Kona Blast 2002 Hardtail

4.46/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $525.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Enrique Ortiz

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2012

Strengths:    Great climber, aggressive frame, smooth shifting, light enough yet sturdy

Weaknesses:    After its performance, I'd say the fork and possibly brakes

Bottom Line:   
I read a lot of reviews before buying this bike and a most of them destroyed the components and praised the frame.
I put this bike through a solid 2 mile climb and an additional 19 miles of single track downhill and it performed like a champ. The bike is solid and responsive at high speeds. For having "weak" forks, the INSync 327 absorbed shock well and the bike shifted smoothly up hill and down hill.
For a XC ride the bike is perfect and you don't have to spend a whole lot of money. I rode with Specialized XC, Kona KK, and a Trek 29er....all were surprised of how well the bike handled and how little I paid for it (under $160)
If you are looking for a solid XC bike, this should be your #1 option. Minor upgrades will make this bike a ride to be jealous of.
Like I mentioned, a better fork and disk brakes would help quite a bit on the DH, however, for the amount of money the bike is perfect.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Owen Hatt a Weekend Warrior from Saint John

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Strengths:    Awesome bike...The frame is light and strong. Looks nice too. The brake levers...grips etc are awesome. I like that the fork has lockout.

Weaknesses:    The pedals suck, and the bar leaves a little to be desired. Brakes and such are just okay.

Bottom Line:   
Seems like a wicked bike for the price...Even if you don't get a deal. The next step up from this bike is the Caldera...and allthough the Caldera is a better bike hands down...it doesnt seem like as good of a deal as the Blast for what you actually get for your money. I plan on doing a few upgrades...But I definatley think "I love my bike" every time I hop on.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockwood Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana

Bike Setup:   2007 Kona Blast Stock...Replaced pedals with Sun/Ringle Zu-Zu's.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by steve a Cross Country Rider from victoria, bc, canada

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2006

Strengths:    The frame is typical Kona - light and solid. The rims aren't bad for the money. Nice, classic rear derailleur (STX-RC). Good headset and great brakes (Avids).

Weaknesses:    Alivio 8 speed shifters! These shifters suck. Half the time the left one won't even catch to shift into the largest chainring. I'm not very impressed with the alivio front derailleur either. The paint is pretty easy to chip, especially under and around the bottom bracket area. The RST shock is very heavy and I'm concerned about it's future reliability.

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad bike. Kona frame is very nice and light. Some of the components are a bit questionable, but are easily upgraded. If you can get one for a good deal, a Kona is always worthwhile.

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Favorite Trail:   the one i'm on...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Bike Setup:   Avid 1.0 brakes and levers, Alivio 8 speed shifters, Alivio FD, STX-RC RD, Mavic 138 rims, stock Kona tires and stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Moh Tong, David Ling a Cross Country Rider from Kota KInabalu,Sabah,Malaysia

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2006

Strengths:    Strong and is race proven. I borrowed my bike to a participant(Exceldive team) in the first malaysia 24 hours race at Sabah tea plantation and they were number 3 up of the 26 teams back in 2004. (Is in the Malaysia guniness book of record, about this race)

Weaknesses:    Pedal is a bit "special"
Weight too.


Bottom Line:   
Kona blast is a value for money hardtail.

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Favorite Trail:   Kg Kiau, Mount Kinabalu

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   From brother in law

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar race 01 model

Bike Setup:   Easton carbon monkey lite riser bar, cc headset, easton stem and seat post. Rockshox duke xc u-turn, deore 9sp shifter,deore crank front D and read D.Mavix stock rim 139. Avid single digit 5 v-brake and single digit 3 lever.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Annette Smith a Cross Country Rider from Laramie, WY USA

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2004

Strengths:    Nice frame for a woman. Quick and responsive angles, short-ish stem. Decent components for this price point.

Weaknesses:    constantly out-of-true wheels, clipless pedals should be an immediate consideration

Bottom Line:   
After developing a back problem on my over-sized Specialized, I convinced the bike shop to let me ride some smaller frames. I'm 5'6" but with a really short torso. This bike is fun to jump on single track and upright enough for some gentle tooling around town. My back never hurts, after 10 hard-core miles of Rocky Mountain singletrack. Cages are hard to find on the pedals (at least it COMES with cages): will consider clipless very soon. A good starter bike with lots of room to grow. In short, I LOVE MY BIKE. A great ride for the price, especially if you can get it on closeout.

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Favorite Trail:   Happy Jack

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle, Boulder

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana, Specialized Rockhopper, Trek 4500

Bike Setup:   2004 model, Stock 16"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cameron from Japan

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2004

Strengths:    Frame is awesome, excelent geometry. Great price for a bike that feels and rides like this.

Weaknesses:    Components are fairly low end however it has an awesome frame which is fully upgradeable and a good overall price.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for a great price. I would recommend it to any level rider from beginner to expert, who are looking for the best bang for their buck. I simply love the way this bike feels and rides.
The components are pretty low end so if you are picky about that go for the Caldera. Otherwise you could replace the components over time or as they break. It is disc brake compatable so over time you could set the bike up totally sweet.
I bought the bike mail order, based on how much I loved my old Kona Hauanna. This bike feels much different but I am not disappointed. The body position on this bike is more upright, as if you were riding a motorcross. The bottom bracket is high so you have lots of clearance giving a "high in the saddle" kinda feel.
I use the bike for singletrack, touring and various urban obsticles. Its comfortable to ride and so much fun. I still get the europhic "I love my bike" feeling each time I hop on it.
Hope this helps, Happy trails
Cameron

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Grove Cycle Japan

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper Sport *2, Kona Hahauna

Bike Setup:   Stock except for shimano clipless peadals and a deore crank.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cole a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2004

Strengths:    Frame, Marzocchi MX-comp 100mm fork, brakes, derailers... I love it all

Weaknesses:    PEDALS... oh god, terrible

Bottom Line:   
Been on one ride with it and I love it. Coming from a Norco Reactor which Ive had since 1999 worth about half as much as this Kona its like comparing a BMW with a Honda. Great bike for anyone

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $581.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stock - Will change the pedals ASAP and the grips seems like they will be ruined soon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bo Finnegan a Weekend Warrior from Williston VT USA

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth Drive Train, Power climber, once it get's rolling you can ride over just about anything

Weaknesses:    Petals, front fork (Before adjusing it)

Bottom Line:   
This is a great cruiser on the trial or on the road. I ride 60% time on the trail 40% time on the road and this thing handels anything I throw at it. I'm a big dude, 225lbs, and this bike handels all the single tracks snowmobile trails and suger shack runs I can find on the 3 or 4 times a week a ride. In three years I had to adjust the derailer once and I've gone though 6 sets of break pads and she is still going strong. Except that I have ridden so much the drive train is worn and I have 2-3 more months left before I have to do some work on it. But it still shift fine with a worn drive train.

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Favorite Trail:   Snowmobile Trail behind my House

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   Earl Bikes

Similar Products Used:   diamond back, specialized, trek

Bike Setup:   Stock except for new seat / petals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mason Miller a Weekend Warrior from Austin, Texas, USA

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2004

Strengths:    Solid Frame, Decent Componentry (considering price), minimal maintenance, comfortable ride, great climber, solid shifting, very nimble on tight single track

Weaknesses:    brake levers feel like two solid wooden blocks, wheels go out of true easily, EXR Comp fork is STIFF STIFF STIFF...

Bottom Line:   
This really is a great bike (especially as a "let's see how much I like this sport" sort of bike). It's a good, solid ride that is very quick and nimble in the turns and stable on the rocky downhills (I don't go too fast).
The EXR Comp fork is very stiff (bombproof as all get at, but not plush). It's only going to absorb the medium to large hits. You might as well be on a full rigid bike for the smaller bumps.
The wheels also should be replaced fairly quickly. While I'm a larger rider (6'4" and 230 lbs), I bent the rims out of true almost immediately (on not very hard stuff I might add). I was hesitant to really push things until I got new wheels. With the Cane Creeks on there, this puppy is solid, and can take quite a beating (by my standards that is...)
Also, I didn't much care for the brake levers. I rode with them for several months and just didn't like their feel or size. They were definitely department store-esque. Very long and non-ergonomic. Whenever you release the brakes they make a consistently noisy, metallic "clank." Once I replaced them with LX levers, I was a happy camper.
All that said, however, I think that this really is a great bike. It's strong, solid and easy to work on. I have a great time riding it. It climbs like the dickens too, just scoot forward on the seat and crank away. The paint job is quite pleasant as well.
This is a perfect bike for "Joe Beginner" who likes the look of mountain biking, but doesn't want to shell out the huge bucks for a better-outfitted ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Hill Ranch

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   Ozone Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Tassajara

Bike Setup:   Stock 2003 model with Shimano SPD pedals, LX brake levers, Cane Creek Aeroheat Wheelset, Maxxis Larsen Tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jordan a Cross Country Rider from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2003

Strengths:    Frame definetely. Lightness. Shifters. The Tioga tires are excellent. The Marzocchi EXR Comp for is better than Judy TT crap that you get on other bikes in this price range.

Weaknesses:    Cranks aren't the greatest. The pedals suck. Tektro XC levers.

Bottom Line:   
It's great value for the money. The Marzocchi EXR Comp fork it quite stiff, and I think it has too much oil in it. The Deore shifters work well, although I'm gonna upgrade the rear derailleur to XT because it sometimes skipps. If you like a good cross-country ride and don't have a lot of cash, this is the bike for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Any in B.C.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Woodcock Cycle Works

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock 2003 Kona Blast, except for a Blackspire bashguard.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Terjin a Cross Country Rider from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2003

Strengths:    strong frame!

Weaknesses:    nothing much...except for the pedals!
and the rims break easily too


Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price i paid...has never failed me since i bought it! Havent really tested the frames sturdyness, as i dont really huck drops, but it has stuck with me and all the torturing i have given it. Invest some money in this bike and you will have a really nice bike to ride!Also, change the pedals once you buy it...the ones that come with the bike are crappy!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   KSH

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   XT Front Dee,XT Rear Dee,Eggbeaters,Manitou Magnum R,Thomson Stem,Salsa Seatpost,Avid SD 7's,Mavic 517's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack a Cross Country Rider from Sydney

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2003

Strengths:    Nice frame, good price

Weaknesses:    Components

Bottom Line:   
Great value for money - just replace the bits as they break (which the will). Changed the pedals before the first ride.

Components aren't too great, but are pretty much standard level considering the price range. If you want really great stuff, you're going to have to pay more money. But, as you replace all the bits of pieces its a great bike, and spreads the cost out over a period of time (for the budget conscious)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Doug LaBelle a Cross Country Rider from Calgary Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2003

Strengths:    Frame.

Weaknesses:    Definitely Pedals, the crap they start with is so bad.
The Fork, the cranks, the derailleurs, the rims.


Bottom Line:   
This bike is alright if you have the money to replace the parts that will inevitably break. After riding the Giant Rainier, and using the discs, I seriously contemplated getting discs for the Blast. Or not. The bike is good, just don't go too hard core on it. The rims will crack easy, and the pedals ABSOLUTELY have to be changed, they are as good as covered with butter. But whatever. Good bike, good ride. Not easy on the pocket book. I've put 1100 bucks on it so far. But I think I'm gettin the Coiler next, and that's only a chunk of the Coiler's price. If you aren't hard core, buy this bike. Otherwise, go better, go harder.

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Favorite Trail:   AXC/DH Anything that's not man-made

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Giant Rainier, Norco Nitro, Kona Kilauea.

Bike Setup:   Standard, except pedals: Kona Jacks*** Primos. Rear Hub: Shimano LX. Rear Rim: Mavic F519. Rear Tire: MythosXC.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug LaBelle a Cross Country Rider from Canada, Alberta

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2003

Strengths:    Nice Wheels, sweet looks, huge frame, shifts nicely. Decent fork.

Weaknesses:    Cruddy pedals, terrible.

Bottom Line:   
Buy this bike if you only have about 500(american)bucks(800 cdn) if you have more, by all means, buy something way more expensive. Otherwise, a great Kona bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Tree-Ridden Trails, Drops

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Monster Giant

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dana a Cross Country Rider from Watertown, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003

Strengths:    Good frame. Very stiff. Drivetrain is resonable. The fork and pedals are a bit chinsey.

Weaknesses:    The pedals, and definatley the fork. The pedals were changed within a couple weeks. THe fork, bottomed out on no matter how I adjusted it. Im about 170 lbs. Also, the crank arms seem a bit weak/flexy.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike, I could recommend a better bike, such as a Specialized of some sort. Get this bike, but I dont think its fit for a cross country rider thats a more aggressive rider. Ive taken this bike to the urban style, on the ramps, and done some drops :). So far only the crank, wheels, and bars are bent. Some call that abuse, I call that fun.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Placid planet(No longer- Now is Blue Cat)

Similar Products Used:   what else is there?

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for the pedals.

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