Kona Roast 2002 Hardtail

4.32/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $1199.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dillon a Downhiller from roberts creek, bc, canada

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2005

Strengths:    super strong frame

Weaknesses:    its a bit heavy for xc but i only race with the school team and the rest of the time im doing freeriding/dh and
dont like the hayes disc brakes for where i live(have to keep getting half calipers cuz the siezed up)
the shocks are bad if u do any jumps that are bigger then 2ft and drops


Bottom Line:   
awsome bike had it since it was new and only complant is the brakes and the shocks! but if u have this bike and want to upgrade the fork get 66vf they are the best for for this bike!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   $1899

Similar Products Used:   other bikes

Bike Setup:   02 kona roast, stout 2.6 inch tires,avid bb7 disc brakes(8 inch rotar) 2005 marzocchi 66vf

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brodirt a Cross Country Rider from White Plains, NY

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2004

Strengths:    built like a frikkin tank...and I know cuz I break bikes, and I havent broken this one. Gorgeous burnt amber (yes a crayola reference) color.

Weaknesses:    None so far, except if you take into account the fact that once you ride a Kona you must adopt the Kona attitude and you may not want to do so even though you love their bikes.

Bottom Line:   
Fun fun fun. I set it up to and ride it pretty much xcountry only. Got this dirt jumper cuz I heard I couldnt break it and I have broken several other hardtail xcountry frames before including a steel Jamis (may it rest in pieces), and the rumors were right, I cant and I try. It is fast, nimble, fun, rides hard, takes abuse and can even climb. I admit it is overkill for a xcountry bike but for my very hard style and my hard east coast trails I am happy.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mt.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Jamis hardtail and dualie

Bike Setup:   Xt drivetrain and hubs, Mavic rims, race face BB crank stem bash guard and post, FSA headset, Manitou Black Elite 100-120 fork, Avid BB mech discs 6" front 8" rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marcio from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004

Strengths:    Great geometry, like the forged stuff (yoke, etc), pretty stiff; great value in a bike, BUT - see below

Weaknesses:    The top tube buckled, with no prior dents, dings or scratches. Failed right where the tube's at its thinnest (they vary the wall thickness), where the profile goes from squarish to roundish. Pretty disappointing. A friend of mine had the same problem on his Stuff.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike, but if you're a heavier guy (I'm 210 lb) and ride hard, you might want to look for a little 'beefier' frame - hard to describe. The weakness is in the thin sections of tube, not the joints.

Otherwise, go for it - it's rad. But change the tires and look at getting a new fork, or at least expect to buy another when the stock fork breaks.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   stuff, 5hun

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Joseph Morrissey III a Racer from Beverly Farms Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2004

Strengths:    The Frame...YOU CANNOT DESTROY THIS THING!!! NO FLEX! Im 6' and 230. Lynnwoods,Haahaa! Sharkstooth...Just Bring it!!!
This is the PRO WRESTLER OF FRAMES. The 73 Buick Centurion of Frames


Weaknesses:    The original spec. Aspirated sphinchter muscles!! The marsucki fork,Gimp wheels,Poser crankset,Oh the most important thing!!!! WHAT NUMBNUTS THOUGHT UP THE KRAPPY COPPER COLOR? John Deere Green, Desert Sand, Flat Black, or
Caterpillar yellow thats more like it.


Bottom Line:   
The most Bang for the buck frame!!! Great for chasing Roadies up RT 127 from Beverly to Gloucester or Playing up on whats remaining of Bowridge. Manouvers like its on rails
great for trying to run over the walkers in Lynnwoods( Ever watch RollerDerby?) THIS BIKE WAS MADE FOR MOUNTAIN CROSS!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Red Dot

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Gearworks Cyclry Leominster Ma

Similar Products Used:   An Azonic and a Specialized P2

Bike Setup:   Azonic 454 crankset with 4 SKF Bearings,36 spoke
Rinolites,8" Hayes F&R,Ti Axel Marzochi front hub,Stock stem,saddle,post, Prisonbar-X steering stick,XT rear hub with Solid Ti axel and Ti Nuts, Bombshell BadBetty W/Hand made Cartriges ( Oil and Nitrogen Charged ), Flak Jacket Cables, 36 tooth upfront w/mrp guide, Weirwolf 2.5 F&R or Maxis Wet scream F&R.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bikeme from los angeles

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2003

Strengths:    Nice frame, forged bits with beef and geometry for big stumpy-legged fat dudes, err clydes that is, who want to do it all. Climb long, clean switchbacks, drop the drops, descend like water flowing, and thrash the office park on the same bike. Playful, powerful, makes you do things you shouldn't.

Weaknesses:    Spec at this price point is a joke, really. Deore mech, bottom-of-the-line nearly unadjustable marzocchi exc and hayes mechanicals on a $1200 hardtail? Tires were bad, warped, heavy, flexy sidewalls even at 55lbs, didn't grip anything all that well and snakebit at 40lbs, frequently tossed pebbles at paint-chipping and welt-raising velocity. Graphics unsubtle (but easily remedied). Hayes levers rattle and reach adjustment is nominal. Fork low on oil from factory, squeaky until first oil change, probably won't last the year.

Bottom Line:   
Great frame, good bike for the indecisive / without room for separate XC and play hardtails.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   closeout

Similar Products Used:   Most hardtails from Specialized, Trek, Fisher, Rocky Mountain, Bianchi from 500 to 1200.

Bike Setup:   Stock 'cept rear, feet and ground interfaces. Wtb speed v saddle, 636 pedals, and mutanoraptor race 2.4s.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Skelliot from West sussex

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2003

Strengths:    The frame is pretty strong and is really smooth over trails of any size. The pait work is pretty good too.

Weaknesses:    The seat post has a tendancy to slip no matter how tight the clamp is. The bars could have been a bit stronger. They bent after 4 months.

Bottom Line:   
A really nice bike tp ride. I have heard that the original forks are pooooo and they could have been better but i have never riden with them only DJ2 and then 3. The frame is definately worth it and maybe the whole bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Sklicycle ones

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   d321 with hope xc hubs. Azonic 545 cranks and mrp wc2. Azonic bars. DJ3 forks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james harvey a Weekend Warrior from chelmsford; essex

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2003

Strengths:    good frame, good componentary, best paint work

Weaknesses:    forks

Bottom Line:   
this bike is the best jump/duel bike ever, the year 2000 model is the best cos of the frame colour. get one

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Favorite Trail:   sheep hills, california

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   chelmer cycles, chelmsford, essex

Similar Products Used:   trek bruiser 2

Bike Setup:   jump

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike B a Weekend Warrior from Oxfordshire England

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2002

Strengths:    Real good frame, nice and strong. Had no problems yet. Components seemed to have lasted so far. We shall see eh!!

Weaknesses:    The front forks the are sh**e. Thats the only thing that lets this bike down.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, a few things needed to be changed. Expensive for the components you get. But a great frame, strong and reliable.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Sun MTB

Similar Products Used:   Kona Caldera. Azonic DS-1

Bike Setup:   XTR front and rea mechs. XTR Shifters. Hope Mini Disc brakes front and rear. Mavic D321 CD rims on hope bulb titanium hubs front and rear. Bomber Z1 f

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe bob homes a Downhiller from Chilliack, British Coumbia

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2002

Strengths:    is very srrong and light. it can take a lot of punishment.


Weaknesses:    the tires ware down very fast and they pop easy

Bottom Line:   
it is a very durable bike and is very easy to controll and can take a big beating.

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Favorite Trail:   krack addic

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Jacks Cycle

Similar Products Used:   velo sport

Bike Setup:   good

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeff a Weekend Warrior from fort collins, co, usa

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2002

Strengths:    Frame rocks, super stiff, great angles for hucking, handles 5" well.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found one yet

Bottom Line:   
Love it so far, I got used to hucks with a full suspension, but snapped it in half... the hardtail frames were cheaper, but it turns out to be just as reliable, and the take-off feels so much more controlled with a hardtail this sweet! 5" forks feel great on this, thinking wider tires might help some too. Haven't been off-road yet, so can't testify to how it climbs, but I imagine it rips downhill!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Wheelworld.com

Similar Products Used:   98' Specialized Rockhopper comp

Bike Setup:   Race Face riser bars, ODI lock-on grips, Fox Vanilla 125's in the front, Azonic shorty stem, Kona post, Azonic Hot Seat, Rhinolytes with Tioga 2.1 DH, Avid mechanical discs front & rear, LX drivetrain with Blackspire BashGuard, clipless pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by corey a Weekend Warrior from washington, DC

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2002

Strengths:    unbreakable.

Weaknesses:    doo-doo brown color

Bottom Line:   
fairly light and incredibly strong. bought this frame-only deal from the MTBR classifieds for a great price and love it. i'm about 200lbs and ride mostly urban. loading dock drops, stairs, dirt jumps... i fear no breakage from this frame. highly recommended!

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Favorite Trail:   DC urban

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   MTBR classifieds

Similar Products Used:   giant xTc

Bike Setup:   5" marzocchi Z1 MCR, bonty mustang rims, panaracer fire DH

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ben hart a Downhiller from sd

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002

Strengths:    good geometry and fairly beefy set up
the frame seems to be good sh*t


Weaknesses:    most of the components i have broken and replaced with in the three months i've owned it.
the fork is an ernomous heaping pile of dog dung


Bottom Line:   
it is a good frame and i frickin LOVE my bike. it was a good value, but if you ride hard, i mean REAL HARD, look elsewhere. after three months i have poured another 1600 bucks into it due to breaks and rebuilds. save yourself the time and money and go get a bombshell sputnik. it is a better frame and the complete bike is almost indentical to my existing set up, but for only 1300 bucks! or have ben from unrealcycles.com build you a BADA** hardtail! 4 chilis for the frame but the bike is what i'm rating soooooo....

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $938.00

Purchased At:   acme bicycles

Similar Products Used:   gt

Bike Setup:   
17” Kona Roast frame
Kona Jacksh*t pedals/ grips
Kona Clump stem
Interloc seat post
SDG seat
SRAM chain
Bombshell Wicked Wendy 5” QR20 fork
Hayes mechanical disc brakes (8” front and 6” rear)
FSA X-drive crankset
Blackspire 22T chainring
Truvativ Hussefelt bash ring
Shimano 105 shorty rear derailler (best downill/urban/tech trail derailler in the world. and it's a road derailler. i found out about it through ben at unrealcycles.com. check 'em out they are it!)

front wheel:
Chris King 20 mm disc hub
14 gauge Swiss spokes
brass nipples
Sun Singletrack rim
Intense DH tube
Tioga Factory DH 2.3 rear (it was on sale so i bough two)

rear wheel:
XT disc hub
15 gauge Swiss spokes
brass nipples
Sun Doublewide rim
Intense DH tube
Tioga Factory DH 2.3 rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David from Richmond,BC,Canada

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2002

Strengths:    -strong frame
-kool looks
-basically everything


Weaknesses:    -fork could be a little better
-disc's are very loud


Bottom Line:   
great over all bike good for cross country and can be used for so DH to. Great Bike for the money. Get This Bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   02 Kona Stuff, Norco Sasquach

Bike Setup:   Stock (for now) saving up for better fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eddie Gonzalez a Downhiller from Berkeley, CA. USA

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    i put the bike together piece by piece.. so as far as the frame goes.. its rockin!! soo strong and great geometry for gettin' crazy!!

Weaknesses:    no weakensses i can think of in the frame..

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that this bike is super fun!! ive been riding it at Northstar at Tahoe and it ripps!! the bike just wants to tear through all the narly stuff and on the berms it just sprints right out, leaving the kids on the big bikes all looking sad ... on the jumps its great.. i took it on a Dual Slalom course and it felt right at home.. and hitting the streets of San Fransisco was killer fun too.. i was even able to climb some of the hills with it...

anyone who wants to build up a killer rig but wants a frame that is relatively inexpensive, needs to buy this one.. buy the frame and spend the rest on a nice fork!!!

im in love with my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Tish Tang DH

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Bicycle Repair

Bike Setup:   4inch Marzocchi Mr. T Triple crown fork w/20mm thru axel, Hayes Disk, Black Spire chain guide w/medium ring, WTB wheelset, phat tires w/Intense DH tubes...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Racer from Whistler Bc, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2002

Strengths:    Geometry, frame strength and rims

Weaknesses:    Forks

Bottom Line:   
I searched high and low for a bike that would allow me to do the tricks and riding I want. I need to downhill, xc, technical and just about anything else. The geormetry of the frame is perfect for any situation except for possibly extreme vertical climbs. Being 6'5 and 270 this bike has held up to all the abuse I can give it in whistler.

As for the forks. They aren't the best but they still work well for ob. Ride em till they break and then through on a better pair. For 1500$ there isn't a better bike.

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Favorite Trail:   River Runs through it

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stuff

Bike Setup:   Stock (for now)

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