Kona Lana'i XC Hardtail

3.76/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $529.00


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You feel the forest calling you. That longing to cruise past great green fields and the edge of wilderness. And it's real. At Kona, we've been making awesome mountain bikes since 1988. It's that same call that sucked us into this business over 20 years ago. We know where you need to go. The 2012 Lanai is designed to get you there.

  • Suntour SF-XCT 100mm fork
  • ProMax mechanical disc brakes
  • Shimano gearing
  • Vittoria tires


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by michal

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2013

    Strengths:    frame is strong

    Weaknesses:    pedals are slippery
    brakes take a while to stop should change the pads
    deraileur hanger is a bit to weak i would replace it


    Bottom Line:   
    its a good bike but needs some maintenance and replaced parts

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steven K. a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2013

    Strengths:    The frame is indestructible...have had no probs with the brakes ...shifting....or ANYTHING....on this bike.Only mods have been avid disc rotors and Continetal tires.Will put new fork on as soon as I wear this one out....could be a while.....probably a Suntour Raidon.....love the bike and intend to keep it and upgrade as I go...AWESOME BIKE!

    Weaknesses:    The SEAT

    Bottom Line:   
    Live in Rapid City ,SD and the trail riding here is great.....looked at Specialized...Marin...Trek...Scott....and many other bikes before buying the Kona....price is right....quality incredible......great bike KONA.....but hell...don't take my word for it....Ride one....itll speak for itself

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    Price Paid:    $429.00

    Purchased At:   Acme Bikes in Rapid


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: November 17, 2012

    Strengths:    Great frame, rides really well, good balance between responsiveness and stability. Fork works well once you set preload right and bed it in after a few miles. Did I mention the great ride?........ Yes?........ Ok, just thought I'd say it again - it's the best thing about it, how it feels, that's the important bit.

    Weaknesses:    Budget components adequate but not light, mechanical discs perform worse than a decent v-brake set up. Gearing ok but not the smoothest, benefits from careful set up and lubrication. Change that awful saddle! Other than that no problems.

    Bottom Line:   
    Take into consideration where this bike sits in the market, it's a budget recreational hardtail not intended to be used for hardcore riding. That said, for the money you cannot fault it. It has a quality feel and retains that Kona ride quality I remember from my old Lava Dome years ago. Yes there are lighter better equipped bikes out there but at this price point you get a great fun to ride package that does exactly what it's designed to - put a great big smile on your face. If you're not an xc racer, stunt nut or if your buget is limited this bike is highly recommended. I am very happy with it, particularly as I got a good discount with it being an end of season model being shifted to make way for 2013 stock. Nice bike Kona, superb value for money, well done.

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    Purchased At:   J E James Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Lava Dome


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Thor

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2012

    Strengths:    Have not had any luck with this bike

    Weaknesses:    Pedals are garbage, rear de-railer was not tuned and always jumps gears from day 1, the breaks are weak and scream after less then 4 km of riding normally on the street.

    Bottom Line:   
    Waste of Time and Money
    I spent over 65 days to get my bike replaced after the frame broke at the weld. I got a new bike and have had nothing but problems and it is a major headache. I had to buy new pedals after the first ride.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dunior a Weekend Warrior from Leesburg FL

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2011

    Strengths:    Verylight and agile feeling. Tough I am 220 lbs and kind of beet the crap out of it and it had not problems. Wife was very surprized at all the new things I did on this bike that I would not do on my Trek 4300. Even took on the right hand jumps at the Vortex. I am very impressed with this bike.

    Weaknesses:    Pedals

    Bottom Line:   
    Great bike, I really like it alot.

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    Favorite Trail:   Santos

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $399.00

    Purchased At:   Kyles Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300 disk brake, Gary Fisher 29r.

    Bike Setup:   Stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scuba Steve a Downhiller from Auburn Washington

    Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011

    Strengths:    Good Starting bike!

    Weaknesses:    In the year I have had to replace the pedals and the chain. With free lifetime labor and tuneups the bikes not bad. Mostly sealed components. I Ride Reeeeaaaaallllyyy hard... So if your comfortable its a good bike!

    Bottom Line:   
    Its a great bike to grow with and learn. Mine now has Avid Juicy Disc Brakes, WTB pedals, Kenda Nevegal signature series 2.3 tires and ODI grips.
    I just wish I had a Dual Suspension!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Decoursey park

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $328.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Therapy in Aub

    Bike Setup:   Was Stock

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Reptar a Downhiller from Texas

    Date Reviewed: June 10, 2011

    Strengths:    Nothing.

    Weaknesses:    Everything.

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this bike brand new in January of 2011. The first day I got it I ran into all sorts of problems. The seat and handlebars constantly come loose making it impossible to ride any sort of trails. Gear problems from day one as well. In all my years of riding, I have never experienced such a terrible bike and am extremely dissapointed in it.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $420.00


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by VanGhoul a Weekend Warrior from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2011

    Strengths:    Nice smooth ride and really versatile, which is great for entry-level bikes like this.

    Weaknesses:    I've had some troubles with the brakes.

    Bottom Line:   
    I use this mostly for city riding (going to work, the park, etc.), but I mostly go off the trails everyday. Great for just jumping over a curb and trailblazing, spur of the moment.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $400.00


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by lovintherocks a Cross Country Rider from Hanksville, UT, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2009

    Strengths:    ????? Seat was comfortable paint held up alright nice components and the pedals were nice for stock.

    Weaknesses:    Forks were weak, rims bent easily, frame felt shaky, handlebars weak.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is too high price I am sure it would do fine for a more timid rider maybe one who likes to just take a simple route. Although for me with the curb jumps the bike felt like it was going to break right under me and i am a light weight 140 lbs.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $380.00


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by neraceface09 a Cross Country Rider from ny

    Date Reviewed: August 2, 2009

    Strengths:    the frame is light and great!!

    Weaknesses:    the components suck if you want to put miles on the bike. but if its for someone who doesn't put miles on there bike , its good.

    Bottom Line:   
    bottom line i love my bike!!! kona has great bikes there frames are great.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $340.00

    Purchased At:   wheel & heel

    Similar Products Used:   wicked fat chance, yo eddy fat chance, kona fire mountain, mongoose iboc zero-G

    Bike Setup:   I have the whole bike custom to a T. All xtr and carbon parts, i have the bike weighing 19lbs

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by reiais a Weekend Warrior from toronto, ontario

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009

    Strengths:    Remarkable strength, smooth shifting, easy maintanence

    Weaknesses:    brakes could be stronger. We replaced the stock pads almost immediately.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good value for money. Strong, reasonable weight. Good component group. Widely adjustable. Pedals broke within 3 months (solid rock strike) but that may have happened with anything. Nice paint. Well made. I'm in the market for a new MTB and I'd buy Kona again.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $330.00

    Purchased At:   Sprot Swap, toronto

    Bike Setup:   Shimano SIS shifters were always accurate.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tbbaot a Cross Country Rider from Tampa,Fl,USA

    Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008

    Strengths:    More bang for the buck. Lots of upgrade choices. This is a bike that a beginner can upgrade as they go and not have to buy a new bike every time they get the bug to move up.

    Weaknesses:    A bit heavy but not more than others in this price range.

    Bottom Line:   
    I went to the shop to buy a Trek, but pedaled out with the Kona when I saw what you could get for less money. Trek bikes are great of course, but at the lower price points they aren't always the best choice.

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    Favorite Trail:   Flatwoods

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $342.00

    Purchased At:   Oliver's

    Similar Products Used:   Trek Navigator

    Bike Setup:   OEM with new Terry Liberator Gel seat

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by klejton a Cross Country Rider from Zagreb, Croatia

    Date Reviewed: September 17, 2008

    Strengths:    Reasonable price tag, very good frame. Worth upgrading, especially as of 2008 since the bike got a rear disc mount.

    Weaknesses:    Most of the parts, the fork in particular. Could be a tad lighter, but that's expected from an entry-level bike.

    Bottom Line:   
    The Lana'i is a great beginner's bike and definetely one worth upgrading. If you're up for it, that is. Unfortunately, I'm not in that group, mostly because my preferences lie in all-mountain.

    Anyway, great bang for buck, but not such a great bike if you're aiming for anything over light cross country. Upgrading it can turn it into a mean XC machine, though.

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    Favorite Trail:   just put me in a forest

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $420.00

    Similar Products Used:   None so far, I'm afraid.

    Bike Setup:   Stock with SRAM PG850 cassette, no-name chain (Shimano Altus quality) and Wellgo SPD/Trekking pedals.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by josh bissonette a Downhiller from Bracebridge, ON, CAN

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2008

    Strengths:    it was a preety light weighed bike

    Weaknesses:    uhh, lets see,
    well the brakes didn't work for me at all and the fork isn't that good etheir too. Also the chain skips alot when im going fast


    Bottom Line:   
    i would say that this bike would be fine for people who rides their bikes to school/work and also people who dont go off many jumps, or else its just a lot of frustration having too stop and put the chain back on while all of your friends are waiting for you

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    Favorite Trail:   don't have one

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   eccelestone

    Similar Products Used:   ive borrowed my cousins gary fisher advance

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cameron a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: October 18, 2007

    Strengths:    Cheap, nice frame, decent cranks, rims, tires

    Weaknesses:    Fork, pedals

    Bottom Line:   
    What incredible value. The entire bike costs less than most after market forks! The frame is pretty good and it worth the whole cost. Everything on the bike works for mdoerate mountain biking, just isn't as stylish or light. The wheels and rims have been pretty durable. Stock pedals are plastic and break. THe stock fork is not the best but it will handle cross country riding. It is fairly stiff, although it has no rebound control and won't take second hits. Upgrade things as they brake and the bike will keep up with your riding. Probably not a racing machine without a ton of money put into it, but a decent bike. It handles anything that top of the line cross country bikes can, just not as well. Get this if you are looking to break into moderate mountain biking. If you want to get into downhill or dirt jumping, then this is not the bike or frame for you at all. It is a good investment overall.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Storm

    Bike Setup:   Kona Lana'i, Marzocchi MX Pro ETA fork, new front derailleur, FUNN Headbanger headset, platform pedals, Panaracer Fire XC Pros coming

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