2010 Kona Bass - Exclusive first look.

Aug 8, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
2010 Kona Bass

2010 Kona Bass



Changes:
New Drop outs - Adjustable, no mech hanger
Built in chain tension adjuster
Single speed

Component Changes:
Single speed
Will be spec'd with a half link chain
Custom topcap to allow cable through steer tube

Visual Changes:
Chrome finish
Color matched components

2010 Bass, 23 inch top tube
Bass20092010Change
Head tube Angle70 deg70 deg0 change
Seat tube Angle74 deg74 deg0 change
Chainstay Length16.7 in16.7 in0 change
Wheelbase43.3 in43.1 in- 0.2 in
Standover30.8 in30.8 in0 change
Bottom Bracket Height13.2 in13.2 in0 change

Price
$2499
$2299
Rear Shock
Marzocchi Roco Air TST w/Piggyback
Marzocchi Roco Air TST R w/Piggyback
Fork
Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 100mm
Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 100mm w/20mm Dropouts
Headset
TH w/Big Nut
TH w/Top Nut
Cassette
Shimano Deore (11-32, 9spd)
N/A
Crankarms
RaceFace Evolve DH
FSA Gap
Chainguide
E.Thirteen STS
E13 SPC
Bottom Bracket
RaceFace X-Type
FSA MegaExo
Pedals
Kona Wah-Wah
Kona Wah-Wah
Chain
Shimano Deore
Yaban MK918N
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT Shadow
N/A
Front Derailleur
N/A
N/A
Shifter Pods
Shimano Deore (rh only)
N/A
Handlebar
RaceFace Evolve DH Riser
Kona Cowan Signature (25.4mm, 63mm Rise, 710mm Wide)
Stem
RaceFace Evolve DH
Kona Clump (0° x 60mm)
Grips
Cowan Lock-On Signature
Kona Cowan Lock-On
Brakes
Shimano M575 Hydraulic Disc
Shimano M575 Disc 6"
Wheelset
N/A
N/A
Hubs
Front: - Formula DH. Rear: - Shimano M525 Disc
Formula Disc
Spokes
Sandvik Stainless 14g
Sandvik Stainless 14g
Rim
Sun EQ 2.9SL
Sun EQ 2.9SL
Tires
Maxxis Minion DH 26x2.35
Kenda Nevegal 26x2.35
Seat
WTB Devo HP Comp
WTB Devo HP Comp
Seatpost
RaceFace Evolve DH
Kona XC/BC



Decal Detail

Decal Detail


Down tube decal

Down tube decal


Cockpit

Cockpit


Single Speed

Single Speed


Rear triangle

Rear triangle


Pedals and bearing

Pedals and bearing


Custom Saddle

Custom Saddle




61 Comments

  • 24 2
 I would buy this bike. first the geo is sweet. second the bike looks amazing and third its smart. Kona is putting things on their bikes that people want, like the adjustable chain tensioner. overall. i like
  • 4 1
 very nice improvements here. looks sick
  • 3 0
 coming stock with the single speed is ideal, especially if you ride it on a lot of DJs, rear derailers blow out left and right. nice price too.
  • 2 0
 would this be an ideal bike for riding whistler, trails like aline dirt merchant and Freight train?, im wanting to save for a cheaper bike for places like whistler and this looks like a good bike, im not bothered by single speed as that is what i have always ridden, and my legs are used to it
  • 2 1
 my friend bought one of these and despised the geometry. i thought he was just being picky, but my other friend and i rode it and agreed that it felt really unbalanced in the air. sweet looking bike with a good price though. (i would like to see it with a bent toptube for more standover, imo).
  • 2 10
flag joaopini (Aug 9, 2009 at 2:14) (Below Threshold)
 the frame is good, the rest is shit....xD
  • 1 0
 yea it would be interesting in future models too see kona do something like the norco 4x and make a slight bend in the toptube,i spose that could be something to change the model when evryone gets on kona's case for not doing enough changes
  • 2 0
 actully joaopini i dissagree if i had the cash for that bike i would ride it, plus its better then any of the bikes in ur photos
  • 1 1
 i dont have my bike in my fotos, i ride a blkmrkt with 11,8kg, not a full, but almost everything is heavy in this kona....It would be a lot better to buy a frame (this or another good full) and build a reall bike with light things. I was just saying that I wouldnt buy this bike, because if so Id need to change almost everything to be satisfied with it...
  • 1 0
 they knocked it out of the park it would be nice if they made it so it would hold gear but stopya bitchen single speed all the wayy!!
  • 1 0
 It's been almost four years since this bike was released. How the f*ck did you even find this?
  • 1 0
 uhhhh..... the Internet
  • 3 0
 Guys its meant to be a slopestyle/jump bike... thusly single speed is better.
Dont complain cause a SS/ jump bike doesnt have gears, if you want a bike with gears you wouldnt want this anyway.
  • 1 0
 Actually I had gears on my Cowan DS and it was a very fun trailbike.
  • 1 0
 i run mine geared and single speed, takes me like 25 mins to change it over. no drama. two bikes in one. i love it. awesome trail bike, super fast aand real whippy. then awesome on the djs. what more could we ask for.
  • 6 3
 Big mistake not having the capability to run gears, my friend wanted to buy the kona bass for his all round bike he cant do that without gears.
  • 3 1
 Agreed. Hopefully BETD will step up to the plate again and make an after-market hanger.
  • 2 0
 I believe you can still get Cowan DS/Bass derailleur hanger dropouts.
  • 1 3
 well even so they still put an ss hub on... why not a regular hub with ss kit?? be better is someone wants to get gears
  • 6 2
 who needs gears? wussy legs
  • 1 2
 dude i think but im not sure it is very easy to put gears on...
  • 2 0
 cr33py, in order to put gears on this bike, you'd have to get a drive side dropout with a derailleur hanger, and then swap out the rear hub for a cassette-style one. Not that easy if you ask me.
  • 1 0
 well if u had all the stuff it would take like 1 or 2h? cuz my friend Built his bike from scrach and i watch him do most of it.. like it cant be that bad or can it?
  • 1 0
 Well you have to consider that you'd also have to install a cassette, derailleur, shifter, cable and housing, chainguide (including taking off the bb), as well as a new chain, the labor required becomes a little bit more intensive.
  • 1 0
 ya its hard i gess but doable
  • 1 0
 you get an extra set of drop out pads with derailleur hanger if you buy the bike frame only, so that really doesn't matter... don't know about if u buy it ready though...
  • 1 0
 its awesome, no doubt. but.........the colour scheme is exactly the same as my banshee scream that i spent ages bulding and getting the colours right. and now theres a factory bike that, from a distance, looks identical to mine, witch sucks. still, its a nice bike, but the 08 had way nicer parts.
  • 2 2
 old spec is better (Fox 5.0 Air -> Marzocchi Roco Air TST R , Race Face -> FSA & Kona, Hayes Stroke Trail ->Shimano M575, $2299 in 2008 - > $2799 in 2010 ) PS: Sun EQ 2.9SL is to cheap rim for that bike (Mavic 721 or MTX is better) PS2: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3742690/ - should look like my Bass
  • 4 0
 ya its sick but it needs rock shox..
  • 1 0
 I'm happy with this bike a great cross-over for hardtail riders like myself. I wasgonna et the NORCO empire 5. But this is more suited to my styles of riding, simple & sweet good job KONA!!!
  • 6 3
 That's one gnarly bike, I would be a happy chappy if I had that.
  • 4 2
 that looks like a nice stong and very cleanly built bike i would definently buy it
  • 5 5
 "Will be spec'ed with a halflink chain - Yaban 918"

Why the hell does this bike need a halflink?

To be honest, it really does seem that the older model was better equipped.
  • 2 0
 hmm, is th older model, better equiped, and still suck really bad... If it ws my bike I would change almost every component, then sell the frame and get something better.......haha
  • 4 1
 not to shabby how much does it weigh?
  • 1 0
 this is the only new kona that stands a chance of being awesome! great decals, great chrome! great design for great style of riding that is greatly accessible for everyone.
  • 2 0
 if only all konas were as spot on as this...
  • 1 0
 Agreed this one looks very nice and dousnt have a big fat seat like many of the others. Very sleek
  • 1 0
 Crazy steep head angle. I figure my old Cowan ds had similar geo and it wasn't for me.
  • 2 0
 does any body know the weight?
  • 1 0
 Sorry for the stupid question, but can someone explain how the built in chain tension adjuster works?
  • 4 3
 wow it looks so much beter than the 09 model!
  • 1 0
 The only Kona bike I would consider buying. Razz
  • 1 0
 that with different tires and an atomlab gyro would be sick
  • 1 0
 1 major thing its too expenciveeeeee Frown
  • 1 0
 but im goin 2 get 1 hahaaa cant waitt Smile
  • 1 0
 you'll like it, I got one of these and DAMN!!!! it rides like heaven!!
  • 2 2
 How much is it for just the frame?
  • 2 1
 I don't believe it is available as a frame only.
  • 1 1
 i think you can buy a Cowan DS frame on the website which is essentially the same thing.
  • 1 0
 The Cowan DS hasn't been made as a frame only since 2008.
  • 1 0
 Oh my bad lol shows how long its been since ive been on the website
  • 1 1
 this with the chrome halo sas would be every chavs wet dream
  • 1 0
 sickest kona bike ever!
  • 1 1
 that doesnt means a lot, kona jsut makes shit... haha
  • 2 2
 I would buy it except for the single speed part.
  • 1 0
 I loooove the seat!
  • 2 2
 holy fuckk! ILOVE'it!!
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