Any new reviews on the Kona 165 2018

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Posted: Dec 4, 2018 at 13:28 Quote
Just buying one this week just looking for any recent reviews on feel and weight and how it peddles up hill

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 at 21:50 Quote
Love my 165. Rode a 2018 153 CR DL most of the season before going to the 165 for reference. The 165 doesn’t share the nimble technical climbing characteristics as the CR DL, but is surprisingly good on the uphills all around. Rides high in its travel when pedaling- perfect bike for big fire road grinds and not a total pig on singletrack ascents by any means. I’m not about to go pedal the 165 on a 25 mile ride with 4K of singletrack climbing, but it wouldn’t be out totally out of the question if the descent was worth it. My 165 has upgraded contact points/cockpit and wheels and alloy weighs in just under 36lbs.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 at 19:59 Quote
If the 165 just has to pedal better than the 167. If it pedals better than the 153, 134, it may be a quiver killer. If it pedals better than the 111, I'd say Bonafide Quiver Killer.

Posted: Dec 9, 2018 at 4:05 Quote
tyoj wrote:
Love my 165. Rode a 2018 153 CR DL most of the season before going to the 165 for reference. The 165 doesn’t share the nimble technical climbing characteristics as the CR DL, but is surprisingly good on the uphills all around. Rides high in its travel when pedaling- perfect bike for big fire road grinds and not a total pig on singletrack ascents by any means. I’m not about to go pedal the 165 on a 25 mile ride with 4K of singletrack climbing, but it wouldn’t be out totally out of the question if the descent was worth it. My 165 has upgraded contact points/cockpit and wheels and alloy weighs in just under 36lbs.

Interesting comparision. I guess you are riding the 165 with the same size then the 153 cr dl.
how does the 153 perform on desecents and mellower singletrails versus the 165 ?

I could demo a 165 in S , which was to small for me , versus a 153 base alu in M which was good on climbs but felt like a tank on mellow trails. I am 5,9 .just for reference and rising an 2015 153 dl in S - which I love.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 at 8:29 Quote
153 is the same geo in both the CR and alloy versions.

I am just over 6'1" and riding the 165 in the same size as my CR/DL, size large, with a difference of 15mm in the TT length between the two.

153 CR/DL is more lively overall on singletrack and mellower trails, but that's primarily due to the air spring and the ultra-stiff carbon frame.

I've also ridden the aluminum base model 153 and will say that the fundamental problem with that bike is the Deluxe vs. the Super Deluxe as the Deluxe lacks mid-stroke support of the piggyback shock.

The 165 is definitely more point and shoot on the descents but the 153 CR/DL is equally as capable and will save you more energy on the climb.

If you are looking to purchase a 153 Aluminum model, spend the extra money for the AL/DL with a piggyback shock or plan to upgrade the standard AL.

Hope this helps!

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 at 11:56 Quote
THX Smile Actually I enjoyed the 165 downhill - but uphill or on mellow ground S was just to small for me.
That was quite suprising as I my 2015 153 has a similar reach..but the Toptube length does really make a difference.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 at 15:32 Quote
Airhaenz- did you get a 165 then? I’ve been kicking around the idea of selling my DH bike to get one, but I do have a 2018 153 AL as you may know. I just want to preserve my trail bike and think I could get away with the 165 at the bike park and have a more lively, playful bike than my V10.4 .....

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 at 3:17 Quote
I find in Australia we just dont have the steep dh stuff that canada or nz has.
The 165 seems to be in that sweet spot of being solid on the downhill runs but still pedals really well.
Im yet to try it out in NZ or canada yet, hopefully will at the ens of 2019.
Its a brilliant freeride style - feels like a really burly and fun bike and yet with the drivetrain it can get uphill quite well.
Tech climbing is not the 165's strength, but then again, it's not intended for that.
The Lyrik fork and Shox rear along with the sram drivetrain work great.
Mine came with 2.5 minions from the store.
Usually with my bikes I get the urge to change components after a few weeks, but so far everything on the bike works great together (except for maybe the sram brakes - I know some people like them, I just prefer Saints).

Ultimately, I thoroughly enjoy my 165, and its hit my 'never going to sell' bike list.

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 at 6:48 Quote
Staktup wrote:
Airhaenz- did you get a 165 then? I’ve been kicking around the idea of selling my DH bike to get one, but I do have a 2018 153 AL as you may know. I just want to preserve my trail bike and think I could get away with the 165 at the bike park and have a more lively, playful bike than my V10.4 .....

No just demod one last spring. Extremly playful and Plow. But in S ( they had only S ) it was really a little bit short pedeling uphill.

I am bulding up a 18 153 CR DL in the next month - Size M - but I keep my Old S 153 for a while just in case the M is to much strech for me.

As I have a Canyon Sender for the real Gnar and the 153 is doing so well in Freeride I really don't know why i should need a 165..

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