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