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.
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
its a good bike but needs some maintenance and replaced parts
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
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
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.
I have been searching all over this site and I really can't find any information about the Kona Fire Mountain or Lana'i. I am interested in both bikes as an alternative to a Specialized Hardrock or Giant Revel. I like the fact that they are different and that their gearing seems to be more "wide" ... Read More »
I won a brand new Kona Lana'i Mountain Bike! I want to sell it. According to the Kona website this bike sells for $449, with tax over $500. I'm selling mine for $350 - instantly save $150!!
Here is the Kona site: http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=lanai
There is no kickstand and a sm ... Read More »
I am new to cycling and don't want to spend a ton of money (just in case I buy it and never pick it up again). My budget is about $400 but is somewhat flexible. I am okay with new or used, and LBS, eBay, Craigslist, etc. From going into LBS's I have been told I am a 19 or 20 (depending on the pla ... Read More »
I need to raise a handle bars a bit, but I se no way of adjustment available.
How do I raise the stem?
All I see inside it is a sort of locknut but it is not the one that will loosen up the stem.
Is it adjustable at all?
There is no common hex hardware on this headset so what kind of tools is ... Read More »
My 12 year old daughter is at the point where she needs a decent entry level XC bike (not DH or Freeride). There is a Lana'i frame going cheap locally and I am thinking of transferring most of the parts off my NRS to build it up. Just wondering if the Lana'i frame is reasonably light and suitable to ... Read More »