2010 Kona Bikes - Spy Photos

Aug 7, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
Kona Bikes Canada recently called upon us to come take a look at their new bike lineup, and allowed us to take some photos. Sorry, no we can't provide you with the top quality shots we got, as this is a sneak peak, but here are some of the bikes, and future changes you can look forward to. Kona has clearly gone for a more simplistic graphic design for 2010, moving away from the multi-colored bikes and started looking more and more at visual aesthetics.

Here's a sneak peak at the 2010 Kona Bikes lineup...For 2010 Kona has focused a ton of time into their art department, and have done a ton of research to see what they think looks good, and what would suit the industry appropriately. For 2010 it looks like big bike manufacturers are looking at more simplistic paint jobs, decal details, and keeping the bikes as "low-key" as they can. Here's a small walk through of what you can look for from Kona for 2010.

For the Downhill scene Kona's Stab Supreme has taken a more "old school" decal look compared to other years. A raw/bronze color coats the frame, which has been clear coated for a deep look to it. The decals are very subtle, and are worked into simple lines, and shapes. They have gone for a white component spec, but not overly coated in white. The wheels, chain guide, rocker links, seat, fork, and grips are white, while the accent is on black for everything else. Very subtle gold hints are on the Stab Supreme, including the cap's covering the pivot points, the Saint mech, and the floating brake attachment. This floating brake system, like the past years, has been refined to work as effectively as possible, eliminating brake jack, and allowing suspension motion under hard braking.

2010 Stab Supreme

2010 Stab Supreme


The next bike we're going to look at is the Stinky Deluxe. We have seen the Stinky goes through a lot of changes in its freeride bike position in the Kona Bikes lineup. This year Kona has taken a more aggressive freeride and all mountain setup to the Stinky Deluxe. Spec'd with a HammerSchmidt FR, strong Avid Code brakes, and Marzocchi suspension the Stinky Deluxe has a good mixture of freeride strength, and all mountain weight components. Mavic Crossline wheels are a little on the lighter duty side of things, but still have the depth and width to support your large 2.0-2.5" tires. Equip with Kona's D.O.P.E. Floating Brake System the Stinky Deluxe is more all mountain, then freeride for 2010. The paint and decal department has hooked the Stinky up with a glossy black frame finish, with subtle white hints, and clean grey decals.

2010 Stinky Deluxe

2010 Stinky Deluxe


The Bass has been a big selling slopestyle bike for Kona for quite some time now. For 2010 they have looked into a more "flashy" design, so Kona stepped into the world of chrome. For 2010 the Bass features a single speed design, with adjustable drop outs, with an emphasis on simplicity. A chrome and white paint job make this bike flashy, but not overly blinging. Little to no graphics keep the overall look clean, while the simple component spec ensures reliability. The Bass did not change to much compared to last year, however, the visual changes make it appear much cleaner, and have smoother lines.

2010 Kona Bass

2010 Kona Bass


A lot of companies are looking more and more into women's specific bikes, a mens bike would just not be fair to them. Kona has stepped into the realm a little further with the creation of the Minxy, the women's specific freeride bike in Konas 2010 bike line up. Air suspension front and back, and shortened cockpit, while still holding onto the freeride geometry we all love. Small grips, a slightly smaller seat, and a slightly lower standover height aid this bike in being more comfortable under women, while not being overly "feminine". Pink bar ends are a nice touch to this bike, while the graphics and overall color scheme has stayed plain so the women don't stand out too much on the trail.

2010 Kona Minxy

2010 Kona Minxy


One of the most controversial changes for 2010, but more realistic changes, were some changes made to the Shonky, Kona's budget dirt jump, and street bike. The Shonky last year was equip with a rigid fork, however, for 2010 Kona has stepped it up and put a suspenion fork on it. This change should not effect the price to greatly, but will help provide a more well rounded bike available for a better price point. Disc brakes front and back ensure good stopping power, and shortened drop outs keep the rear end clean. The component spec has not changed to much, and Kona has carried on the color matched components onto this bike as well, with a green frame, front wheel, and pedals.

2010 Kona Shonky

2010 Kona Shonky


Last but not least is Kona's newest addition to the all mountain and cross country genre of the sport, named the Abra Cadabra. The Abra Cadabra is a light weight, hill killing machine that is going to utilize Kona's Magic Link. Its been designed around being light, responsive, and versatile, so the average rider could take it out and enjoy the rugged uphills, and the fast downhills. Following along with the clean lines and subtle decals, the Abra Cadabra has a clean glossy grey paint job, with small white accents on the frame, fork, and wheels.

2010 Kona Abra Cadabra

2010 Kona Abra Cadabra



All the new Kona bikes look awesome, so stay tuned at Pinkbike.com for more information come the weekend!


143 Comments

  • 38 3
 I hate to be a party pooper but they still look very the same
  • 17 2
 took the words right out of my mouth^^^^
  • 4 5
 how do you know you haven't ridden the 2010 stab yet
  • 4 2
 i had the 2007 stab and took the 2009.still the same ...
  • 3 1
 I don't really care they all look the same,ive just never liked how Kona's look at all,from the graphic's to the frame design.Transition's bikes look similar to each other and they pull it off well.
  • 16 6
 big changes for 2010!

For 2010 Kona has focused a ton of time into their "ART DEPARTMENT!", and have done a ton of research to see what they think "LOOKS GOOD!",(pssst!spoiled goods- you need a synonym finder)

WATCH OUT DAVE WEAGLE! HERE COMES KONA!

roflmao. kona kills me. if it wasn't for resort rentals, and naive grommatrons who look for the easiest bike name to remember when they ask mommy for a new dirt jumper-because all the other 10 year olds are getting them- kona would be out of business.
  • 6 3
 Yeah.Actually Kona and Norco's paint jobs for this year look really good, but i just can't find integrity on companies that put out bikes last year with Teletubies colors creating a war between 15 year old trendwhores and people with good taste or plain comon sense, and then just go back to normality after realizing no one past 20 years of age could possibly buy their bikes. Apart from Brüno obviously.
  • 2 0
 obee1 man that was complete win. I agree absolutely
  • 2 1
 synonym finder? Did you look up "thesaurus" in a Thesaurus?
  • 3 0
 haha. very clever. i have a thesaurus the is entitled "the synonym finder" and its a huge book, and i often use it whenever i attempt to sound wordy(its not handy at the moment-haha again). its a good book. but i get your drift. cheeky. quite.
  • 12 2
 i own a stab and i find it amazing that they are still useing the very average linkage design that they made in 2005. I want to work for kona, seems you get to sit on your ass all day.
  • 7 1
 Kona started the freeride bike while others were still making frail cross country weenie machines. Not only did they start it but they also made the bikes affordable. I used to pedal my 38 lb stinky uphill with all of the cross country guys. I still like kona. They are bulletproof and ride nice.
  • 1 3
 yes but dude, kona have for the last couple of years only changed the paint job on most of there frames and the new coiler systems is not much to go on about, not go bitching on but norco specialized santa cruz and even orange have redifined there DH bikes and freeride bikes to be better but stil the same basic design while kona trying to make a cash but sellin old frames coverd in new paint jobs and putting some more interestin parts of them no kona hate i just wish they be as good as they used to be
  • 7 1
 All of you who keep commenting that Kona needs to "step up" and make a completely new disign need to get a clue. Do you think that Honda completely re-designs their dirt bike line up every year??? No. They make small improvements as they are necessary and their dirt bikes EVOLVE. A large part of the reason that mountain bikes cost so much is because most companies are convinced that they need to re-invent their line up every year to stay on top. The simple fact of the matter is that Kona's rear suspension design is an extremely well proven one and there is absoulutely no need for them to change it.
  • 1 1
 You are very sharp to point out that Honda ref. They make alot of their bikes very much the same year after year because they keep what works and change what doesnt, its as simple as that, they make a good product and nobody complains. These kids bashing Kona do it for fun, Ive not heard one valid argument angainst their product.
  • 11 6
 It looks nicer? Yes, well maybe, but changes ? What changes ???

It's still the same heavy frame(s) with a suspension that won't work well when you brake unless you have a small linkage that creates vibrations.
Still the same teflon fragile and innefective pivots instead of bearings.

Great work kona see you in 2048 for the new colors !
  • 7 2
 Stop to say that kona are always the same thing. They're doing some researchs like for the magik link they took over 7 years to developpe this. Stab's frames are the same basic principe but they changed the geometry last year and the generation before was there for only 2 years...Stinky's frame also changing verry often like 2005 to 2006 brand new geometry and frame after they changed it in 2008 with some littles changes to put the frames stronger and finally last year a totally new geometry frame. If you don't think it's true take a look closer in geometry specifications and look carefully the tubes on the frames they're differents shapes. So stop to say they're doing nothing for their frames took norco for example : 2004 to 2008 it was the same damn frame without geometry modifications except for 2007 and 2008 at the headset but whe know the result of this change in the geometry (massive recall). I don't say that norco are crap and I don't say kona are my favorite brand but I only say they're working every year to make better stuff.
  • 3 0
 7 years to develop the Magic Link? Doesn't sound like they were really putting that much effort into it. And minor geo changes doesn't really count as "development". Okay, sure, they added the MUCH needed DOPE to their bikes, but again, they didn't develop that either. After market floaters were already available for Konas, so Kona just added it as a stock feature.
  • 1 0
 the magik link is sh*t anyway. ride it, justy some rubbish gimmick. little fiddly parts, more problems and more little fiddley parts that will brake.
any the porblem with the norco comment is, that they have changed, 3years the same frame types nowe a new overhaul, kona is at least 3years out of date.
  • 10 3
 The stab supreme and stinky look sick. Im not liking the green shonkey though.
  • 2 0
 cheap forks,a seat from th 90's an plastic pedals on a mtb make the shonky a fail. kona = my first mtb!!
konad,how the flip can you say transition bikes are no more special than kona!!!! konas are coperate owned,mass produced in the far east an havent updated thier frames in years
transition,rider owned an run an desighned,new models updated costantly!! an hand made in the u.s by riders
  • 2 0
 well we all have opinions im not surpised atall you like tranistion over kona,i find transitions slugish and heavy,especialy the bottlerocket for a 5 inch travle bike,the dirtbag is been the same design for 10 years,even stinkys have gone thorugh changes. i would ride my cowan ds any day over a double even though doubles are 100%sick,again thats my preference,and the only transition i like alot are top's they are 1 thousand times better then kona hardtails.
  • 6 2
 well, no big changes at all, but somehow I always liked to ride konas, they are not pretty, light or anything but every time I was riding stinky or something it has really "playable" feeling - maybe the suspesion isn't good for technical dh tracks, but for fooling around - some jumps and freeride stuff it was good for me.
  • 5 1
 there is nothing worng with konas, just a bad image cos lots of people ride them. the fact that as a brand they have more word cup and world champs than other bike companies would say they have a design that worked. if they were bad bikes no one would ride them. if you want a good reliable bike thats nice to ride then konas are a good choice. sure santa cruz and intense are producing cutting edge bikes but you pay for that. frames for the same price of a complete kona bike. and sorry but im sure there is a whole new bike mentioned in the article if not two. stop giving kona crap and go and ride your bikes.
  • 3 1
 i have to agree with u.kona sold sooo many bikes that its natural to brake more..
  • 1 0
 agreed
  • 6 0
 the shonky looks like a hacker with the green front wheel and the black rear wheel
  • 7 4
 I like the new line-up. The Stabs look mint and the Bass looks nice and clean (And Shiny!). The Shonky looks nicer due to the fact that Kona slapped on some disc brakes and a suspension fork. But it's somewhat of a marmite bike; either you love it or you hate it. (Kinda like the 2010 P.3.) I personally love it, though it could do with a new seat. Just my 2 cents
  • 5 2
 I like Kona's bikes. I would agree with their philosophy to keep their reliable designs intact. I wish more companies would do the same, Simple, clean, stout bikes made for the abuse of woods riding, thats why I like companies such as Transition that keepthings simple for the sake of cost and function. But Transitions are "cool" so they dont get any flak, funny how that works - I like alot of the innovations that are going on, and from the component and suspension angle the konas dont lack, they are fitted with the latest and greatest in mountain bike goodies- so what is it people dont like about them?, the simple frame designs I guess right? Why wont Kona thin out their tubing to high hell and add a bunch of suspension arms and bearings and go fast guizmos???........Well I guess because there are plenty of those, but maybe not enough good old fashioned free-ride machines. To each his own.
  • 4 1
 DARKSTAR63 killed the nail on the head. I like Transitions for sure, but it is all about branding. They are simple modified single pivots with nice colours (crappy paint jobs though which is the funny thing) and all the sudden they are the best bikes in the industry while Kona is "old and unrefined". My biggest pet peeve is bike companies changing their frames every three years for no good reason. Take for example the specialized enduro. Not much better an all mtn/light freeride frame can be found, but its three years were up so all the sudden the SL comes out and it is nowhere near as good. But, oh it is lighter (I think the session 88 is pretty light too but I hear they break in a couple minutes)... well at least weight is something that can make the bike itself handle better. I don't think colours really improve speed... except maybe hot pink Wink
  • 4 1
 All this banter about the designs not changing is what's fueling the high cost of bikes. The cost of MTB's is a complete joke and I've ridden every design out there. I love the way Konas ride, that's all that matters. They're cheap too compared to other companies. How can you complain? If the whole industry settled on a few designs that work well, we'd all be buying new bikes for $500. People are paying for looks and negating what they're actually buying the bike for. It's all posturing.
  • 3 0
 its not fueling the high cost of bikes. its that people WILL pay that much for them on top of it costing alot of money to produce them. look at the market and see whats happening before you blame the high cost of bikes on people not liking konas! lol
  • 1 1
 There has to be a balance between cost and development. The problem with the Faux Bar suspension is the ridiculous loss of suspension under braking conditions. Sure, the floater resolves this, but floaters can be a pain to deal with when changing tires (or so I'm told). Also, it's not a very pedalling-efficient suspension either. So if we can get something better, then why not? Giant's Maestro suspension is amazing, and they've been able to keep their final product costs relatively low in comparison to many bikes.
  • 5 2
 kona rocks. keeping it simple and clean. i honestly think their bikes ride as well as anything out there. i have owned spec, iron horse, banshee, kona, rocky mountain, santa cruz and i still think my kona rode as well as anything else i have owned.
  • 2 0
 simple and clean yes but they could redefine and improve on what they've already got, like what every other bike companies seems to do
  • 3 0
 A good rider on a Kona will beat a bad rider on a "(insert ANY bike manufacture here)".
Geometry changes are progressive to match new components .. so a change to a bikes geometry is quite significant.
I don't ride a Kona, but they have their place in the market. A new Kona is probably a nicer bike to own than 95% of most people's bikes out there who are slagging them.
  • 4 1
 Geez guys! Konas are like gay marriage...don't like 'em? Don't get one!! Seems that most of the whingers here don't really know anything about Kona OR their own preferred brands, either. Kona has broken heaps of new ground in their history. 1st Co. to make a production 7'' travel FR bike (the '06 Stinky) and the idea of automatic travel & geometry adjustment in MagicLink was really innovative (even if a few of us here didn't like it). As for other years, why stuff with something that works just for the sake of it?! They still have loads of great riders under their banner, and in the time that Stever above says it didn't "sound like they were really putting that much effort into it" they got 2 World Cups! Two major pivot points avoids many disasters- and the bolts that are threaded into the frame are helicoiled (fitted with a stainless threaded insert). Any bike can crack when pushed to it's limits in a crash (check your warranties nay-sayers), and lighter bikes by Merida, Specialized, Orange and Norco bikes have had much bigger issues with cracking. LOVE the new range. Spend big on boutique of you like, but you'll get no better assurances or performance!
  • 6 0
 "spy shots" usually dont come from a studio that kona paid for.
  • 2 0
 I'm not all that knowledgeable about bikes in general, but I've been riding a '07 Kona Coiler for about a year now and it seems pretty bombproof to me. I've been learning to DH on the bike so it's been down a bunch of times and beat up quite a bit....and she still runs solid. It's been an excellent bike to me.
  • 6 0
 look better
  • 3 2
 I dont see the "big changes for 2010".... the bass is nice although i would've liked to see more originality in the paintjob, kind of like the 2009 one. this one just looks like the had no idea's and just put chrome/black everywhere. also the shonky is really ugly and does not impress me spec wise.
  • 4 0
 On the stab supreme fox 40 would be amazing but the boxxer is great too.All those bikes are nicer every year!
  • 2 0
 i am also liking the boxxer on stab supreme. other bikes didnt change so much. maybe it is for good
  • 6 1
 i love the stab. and bass
  • 4 3
 Hey KONA, are you reading any of these posts?....take a hint. You guys need to step it up with some real improvement with your bikes. They have been the same, dare I say ugly, thing for years. Performance wise, you used to hold your own now you are peddling a dinosaur. Time for change no?
  • 1 1
 dude i've been saying this for a good year now
  • 4 1
 massive stanges... the stinkys and stabs look like the old one... hope they made them stronger for this season
  • 3 1
 Instead of spending all their time in the art department, maybe they should actually try out some new frame designs and use Easton tubing again.
  • 3 1
 i think konas look quite good, but ive never seen the down side of them, probably cause ive never seen one in action, do they just snap too much or something?
  • 3 0
 i like the abra cadabra and all the new colours, graphics etc,about time they changed them.
  • 3 0
 i got to say , i think they will be liked , but theve got a lot of making up to do!
  • 4 0
 the gold dope is boss on the stab
  • 4 2
 Hahaha they changed the title of the article from big changes to spy shot. i gess that they realized that they didn't changed much.
  • 4 0
 a greener shonky would be sick
  • 3 0
 love the 2010 line up best yet,and i like the frame designs simple and effective.
  • 3 0
 i like the new bass, it looks pretty sick. For once its gotta simple design.
  • 3 0
 Looks nice but I don't see any changes other than the graphics.
  • 2 0
 They seem to be putting really light rims on their bikes - crosslines and eq29's on fr/ss bikes!?
  • 4 5
 think the bikes are looking good, wouldnt spend that much on them but no1 can really comment until the have had chance to ride them but people dont realise its not allways about the looks, its about how it rides and that will become obvious in time, they bikes cant be as bad as people think as kona isnt going bankrupt anytime soon are they
  • 5 5
 There were a few that snapped but just because they were so popular, and most of them snapped around the time when there was a craze for just throwing yourself off of big cliffs. I think they look a lot better than before because by the looks of things there are changes in geometry maybe very slight but still these are changes and maybe if the people who hate Kona so much would give the bikes a chance rather than just writing them off as not being any good before they are even available to buy or even ride. These people are always the same and will probably never change.
  • 2 0
 I believe they're pretty good value for money, but they have the worst names in the known universe.
  • 3 1
 Stab Supreme looks great, but there is no visible changens in the 2010 bike models.
  • 3 1
 I really like the Stab Supreme, the Minxy and the Abra Cadabra.. don't see a stick of change though.
  • 4 1
 the new shonky and the bass look dope
  • 3 0
 plus sa change plus c'est pareil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 What happend with the 888? I think no 2010 bike brings them!! And the mzochis 888 seem to be lighter in 2010
  • 3 2
 Thanks for deliting my comment. By the way I ride a Kona and like them.. I just want to see all these broken Konas i keep hearing about.
  • 1 2
 I have to agree to everyone else about Kona's designs. Come on, this is like when Ford used the same platform for the Mustang from the med 70's to the mid 90's. When are they going to look around and realize that other bike makers are not really charging more but actually developing their product? I also have to agree about Marzocchi dropping the cheezy stickers and going back old school.
  • 1 2
 The reason why kona's snap is because unlike most bikes they have alot of pivot points held together by allen key bolts that thread into the frame, the frames snap ( usually the chainstay) because people let the bolts come loose the only way to avoid this is to put a longer bolt through the frame with a nut on the end , saying that ive had a 2008 stinky and 2009 bass and theyve been great especially the bass !
  • 4 1
 they look beautiful
  • 3 1
 WOW the Stab Supreme is the best looking kona iv ever seen
  • 2 0
 the bass looks nice for some dirt jump
  • 3 1
 the 2010 Stinky Deluxe makes me droll
  • 2 0
 that's bizarre, pretty sure I just got 6 cases of 'deja vu' in a row!
  • 2 0
 sweet kona is putting boxers on the stab supreme
  • 1 1
 Does anyone else think the cranks on the Shonky weren't installed properly? And that seat is way too far forward (not to mention ugly).
  • 1 0
 the stab supreme is lookin pretty good but the rest i could have guessed the design
  • 1 0
 IIIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE KONA
  • 4 3
 the bike are improving in spec and graphics good job
  • 3 0
 The bikes aren't improving, the components are. That has very little to do with Kona.
  • 1 1
 i agree the spec is improving e.g.p forks
  • 2 1
 the stab and stinky looks so much nicer than the other models
  • 5 5
 i love the stab... if anyone says thats its shit they have something wrong with them.... very nice guys
  • 4 3
 I dont have shit wrong with me, they are gross. They feel like tanks and arent agile at all. You just pack into rocks as opposed to going around them cause they arent flickable. The diesign hasnt changed in like 4 years whats the point of getting a new one besides the boxxer and new paint?
  • 3 3
 kona will always be kona!bikes look nice,tech is good.stinky will be mine,i'll sell my soul to the devil for him.
  • 4 3
 The Stab Supreme i lookin' good!
  • 4 3
 new stab supreme is stunning
  • 2 0
 i want that bass!
  • 3 2
 holy crap!!! these 2010 bikes are so sick!
  • 2 1
 same every year, but the shony got a much needed suspension fork
  • 1 1
 Most Look Same As Last year but i like the look of the stab supreme and the shonky
  • 2 0
 Im liking the Shonky
  • 1 0
 its good to see kona is going with some new designs this year lol
  • 1 0
 why crossmax wheels on a freeride bike? i don't understand
  • 12 14
 Kona is keeping it simple which I think is awesome. They continue to produce a great bike with great specs. And the bass looks great.
  • 1 1
 lovin the stinky but the others look crap go back to the old design please
  • 1 1
 too much white, although the stab looks pretty good
  • 3 3
 so sick
  • 6 7
 Omg the 2010 Stab Supreme looks so nice!!!
  • 4 2
 i think it looks horrible
  • 2 0
 if it had gold on you would think differently.lol
  • 2 3
 i just jizzed all over my new shirt
  • 4 6
 New design for Stinky Deluxe is goood Smile
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