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Kona Stinky Primo 2003 Full Suspension

4.69/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $3199.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RAFAEL a Downhiller from BRAGA

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2009

Strengths:    Great bike , really can take a beating , very smoth takin turns , marzocchi front and rear suspension works very good , it was a very good visual u gotta love the stinkys !

Weaknesses:    its pretty a heavy bike , a diet will do fine

Bottom Line:   
a Great Bike for downhill or just freeride , its very strong bike , good for urban riding , the MTX whells just can take alot of beating down stairgaps.

a bit heavy but bottom line is a dh/fr bike

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Favorite Trail:   pe do negro

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Procycle

Similar Products Used:   v10

Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky Primo 2007 all stock expect for 2009 XT shadow derraleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TahoeRider a Cross Country Rider from Truckee, CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2009

Strengths:    This frame is bomb proof, its a little heavy for cross country riding but after a while you get used to it and the down is as much fun as the up

Weaknesses:    Heavy.... and give it time and the legs catch up

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike, a perfect Tahoe bike that billy goats up steep lines and safely returns you back to the car. Again its a little heavy but for an older frame its amazing what Kona was on to back in the day that now is becoming a stock All mountain type frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Painted Rock

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro wish I could afford one but the stinky is the next best thing

Bike Setup:   RockShock Recon 351 U-turn, Hayes 6" disc brakes XTR front XT rear derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thrillseeker123 a Downhiller from Buford, Georgia, Gwinnett

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2009

Strengths:    Frame is bomb proof, very light for the freeride bike.
excellent handling I think you can do almost anything with it. Climbing NO PROBLEM!

Weaknesses:    Only thing is the paint chips easy that's all. Every thing else is EXCELLENT!

Bottom Line:   
SUPERB mountain bike one of the most fun rides I ever had.
Get it Dude!

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Favorite Trail:   Chicopee Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1599.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   This is my first Freeride, Cannondale F29,Motobecane, K2

Bike Setup:   components
shifters and derailleur are Sram X9
brakes are Hayes 9 203mm rotors
front shock is Manitou Sherman Slider Plus 7" travel
rear Fox Vanilla R propeddal
carbon saddle and seatpost
sunrims and kenda navagal tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eddie a Downhiller from Ballyclare, NI

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2008

Strengths:    the frame is totally bomb proof. the whole bike is several years old and has has numerous owners and its still in top condition.

Weaknesses:    the rear quick release pulls the frame inwards a bit which causes the rear derailleur to hang at an odd angle which causes gear skips. but it can be fixed with a simple adjustment

Bottom Line:   
great bike for downhilling and some freeride. light as a feather to huck around on jumps too.

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Favorite Trail:   Cavehill/Moneyscalp

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   second hand from CRC

Similar Products Used:   GT ruckus 2.0

Bike Setup:   Kona stinky primo-DH, avid codes, marzocchi junior t pro, fox racing shock, dmr chain guide, halo rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hui Chuen Chuang a Downhiller from Penang, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007

Strengths:    It's strength, plushness, durability, pedalling efficiency, looks great.

Weaknesses:    Shock squek during full rebound, some pivots squeak. All these due to old age. (4 years)

Bottom Line:   
What a great bike. A can-do-anything bike. I bought this frame used. I think I'm the 5th owner. haha. But after such a long time of pounding and hammering and jumping and downhilling and dropping and freeriding, it still feels like it just rolled out of the assembly line. Some of the pivots squeak but just spray some silicone lubricant and it's gone. Shock makes a funny noise when rebounding from its full travel but this and the pivot squeaking are all because of age. But no harm done. It handles jumps and drops very very well. 6" feels like 8" of travel. Small bump sensitivity also very good. Kona bikes are all durable and built above the required quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Erskine, Penang Hill, Youth Park no,3

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 70

Bike Setup:   03 Stinky Primo frame, Holzfeller crank, Vanilla R shock, Domain 318 fork, Juicy 7 brakes, XT rd, Blue Dragon tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hui Chuen Chuang a Downhiller from Penang, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2007

Strengths:    What a great freeride bike. Can withstand 8foot drops after 4 years. Tough. Sick looking bike.

Weaknesses:    Nothing. Just some minor squeaks at the pivots as this is an old bike.

Bottom Line:   
Just a great bike. indeed ye' olde faithful.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Second Hand.

Similar Products Used:   VP-free, Bullit, Trek Fuel.

Bike Setup:   2003 Stinky Primo frame with Vanilla R shock, Rock Shox Domain 318, Juicy 7.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Daniel a Weekend Warrior from Sydney NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2005

Strengths:    Unreal bike, very strong build quality, high material quality, vey high reputation in freeride scene and dh, only the best from koan again! best bike I've owned!

Weaknesses:    should have been designed for more travel at the rear, but hey, the six inches holds up real well for me!

Bottom Line:   
this bike I think is perfect, its very agile for me and i can pump out of little things to gain that edge, if your looking for a freeride bike or part time dh bike, this is perdect, mines taken a huge beating from me, and i weight 95kg. if your looking to do large drops though id suggest another bike as it handles it fine, just i wouldnt push over the 4 metre mark with it!

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Favorite Trail:   lots!!!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   private

Similar Products Used:   nothing

Bike Setup:   deemax wheel set, boxxer team forks, race face crank, intense grips, hayes dh disk set f+r, after market shock holder at rear and fox vanilla RC shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean Estes a Weekend Warrior from Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2004

Strengths:    Bomb-Proof frame! (I purchased the frame separate). Uninterrupted seat-tube, good pedaling, stiff, bottle cage mounts (good for light battery), STD. QR rear axle.

Weaknesses:    Possible interference of seat-collar and suspension links on full compression. Very minor brake-jack, truthfully that's about it.

Bottom Line:   
I couldn't disagree more with the previous review as far as Kona as a company is concerned! I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with both Kona USA and Kona dealers. I have found that they typically have any and every spare part conceivable in stock. The simplicity of the Kona 4-Bar Walking-Beam design is it greatest strength. There are only a few pivots/bearings to wear-out or come loose (compared to VPP or similar) and the uninterrupted seat-tube allows not only for max seat post extension for climbs but also for mounting of virtually any type of DH shock without any frame interference as well as mounting a water bottle cage for either water or a headlight battery. These features are what make the Stinky truly the best all-around freeride bike. There are plenty of trails that require a fair amount of climbing and even some road miles to get back home. This is where the Stinky shines, it can take anything you throw at it and then pedal home reliably. It may not be the best DH race bike (not designed for that anyway) but you sure can race competitively at an expert level on it. This frame is incredibly stiff and relatively light considering it's strength and versatility. The standard QR rear wheel mounting allows the use of Mavic Dee-Max wheels or any other normal hub for that matter. I have taken this bike to Whistler for over 20 days and countless times locally, I have not had to service the bearings/pivots at all. I would give this bike 6 chili's if I could and the same goes for Kona as a company! TOP NOTCH!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Jesusita

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   Velo Pro Cyclery (Santa Barbara)

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab, GT DHi, Santa Cruz V10, Santa Cruz Super 8, Specialized Big Hit DH, FSR DH.

Bike Setup:   Manitou Sherman Slider+, Swinger 6-way, Saint Cranks, Mavic D521's on Stealth hubs, MRP bones system 2, Protapers, Diabolous, XT/XTR

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sam a Downhiller from BC Canada

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2004

Strengths:    Great feel,Tracks straight in rough terrain,pedals well (Thank you 4 bar)

Weaknesses:    Rear end fell apart and you can't get parts I,ve been waiting for 3 months now. After sales service from Kona is crap

Bottom Line:   
I really like Konas they feel great this is the second stinky I,ve had but I won't be buying another Kona sucks to deal with and they never have parts. Bottom line nice bike crappy company.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   01 stinky primo

Bike Setup:   easton stem, protaper bar, 321's w/ dt freeride hubs,blackspire chainguide,intense tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roger Smith a Downhiller from Cheltenham, England, UK.

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2004

Strengths:    Bomb proof, full seat post adjustability, top forks, very subtle styling, trick cranks, amazing brakes.

Weaknesses:    Locking rear under heavy braking down rough descents (typical single pivot weakness), very heavy so have taken off dual ring set up and replaced with single.

Bottom Line:   
A bike that will get you out of all sorts of trouble. Looks like a real bad boy. Super plush ride as with most faux bar Konas. This bike can be used by those new to downhill / freeride or those who want to race. The Primo isn't the most sophisticated freeride bike on the market but it gets the job done very well.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes, Cheltenham, UK

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dudu 2001, similar characteristics with less travel.

Bike Setup:   Very soft as I'm light weight.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken Bennett a Downhiller from Peoria, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2003

Strengths:    Frame is way strong, it weighed 10lbs. with the shock. The rocker design is still one of the best all around suspensions available. I can climb the most tech. stuff and still fly down pretty much whatever I have the guts to try.

Weaknesses:    The front der. is hard to setup properly. The swingarm will hit the cage under full compression if you lower it to the proper height. I'm checking to see if there is a shorter cage version.

Bottom Line:   
A very good investment if you want an all around bike (trail riding to EX level DH). It's not light at all (mine's 43lbs)
but it won't break either. The flat black/green paint is great for those urban assaults if that's your thing.

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Favorite Trail:   South Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Rage Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Intense UZZI DH, Bullit, Psyclewerks

Bike Setup:   Super-T, E-13 chainguide, Hayes, Maxxis

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Freeride convert a Racer from Ireland

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2003

Strengths:    The whole package, forks, shock, brakes, cranks etc. etc.
Just gives you the balls to go big.
Pedals really well, and can climb to the top of the trail.

Weaknesses:    Not so far, although I changed the D.H. tubes to standard ones so it accelerates even better.

Bottom Line:   
IM so happy with this bike, the two chain rings make it so versatile compared to a D.H. bike but you can ride anything that YOU decide to.
Its heavy to lift but when you're riding it, its so flickable and fun like all Kona's.
Kona have made another classic and I got a good deal on it, so 5 flaming turds all round.
If you wanna do big drops, log rides and gaps but you still wanna be able to pedal the bike around the trails this is the best bike you could buy.

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Favorite Trail:   Technical as hell

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Lbs

Similar Products Used:   Stinky D Lux 2001, Bear 2002.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for the tubes....we'll see.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HS a Weekend Warrior from Sweden

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2003

Strengths:    Good components overall.
Nice geometri, BMX feel.
Good highspeed stability.
Very stable in air.
Look good.

Weaknesses:    Not much of a clearance between chainstay and front/mech. You have to set it up correctly, otherwise they will hit each other under full compressing.

Bottom Line:   
First of all i have too say this is bike gives me alot of fun. It also give you alot of confident going downhill. Very easy to ride, feels excellent. I havent jumped before, but with this bike its very easy.
As for the compenents:
Super T fork feels excellent, easy to setup. Good performance so far.
White Tiger tires, very good grip, nothing too complain about.
Fox RC rear fork, also very easy to setup, working fine.
Hayes Disk breakes, excellent stopping power in all condition. The rear brake screams a little some time, maybe i havent bleed in yet.

So weaknesses: coming from a XC bike (Kona Kula), its feels heavy when you climb. Its easy too climb but the problem is that you get very tired if you climb a long way. It´s a FR/DH bike and they are heavier thats a fact. The extra weight gives you more stable bike in highspeed and when you jumping, and thats good for me, i like to go fast :). Its not a weakness in that point, maybe 1-3 kilos of would make even a better bike. But then maybe it would brake easier.
Around 19 kg is the weight now.
The other weakness it that they should improve is the clearance between chainstay and front/mech. Now its very tight, but its working.
The third weakness is that you have to buy fullface helmet, armor and legprotection because you can go so freaking fast downhill with this. :) But i can take that, because this is bike is fun, alot of fun.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3550.00

Similar Products Used:   First FS bike.

Bike Setup:   18 inch, stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Caleb Read from Redcliff, Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2003

Strengths:    Handles alot of hits, Cranks are good, forks are excellent, looking over the beefy bars gives you alot of confidence, this bike gives you guts.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy, but that is excellent for keeping you steady in the air.

Bottom Line:   
i love my new bike. it is worth most every penny. kona has done a pretty darn good job, thats the main reason why i have had nothing but kona's, this bike furthers the confidence i have with this company, the primo is primo.

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Favorite Trail:   mains street

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cyclepath in Medicine Hat

Similar Products Used:   Stab primo 2002, stinky, stinky dee,

Bike Setup:   stock except, odyssey grips, camo velo seat, primo tenderizer pedals, no front derlr. and an envy second rock ring, to act as a chainguide

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff from NC

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2002

Strengths:    Everything, The new marzocchi super t has to be the stiffest fork ive ever ridden. The whole bike feels incredibley stiff. The kona cranks are amazing. 7&7.

Weaknesses:    None. The only change i will make to the bike is putting razor rock stiffy levers on. Rims arent the best but they are pretty damn strong.

Bottom Line:   
Well since the guy below me reviewd the 2002 stinky primo frame. I felt obligated to say how good this bike is. And for the color... this has to be the best looking bike i have ever layed my eyes on. This bike is even more confidence inspiring than my 2001 stinky dee was. This bike makes the drops i was doing on my old bike feel stupid. I will review again after i put some miles on it. Konas rule. Go buy this bike if you can afford it. The new marzocchis are the stiffest and plushest forks ever, and the super t pro is unbelievably tunable. Bottom line is this is the best bike i have ever ridden and do not regret throwing down the cash for it. You definetely do not want this bike if you are concerned with weight. It weighs in at over 40lbs. But I can climb just fine on it. With 7 inches of travel front and back i thought that i would notice alot more bobbing on this bike compared to my previous 5 inch bike, but the only thing i really notice was the weight. I also realy enjoy the extra weight in the air. It feels unbelievably stable and fluent in the air.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   south park

Similar Products Used:   Past kona stinkys, multiple other freeride bikes

Bike Setup:   stock 2003 stinky primo

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