Video: A Ride With Kona Product Manager Ian Schmitt in Bellingham

Jan 27, 2020
by Kona Bikes  
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Ian Schmitt is a product manager at Kona, where he's the driving force behind some of our most successful bikes, a father to a cat named Cheddar, and a shredder on the bike. Get to know Ian in the latest edition of My Kona.

Ian Schmitt on Blanchard
Ian getting zesty on some Blanchard moss.
Ian Schmitt on Blanchard
British Army on Blanchard Mountain in Bellingham was made for the Honzo.


Ian Schmitt on Blanchard
beer?

Ian Schmitt on Blanchard
Punchy climbs and wide open fast descents, anyone?
Ian Schmitt on Blanchard
Ian in the PNW green room.

Ian My Kona
Bellingham's Galbraith Mountain is the perfect testing ground for Ian, here he pilots an early prototype of the Process 134 through a solid set of doubles.


Ian My Kona
Occasionally Ian's job him takes to countries like New Zealand to ride with the press and Kona team riders. Alexandra, NZ.


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39 Comments

  • 26 1
 R.I.P. Neil Peart
  • 4 0
 Sad indeed...big loss there. Ironically, Working Man the only big Rush song that predates Peart joining the band
  • 13 0
 Cool. I decided last Friday I was only gonna ride my hardtail for the next month, that's now been changed to 2 months. Thanks for the motivational video.
  • 3 0
 I was forced into it after buying the wrong parts for a repair on my full sus and I couldn't be happier shredding the hardtail.
  • 11 0
 "We are posting this on pinkbike, better make use of the second water bottle mount."
  • 11 0
 Dry trails & sunshine

how I miss you
  • 13 0
 yeah i can't wait tor this years two weeks of summer. going to be awesome!
  • 3 0
 @AidanWilson: 2 weeks? You must live down south.
  • 8 0
 Got to respect a product manager that knows the importance of water bottle cages.
  • 4 0
 If you like your friends authentic, unpolished, and solid to the core, then you'd be honored to number Ian among them. He is a lot like Kona in that respect. Love that dude, except, of course, when he is smoking me on a hardtail! Great capture.
  • 7 4
 "Video: A Ride With Kona's Lead Product Manager Ian Schmitt in Bellingham"
hm I didn't know that Kona was still making their bikes with lead
  • 9 0
 pretty sure they're unleaded nowadays
  • 1 0
 A shocking revelation here on Pb.
  • 1 0
 @mattsnz: Was that a pun?
  • 1 0
 @bb023: an attempt at one?
  • 5 0
 He fathered a cat? Not sure how to feel about this...
  • 4 1
 Same. I think he Should have had a dog instead.
  • 4 0
 Can we get a build spec on his Honzo??
  • 3 1
 Reserve, the working man's rim
  • 3 0
 I can attest to getting dropped by Ian on Galby. Dude is fakin saweeet. MW represent!
  • 4 0
 Legend
  • 2 0
 Occasionally you get to go to New Zealand... I got to live in NZ, I’m so stoked!
  • 4 1
 This man is doing a great job!
  • 2 0
 Nice! I just put a Honzo together. My first hard tail EVER after riding for twenty years. I'm already so stoked on it!
  • 2 0
 Yeah Ian! Great stuff. Thanks for using such a classic banger tune as well! Very poignant this month with sad Rush news.
  • 3 0
 British Army... made for the Honzo... hahahahaaa! omgoodness...hahahaha!
  • 3 0
 What’s so funny about that statement?
  • 2 0
 Nice work Ian . Great edit , hard tails are bumpy .
  • 1 0
 Best bike in the world. Would love to know what rear rim/tire/flat protection/pressure he uses...
  • 1 0
 in love with any man that rocks a humble ford ranger! ( speaking to you raptor ownersWink )
  • 1 0
 Damn he can send it!
Is his saddle partly up? I dunno how people can ride without their saddle slammed down.. LoL ...
  • 2 0
 ????????
  • 2 0
 I’M SCHMITT!
  • 2 0
 Ian is a beauty!
  • 1 0
 Rad article!!! Keep Killin it bud!
  • 1 0
 HONZO TILL DEATH!!! nice vid ian!!!!
  • 1 0
 Working hard, Hardly working Smile Looks like a Rush!
  • 1 0
 Braaaaaappp shredding

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