as of now, with that weak crack-susceptible bracket, death could literally be just around the next trail corner. scary.

    Bottom Line:   
    weak rear suspension bracket: cracks easily.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by I G a Weekend Warrior from East bay, CA

    Date Reviewed: January 14, 2012

    Strengths:    Suspension soaks up anything you throw at it. Very reliable and sturdy. Still easy in the uphills. I like all the included components

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this at the end of the season and saved about $1100 off the 2012s price. I dig it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bass Lake

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Bikesale.com

    Bike Setup:   2011

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by jesseliketoride a Weekend Warrior from Brockville, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 14, 2011

    Strengths:    FUN, pedals well once set up, Fun on the downs, great in the technical gnarly bits. Looks freaking awesome.

    Weaknesses:    Takes more time to set up the rear suspension (but it's worth it!)

    Bottom Line:   
    Fun bike, Pedals well for it's travel, Climbs technical stuff pretty darn well, A blast on the downs, very fast bike.

    The magic link takes time to set up, thats the only draw back. Once set up properly it does it thing without you noticing it. Keep it clean and it stays pretty silent (I am picky about that).

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    Favorite Trail:   The ones I build!

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   Cranks

    Similar Products Used:   2009 Coilair, 06-04 Norco Six, 03 Norco Fluid3, Cromo rigid!

    Bike Setup:   2011 coildair, 55 rc3, Hadleys, 50mm stem, 740mm Sunline bars, Breaks, Pedals and other bits. Mid to low 30's weight depending on tires/tubes.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Arnon a Downhiller from ISRAEL

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2010

    Strengths:    versatile - great climber .

    Weaknesses:    For all around bike the frame( and only the frame) is great anywhere from XE to DH though heavy at 17KG
    BUT
    other than the frame the stock parts are of the lowest quality
    Crank supplied ( FSA MOTO X) is a real bad joke , suited better for girl's beach cruiser than AM/FR bikes
    the rims supplied are really xc rims will not withstand drops of over 3 ft( remember this bike is supposedly AM/FR
    The brakes are a compromise and parts from the local shimano are not available ( always the same song and dance when it comes to OEM parts
    The fork ( MAR 55 TST )is most definitely not for F/R use
    in one year I had gone through 3 blown TST cartridges


    Bottom Line:   
    Buy the frame only and build your own bike

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2600.00

    Purchased At:   SLALOM BIKE SHOP

    Bike Setup:   W A S 2009 stock KONA COILAIR
    By now replaced the brakes to XT the crank to SLX
    the rims to MTX 33 and soon replacing the fork to FOX 36 VAN

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Diblaggio a Downhiller from San Francisco, CA

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2010

    Strengths:    Great strength coming from Kona. The fork and rear shock (Fox) have never let me down. I have done some crazy drops, jumps, and pushed myself to the limit- the bike never failed (i did a few times though). All components on this bike are good, and tune ups are a breeze. Kona's rear suspension has changed the way I ride. This color bike definitely opens eyes at the trails. I still get compliments and offers while I ride.

    Weaknesses:    It is a bit on the heavy side, but this was never a problem for me. I actually get better control of my bike this way. The rear shock system kona developed would compress down while riding through some minor obstacles- I think kona fixed that problem with their newer bikes. all i did was adjust my pressure and adjst the rebound and whala' blast through...

    Bottom Line:   
    I have gotten offers from 1800-2500. and I still have it. It is the bike that built my aggressive riding skills and it boosted my self confidence levels. I have won 3 Tournaments with this bike, and landed top 3 in 7. Overall a great bike, and the looks still get those eyes poppin'....

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    Favorite Trail:   Tahoe, Colorado

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $2300.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondales, Giants, Stinky :) Other Coil Air Supreme (Currently)

    Bike Setup:   50/50 Pedals, Continental Spider Web Tires, Lizard grips (They feel better that the Kona stock ones) Juicy Avid 7 Brakes... Everything else is stock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tobygoodger a Weekend Warrior from petersfield

    Date Reviewed: November 26, 2009

    Strengths:    light, tough, plush suspension, reliable,high spec, good value, pedals well, jumps well, corners well, durable, could go on for ever, great all round bikes.

    Weaknesses:    not much at all: pedals are heavy,struggles with big jumps but its a light freeride bike so thats no biggy. i have had it for a year and no problems, and i have ridden it hard, i havnt replaced a thing, not even brake pads or grips. nto that stiff, stock could be lighter.

    Bottom Line:   
    awsome bike, has inspired alot of confidence, get it!
    great value for money.

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    Favorite Trail:   rogate

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   pauls cycles

    Similar Products Used:   iron horse sunday, demo 7, orange dh

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by neonwinter a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2009

    Strengths:    Great all around trail bike with decent DH and XC capabilities.

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy I guess, keep up with the $3000+ XC specifics some of my friends ride anyway.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is awesome. I've had almost a dozen in the last ten years and this is by far the most versatile.

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    Favorite Trail:   any trail at night

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   used from friend

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR, GT i-Drive circa 2000, Mongoose Tecolai, KHS FR2000, Haro Zero

    Bike Setup:   Full custom, Truvativ Aka Stem, Race Face Evolve XC X-type crank, Fox RP23 and 120mm 3.5lb (not sure of the model) fork, Deore hubs w/ Rhino Lites, X-9 shifters/ derailleurs, 990 cassette

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by NW Guy a Cross Country Rider from Bellingham

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2009

    Strengths:    Great all around Mt Bike ride

    Weaknesses:    Extremely unreliable. Front wheel spokes were not very tight, had to have fixed - poor quality control. Rear Fox shock won't hold pressure - is in shop for repair!! Front suspension is now locked up because the shock has leaked.
    They are tellin us it will take a month to fix and we pay for part of the repair!!! Had for only ten months, so warrantee will cover most of it, but.... Has not been ridden that hard


    Bottom Line:   
    Don't buy this bike until they improve their quality control.

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    Favorite Trail:   Wonderland

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2400.00

    Purchased At:   Jack Bicycle Center

    Similar Products Used:   Kana Kula, Specialized Stump Jumper


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by James Richey a Weekend Warrior from Auburn, WA USA

    Date Reviewed: May 11, 2008

    Strengths:    A good climber, absorbs all the bumps, smooth and makes you feel in control at all times! I go faster and enjoy the trails way more than my favorite old bike.

    Weaknesses:    Weight

    Bottom Line:   
    As my friend Doug said yesterday, "with this bike, I won't be waiting for you anymore". Even though it weighs more than my DBR cross country set up, I have more control, and am willing to try and enjoy things that I would not have before.

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    Favorite Trail:   Black Diamond

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1400.00

    Purchased At:   Craigslist

    Similar Products Used:   Enduro pro, DBR, Giant Trance, Giant Reign, Big hit

    Bike Setup:   Stock except Mavic 528 rims

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Cullen a Weekend Warrior from VT

    Date Reviewed: October 12, 2007

    Strengths:    2007 Kona Coilair. Reasonably light, weighs in at about 36-37 lbs with pedals. Very Stable at high speeds, very nimble in the air, has the kona reputation behind it, and the fork (fox 36 float r)is amazing. it always bottoms smoothly (If you can hit anything hard enough to bottom.) Well specd, fun to ride.

    Weaknesses:    The rear suspension is extremely linear. The choice is pretty much between plush absorption or pump it up stiffer than preffered to make big drops to flatter landings a bit better. Luckily the dhx 3.0 bottoms smoothly and the boost valve helps it to ramp up on high speed hits. ** the stock maxxis advantage tire on my bike rubs on the frame when it bottoms out. Stinks that kona didn't think to fix this, but a tire with a shorter casing will do the trick** Seat tube angle is a little slack for serious xc stuff, but moving the seat forward helps a bit.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you do everything including trail rides, all mountain stuff, jumps, and spend a big chunk of time riding at lift accessed bike parks, this thing is great.
    Note though that it is not a cross country bike! You won't win any xc races on this thing.
    The suspension is easily adjustable, the components are reliable and its just fun to ride. For downhilling and freeriding, the 65.7 degree head angle (though it sounds slack) is a savior, especially on really steep stuff and through rock gardens. The suspension does and amazing job of absorbing everything you ride through, especially for 6" If you can stay seated with the slack seat tube angle, the propedal and boost valve make a great pedaling platform, but it bobs a bit while standing. Over all, I love this thing. It can do everything pretty well, and rules at bike parks on 4x, slopestyle type stuff, north shore stunts, and extremely tech downhill single track. Kona also manages to spec great bikes for the price, so great value.

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    Favorite Trail:   Yo Vinny

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $3000.00

    Purchased At:   Direct from Kona

    Similar Products Used:   in terms of durablilty, the 05 coiler and other konas

    Bike Setup:   stock except a semi-slick maxxis high roller rear (to be switched to a 2.5 mobster)
    A word of caution, route the rear brake hose by running it up from the last guide under the top tube, zip tie it to both the seat tube support mast, and the seat tube just below the seat post clamp, and then leave some extra hose between there and the seat stay where the next guide is. Make sure the hose is out of the way of the swing arm (I managed to pinch the hose on mine on the second day out with a different routing)
    As far as sizing, I'm 6 foot and riding a medium. Its perfect for the riding this bike is intended for.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alex a Downhiller from Nelson, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: September 10, 2007

    Strengths:    This review is for a Coilair Supreme as there is no category for it. Tuff, Great handling, Well spec ed. Good climber great descender. Big fun factor.

    Weaknesses:    Price!! We get that here with the U.S. dollar. Fox DHX 5.0 air shock stuck down on the first ride but was repaired by the service agent and hasn't been a problem since.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the closest bike I've ever ridden that can do nearly anything good. It climbs, descends like a DH bike, can be trail ridden all day. The D.O.P.E. brake system is well worth the extra $ for the gain in handling on the down hill. AAA+++

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $4800.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Surgery Nel

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro. Giant DH Comp, Kona Stab Deluxe.

    Bike Setup:   Stock. Changed the tyres to 2.35 kendas and the small ring to a 22 to help out the climbs. D.O.P.E brake system. Spec is so good there is no need to change anything.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Charles Veitch a Downhiller from London, UK

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2007

    Strengths:    Very light but built very strongly - also looks very sexy. Good quality stock components, easy to use. You will get used to this bike instantly. A very polished jack of all trades

    Weaknesses:    None - I mean it.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the all round giant killer (and Giant killer). I got this bike for only $3000US (£1500 UK) as it's 2006. I took it downhilling the same day I got it, and it is SO FAST. Because it's so light you can really whip it into the air, and with the fat Fox forks at the front (36s) you have all the confidence to land hard. I am a big guy, 6ft 5inches and 250lbs, but this bike makes me feel sprightly...
    Racing it against my friend's Orange Big T, his bike is so heavy and more of a downhiller, the Coilair is the Prince of Freeriding.
    Love it

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    Favorite Trail:   Les Gets

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $3000.00

    Purchased At:   Evanscycles.com

    Similar Products Used:   Glory Freeride, Stinky, Orange Patriot

    Bike Setup:   As stock, with the 3 ring crank by Race Face

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave a Downhiller from North Grafton

    Date Reviewed: August 27, 2007

    Strengths:    Best all around bike there is!!! If you want a bike that can climb well and fly downhill, than this is the bike you want.

    Weaknesses:    The wheels couldn't take my 210 lb butt doin drops... Nothin major, just have to true them once in a while

    Bottom Line:   
    Love this bike, puts up with some extreme cross country riding and the occasion hucking. Extremely plush travel, yet pedals very efficiantly, due to the PRO PEDAL. Love the Race Face components and Saint brakes. No complaints...

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $4000.00

    Purchased At:   Gravitty Warehouse

    Similar Products Used:   None... I have a Bighit and a P1...

    Bike Setup:   Mostly stock. I ditched the air shock right out of the box and had a DHX 5.0 COIL put on...LOVE IT!!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Perry Kveton a Downhiller from Live in Indonesia, From Truckee CA

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007

    Strengths:    Crazy good for all around riding: XC, Downhill, Freeride...even street use is good due tothe adjustable travel/recoil

    Weaknesses:    none so far- except that the new one is out with a lower top tube, who cares?

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike nails the all-around awesomness. I generally use it for DH up at lifted resorts, however, i also use it for riding around town A LOT. adjust the travel, adjust the recoil, raise the seat and you're set for power up pavement. the only downside with that is that i now need to invest in some phat street freeride tires :D

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    Favorite Trail:   Downieville Downhill

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $2800.00

    Purchased At:   The Back Country LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar XAM 2.0, 1.0, Kona Coiler

    Bike Setup:   Kona CoilAir bone stock except for a cateye comp

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jorge from Ecuador

    Date Reviewed: March 21, 2007

    Strengths:    Great bike to do anything. Light enough to climb and an incredible performance on downhill.

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this bike. I ride it 4 times a week, in different terrains, and it’s amazing how comfortable and confident you feel. I strongly recommend this bike to all mountain riders and freeriders

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky
    Marin B-17
    GT Rts1



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