Kona Taps into the Unique Freedom of Riding - Video

Mar 29, 2018
by Kona Bikes  
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The road to Satori is said to be the road to enlightenment. It's all about finding that perfect balance of harmony and rhythm in life. At Kona, we think it's all about finding both things on two wheels. Perhaps enlightenment is tapping into your flow state on the bike. It's that place of pure enjoyment and complete mental immersion where climbing is actually fun and descending is nothing short euphoric. We put this feeling in motion with Jake Hood riding the all-new 2019 Satori. We chose this name for a reason. We chose it because we believe in the unique freedom that a bicycle provides and we think the Satori is the perfect vehicle to help you achieve that goal.

Jake Hood doing a Manual on Queenstown Hill

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bigquotesThe Satori kind of blew me away. It showed up and I said, ‘Here we go again. Just another run of the mill trail bike. One that will probably be sweet on the mellow trails but will be out its depth when things get nasty.’ I'm currently still eating my words. How wrong I was. I knew it was going to climb like a mountain goat - and it really does due to the steep seat angle and good pedaling platform- but point this bike downhill and you will have a sore face from smiling that much. Popping off any bump in your sight, blowing up turns, dancing the bike across the nastiest root sections you can find, or scrubbing blindly into some rock garden, it does it all in stride. Nothing really seems to phase it.Jake Hood, Bike Ninja as seen in The Road to Satori

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bigquotesThe Satori is probably the most well-rounded and versatile bike in the Kona lineup. It strikes this unique balance between up, down and across and that’s what makes it so unique; a bike that is simply good at mountain biking. In a world of “longer/slacker/faster/harder” the Satori stands out as a versatile and easy to ride bike that has impressive value and great demeanor on the trail.Ian Schmitt, Kona Product Manager

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bigquotesThe Satori does a great job of finding the middle ground between pedaling and descending. It's one of our best-balanced bikes in the lineup for 2019.Mark Allison, Product Manager

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About Kona:
At Kona, we're all about the freedom and empowerment of the bicycle. We have been since 1988. We still have the same founding owners. We're still populated by a staff of keen, active, impassioned cyclists. We're not big, nor are we that small. Just a dedicated group of cyclists making bicycles for people who love bikes - no matter if that love is new or long established.

MENTIONS: @konaworld / @JakeHood / @SkylineMTB


76 Comments

  • + 78
 Why all this traditional pedal bike garbage on an Ebike site?
  • + 7
 OK, that's funny!
  • + 62
 Just so you know before you go and comment. I'm not endorsed by kona to say that about the Satori. It was genuinely what I thought of the Satori. It's a great bike. I'm not sponsored by kona, I don't get "free shit bro". I work on a shop and I can chose to ride any bike I want. I ride kona's because the make great bikes. The Satori is just a great mountain bike.
  • + 6
 And you have been on them for years now. And you can out ride every PB commenter.
  • + 12
 @Mandell: I can eat more than every PB commenter.
  • + 2
 @IamTheDogEzra: I'll take that bet!
  • + 2
 @justincs: Are you sure? I don't know if you could eat your way out of a 50lb bag of 'Ol Roy.
  • + 1
 @IamTheDogEzra: I'm sure you can but you sure as hell ain't going to be driving yourself to the vet to get pumped in the aftermath. Your move.
  • + 15
 2019? It's like Kona met with some other bike companies who were late in coming out with their 2018 bikes and just said... f*ck it! Let's go to 2019!

This is a 2018 bike... and forever shall be known as one.
  • + 3
 Yeah Kona does this...
  • + 12
 Kona, why did you stopped using the metalic kona logos in the head tubes?
Cost reduction I guess, but the new sticker logo is soooo cheap....
The old ones gave a premium feel to ghe bike, just saying...
  • - 1
 Dude who cares.
  • + 14
 @dglass: obviously not you
  • - 3
 @gapos999: Indeed. paint>big metal badges
because shave grams dude.
  • + 0
 I disagree, I think the new headtube logo looks way better. The old metal one looked tacky and super early 2000s
  • + 2
 The metal one fell off my 2015 Process, so I replaced it with a sticker.
  • + 9
 Most surprising thing is that he didn't lose his Fabric bottle during that edit...
  • + 8
 68 degree head angle! Take that internet geometry trolls!
  • + 2
 I don't care what any reviewer says ever, any bike with that steep of a head angle is not good for steep trails. But a bike with a 65 ha climbs just as well as a bike with 68 if all you are climbing anything not too technical. Sincerely, Internet geometry troll.
  • + 1
 AdamRidesHisBikeInOntario Checks out
  • - 2
 @mollow: Adam has 13 weeks a year of holiday. Still got a pretty good tan from Arizona.

@flowcheckers: Not good for steep trails if you suck at riding.

And they say don't feed the trolls!
  • + 1
 Cough *smuggler* cough cough
  • + 9
 REVIEW PLEASE!!!
  • + 2
 Look at this article from NSMB and it looks like they may have one soon! - nsmb.com/articles/pearl-izumi-x-alp-launch-flat-pedal-shoes/?c=30453#comments
  • + 1
 @ianwish: also pictured in the latest shoe review. I like nsmb
  • + 7
 In case anybody else was curious about the music, I shazam'd it. The song is Up The Hills by the Current Swell.
  • + 2
 I like the trend I am seeing of mid travel trail bikes. I think realistically that is what most of us should be riding. Let's face it, the majority of us non sponsored riders do not have access to downhill parks or shuttles, so it makes far more sense to have a bike that you can peddle up as well as rip the downs. Just my opinion.
  • + 8
 Only sponsored riders have access to downhill parks or shuttles?
  • + 1
 @alexsin: no, if you live right next to a downhill park or easily shuttled area then that is great, and a downhill bike may be perfect for you. sponsored is not the right word I guess. I guess I just meant that a lot of people who's lives dont revolve around mountain biking may not live right next to a DH area. (if you do, then you are lucky)
  • + 2
 I wonder what's the warranty period for the rear triangle? How long is a flexing seatstay/chainstay made of alu and ridden 10hrs/week supposed to last? It's one of the few applications where I'd rather have carbon, and I generally prefer metal for mtb's.
  • + 1
 Yeah, alu has a limited fatigue life point blank... deliberately flexing it apart at a weld like that is asking for trouble.
Source: used to run a structural test lab for welded tubular structures.
  • + 1
 The marketing of bikes like this mystify me. ok hes at a downhill part ripping it up, so why on earth would I buy a process?

I happen to own the 2012 satori - made a mistake and bought wrong size, now looking to buy something different. From riding the old satori - i learned 2 things: i want more travel than 130/140 cuz i like rough stuff, and i want longer wheelbase because far too often i am finding myself at risk of going over the bars on decent. I like to trail ride too.

Bike shops are still trying to clear out their old 2016 Precepts, which are very VERY similar in geo to the new satori when you take 27.5 vs 29 er into consideration. that bike did not sell well, so why will this one?

I'm an intermediate rider, no I dont need a process 153, its beyond my abilities at this point, but why buy a bike that might limit your ability as you get better? Not saying bikes like this are not welcome, but it seems to cause more confusion than answers for potential buyers.
  • + 1
 On the second video the guy clearly states it takes a press fit 92 b.b.. It's not like I care but I don't understand why an aluminum frame would be specd with one??
I don't mind not having pivots in the rear swingarm, but I do mind having flex "engineered" (weaker thinner material) in the seat stays!
  • + 1
 Looks liks such an "ordinary" bike, almost like one of those off the shelf Taiwanese designs. Not nearly as innovative as the previous generation by kona, abd i think they dont realize their mistake.
After year of mediocre bikes, such as the coiler (2nd gen),dawgs and what not- they came swinging with the process line which singlehandedly brought them back on the trail/enduro map. I rode the new hei hei- its great! But, its nowhere as unique as the feeling the of the process lineup, and has far more direct competition because of that. The satori release, by looks only, is an anticlimactic successor of the once mighty processes.
  • + 1
 Great video. It looks like Jake is pedaling up the access road, but his gondola pass is clearly visible on his wrist later in the video! I bet they just rode to the bottom of the climb and turned around, and got that last shot in the camping ground on the way back to the gondola. Still a really good video though, Fernhill Loop is under rated.
  • + 4
 I wonder how much the flex stays have to flex throughout the travel?
  • + 2
 Conditions don't get much better than that! Looks like a sick bike, good job Kona!
  • + 2
 There's some seriously hot troll-on-troll action today.
  • + 1
 Can anyone explain what getting rid of the pivot above the rear axel will do for ride/braking characteristics?
  • + 5
 Nothing except making the rear end less supple. That’s why you see flex stays on XC bikes and not enduro/dh bikes
  • + 1
 @gnar-shredderz: kinda what I thought, but didn’t know if maybe I was missing something. Thx
  • + 1
 This could be my next new bike. Looks like a worthy replacement for the 111.
  • + 1
 It has my interest as well, I dont know if its a replacement for the 111 but maybe something to bridge the gap between Hei Hei and 111. It has really grown on me since it was first introduced. The pricing is a bit on the steep end imo.
  • + 2
 @browntown40: I would be keen if they did "frame only" and strip my HT for the rest of the build. I think it looks like a great bike.
  • + 2
 Kokna knows what they are doing. I think this bike looks perfect for all-around use, like the 111.
  • + 5
 Perhaps the Smuggler would be an even more worthy replacement for your 111.
  • + 3
 @WasatchEnduro: I love my 111. I tried the Smuggler at the time I bought it, and loved that, too. I thought those two bikes were remarkably similar - the 111 had slightly lower standover (so a bit more wiggle room to lean the bike over - always a good thing with a 29er) and felt a wee bit more supple going down stuff; the Smuggler felt more efficient going up. I was about to feel really conflicted about which one to get, but the Smuggler was backordered for a few weeks in my size, and I needed to replace a bike that had been stolen and didn't want to wait. Fast forward a few years, and I'm still pretty happy with my 111. A bit more travel seems like a good idea (I run my Pike at 140 rather than the then-stock 120). But one thing I appreciate about the 111 is that it's pretty damn bullet proof, as I'm on the bigger side - the idea of a flex stay in a bike with 130mm rear suspension seems less than confidence inspiring. The 29er Process 153 seems like a little too much bike for me. Then again, my 111 is still doing the job for me, and I'm frankly not really itching all that much to replace it yet.
  • + 1
 @g-42: I feel exactly the same about my 2015 111. I recently dropped my fork from 140mm to 130mm and installed a 1.5* works angleset. The angleset and 10mm fork drop brings the bottom bracket back down making the bike handle better than the 140mm setup. The front end is super confidence inspiring with a 66* head tube angle and makes the bike really aggressive in the steeps.
  • + 1
 @Bryce72589: this is what I would do with a Satori. I've got a 66HA on my HT and its great. The SA would be insanely steep tho but you could always push the seat back on the rails to offset.
  • + 1
 What a great tune and video,congratulations Kona ,and the bike looks simple in a good way
  • + 1
 That was the edit of the year so far for me, loved everything about it! Great work
  • + 1
 Four videos, all featuring Queenstown within the span of a week— sweet as! See ya next year... Yeooow!
  • + 1
 I feel like this is Kona's version of Evil's The Following.
  • + 1
 Transition scout without the axle flex?
  • + 1
 Sick edit bro you are looking as stylish as ever . Nice work Jake !!!!
  • + 1
 that guy must practice alot
  • + 2
 What's a "Kona Tap"?
  • + 2
 @theraven I think it should read “kona: tap into the unique freedom of riding”
  • + 3
 It means beer! Dilly dilly.
  • + 1
 @jjalessi: Yup. The important of punctuation. I see two possibilities...they missed a colon like you suggest, or they omitted a plural and it should be - "Kona taps into the unique freedom of riding".
  • + 2
 @TheRaven: if you read it like a caveman would, it’s pretty entertaining ;-)
  • + 1
 Hey whaddaya know, they fixed it!! Thanks!!
  • + 1
 @TheRaven: see! Nitpicking really does work!
  • + 1
 If only there were a name for freedom of riding.
  • + 1
 Eh , looks sick and good vid also. Bottom line.
  • + 0
 But, but, all the marketing right now says that I need a 160mm Enduro bike to ride those trails.
  • + 2
 You do, that’s what I hear
  • + 2
 I can’t ride those trails half as well on my 160mm Enduro bike.
  • + 1
 The Satori would slay on my local trail network! Nice job @konaworld !!
  • - 1
 I appreciate what kona made here, but goddamn, it's the ugliest bike Kona has made in at least the last 10 years.
  • - 1
 No doubt! Huge swooping front triangle , puny rear triangle. Ugmo!
  • + 3
 I was with you at first. However, its grown on me quite a bit.
  • + 1
 Totally! Tics every box but looks.
  • + 1
 Were is the f-ing spec?
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