Strengths: Absolutely bombproof frame it's solid. I've ridden some of my mates bikes which are very good but man because of my size I'd be afraid to push those bikes to far. The hoss is meant for bigger riders, if it were a chocolate it would be a yorkie i.e for real men! I paid £630 for it which is a bargain for the spec at the time. Its a real workhorse, goes everywhere and does what I want it to. After 1000 miles I am only now having to replace the stock BB which is good going considering the BB fitted isn't that well respected for longevity.
Weaknesses: Replace the stock brakes with Avid Elixars or Saints if you warrant that stopping power on a bike such as this and you should be good.
Stock pedals are crap but there are on most bikes anyway from my experience.
Wish the forks and front hub were 20mm drop outs not quick release.
Some might find the frame and forks a little too rigid but as stated it is build for big hefty riders.
If you have this bike don't EVER get rid of it. Of the 3 bikes I have (stinky Dlx 09 and custom Stuff 06 being the others) this is the one I'm most fond of. It's like my little donkey and faithfully goes everywhere and turns up everywhere with me.
Similar Products Used: Haven't needed to change it
Bike Setup: Stock with Kona Pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2011
Strengths: Read everything by the guys who offer 4 or 5 stars and I'm with them all the way. My Hoss is still in an amazing condition and is STILL stock! Some do not get on with the DJ3 forks but I weigh in at 240 pounds, jump nine feet at 40 mph and ride out grinning every time! I can only say one thing more about it, ALWAYS HOLD ON TO THIS BOMB-PROOF BIKE!!! I finally fell in love...
Weaknesses: None; in my opinion...
If you ain't got one, get one. If you have one, keep it. You'll never need a spare if you really know how to ride.
Similar Products Used: None really, I now also have a Cube Reaction GTC SL, also awsome.
Bike Setup: Stock as it gets and STILL all original.
a Cross Country Rider
from Sydney Australia
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2009
Strengths: 2008 model strong frame, great geometry, great blue colour,solid stiff ride,hardtail response and great value components
Weaknesses: Replaced Hayes stroker trail brakes , Could do with more travel in forks
Love this bike after replacing the brakes.Solid bike and "bulldozes" through obstacles and bounces back through technical rides.
The best value and spec bike in it's field.All reviews are positive and obviously Kona did not keep it in the 2010 range as previous owners never traded up as the Hoss lasts forever....stay with a great frame and just update the components.....highly recommend this bike.
Weaknesses: DJ3 fork no lock-out limited adjustability, Pedals , Tires great for hardpack but not so great for my area lots of sand
If you are a big guy (a clydesdale type) I highly recommend this bike because it is bombproof for the area I ride. I was around 290 lbs. when I started riding again, now at around 250 - 260 lbs. I have had 0 issues with this bike.
Strengths: Super strong frame. I'm 6'3 260lb with crank busting thighs and this bike is taking a beating and bouncing back for more. Brakes are great but I think I'll be upgrading to a bigger rotor on the front cos I can't get enough braking from the stock 160.
Weaknesses: Fork has a little too much flex (maybe it's my weight!) and the bb/cranks flex more than the front mech adjusts so I'll be swapping them out asap. Grips are a bit ropey.
If you're a bike busting lardcore hillster then you won't get a better bike for your money. Add a few upgrades as soon as you've killed the stock parts and this bike has potential to last longer than an Ever Ready battery.
Strengths: Nice bike with a smooth ride. THAT strength, took it DJing with some mates and it never flinched. Also it is sweet to handle, have taken on all sorts of single track and it always flowed through the bends.
Weaknesses: None particularly. Forks aren't up to much considering its meant to be the deluxe version. I'm buying some Rock Shox Lyrics for it.
Great bike which has served me well so far. I don't get what you'te all moaning about the strength for. I'only 110 punds and I can haul it up hills of any height, admittedly I do triathlon, but a super unfit mate of mine tried it and he could get it up most things. I would suggest that the only down side is the fork, I bust them a week ago on a 3 foot drop and wasn't impressed, but I was gonna replace them anyway. Overall great bike which isn't as heavy as everyone says!
Similar Products Used: Rockhopper; Kikapu(crap); Specialized P all mountain.
Bike Setup: As standard, with slime tubes and some Panaracer Mach SS tyres (amazing speed, and good on tarmac to get too and from the trail)
a Weekend Warrior
from Sudbury, Ontario
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2007
Strengths: Awsome frame and fork, good crank, nice tires, really good rear derailer and shifters, good brakes, alright stem, bars, post, and rims. Its really not that heavy either. I dont know what all of these dudes are talking about.
Weaknesses: The front derailer skips down sometimes. The headset dosn't really impress me. I dont like the grips. Hubs are pretty hurtin. Clipless pedals are not for me.
(2007 model) Awsome bike either stock or custom. I wanted an XC style bike with durability, DH ability, and freeride ability. The frame is really stiff, strong, and lite. The fork in my opinion is mint. It honestly climbs like you would not believe. It gives er going DH. (I brought mine to Blue Mountain Collingwood for a few days and it was really nice. Took the doubbles with mad controll.) It can jump and rip the street really nicely. Its really fast and comfortable. The nice paint gets alot of complaments. Its very reasonably priced (1500 after tax). Its saposively built for really heavy dudes so you know it will hold you up, im 150 lbs. Its a bike that not too many people ride. I would recomend it to anyone thats looking for what i was looking for.
Similar Products Used: Kona caldera, specialized rock hopper pro.
Bike Setup: CUSTOM: Easton monkeylite xc bars, thomson stem and post, king headset, mental pedals, ryhno lite xl rims, hope pro 2 hubs, ODI lock grips.
a Cross Country Rider
from Wyre Forest, UK
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007
Strengths: Very strong bike. Fantastic brakes. 6'5 & 230lbs with tree trunk legs - my style is slower cadence, high torque, XC and not afraid of the odd jump. No flex in the frame, has taken some big hits / bad jumps. It's the first bike I haven't broken properly.
Weaknesses: Stock WTB seat is not up to the job. One hard landing and I embedded the seat post/ rails into the underside. A friend did the same thing 1 week later with the same seat (stock on his GT). Also swapped out forks straight away for Reba's (bomb proof so far...) and replaced the BB/crank with an FSO exo. The Race Face one flexed more than the front mech would adjust to. Managed to bend the rear ditchwitch despite others saying they are bombproof. Personally I prefer SRAM gears. Nokian NBT tyres are great in wet (water on hard surfaces), but Panaracers better traction in muddy UK conditions, and Maxxis better in dry. Having said all that, I'm hard on bikes and this has been the best one I've owned.
The frame is second to none for the big boys. It's about the toughest hardtail you can get and great value, but toughness comes with a small weight penalty...buy the Hoss (not the Delux), but do a deal on some better forks and seat, and if you have some pennies left then upgrade the crank.
Similar Products Used: Tried Norco Sasquatch. Have a GT Outpost as an old lightweight hack. All other bikes I've owned I've broken.
Bike Setup: Stock Hoss Deluxe with Hayes 9s. Upgraded to Rockshox REBAs (great fork) with Chris King HS, FSA V drive Exo BB & crank, DMR Jump Seat.
a Weekend Warrior
from FT Lewis. Washington, USA
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2007
Strengths: The frame is super tough you can feel the durability when you ride. The brakes are excellent, they stop better than my 2 grand bike. I believe KONA has given more for the money upi pay
Weaknesses: Really the only weakness was the sproket kept coming loose and I ended up bending it. KONA replaced it, but I went ahead and bought the next step up. No problems since.
Bottom line is I am 190 pounds and rough as heck with bikes and this thing has held up. I ride 2-3 times a week and for the weeks I miss those rides I make up for the following week and no matter what the weather is Washington, I am still out there. I plan to race with this bike, so it seems to have any and everything of good quality for the price. This bike has been great!
Bike Setup: As I write this I am having a Fox Tals 32 RLC fork put on the front for more adustability. I have the next step Race Face sproket on and thats it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Perth WA Australia
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2007
Strengths: Unbreakable frame! Strong, strong bike. Quality components throughout. Some dont like the fork but its a step up over what I was used to. Forged bottom bracket a plus, this the first mtb that I havn't beaten the bb shell out of round on.
Weaknesses: One heavy mother! all that strength has to come from somewhere. Would have been nice to get eyelets on the spoke holes in the rims. Stock seat sucks.
Great tough bike, it was worth the money. I killed the ricon, I spent sh!tloads of money modifying the V3, I bought the kona and spent virtually nothing and it just wont quit. It's lasted longer than the others, in fact another six months and it will have lasted longer than both of them together. Its heavy, but so am I. It's not as sharp steering is the Haro but I may be quicker for it because its that little bit more stable. I like it! If I ever get skinny again I'll be looking at another Kona, a kikapu deluxe, and if I dont then a Dawg Deelux. But Iv'e got to kill this one first so it could be some time.
Similar Products Used: Klien, sintesi, both lighter, but no where near as strong
Bike Setup: Kona hoss deelux frame, Rock Shox Recon Duel air, Fsa heat set, race face bars and 90mm stem, xtr front and rear mechs. Hayes HFX9's Hyro brakes, 8 inch up front, 6 inch on the rear, Hope hubs, WSB disc only rims, mixture between Maxxis hookworms for the road, and panracer fire xc's or continental verticals for off road.
a Cross Country Rider
from South Boston, Virginia
Date Reviewed: January 2, 2006
Strengths: Bullet proof frame and components. The geometry of this bike is right on. Good climbing and handling bike.
Weaknesses: The shock is O.K. but, I will upgrade it soon to a higher quality shock probally with a lockout. Stock tires are not for riding on wet and muddy trails. They do work good on dry hardpacked, gravel and pavement.
My Hoss Dee-Lux is the blue '05 model. I've been hammering this bike for almost a year now and it keeps asking for more. I would buy this or any other Kona again without any hesitation. Just for the record, I'm 6'3" and currently weigh 240#.
Bike Setup: I upgraded the BB and cranks to the Shimano external bearing BB and LX cranks. I really like the extra stiffness the external bearing BB gives when you are cranking hard. The rest of the bike is stock for now.
Date Reviewed: November 21, 2005
Strengths: Solid great handling bike. 2006 model. Great for Big guys who can still rip it up riding xc.
Weaknesses: The stock dirt jam fork really sucks , dont even bother with it TRADE IT IN B4 YOU EVEN RIDE IT!!! The bike shop gave me a great deal on a fox RLC. I changed out the oversize bar and stem combo because I cant put my lights on with that monster bar. I dont get the oversize bar and stem , its supposed to be a cross country bike not a hucker! The Nokian 2.3 tires are crap as well. I'm sure that when all was said and done the bike was 2-3 pounds lighter after all these changes. I hate the shifters period.
Im 210 lbs (for now) and over the last few months Ive been pretty hard on this bike and nothing has failed yet. the Fox fork is a dream , it can take some big hits and I like the lockout for climbing.I changed the tires to a set of IRC fire XC Pro 2.1 and find them to be a good all around tire with better feedback than the nokians the bike came with. All in all Kona got it pretty close in my eyes with the exception of the dirt jam pro. They should just spec the bike with this fork because the price is worth it. My next upgrade would be a different set of shifters.
a Cross Country Rider
from SAN DIEGO ,CA
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2005
Strengths: Super strong. I weigh 300lbs. I feel very confident that this bike will not break. It does very well climbing,technical, and even moderate downhill. I like the Hayes Hydrolic disc brakes,and the rest of the components are holding up well so far. I also love the turd brown color.
Weaknesses: Well, being so heavy, I immediately swapped the fork and the rims. You would think if they build a clyde frame they would put clyde parts on it as well.
This bike rocks. I think I will have a hard time breaking this one. I ride 3 to 4 times a week. It's been 1 year and I think there will be many more. If your a fat boy like me, stop breaking bikes take it from a 300 pounder and buy the Kona hoss dee-lux.
Bike Setup: 2.1 panaracer fire xc tires on sun ryno lite rims(48 spoke phil wood hubs),Sherman flick fork with the beefiest springs you can find. For pedals I use Stomp clipless, and that is not because i dont like to be clipped in. It's because I wear size 16 shoes and have not found any that would fit.
Considering a 2010 Specialized Rockhopper Comp in like new shape. It's an XL 21" all stock. That or a 2007 Kona Hoss Deluxe 20" with some added features light light weight air pump, on board computer, etc. $550 for the RH or $600 for the Kona. Both look almost new. I am 6 3" 175 pounds. From m ... Read More »
I am a pure newb when it comes to mtb's, I am 21 yr old, 5'11'' 250 lbs. I found 2 bikes locally for sale, by the same person; 1 Kona CinderCone 2007 17'' for $750 CAD brand new and 1 Kona Hoss Deluxe 2007 17'' for $875 CAD slightly used (I am going to see them later on this afternoon) ... Read More »
Just like the title states, what is everyones opinion on the Hoss D'luxe. I an renewing my interest in riding after a few years down, I currently have a SPecialized HardrockPro and am looking at the Kona's. ThanksRead More »
I am a returning to the sport Mountain Biker and I am getting ready to buy my first bike in about 10 years. After much time spent researching this web site I have settled on the Hoss D. My question though is whether or not to buy the 06 or 07 Hoss D? Have there been any significant upgrades betwe ... Read More »