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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: Trek 4300 disk brake, Gary Fisher 29r.
Bike Setup: Stock
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
Weaknesses: brakes could be stronger. We replaced the stock pads almost immediately.
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.
Bike Setup: Shimano SIS shifters were always accurate.
a Cross Country Rider
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Stock with SRAM PG850 cassette, no-name chain (Shimano Altus quality) and Wellgo SPD/Trekking pedals.
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
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
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.
Bike Setup: Kona Lana'i, Marzocchi MX Pro ETA fork, new front derailleur, FUNN Headbanger headset, platform pedals, Panaracer Fire XC Pros coming
a Cross Country Rider
from EP, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2007
Strengths: Light strong frame, WTB seat, Price.
Weaknesses: Components! First week on them was good, then the problems started.
This bike is hard to beat for the price. The first thing that was replaced was the peddles,felt like my foot was going to roll off of them. SR Suntour front shock was too soft for me, I have not upgrade yet. I have upgraded the derailers with XTR up front and Deore XT rear. Deore XT shifter/brake lever combo, only because I had them. Everything else works fine, Good brakes, Stock chain is Shimano, Crank set works good, only reason I would replace is for weight. Great bike to start with and with upgrades will grow with you.
Over all this bike climbs very good and is comfortable for long distance, I travel about 10 miles a day on it.
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher, Trek, other HT's
a Cross Country Rider
from Stratford on Avon , UK
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006
Strengths: Light Chassis Reliable Forks - Bottom end SR Suntour XCC does just about enough for the learner. Great at speed ( for the price ) Keeps on going despite the abuse! Continually amazes friends with better, and far more expensive bikes! Versatile Setup - although rubbish components - mean a rider can tackle everything from roads to downhill with confidence ( but don't push it too far ! ) A great intro bike that will take most you can chuck at it before you upgrade
Weaknesses: Weak SR Suntour Chainset ( replaced with the same after 1 year ). Not overly happy at low speed skilled sections.. geometry gets a little jittery. Forks wear quickly - if you're gonna go hardcore , upgrade 'em as the rest of the bike is keen.
A really decent introduction to the fun-crazed world of mtb - the bike will put up with most things , but just don't push it beyond it's capability. Upgrade , or spend more!