Kona Roast 2003 Hardtail

4.81/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $1149.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KingerNS

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2012

Strengths:    Frame is SOLID. I've taken a few hard spills on this, one making the bars parallel with the front wheel and nothing broke. The stock hayes hydros work very well. I bought this bike used and am very happy with the purchase.

Weaknesses:    Stock tires were small. upgraded to 2.5's, in love

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, if you find one for the right price, buy it

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Downhiller from Klamath Falls, OR

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2008

Strengths:    This frame is very strong, great geometry for urban assault, dirt jumping, and downhill.

Weaknesses:    The fork doesn't do the frame justice, wheelset should also go.

Bottom Line:   
Whoever says this bike is too heavy is out of their mind, do you realize it's based on a 4.5 pound frame. In case your not up on those kind of stats, that's about the lightest dirtjump frame on the market in a 26" wheel. I have taken mine off of numerous stair sets and drops. The bike has handled a few drops from a 15 stair, and about a dozen roof drops. I have absolutely no complaints about mine except that they don't make it anymore.

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Favorite Trail:   ashland super D

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Jones

Similar Products Used:   Azonic Steelhead, Giant STP.

Bike Setup:   atomlab trailpimp wheelset, SRAM x7 rear der., no front der.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin a Weekend Warrior from Townsville, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2006

Strengths:    Tough as nails, great geometry, great components. This thing will take whatever punishment you dish out.

Weaknesses:    I suppose you could say weight, but that's really only if you compare it to an XC rig. The weight is damn worthy trade off for the bikes strength.

Bottom Line:   
A damn fun go anywhere do anything bike....the perfect all rounder that can take some punishment. DH, XC, street, jumps....it'll do it all with style. It's the sort of bike that really encourages you to do some dumb sh*t! Bigger harder faster! Love it!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Tony's Bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock Kona spec: coil EXRs, deore LX, Truvative, Ditch Witch, Hayes disks etc...
Only changes are some nice fat Oury grips and Maxxis Minion DH tires....so far.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ally a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2004

Strengths:    Light enough to ride all day if you set it up right and still strong enough to handle drops and jumps. Great responsive handling for singletrack riding. I even ridden 24hr races on it happily enough

Weaknesses:    The Marzocchi EXR fork is a bit sub-standard in comparison to the rest of the bike but that's easily upgraded along with the other components that don't match the frame's quality build

Bottom Line:   
Get a medium sized frame and this bike can be easily used for Dirt jumping, light freeride, all day epics and anything else you feel like trying. Good value (if you buy in N.America!)

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Comox, BC

Bike Setup:   Fox Vanilla's, drivetrain upgraded to XT, triple ring chainset, RaceFace prodigy stem and riser bars, USE Alien suspension seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex King a Weekend Warrior from missoula mt

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2004

Strengths:    Definetly burrle this bike rides like a dream I highly recomend one for any freeriders who dirtjump and do drops. this bike is awsome and is backed up by a good company.

Weaknesses:    I dont much care for aluminum and usually ride a steel bike which rides a little smoother.

Bottom Line:   
If your rough on bikes this is for you. one of the most extreme frames i've ever riden and I'm not sh*t'n you Its quite the bumpy ride but if you put a 5 to 6 inch fork on it you could go just as big as the guys on the long travel full suspension bikes. WARNING: this bike is not for the timid.

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Favorite Trail:   p65

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   bicycle Works

Similar Products Used:   Surly Instigator, Kona Stuff, Haro 8.3, K2 Brass Monkey

Bike Setup:   Exr fork,Ditch witch weels, truitiv husselfelt crank,kona brand seat, handelbars, stem, and pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Germany

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004

Strengths:    V.Strong and Stiff frame

Weaknesses:    Too Heavy

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a lot fun when using it on trails with jumps. I would say this is one of the best hardtail dirt jump bikes i have ever ridden. Compared to the GT Avalanche i used before this is a whole new experience. The Roast is definetly a value for money buy.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Bike Setup:   KOna Roast, Fox Vanilla 125r, shimano deore,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tan Andy a Weekend Warrior from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003

Strengths:    Very stiff and strong frame.Do not flex.Nice solid looks.

Weaknesses:    Heavy.Need to push harder at climb but smoke others on the descent.

Bottom Line:   
Bought the frame and transfered all the parts from previous bike.Although the frame are bit heavier but still works great at climb with a bit more push.The frame are stiff and solid as a rock at the downhill.Never fail me on the downhill and drops.Stiff and never flex even with my weight.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   GT Arrowhead

Bike Setup:   Kona Roast frame,Bomber EXR,Truvativ Firex SL with LX component.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Weaz a Downhiller from Sitka AK

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2003

Strengths:    VERY STRONG. STRONG LIKE POLAR BEAR!

Weaknesses:    Paint was good.... till it came out the factory!

Bottom Line:   
Got as warranty replacement, as my scab had cracked a seattube stay.Props 2 Kona for the excelent warranty service!! The roast is super stable in comparison and would be much snappier had i not loaded it down with industrial strength parts.Wicked manualing and dj balance! Bomb proof frame,bomb bike. Torn ligaments forces dual suspension. You need a roast....Take mine

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Favorite Trail:   Trail?

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Broken lots of things. Dont think id call that used. Always breaking things in Alaska.....gotta fit the image. But this frame no break yet!

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi shiver sc, trailPIMPs! with hadley hub,kujo dh 2.35r 2.65f & other general &!*% replacement(my scab had some serious doo doo parts)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dubes a Cross Country Rider from Toronto ON Canada

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    Frame is awesome as are the brakes, tires arent that bad, but awful in mud although in dry sand they're great, pedals are grippy just have to get all the skin off the spikes from my shin

Weaknesses:    NEEDS MORE TRAVEL, so the rock shox psylo SL i put on work fine

Bottom Line:   
If u dont mind having no rear shock this bike rocks, buy it c 4 urself

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Favorite Trail:   city scape

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   sport swap

Similar Products Used:   Zip

Bike Setup:   Psylos on the front, Shimano XT hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrea a Weekend Warrior from Rome, Italy

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2003

Strengths:    -good geometry makes it a perfect all-round hard-ass bike
-perfect balance for dj
-stiff and solid frame for some drops



Weaknesses:    -too heavy
-front end too stiff for freeriding
-paint


Bottom Line:   
nice looks,
marvelous balance in the air, fun in cornering, brilliant street hucker.
at home in 4x, and ripping the woods.
nice bike for north shore style

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Favorite Trail:   pineta sacchetti

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   bike plus 99

Bike Setup:   chute frame 13", 24/7 superfat cranks, 24/7 slack pedals, marzocchi z1 mcr 2k, maxxis dh 2,7.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zeke farquar a Weekend Warrior from edmonton, alberta, canada

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2003

Strengths:    Tight in corners and on the slopes. Club-solid feel and design. Easy to move on the bike and with the bike. I've cased some bad jumps and it's me that falls apart, not the ride.

Weaknesses:    Chain hop, but a tensioner should take care of that. I never like dropping more than a 1K on a bike.

Bottom Line:   
Hauls arse.
If you want one, get it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   river valley cycle

Similar Products Used:   2003, Rocky Mountain Flow, 2000 Marin Juniper Trail - not much similar, but that's my other bike, 2003 Giant Team Comp, 2003 Giant Acid.

Bike Setup:   Size L and stock except for: Sun Mammoth rims wrapped in Kujo 2.25", 1664 flat pedals and 2002 Marzocchi Freeride.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by L a Downhiller from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2003

Strengths:    Insane frame and wheel strength, fork strong too! Handlebars and stem could cop a sledge-hammer hit! Excellent frame geometry for jumping, and dropping, (13")

Weaknesses:    stock tyres suck! change the front at least, i'm using a wtb mutano-raptor. rotor drag, and could be better without qr squewers.

Bottom Line:   
it's a winner, confidence booster at the top of a trail. might not have the highest top-end but you don't really need it. this is for thrashing and abusing and it will come back for more and more and more.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi RC399, might have cracked frame under the head-tube

Bike Setup:   13" frame, seat to the frame. crank like a bas-tard and then enjoy the air.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lance Lowry a Downhiller from Fullerton, CA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2003

Strengths:    Strong, sturyd, burly frame. Strenght is the word for this frame. Good geometry and feels like it was born for jumping, ripping downhill, and drops.

Weaknesses:    Paint job. Can't accomodate a dual crown fork. Tioga DH tires.

Bottom Line:   
First off, I would not really recommend putting a fender on this fork since it only has 4" of travel. If you do anything over 4 feet then it hits the front tire.

Rims, frame and Zocch fork are as strong as I need. Have only tried 5 foot drops but it is so burly I feel the confidence of a full suspension bike while dropping off. Stem and handlebars are strong but very heavy. Switched to Titec. This bike can be used for Xcountry but is heavy. No crap! It needs to be to abuse it the way you would like. I guess it will give you that much more of a workout. Suck it up because once you get to the top of the hill it all seems worth while.

Downhill: This bike rips. Tioga Factory DH tires have to go. No traction. I am very hesitant after almost sliding into a 1 foot thick wooden post. Get some IRC Kujos and this should fix the problem. Little upgrades like Disc brakes will make this bike a primo setup. The paint chips easy but, just find some touch up paint. No big deal.

Bottom Line: This bike is heavy but worth the extra weight. Bought mine used and it has many years left on it. I pass up Xcounty riders on trails and fly by them on downhills. This bike makes me want to be a better rider. You can take on anything, or feel like you can on this bike. Definetly recommend for someone who rides hard, but not dorky weight frieks. Tear it up.

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Favorite Trail:   the loop

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   mtbreview classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Giant Warp, Marin rigid.

Bike Setup:   Stock except Titec Knucklehead Stem and Hell Bent Bars, Odi lock grips, The fender

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex from All-rounder from Singapore, the Fine City

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    Nice paintjob on the frame, hard to scratch and doesn't chip easily from rocks hitting it. Very thick top tube area and rectangular drop-outs lets the bike take abuse. Thick stem and even thicker, confidence inspiring handlebars. I love the handlebars! Hayes Hydros provide lots of stopping power.

Weaknesses:    The pedals lose quite a lot of their pins...personally I'd like pedals with smaller pins so they don't take so much of your skate shoes thread off. I need to keep tightening the cranks or they'll creak and irritate my fellow riders...the OEM seat's rails broke (setlaz GD-2003) but I got a warranteed SDG. I've only owned this bike for 2+ months. Tioga Tires suck on wet concrete surfaces. Other than that, everything's fine with this bike.

Bottom Line:   
I'm using this bike for all kinds of riding, from XC to freeriding...maybe even picking up some trials tricks. The bike's geometry is very good for manualing and wheelieing around. It might be hard to pull up on the bars when you first get the bike, but after that it's a breeze. With the Z1 FR on it, I can lock out the Z1 and raise the seat for some XC action. The only things I feel you need to change is the tires if you ride a lot of street. As for the wheelset, trash it and get better hubs and rims. I've put this bike through a lot of abuse as I've just started freeriding and crash quite often and my current gripes are the creaky cranks, bent disc brake rotors and spoilt front disc brake piston(from a crash).

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Favorite Trail:   anything like North Shore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Tay Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Friend's freeride bikes - GT Ruckus 1.0 2002, Dabomb CR8s, Kona Stinky Deelux 2000 etc...

Bike Setup:   Stock Kona Roast 2003 with a Marzocchi 2002 Z1 Freeride. I traded in the stock EXR and topped up for the Z1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh from corner brook

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2003

Strengths:    strong frame, wicked set up and realy nice feel

Weaknesses:    seats not that comfortable after spending a long time rideing, ad the forks not the best

Bottom Line:   
great bike, this is my first freeride bike and it will probobly last me for years to come. the only thing about this bike i would change would be to put on a better fork. i can't name anything this bike cant do, its even half decent for cross country

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   TnT bicycles

Bike Setup:   stock

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