Kona Kula Supreme XC Hardtail

4.89/5 (9 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Fork: Fox F100RL
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG73
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore XT
  • Handlebar: Easton Carbon EC 70 XC Flatbar
  • Stem: Easton EA 70 MTB
  • Brake Levers: Shimano XTR
  • Rims: Mavic CrossMax SL
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio
  • Seatpost: Easton Carbon EC 70


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bbaile11 a Cross Country Rider from Dearborn, Mi, US

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2010

Strengths:    Climbing, corning, descending, accelerating, lite weight

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
Buy this bike if you want to improve your lap times and become a faster rider. You will love the way the bike accelerates with each turn of the crank. Climbing hill will no longer be your nemesis. This bike corners like it is on rails and changes direction like a mountain lion chasing an antelope.

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Favorite Trail:   Michigan

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Specialied Stumpjumper, IronHorse Hollowpoint, Specialized Epic, Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon 29

Bike Setup:   High End: Straight up X0, XT cranks, Spinergy Xyclone Disc Wheels, CK headset, Thompson Elite seatpost, Ritchey WCS stem and bars, Avid Elixer CR brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rmorballl a Cross Country Rider from Medford, Oreon, USA

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2010

Strengths:    SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT CLIMBER, TRACKS WELL, MOVES LIKE THE WIND. A MUCH FASTER BIKE THAN I HAVE EVER RIDDEN. BUY ONE IF YOU GET THE CHANCE!!!!

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
BUY ONE, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. SUPER XC BIKE WITH A SUPER RESPONSIVE RIDE.

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Favorite Trail:   John's Peak

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   FROM A FRIEND

Similar Products Used:   RITCHEY SUPERCOMP, BRIDGESTONE, OTHER HARDTAIL ALUMINUM FRAME BIKES

Bike Setup:   19" KULA SUPREME, FOX F80RLT, CHRIS KING HUBS AND HEADSET, MARGURA MARTA SL DISC BRAKES, MOOTS TITANIUM STEM AND SEATPOST, MAVIC 717 RIMS, SRAM XO SHIFTERS AND REAR DERAILLEUR, XTR FRONT DERAILLEUR, CARBON MONKEY LITE SL BARS.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gab a Racer from canada

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2009

Strengths:    very stiff, great absorbtion

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for everyone who wants to go fast!!!

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Favorite Trail:   technical one

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   I never rode a bike that was similar

Bike Setup:   sramxo, avid juicy carbon, ztr olympic rims with chris king hub, shimano xtr crankset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MXSimps a Cross Country Rider from Michigan, USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2008

Strengths:    The Kula Supreme Scandium frame is really light and strong. It rides very similar to a steel frame, which is a major plus. You don't get the harsh feedback from the trail like you would with an aluminum frame. The bike accelerates well and climbs effortlessly. It may be hard to justify based on MSRP; just ride it and you'll be a believer.

Weaknesses:    None really. The steering is quick due to the racing geometry; this may be an adjustment for some riders.

Bottom Line:   
This bike requires very little effort, gives the rider good trail feedback, climbs extremely well, and handles great. A super awesome weapon for any racer or avid weekend rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Online Store

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Hardtail. Specialized hardtail.

Bike Setup:   Custom build. XT cranks; XT shifters; XT SGS Shadow rear derailleur; XT front der.; Hayes disc brakes; Fox F80RLT fork; Ritchey WCS stem, bars, and seat post; Spinergy Xyclone wheels; and Kenda tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thiefkiss a Cross Country Rider from Hong Kong ,Canton , China

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2008

Strengths:    This 2008 kula supreme frame is a very ligh weight frame i have never used before. It can full perform your power onto your bike. besides it can safe lots of energy , I used it encircle taiwan for about 900km within 10 days. I never feel pain from my muscle of my leg

Weaknesses:    The printing of the frame easily to get dirt

Bottom Line:   
n/a

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Favorite Trail:   Ho Pui

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   somewhere in Hong Ko

Similar Products Used:   hasa , GT zasker pro ,GT BMX

Bike Setup:   fox F100, XT08 dis brake , chris king hub , thomson seat post , element handset , brooks saddle champ17,xtr shadow,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Farrar a Racer from The woods, UK

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Strengths:    Light, Stiff, Paint job!, Fast!!! Excellent Climber


Weaknesses:    Non!

Bottom Line:   
This is one UNBELIEVABLY fast bike. Where I live there is nothing but steep climbs and tricky down hills and this bike concurs them all. Built out of scandium, this frame (07) weighs only 1325g all built up to an everyday 22lbs.

I am so chuffed with this frame, And so will you be if your thinking about getting this bike/frame.

If you want something Fast, light and racy Get this frame!

If your ambition is to do jumps then don't bother (not that it will snap, just because it aint a DJ frame)

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Favorite Trail:   Setmurthey

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   Keswick MTB

Similar Products Used:   Ibis Mojo Ti

Bike Setup:   (07 model) Chris King, Stan's Notubes, XTR, Thompson, Conti mtn King, Avid carbons and Carbon bits and bobs.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Ambagis a Racer from Newark, DE

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2008

Strengths:    This review is for a 2007 Kona Supreme scandium frameset. My Kula supreme is the best handling MTB I have owned, and I have owned several. The scandium frame jumps forward with each little pedal stroke, it handles great in technical singletrack, handles rocky terrain well, bunny hops over obstacles easily, and climbs like a motorcycle! This frame has a v brake option, so it has that going for it as well. Handles better than any Cannondale/Trek/Fort/Niner/Fisher/Spot/TET/Giant/Specialized frames I have owned in the past.

Weaknesses:    The 2008 frames are disc only, but that is what every manufacturer is doing these days and I need to convert to disc sometime, so . . . . .

Bottom Line:   
Buy this bike if you want to push your XC race limits, have a nice light race bike, and want to feel every forward effort. Kona has unique geometry to the Norba standard of 71/73 and it works very well for me. The faster you ride, the better the frame handles. The framesets are very inexpensive for what you get. I got mine on closeout, but Bikeman sells the '08 frames for $525 not on clearance. Compare that to some other race frames and you will see what a value the Kona Supreme frame really is. I do not see myself riding any other XC race frame anytime soon. These frames are hard to find used because everyone who rides one wants to keep it.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Bikeman.com

Similar Products Used:   Just about every hardtail XC frame known to MTBR

Bike Setup:   XTR shifters, derailluers, V brakes, King Hubs, Stans Rims, Maxxis Tires, Moots Seatpost, Race Face cranks, RS Duke fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Neal a Cross Country Rider from Big Sky

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2007

Strengths:    Super light. Clims like a champ. The SID front shock is an amazing XC fork. All XTR.

Weaknesses:    No disc brakes on the 2007. It works for me..but some are not into it

Bottom Line:   
The bike is fast..and you pay for it. I keep this bike for my racing. My roommate who is a recreational rider couldn't believe that people would spend so much on a bike...until I let him ride it. He is now a believer. On rides where you usually are grunting up, this bike accelerates. The very first ride I rode on this bike was the innaugural 24 hours of Targhee and we took the overall champion spot. This bike made it easy.

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Favorite Trail:   Garnett Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Grizzly Outfitter

Similar Products Used:   I ride a single speed hardtail..but not comparison to the Kula Supreme

Bike Setup:   Stock...which is the best of the best. Full XTR. Easton Carbon seatpost and handlebars (I switched the flat Eastons in for the Monkey Lite Easton bars which have a rise), carbon Selle Italia seat. Light light light.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Dallas

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007

Strengths:    Weight, Geometry, V-Brake bosses, THE RIDE!!!!

Weaknesses:    None yet...

Bottom Line:   
This frame was purchased to replace a broken Explosif. Wow, this is a nice ride. I have yet to notice any of the "harshness" I was expecting from Aluminum (Scandium really). Climbs like it was just a mere extension of your body, and the overall feel and geometry of the bike is comfortable but still attacking in nature. I love the lime green of the 2007 model, and I also love that this frame is one of the few remaining ones to still have V-Brake bosses available- Thanks Kona.

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Favorite Trail:   IDB

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   HIB

Similar Products Used:   Kona Explosif, Diamondback Apex

Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Supreme, Middleburn Cranks, SRAM X.0 and X.9 Components (Custom home build)

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