Kona Roast 2002 Hardtail

User Reviews (19)

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Skelliot   [May 19, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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!

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Norco Rider   Downhiller [Mar 12, 2002]
Strength:

Sure, this bike has a decent frame, a bashgaurd, and a nice paintjob.

Weakness:

Take a look at the fork on this bike - it's an EXR. That's the only Marzocchi that is built in Taiwan. This fork is an absolute piece of crap, and I cannot believe that Kona actually put this fork on a 1600 dollar hardtail. To put it in perspective, this fork is worse than the z.5 that was on the STUFF last year.

I urge anyone even considering buying this bike to take a second look at the value. You are getting a fork intended for light XC riding on a bike intended for "out of bounds" riding. If you think you are going to even try jumping, urban, or anything even resembling the Shore, disregard this bike. Look at a Norco Sasquatch - better parts (Z.1 Wedge), comes in good sizes for DJ (13" and 14"), and $500 less than the roast. Don't give in to a brand name and buy a Kona.

Similar Products Used: 2000 Kona Roast, 2001 Norco 125cc, 2002 Norco 4Hun (my bike), 2001 Kona Stinky Primo, 2002 Norco Sasquatch
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Daryl Mmmmm   Weekend Warrior [Nov 25, 2001]
Strength:

Tough, great looking bike.
Geometry: Great angles with a 4"-5" fork. Top tube length on the 15" frame is long enough that I don't feel cramped in the cockpit (I'm 5'10"), and the standover clearance is great enough to make this bike great for trials and dirtjumping.

Weakness:

Some of the stock components got to go: The seatpost is a single bolt type, I broke 2 bolts in one ride, and 3 in a week. Switch it for a two-bolt micro-adjust post. The Tioga tires were very dissapointing. I got pinch flats running 40psi! I tossed the Tiogas with the paper thin sidewalls and opted for FiberCeramic Rokko 2.4 DH. I would have liked to get the Tioga 'FATT 66' 2.3 DH tires, but the Rokkos were half the price.

Good looking bike. Tough construction. Super fun to ride.
This bike is super fun to dirtjump on. It is easy to move around and do trialsy urban assault type riding. I can't wait to get over to Vancouver and ride this bike on the 'Shore'.

Similar Products Used: This is my first 'out of bounds' or freeride hardtail, I like it a lot.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
John Joseph Morrissey III   Racer [Jan 15, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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!!!!!!!!!

Similar Products Used: An Azonic and a Specialized P2
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Jeff   Weekend Warrior [Sep 18, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Haven't found one yet

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!

Similar Products Used: 98' Specialized Rockhopper comp
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
David   [Aug 08, 2002]
Strength:

-strong frame
-kool looks
-basically everything

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: 02 Kona Stuff, Norco Sasquach
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
joe bob homes   Downhiller [Oct 15, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

the tires ware down very fast and they pop easy

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

Similar Products Used: velo sport
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
james harvey   Weekend Warrior [Mar 04, 2003]
Strength:

good frame, good componentary, best paint work

Weakness:

forks

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

Similar Products Used: trek bruiser 2
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Marcio   [Apr 18, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: stuff, 5hun
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Eddie Gonzalez   Downhiller [Aug 07, 2002]
Strength:

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!!

Weakness:

no weakensses i can think of in the frame..

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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