Kona Cadabra All Mountain Full Suspension

Kona Cadabra All Mountain Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

If you're the type of rider who burns with the fire to travel deep into the wilds of the world and you need to go down as speedily as you go up, consider the Cadabra, one of the most adaptable dual-suspension bicycles ever made. The Cadabra has up to 160mm of plush rear travel and features new Scandium 6069 tubing, ISCG tabs, cable stops for adjustable seatposts, stiff 142x12 rear axle, and a spec package that strikes the perfect balance between value and performance. Whether you race enduro or love massive mountain epics, the Cadabra is all magic, all the time.

  • Fox 32 Talas RL 150mm w/15mm thru-axle fork
  • Fox Float RP2 shock
  • Shimano 10-speed SLX/XT drivetrain
  • Easton XC wheelset

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Sep 07, 2014]
    KeNZ
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    Versatility. Hasn't failed me yet. I have the 2011 with a 60mm stem, 50 mm extra wide riser bar. The magic link does what it says and more. Sure you can set it up like they recommend and it really does do everything quite well. Climbs like a hard tale with the magic link adjusted to stiff and the rear shock on pro pedal on the days I ride cross country. On days I ride park/ freeride I slap on my big betty tyres and wind the preload spring back to plush up the rear suspension and slacken the head angle by a degree or 3 and away you go. Even on the hardest landings the rear end has never bottomed out.

    Weakness:

    The magic link squeaks but teflon spray is an easy fix. Also the magic link screws tend to get lose but loctite is another easy fix. Some people talk about the limited tyre clearance but even with 2.40 tyres and lots of mud I have never had any issues. I'd also love a chain tensioner but running the big ring at the front and 4th from the bottom at the rear has made dropping a chain in the park a rarity and you can always buy an after market one if you really want to.

    Hard to find a better value more versatile bike for the price.

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    Ghost AMS 2007

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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Dec 11, 2013]
    Paul

    Strength:

    I have the 2011 model still with the old coil auxiliary shock and a 32mm Fox Talas fork. I tend to ride with a stiff setup (high pressure, low sag). It is a bike, not a sofa. ;)

    With that setup the Cadabra climbs very well but is also very capable down hill. The MagicLink IMO is a fantastic piece of technology. Just like advertised it is like riding a CC bike but on the downhill you have lots of reserves.

    Add the Talas (I personally like adjustable travel forks) and you have a super versatile bike.

    Weakness:

    The brake rotors (180mm front, 160mm rear) in the standard setup are too small for heavy riders. You can use up to 185mm brake rotors in the rear, but no bigger rotors. I ride 200mm front, 185mm rear and that is OK for me (ca. 100kg rider weight).

    There is not much tire clearance on the 2011 model. I hear that has improved on the 2013 model.

    The MagicLink (coil) on my bike sometimes makes some squeaking noises. Spraying Teflon (PTFE) on the elastomer inside the coil helps. (The new Cadabras have an air-shock as auxiliary shock anyway.)

    The Cadabra is a perfect “All mountain” or “Enduro” bike!

    I hope Kona will produce another bike with MagicLink in the future.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Sep 09, 2013]
    King
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    Plush rear end, travel feels deeper than 6", fairly light, laterally stiff, good climber too...

    Weakness:

    Fox 34 clunkiness, hard to get at (ie. clean) magiclink shock, narrow bars, long dong stem, stock wheels are tubeless but tires are not, Kronolog seat post needs a re-build every 50 hours

    A sweet over-all bike for the money, bummed they are discontinuing this model for 2014 (I have the 2013) instead of using the Magic-link platform for 27" wheels.
    The tweener's are bad ass.
    Anybody wanna buy mine?

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    [Aug 21, 2013]
    Alex
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    -Climbs well, fairly light, hmmm thinking hard to find allot good with it.

    Weakness:

    Durability is crap. I had the bike for 9 months before the frame cracked right above the front derailleur. Now they want $1200 for another one due to not purchasing it from a Kona store. In that time I spent $175 on the magic link air shock which also broke and then Kona charged me $30 to get another one from Vancouver. What else, oh the mavic crossride rear wheel broke, so I had to replace that too.

    Don't do it. There are other suspension designs (Stumpy's, Reigns etc) that work just aswell without crappy reviews. Oh and Kona has discontinued the model for 2014

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
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    3
    [Jul 28, 2013]
    Peak7

    Strength:

    Suspension like a motorcross bike, climbs well and handles the downhill well. A very fluid machine and it is tough.

    Weakness:

    Dialing in the MagicLink system and the constant squeaking when dust gets into the MagicLink spring assembly.

    I own a 2011 Cadabra and in the beginning it was a love hate relationship until I figured out how to dial in the rear suspension. The bike climbs extremely well and rails very well on the downhill, I am sad that Kona has decided not to produce it anymore after 2013. I think they can tweak it to make it better. I think it would be a marvelous machine if they put a twin stack fork on it for those of us who like to rail it down the mountains in Colorado. I am jealous that they got rid of the spring assembly and put in a separate shock for the MagicLink assembly which does not squeak and makes dialing in easier.. What I have found out when it comes to the Cadabra is that you hate it or like it there is no in between for this machine.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Jun 13, 2013]
    Murphy Roberts

    Strength:

    It's fairly good on the downhills

    Weakness:

    The rear suspension system is a total sham. Magic Link is a load of bullcrap. This makes it terrible for climbing. The whole bike feels like it's working against you on the way up. I just really don't like it. The Talas fork is really heavy feeling. It feels super unbalanced.

    I just really dislike this bike. I had really high hopes for this bike and it has really let me down. It fairs pretty well on the downhill sections, but is just terrible at climbing. The rear suspension system feels like it's working against you. It's really just has a bad feel to it while you're riding. I have never felt comfortable on it. Will be selling it soon.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Apr 07, 2013]
    Chris
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    Damned quick uphill for such a long travel bike
    Very versatile (I have done a 133mile long distance path carrying camping kit over significant climbs and decents as well as bombing downhill courses with the only change being tyres!)
    Loves to get air
    Not massively easy to get suspension setup correct
    Excellent value for money (at the price I paid, 1500GBP, not retail!)

    Weakness:

    Most components (e.g. BB Shells) massively over torqued when new; not sure if this was Kona or the bike shop's fault
    Suspension bolts have a tendency to loosen up every month or so
    Not a fan of the Fox TALAS fork (personal preference)
    Butt destroying saddle!

    I have had this bike for a year now and have been very pleased. It really is a superbly versatile bike, capable of jumps and downhill tracks, but also able to keep up with hard tails on a long distance (non-technical) bike route when fitted with some fast tyres.

    I don't find that I need the travel adjust on the fork, so will be replacing this with a RS Revelation that I have as I find the Fox TALAS doesn't give me full travel and is a bit spongy at first (although small bump damping is superb).

    I have fitted ZTR Crest wheels (tubeless) with a Conti Mountain King Mk 2.4 on the front and the stock Ardent (tubeless) on the back. In this configuration, the bike goes blazingly fast such such a capable frame. Although friends (of roughly equal fitness / ability) on hardtails or race full-susers can generally beat me on long grunting climbs, it isn't by much and obviously the Cadabra destroys them on the descents.

    One odd thing about the bike is the very (very!) steep seat tube angle. This helps it climb very efficiently, but for me (6'3", 35" inseam) does mean that I have to run a seatpost with quite some layback. This is slightly due to the fact that I got the 20" frame, but the 22" felt slightly less chuck able.

    I haven't (touch wood) suffered any problems with the magic link and I have not exactly been kind to this bike!

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Mar 28, 2013]
    Bug with a haircut

    Strength:

    Rides well uphill before it breaks

    Weakness:

    Broken frame ( don't buy SCAMdium)
    Broken magic link
    Broken talas
    Can't put over 2.2 tire on the rear and forget about high volume
    Geometry sucks
    Probably more but there was so much going wrong it all started running together

    I still can't get over how chintzy this bike was, I'm reviewing this about a year after buying one, breaking just about everything on it, getting it replaced and warrantied after a bunch of hassle and a huge waste of time, then selling it and getting a real bike. Everyone hates on Kona and I thought oh they don't know r they're just haters but seriously this bike was so frail and sketchy riding down hill I'm amazed Kona hasn't been sued for marketing this as an all mountain even light free ride 160mm bike. I really cant believe they'd charge so much for a bike that has had so many problems and warranty issues.The scamdium frame actually cracked above the magic linking traveled several inches up the seat tube after not even 6 months of riding. The magic link also broke in several different areas. I'm getting all pissed of again just thinking about this pile of trash even though I was able to get it fixed and sell it. Seriously beware of this bike I had so many problems with it an I don't free ride or ride crazy downhill trails, people I ride with ride 130 or 140 mm bikes and they're much more solid than this flexy 160mm death trap. If you're really considering buying one of these ridiculous contraptions at least take it on a good test run first I think you'll get a sense of the frailty if its feeble design.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    [Mar 14, 2013]
    Pawel
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    - great idea of magic link (yes, we heard it before with GT I-drive) while it's not magic but physics - it works. The simple idea gives you nice geometry while both descending and climbing
    - it's very sturdy and forgiving - likes abuse :)
    - it's stiffer than his predecessors, and mgic link does not induce heavier weight or problems with frame stiffness
    - great design: white fork, polished alluminium and bright red frame (2010 model) - reminds of ww2 fighters
    - great light and fast maxxis aspen tires, boy are these FAST on tarmac!

    Weakness:

    - the stock brakes (M575 in 2010 model): rattling, squealing with less than average modulation and stopping power. Change them immediately
    - if you like fast XC trails only it is heavy
    - if you like drops and jumping only it is too light
    - a damper with lockout (remote lever too) would be more than appropriate
    - mavic crossride wheels are rather on the lighter/faster side and in sharp turns you can feel them flexing

    This bike is a perfect example of Mr Jeckyll and Mr Hide - if you want a great climber ie. plan going uphill in rough terrain - cadabra is for you. If you also like fast descents, nice suspension and dont want a 20kg+ pig in the mountains - it's for you.
    Of course it is not a 100% DH bike and eventually you're gonna break it. Of course it is not a 100% XC speeding 10 kg machine - you gonan hate it for the weight. It's one and another - perfect for people who seek diversity in biking, who like KONA's design. It's worth the price however the stock brakes suck and I recommend tossing them right at the shop! Also more demanding users should upgrade the shifters as a minimum. Dont thik it is worth to buy Abra Cadabra - plain cadabra with upgrades would be better and adjusted to your nees.
    Would I buy it once again? Sure, but I hope it will serve well for years as my old stolen Kikapu.

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    Kona Kikapu

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Jan 29, 2013]
    Doug
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    Suspension is super plush. Frame is amazingly strong ( I weigh 230 lbs). The bike is pleasing to the eyes and is a blast to ride.

    Weakness:

    The fox talas 32 is a great fork....just too flexy for this bike. The wheels are also a bit weak for all mountain type riding. I swapped the fork for a rs lyrik 160mm solo air and some wtb stryker hoops. The bike now feels like it should and its a rocket!!

    Great bike but stronger wheels and a more enduro friendly fork have taken this bike to another level!!

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
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