Kona Blast XC Hardtail

4.33/5 (61 Reviews)
MSRP : $999.00

Product Description

We don't take the naming of our bicycles lightly. It's a huge deal, with week-long focus groups and wilderness retreats (not). And this beauty is all about the name. Perhaps the best-riding hardtail mountain bike on the planet for the price, the Blast has delivered more wide-eyed smiles than we could ever keep track of. Light and lively Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted Superplastic-formed tubing, great spec, race-proven geometry-we're calling it a billion served.

  • RockShox XC 32 Turnkey 100mm fork
  • Shimano Alivio/Deore gearing
  • Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Kona Custom cockpit

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

    Date Reviewed: August 13, 2012

    Strengths:    I have gone off jumps 20 feet in the air and the bike loved

    Weaknesses:    Shifters and crank set

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is for just about anyting you want to dish out the bike
    is a 2007 kona blast

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    Favorite Trail:   In my back yard

    Duration Product Used:   All the time

    Bike Setup:   this came with Hayes MX brakes also had wtb seat
    also had Shimano Acera also had 100 mm marzocchi mz3 the great thing
    about the shocks is i made them better then they were now there
    130 mm good frame 7005 butted frame good crank set it's truvtiv

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kratos a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 24, 2012

    Strengths:    Frame strenght, famous Kona geometry, good entry level fork and brakes, reliable, seat

    Weaknesses:    pedals for sure, acera shifters and front acera derailleur, not suitable for downhill, it's XC bike after all.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is my first real MTB, I immediately started abusing it, so there were rough rides and it took beatings fairly. Geometry is great, Kona standard. Fork is really reliable and do the job very well but I upgraded it with Rock Shox dual-air Reba SL, and it was smart move. I also upgraded brakes, Tektro Auriga Comp are great entry brakes really, but I wanted something with better modulation and better power so I bought Avid Elixir 5. Seat is very comfortable, there wasn't too much ass pain. Stock tires, Maxxis Aspen 2.1, weren't good for me, I had 5 pinch flats in a row -.-' and they weren't reliable so I put Continental X-King 2.4 instead, much better. This is pure XC beast. One of the best MTB in this price range.

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    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   Ciklo Sport

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rclugnut a All Mountain Rider from Hinesburg Vt 05461

    Date Reviewed: March 7, 2012

    Strengths:    Super durable, and rides great, very few failures

    Weaknesses:    shifting could be a little better shock isn't super adjustable

    Bottom Line:   
    I picked this up as a first real MTB and i still love it to death. The stock rockshox dart 2 has a decent feel, and the lockout is nice, but it's nothing fancy by anymeans the rebound is nice and does help a bit. the brakes are mech, hayes mx4's i finially replaced them this fall, they're super grabby and suffer very little fade. The shifting is a bit slow and hesitant up front, but that was mainly into the large ring, the rear is fairly snappy, never a real issue. I replaced the stock pedeals with some large flatts and they're a lot better, much more grippy, no idea which ones specificly, my other complain is the stock tires aren't the best (maxxis ignitors) in mud and wetter stuff, on dry hardpack/semi loose, they fly but once it gets wet/sloppy, i'll take my nevgals please, a bit slower but worth the traction. The bike climbs like a champ, just stand up, drop a few gears and crank away, doesn't get stopped by much and allows you to crawl up the techy stuff. That being said, it carves up just about anything, it jumps/drops pretty well the frame takes w/e i throw at it, the rims got a little out of true after this summer but not bad, i was also dropping the seat and bombing down hills like it was a DH bike, feeling every hit and it kept going. The only failure other than a few tubes from letting the pressure get too low was my chain blew out on me this summer after a good 2 years of riding, and i didn't give it a lot of love... other than that it's been a flawless bike that i can run up and bomb down just about anything i want on.

    All i can say is my next bike will almost certainly be a kona after riding this...

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    Favorite Trail:   The front door, carse hill

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Earls

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Stock/ kenda nevegals depending...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by josephig a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, B.C, Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2012

    Strengths:    Solidity, durability, speed, handling, fork, brakes

    Weaknesses:    Pedals, seat, derailleurs.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great singletrack ripper, the Tora TK fork is surprisingly plush, plus it has a lockout feature. The seat was a quite hard, so without padded shorts gets quite uncomfortable and it's already ripping so will probably have to replace it. The tires (maxxis aspens) are suited for dry racing conditions so don't have much traction on the westcoast british columbia trails. probably will replace them eventually with some kenda nevegals. the brakes (shimano m445 hydraulics) are great value, and should be good for anyone not doing DH. (I don't see how someone would take this bike on that anyways so it doesn't really matter). both derailleurs have needed some adjustment, but now are working fine. (might upgrade to deore xt or slx sometime in the future). All in all, great bike, loads of fun, and great value.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dilemma

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $820.00

    Purchased At:   Differrent Bikes, Va

    Similar Products Used:   Giant Boulder SE

    Bike Setup:   Stock 2011 Blast with Lizard skins chain guard and Kona jacksh*t pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by SgtBaxter a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, MD

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2012

    Strengths:    Excellent frame, and better package components than other brands at the same price point. Tora fork (now XC32) is great entry level fork that can take a beating.

    Weaknesses:    Stock pedals awful, stock Alex rims not particularly strong bent front rim in less than 3 months. Stock spring in the fork is a bit stiff for riders under say 165 lbs.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this bike! The frame is fantastic, light and strong. Invested in a stronger rimset for more all mountain type riding. Regularly blast this bike down the Catoctin blue trail rock gardens in western Maryland. It takes a real beating and still wants more. Really lives up to it's name.

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    Favorite Trail:   Gambrill Blue Trail

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Race Pace

    Bike Setup:   Changed tora fork to soft spring, Shimano MT55 rims front and back, and Wellgo MG-1 pedals. All other components stock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mark123 a Cross Country Rider from portsmouth uk

    Date Reviewed: June 14, 2011

    Strengths:    The overall quality and longevity of the components.

    Weaknesses:    The uncomfortable seat which was quickly replaced.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've used this bike to travel 10 miles every day (for fitness) for the last 2 years. I only cycle on flat roads along a windy seafront and coast road but do cycle every day whatever the weather conditions are. Amazingly after the initial setup this bike has needed nothing doing to it at all apart from the very ocassional gear tune up oil. I'm astonished with it, it has been brilliant.

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    Favorite Trail:   n/a

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $172.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Giant mtb

    Bike Setup:   Factory

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by BigFoot a Weekend Warrior from Grande Prairie Alberta

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2010

    Strengths:    Good, solid frame, brakes are great and feel like hydro's. The blue colour is cool and the graphics are classic. The price was superb. Its a great beginner bike, it was for me.

    Weaknesses:    Fork sucks, its too stiff and it doesn't loosen up,the adjustment on it are good, but it's not the best. Front derailleur is too cheap. Tires, I didn't like the tires for my riding (street and dirt) but they did last a long time, and i don't skid!

    Bottom Line:   
    Great price, but it isn't spec'ed well, except for the brakes,I bought a new bike with dual suspension because i realized that that was my bike style (free ride)

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    Favorite Trail:   Nitehawk Bike Park

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Fourword Bike and Bo

    Similar Products Used:   Same year Kona Cinder Cone, awesome bike.

    Bike Setup:   Stock, except for front tire (michelin AT) and changed the fork to a Marzocchi MZ race.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by fedge3liberto a Weekend Warrior from raleigh, nc USA

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2010

    Strengths:    Frame is amazing and the parts are better than average for this price range.

    Weaknesses:    Alievo shifters suck, pedals suck, Acera FD ,

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is awesome. I have ridden this bike since 2001 and it has been great. The frame geometry is very comfortable and a yet still performs great with great rear traction. The frame has taken a pounding from my 250 lb self and has never given me any issues. Buy this bike and ride today then add a few upgraded parts and you have an amazing hard tail. I will ride this bike until i crack it in half if that ever happens.

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    Favorite Trail:   any dirt

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   umm

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock

    Bike Setup:   2001 Blast, SLX rear D, Sram attack twist shifters, sram chain, avid 7 levers, new seat, all the other little things.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rideorglide a Weekend Warrior from Long Island, NY

    Date Reviewed: April 15, 2010

    Strengths:    Solid, reliable, better than average parts, good frame, wheels, tyres.

    Weaknesses:    Hollow sounding noise with some bad shifts

    Bottom Line:   
    The geometry is very comfortable. Turns well, spot-on wheelbase. I'm used to full suspension but this one rides pretty plush for a hardtail. Solid, reliable, better than average parts, good frame, wheels, tyres.

    For the money this has to be almost impossible to beat in its class. It may be kind of entry level, but it's more than that, it's just a whole lot of fun biking for the money.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bethpage/Greenbelt

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   BIke Junkie

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300, Rockhopper FSR,

    Bike Setup:   Stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by myarros a Weekend Warrior from Colorado Springs, CO USA

    Date Reviewed: April 13, 2010

    Strengths:    Love this bike. It maybe an entry level type hard tail, but it's sweet. Really nice geometry, rides great on the road and off road single track.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love my Kona, and I'll buy another one if needed in the future. I've had this bike in the mountains in Colorado Springs area, Palmer Park trails, road, etc... Love it. After demoing other bikes, I really like how Kona's feel and ride. Others just didn't feel right to me. I'll be upgarding to a new Reba Race fork later this year, then it'll be complete !!

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    Favorite Trail:   Palmer Park area

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $620.00

    Purchased At:   Ascent Cycling in Co

    Similar Products Used:   none.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Blast 2008, upgraded deore crankset and bottom bracket (wore out the stock ones) new Ergon GP1 SE Grips, Dart 3 fork, Aero bars for daily commuting, everything else is stock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by bamcky2k a Weekend Warrior from wales, uk

    Date Reviewed: February 14, 2010

    Strengths:    2010 model-the frame (17") is just superb, ultra clean lines with welds thats look like they aint there-looks like it should cost 3 times as much.intergrated headset makes the front end stiffer than earlier models and is noticeable in use.the stock components inspire confidence and will last a fair while before replacing.excellant shimano hydraulic brakes with 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear do a fab job on the stopping front.

    Weaknesses:    everything from the box is pretty much spot on...

    Bottom Line:   
    and excellant buy for the money-you really wont be disappointed.from the box you'll be ripping the trails in no time.looks superb in white and turquise.geometry is spot on for all mountain trail use.all in all it cant be faulted.

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    Favorite Trail:   kilvey hill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   sunset

    Similar Products Used:   kona blast 2007, specialized hardrock pro 2001

    Bike Setup:   stock-17" frame, rockshox dart 2 LO.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by silentG a Weekend Warrior from Prescott AZ

    Date Reviewed: September 11, 2009

    Strengths:    Excellent build quality and attention to detail in the build
    Rides/feels lighter than it is (around 30 lbs)
    Handles really well
    Very stable on trails
    Climbs well

    Weaknesses:    Stock pedals but you already know that

    A little bit choppy bombing down hills although that could be me adjusting to the feel of a hardtail more than the Blast

    A bit hard to find in Arizona although this has to do with the fact that people like Kona and this model in particular

    Bottom Line:   
    This is for a 2009 Blast

    I did a ton of research before buying this thing. Looked at Fisher Wahoo Disc/Piranha, Specializd, Marin, Ibex, Fezzari, etc

    Broke everything down on spreadsheets, the whole 9.

    It could be awhile before I can spring for a new bike so I wanted to make sure that I spent my cash wisely.

    What really sealed the deal for me was that I couldn't find anyone who had anything bad to say about Kona or anyone who was unhappy who owned a Kona.

    I'm not saying those other bikes aren't good but the sum of the parts on this bike is really more than it looks on paper when you go ahead and ride it.

    For example, is a Dart 2 the greatest fork in the world? No, however, it works well with the entire package.

    The other nice thing is that for the cost you end up with a strong frame platform for future upgrades and sweet single track fu for years to come.

    Maybe upgrade the fork to a Tora this winter, tires to WTB Weirwolf when the Maxxis give up the ghost, etc.

    I definitely feel that I am the limiter in the equation rather then my Blast when it comes to what can be done on the trail.

    The stock Maxxis Ignitor tires are good although they seem a bit narrow visually for 2.1 tires.

    I have been running them at 40 psi out here in Arizona where we have small rocks, dirt, sand, baby heads, sharp rocks, cactus, etc

    Tires have held up well in terms of durability, grip, etc

    One thing I would definitely say is that you probably can't go beyond a 2.1 or maybe a 2.24 inch tire in the back. Not a lot of clearance at the top of the frame for the back tire.

    5 chilis for value and 5 chilis for overall rating at this price point and for this type of bike.

    Nicer/plusher rides can be had but they will cost you more clams than the Kona Blast.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $750.00

    Purchased At:   Cactus Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Marin East Peak, Fezzari Wiki Peak, Bridgestone MB-6 back in the day

    Bike Setup:   Stock as a mutha except for the following:

    Switched out pedals to DMR V12 mags that I already had

    Put on some Avid BB-7 that I already had, stock Hayes MX-4 seemed alright though

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by captain sorebum a Weekend Warrior from Santa rosa, ca, usa

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2009

    Strengths:    Good stock pedals, good shocks for the price. Rides very smoothly and climbs well.

    Weaknesses:    Horrible derailer, makes a ton of noise. The stock seat.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a good bike for the price. I only rented it for 2 days while on vacation, but it was a fun ride for relatively smooth trails. This bike does not bomb hills; it got pretty bouncy on a poorly paved road. Anything bumpier is out of the question downhill, but it's not bad for a hardtail; the bike is quite stable, and the shocks work alright. The breaks are pretty good, definitely not bad at least.

    The only real complaint I have is about the seat. The stock seat is unbearable. After riding for about 2 hours I was sore and bruised.
    The derailer is kind of bad and it makes a lot of noise, but it's tolerable.
    Bottom line: good bike for packed or somewhat smooth trails for the price. Kind of a bumpy ride, but still fun.

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    Favorite Trail:   anadel

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   rented for two days

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300

    Bike Setup:   Stock 2008

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ross417 a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, ON

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009

    Strengths:    Great all-around bike. The bike feels very solid and gives me a lot of confidence. The geometry is good, and I've never gone over the handlebars. The tires work well in all conditions, and the components all do the job I expect from them. The paint finish is very good.

    Weaknesses:    I found the Hayes MX-4 mechanical brakes took a lot of adjusting to get set-up just right. The Rockshox Dart 2 fork comes with a stiff spring, which I believe is rated for riders >170 pounds. I find it a little heavy for me (160 pounds). After about 6 rides, the bottom bracket became a little bit loose, but the bike shop re-greased the threads and tightened it for me.

    Bottom Line:   
    I use this bike on the trails at the local ski hill, and also for going places around town. For a bike in this price range, I'm very happy with it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Camp Fortune

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   Tall Tree Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Previous bikes I used were a Rocky Mountain Soul and a GT i-Drive.

    Bike Setup:   2009 Kona Blast. All stock. I ordered a less stiff spring for the fork.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by stu23 a Cross Country Rider from Sweden

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009

    Strengths:    Had this bike for less than a month,just got back into mountain biking and what a delight this bike is. Great climber , light and tough. Good rear starter mech deore. Shifters are ok for a start and the forks seem to work well, rock shox dart 2 100mm travel, includes the lockout key.

    Weaknesses:    Brakes are ok, but noticing some rubbing from the discs but i read it takes a while for them to be worn in. I also read these brakes are not great and to upgrade to Avid bb7s when possible.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome bike to start mountain biking with also if you are just getting back into mountain biking like me.

    Great climber, handles well on the single track.

    overall love it!

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    Favorite Trail:   not sure yet

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $660.00

    Purchased At:   local store

    Bike Setup:   straight out the store.
    Ouch i hear you say, will replace rear and front mech and shifters with stx asap.

    Kona All-Mountain aluminium Butted
    RockShox Dart 2 with Turnkey 100mm
    Front Derailleur:
    Shimano Acera
    Rear Derailleur:
    Shimano Deore
    Shimano Acera
    FSA Alpha Drive
    44/32/22 tooth chainrings
    Bottom Bracket:
    FSA Powerdrive
    Shimano Alivio (11-32 tooth range, 8 speed)
    Shimano HG40
    Wellgo LU-A9
    Front Brake:
    Shimano M416 Mechanical Disc
    Rear Brake:
    Shimano M416 Mechanical Disc
    Brake Levers:
    Avid FR-5
    Kona XC/BC Riser
    Kona XC/BC
    Kona Race Light
    Alex ACE-18
    Front Hub:
    Formula Disc
    Rear Hub:
    Shimano M475 disc
    Stainless 14g
    Front Tyre:
    Maxxis Ignitor 26x2.1
    Rear Tyre:
    Maxxis Ignitor 26x2.1
    WTB Speed V Sport SE
    Kona Thumb
    Seat Binder:
    Kona QR

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