has been in the business for 20 years now and they have a recipe that works for them. Recently I attended their 2009 bike and soft goods launch up in Whistler BC.Here's a look at the Shonky hard tail and the Bass Slopestyle bikes
:Before the product launch took place the folks at Kona presented Rob McSkimming of Whistler Bike Park with a plaque for 10 years of bike park relations. After that it was time to talk bikes.
The Kona Shonky will retail for $899 here in Canada and is a fully rigid DJ hardtail bike. Last year the Shonky was a frame only offering, but now it's complete and ready to get dirty or hit the skate park.
The Shonky is disk ready, but comes with V-Brakes to keep the cost down. This Cromoly DJ frame is a great building block for up and coming riders or someone looking to fill that void in their bike line up where an affordable street machine could fit in.
The Bass is back and looks way more bad ass than before! Adjustable drop outs, multi or single speed option, Giro Tabs, yep this bike is ready to jump and hit the bike parks hard!Retail pricing set at $2699 CDN
Running a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 up front, with a ROCO Air TST rear shock keep this 4 inch bike damped. White parts are all in the mix for the Bass, from the rims, to the e.13 chain guide, to the WTB Devo saddle and the amazing paint job purple to white fade.
Kona is one of the few bike companies that offers up a complete clothing line too. After a very successful relaunch in 2008, they have upped their game for 2009. The line up includes Hats, Touques, Gloves, T-shirts, Jerseys, Hoodies, Shorts and socks for both casual and riding times. Lots of bold graphics and stand out pieces for everyone to look over for both men and women.
Check back in the next few days for a look at the big bike offerings from Kona for 2009. We'll also be taking a few for a ride and showing you a little video in the next Kona article, so stay tuned.
-Tyler "Brule" Maine