Kona Makena Kids

Set the wee one free on the ultimate starter bike. The Makena has great standover (so they don't squish their valuables) that makes it easy getting on and off the bike, sweet front-suspension forks, grip shifters for small hands and reliable components durable enough for frequent off-road use. Your five- to eight-year-old kids will charge confidently into the bright blue world of bike riding.

  • Shimano Junior V-brakes
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Two different colorways
  • Shimano drivetrain

  • User Reviews (5)

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    GreenMason   All Mountain Rider [Apr 04, 2016]
    Strength:

    Gearing. V brakes. Relatively light. Quick Release seatpost. Geometry seems spot on for kids to mountain bike.

    Weakness:

    Rear Hub.

    My son has had this for about a year and is now seven and a half. He's a pretty tall kid and with the seat in the right place I am very impressed with what can be done on this bike. In the lowest gear he climbs rooty singletrack with authority, much better than I ever expected him to be able to at this age. While the suspension fork is kinda heavy and cheesy, I think it actually does have some effect keeping the front of the bike under control and gives a bit of confidence over curbs and bumpy stuff. Down hill it seems very stable, even without him remembering to keep his weight back. My biggest component complaint is the rear hub, it sounds as if it only has two pawls in it and makes a huge clunk every time they engage, which seems to take at least a quarter of a revolution. I added some more aggressively treaded metal BMX pedals because I noticed his feet slipping off the plastic ones that came with it. All in all I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to people who want to teach their kids early to actually mountain bike. Nice job Kona!

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    4
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    4
    Rico   [Apr 30, 2004]
    Strength:

    Weight, old school stem, shifts well

    Weakness:

    Still heavy but its inexpensive

    Great bike. I looked at all of them & its the lightest I found. The old school stem is better that a threadless b/c you can raise and lower the bar height w/o buying a new stem or bar. Shifts well and its been trouble free.

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    5
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    5
    Kristian Salo   Weekend Warrior [Apr 29, 2004]
    Strength:

    First real mtb for my 6 year old son.

    Weakness:

    The fork could be a bit lighter and more responsive for a small and light rider, but considering the price, it is good enough.

    All the other bikes for kids we tested were really heavy. The Kona Makena is a real entry level mountain bike. It has the all the bells and whistles needed to start the mtb hobby.

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    4
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    5
    Beth   Weekend Warrior [Apr 29, 2007]
    Strength:

    Very sturdy, quick release seatpost, nice pink color for the girls, cute!

    Weakness:

    Pretty heavy, though all kids bikes are. Probably doesn't need the front suspension, would chose something lighter if up to me....however, it is the kid's favorite part.

    This bike had exactly the features I was looking for, like the 1X6 drivetrain, not too complicated for kids. The other bike that I was considering was by Raleigh "Rowdy" looks pretty good too. If you are considering the Kona, keep in mind that they can be hard to come by..mine took about 6 weeks to get in. Not sure if the blue takes as long.

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    4
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    3
    Mat Bayliss   Weekend Warrior [Jan 16, 2005]
    Strength:

    Good size and weight for a 6 to 9 year old.

    Weakness:

    Gearing slightly too tall.

    Our 7 year old loves this bike, its his first MTB after previously riding small BMX bikes. He finds the lowest gears are a little tall, we have undulating terrain and some of the steeper inclines require lower gears than fitted in factory spec.
    Its a great size and weight for a lean 7 year boy of average height, he should get 2 years riding before needing a larger bike, the lowest seat height would of allowed him to ride this bike a year ago (age 6). We most likely be buying another one in 18 months time for his little brother.

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    4
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    4
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