Video: Old-School Shredding on a 2000s Kona Stab with Connor Fearon

Aug 26, 2020
by Ryan Finlay  
Views: 16,589    Faves: 62    Comments: 3


After seeing how stoked everyone was on the weekend watching Connor ride the old Kona Stab Deluxe we thought we would give the people a little more....so here is quick little shredit with Connor Fearon throwing it back to the 2000s and the New World Disorder days.


114 Comments

  • 242 6
 Obviously a fake video. I mean if reading pink bike comments has taught me anything it's that riding like that can't be done unless you have 28.25" wheels, a reach approaching 600mm and a head angle slacker than your mum.
  • 7 6
 Comment of the year!
  • 4 0
 Photoshop'd.
  • 18 1
 That head angle doesnt even start with the number 5, wtf? Unrideable
  • 10 28
flag loris-brthlt (Aug 27, 2020 at 4:38) (Below Threshold)
 Not really steep/rough trail, might be real... But definitly he can't ride Le Pleney with that minibike, impossible
  • 19 2
 Head tube stayed on for over a minute, fake.
  • 5 0
 don't forget the electric motor...
  • 15 1
 @loris-brthlt:

He'd probably get down Le Pleney on a BMX faster than most of us on a DH bike.
  • 8 2
 @loris-brthlt: so riders weren't racing tough WC tracks back in 2005 on these bikes, didn't know that
  • 8 5
 @jlawie: & @Ds1234

Have you ever heard about humour ? You know that thing which is for fun and mustn't be taken too seriously ?
  • 2 0
 @bigtim winning at PB comments
@loris-brthlt a very close second
  • 4 2
 @loris-brthlt: yes i have thats why i was confused about the comment made
  • 2 1
 @pbuser2299: i thought that was later on with these frames. all the ones i saw snapped had newer graphics
  • 1 0
 head angle: 69 degrees
  • 1 0
 I don't get it.
  • 126 2
 There should be a category on the DH calendar where racers ride only classic downhill bikes! Like the historic category in motorsport.
  • 9 1
 So much yes to this
  • 12 0
 how about a B-group where people only ride stock bikes, in price categories like under $1k, under $2k etc?
  • 1 0
 I was thinking like a retro race maybe at one of the old venues like champery. Even if they just brought one of the old venues back that would be so cool.
  • 11 1
 @browner: If you're going to have a Group B in DH it should really involve highly experimental, stupid fast, and likely dangerous bikes rather than low end gear!
  • 8 1
 @danprisk: low end bikes are all of those things
  • 1 0
 @danprisk: So, just how the DH scene has started? Those XC bikes were sketchy AF.
  • 1 0
 @browner: now that is a ducking great idea
  • 1 0
 At our local Inside Line club races where Connor raced last weekend with this bike (in elite) we have a retro category! I would love to see this category grow too!
  • 30 1
 CG’s part soundtrack in an old NWD. Marketing won’t kill true riders. Ride your f..king bike!
  • 11 0
 NWD series were great movies for pump you up before a ride!!
  • 6 0
 I was about to make short quiz: Point rider and movie segment where this soundtrack was OG used Smile

anyway great tribute to old movies.
  • 7 0
 @johnyyy: Cedric Gracia, NWD 5 \m/
  • 1 0
 Yesterday I bought a copy of NWD5 for £1 , the soundtrack is unreal and the riding was too for its time.
  • 1 0
 NWD 5 - Cedric Gracia - one of the best parts in the movie Wink
  • 23 0
 Had Kona Stinky for a while with 6 or 7" of travel and weighed like 45lbs. Had a Marz 66, which was maybe the plushest fork ever built but it weighed probably 8lbs for a single crown. 26" wheels and short top tubes look totally goofy under any rider above 5'10", especially with old school extremely baggy "freeride" clothes. Big clothes and small bikes, throw in some really awful punk music and those were the days.
  • 11 1
 DAMN STRAIGHT!!!! 2000-2008 were the glory years of riding - though bikes now are waaaaay better and components can last more than 1/3 of a season
  • 2 0
 I had a Marzocchi 66 and a Shiver. Think the Shiver was plusher, although it did weigh just over 3kg (compared with the 66 at a paltry 2.8kg i think. LOL).
  • 1 0
 I was racing during those years and I had a commencal supreme DH.

I remember of one race, I snapped the derailler hanger few hours before race time. I had no way to put my hands on a replacement one this quick, so a friend lent me his Kona Stinky for the race.

Went for a practice run and got back to the parking lot saying « I quit, this bike can’t be ridden fast ».

Well I was wrong, once more Smile .
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: I miss my Shivers. Best fork I’ve ever used to this day...
  • 1 0
 @Skootur: yeh, they were way ahead of their time (except weight). I've just ordered a new Marzocchi Z1 coil actually, hope it's as good as I remember.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: I loved both my 2005 66RC and Shiver DC, still have the Shiver, wish I kept the 66.
  • 18 0
 This video actually looks better in 480p
  • 47 0
 Accelerates quicker and much more playful than 1080p could ever be. 480p ain’t dead!
  • 4 0
 NEED INTERLACING !!!
  • 8 0
 Listen to what Cam Cole has to say about bike geo and sizes on Wyn’s latest podcast.
It’s so true.
2005 back when front wheels had traction without having to walk 25 feet to the front of your bike to weight it
  • 1 0
 Where can I find that podcast please?
  • 2 0
 Found it
  • 6 3
 Yeah, and while you’re at it, also go back to 600mm handlebars and 120mm stems...

I know I won’t.
  • 2 0
 @FuzzyL: Agreed. I have lived thru the mid 90's bikes to now. Bikes today are better now than ever. Had a blast back in the day, but no thanks to the old stuff
  • 2 0
 @bman33: There’s a lot of bikes I miss.

My first GT Zaskar, my Mountain Cycle San Andreas, my Santa Cruz Bullet... but I know that I wouldn’t really want to ride any of those anymore, and that each and every bike available today rides way better than those oldtimers...
  • 8 0
 I Had the best day of my life riding Whistler for the first time on one of those bad boys back in the early 2000's
  • 2 0
 Same here but with an Orange Patriot
  • 8 0
 Needs some Gazza 3" tires Smile
  • 9 0
 MOP!
  • 2 0
 Was that the squeal of Hayes brakes I heard in the vid? nothing for me defines that era more than Hayes brakes. they were on everything. early on with the massive moto style levers.. bastards to tune and get working properly but at the time they were all we had. f%ck I'm old..
  • 5 0
 I think Cedric would approve
  • 1 0
 that was awesome, i don't remember anyone riding like that when that bike first came out! Rider, not the bike.......i was gonna sell my bike recently to get something that would be faster, so dumb cuz I aint near the limits of my current bike and neither are most riders I assume and this proves that.
  • 7 4
 Some of the old Kona bikes are better than some of the new bikes just saying
  • 2 2
 On what Kind of racetrack or place? And what is better? ....Lighter, stronger, more dynamic? I think everything has benefits but also a downsite. IT Just depends where and what Kind of place You use it. The old Bikes are top but the new Bikes are also great.
  • 3 2
 @HundredPerCent: durability and trail feedback. You will see more old Konas at the bike parks than any other brand/model, of any era. Also some of the new bikes mute the trail.
  • 1 0
 @wheelsmith: there were tons of these bikes in the 2000s (I even saw two riders on orange ones from around 2010). Sadly, many frames cracked, too. However, the distributor in Poland was mostly willing to replace them.
  • 4 2
 What?

In which why and under which circumstances is that Stab better than a modern day Operator or Process?
  • 2 3
 Sorry, saw the previous answer to late. So it’s a bad thing if the suspension actually works, because it “mutes the trail”? There’s always the opportunity to use a hardtail then, Kona also has a nice one of those in the current line-up.

And there were never fewer broken frames than with the current generation of bikes, we’ve come incredibly far in that respect.
  • 1 0
 @FuzzyL: I did not say "all" of the new bikes I said "some".... The new bikes definitely perform at a higher level I'll aggree. Older Konas are timeless though. Btw I've been on a Honzo SS for over half a decade.
  • 1 0
 @kmoter: true, same thing here except for the breaking part. I've never seen one break though they have that nostalgia
  • 5 0
 Older Kona bikes, like mine, were available in Scandiminium. Shorter stem, wider bars, offset bushings and a little meat out of the dropouts helps make it feel less old school but retain the short chainstays and reach so you can get behind the bike on vertical descents as well as bunnyhop and manual or have fun. When the goal is smiles not lap times old school rules. Now Kona is racing enduro up go the chain stay lengths bye bye fun.
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: I beg to differ. Especially Kona still has the short chainstays, if you’re really concerned about reach you can always choose a smaller size than before, and in every other aspect a modern bike is so much better!
  • 1 0
 @FuzzyL: the new process x has long stays most others still have short stays nice that they offer a process with both. One aspect the old kona's have over the news bikes is price haha
  • 2 0
 Nailed it! Same filming style and everything. Even though I rarely ride it, I will never sell my 2004 kona stab primo. Still fun to take out sometimes
  • 3 0
 This took me back to being 13 watching NWD videos on repeat. Thank you for that feeling again!
  • 2 0
 Great use of zoomey/ shakey 360s around the bike and rider. You groms could learn a thing or two about filming lifestyle shots.
  • 2 0
 Can 2021 be the year Kona does retro paint and decals on there whole line up? Or at least LTD edition models. The ESD is a good start.
  • 1 0
 Saudades desse videos legais em bikes mais legais ainda , estilo de pilotagem fazendo a diferença . Hoje se a bike pesar mais de 15 quilos os "pilotos " não salta nem meio fio de calcada .
  • 3 0
 I want his bike, then i can ride like him Big Grin
  • 1 2
 Funny but that is what was meant to happen, but Connor quality riding is not about this bike?
  • 3 0
 @aljoburr: the statement was kind of ironic Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
its not the bike its the rider 4 sure
  • 2 0
 I think someone watched the NWD movies a lot. I think you owe Derek Westerlund some royalties lol. This was awesome!
  • 1 0
 Agreed! The throwback to the gritty production quality and nu-metal soundtrack put a smile on my face.
  • 1 0
 This is awesome! Sick shredding inspired by a true classic! Take your god damn speed glasses, enduro bike, SAIL edits elsewhere MTB industry
  • 2 1
 26'ers still win in the "Purely Fun" category. Some of these modern bikes are almost boring to ride!
  • 1 0
 always ridden 26ers, but first time i rode my friend's 29r trek enduro somethin somethin or another, i stoppied, rolled fakie and pivoted around on the rear wheel with ease.
  • 1 0
 This and the pinkbike hot lap video are really important, shows you don't need the most expensive and new gear to do well
  • 2 0
 just here to see if 26" is dead. yup...connor slayed it.
  • 3 0
 That was so sick!
  • 1 0
 I can't help but seeing Gracia riding instead of Fearon.. Love the old school filming, nice one guys!
  • 1 0
 Spotify has a NWD playlist in case anyone has a craving for some Swollen Members and (Hed)P.E. while at work.
  • 1 0
 Ooh Cool! Love Kona. I love my Stinky would own most of there downhill bikes of I had rroom.
  • 1 0
 I didnt think it was possible to have fun on a 26 inch bike. Im simply blown away. Wow.
  • 2 0
 Music checks out.
  • 1 0
 This is awesome hahaha thank you!
  • 1 0
 Style, music, riding - it all feels like NWD. Great work!
  • 1 0
 this made my day! thanks Connor!
  • 1 0
 yes back in time ! sick thank you for this bubble of memories
  • 1 0
 Thank's for this Kona and Connor! True MTB / NWD spirit I love.
  • 1 0
 Yes that's fucking rad!!!
  • 1 0
 I feel like I’ve seen this before.
  • 1 0
 Wee Need Connor to Ride His new 2020 Bike and the 2005 Side to Side.
  • 1 0
 OMG this is perfect. Loved this segment from Cedric!
  • 1 0
 No bottle mount. I'm out.
  • 2 0
 26” ain‘t dead
  • 1 0
 Yeah ! Proof you don’t need the latest bike every season !
  • 1 0
 it's a god damned dj bike compared to modern ones
  • 1 0
 Mash Out Posse Rugged Never Smooth
  • 1 0
 Same music from Cedric Gracia’s segment in NWD.
  • 1 0
 Not one huck to flat.....not one....
  • 1 0
 Bars are too wide. He doesn’t have to exaggerate his elbows. ????
  • 1 0
 Finally some good 26' stuff not big wheels bullshits !
  • 1 0
 Absolute slayer.
  • 2 2
 Just going to say, CG rode it better, on an old school Gemini and all
  • 2 3
 Wait! it's not a Ebike or a clown wheel bike .... I must be on the wrong website!?
  • 4 0
 hate to break it to you, but clown bikes typically have small wheels...
  • 1 4
 @electricsquirrel: Clown bikes look goofy .. like most all current bikes do
  • 1 1
 Sick, but Connor seemed bored
.
btw. no huck to flat from ladderbridges?
  • 1 0
 Ripper!
  • 1 0
 This dude. This.
  • 1 0
 More please!!!
  • 1 0
 Do a bike check too!

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